Mohamad Rasull, associate conductor
Mohamad Rasull pursued a Bachelor of Arts with Diploma in Education at the National Institute of Education (Nanyang Technological University). Majoring in both Music and Mathematics, he graduated in 2003 and garnered the Mrs. Paul-Feng Pei Djen Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in his Music studies. It was there that he studied Conducting with Assoc. Prof Ho Hwee Long and Composition and Orchestration with Dr Kelly Tang. He is also an active performer on the flute and piccolo with the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Wind Symphony and the Audio Image Wind Ensemble, and he also performs on the oboe with the Orkestra Melayu Singapura.
He is keen on expanding the repertoire for the symphonic band through some of his own arrangements and orchestral transcriptions. These cover a diverse range from orchestral music (Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Waltzes from Swan Lake and Eugene Onegin) to the latest pop hits (he takes requests from the band-its he teaches) – culminating in medleys of music of anything from Girls’ Generation to David Guetta, Justin Timberlake, Zedd, Ke$ha and Lady Gaga. As the Resident Arranger of the Singapore Wind Symphony, he has been commissioned by them to arrange music by Dick Lee (Forbidden City, The Musical), and has also had other various arrangements performed by local acapella group Vocaluptous, Benjamin Kheng (of The Sam Willows), Wicked Aura Batucada, Sezairi Sazali, and also internationally-renowned euphonium artist Steven Mead. He has also recently been commissioned by the Anglican High School to arrange the music for their 60th Anniversary school musical that was staged in mid-March 2016.
However his first love still remains with the music of video games and anime, and he has endeavoured to bring performances of his arrangements of music from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Macross Frontier and Neon Genesis Evangelion among others to local audiences for the past 15 years. With the Audio Image Wind Ensemble he has arranged and conducted music from Attack on Titan, Naruto and the Touhou Project in an all-videogame-anime music concert “Symphonic G-On” in September 2015, and has worked again with them to bring music from classic video games such as Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokemon to the Esplanade Concert Hall in April 2016.