Jo Anne Sukumaran, Bassoon
Jo Anne is one of Singapore's leading and independent bassoonists. A passionate chamber musician, she has founded many chamber groups. As an orchestral musician she has performed in many diverse ensembles such as the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra, Singapore Philharmonic Winds and Re:Sound Chamber Orchestra. She enjoys programming for solo recitals and has been featured as a soloist in art museums and galleries in Singapore.
She has worked under conductors such as Lim Yau, Choo Hoey, Robert Casteels, Tan Dun, Brett Kelly, Darrell Ang and has worked professionally abroad in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Malaysia.
She is a committed educator, performer and occasional writer. She seeks to bring a positive impact through music and lends her voice to worthy causes, and believes that music is truly a universal language. With that in mind, she started a musical series “Musical Postcards” with music from around the world.
With the aim of sharing knowledge, educating and inspiring other musicians, she started an interview series “Legends of Reed” showcasing double reed musicians from around the world. It has been launched as a podcast and has received warm response from the classical community.
Jo Anne initially wanted to be a cellist when she auditioned for the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) at age 12. She received a full bassoon scholarship and was tutored by Zhang Jin Min.
After reading a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Literature and a very brief career as a paralegal, she studied bassoon with Gabor Meszaros at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland). Her studies were supported by Dr. Gerber-ten Bosch Foundation, Zürich and the Singapore National Arts Council. Subsequently, she took masterclasses and private lessons with Ole K. Dahl, Audun Halvorsen, Roman Reznik and Contrabassoon lessons with Hans Wisse.
She is grateful to mentors namely Jamie Hersch, Alexandre Silvério and Bram van Sambeek. After her Swiss degree she worked professionally in The Netherlands as a freelancer with various organisations and orchestras.
In 2012, she was invited by conductor Brett Kelly to play in The Impossible Orchestra – a concert marathon of 24 hours featuring prominent Australian musicians and personalities, to raise awareness of unpaid carers in Melbourne, Australia. She was filmed and interviewed in a documentary, directed by Aaron Wilson. Feeling passionate about the cause, she volunteered her services for this special project, which was streamed online to 40 countries online.
A versatile musician she enjoys crossing musical genres and bridging different art forms. She was fortunate to collaborate with the Art world and strives to make a positive impact with her art. She was invited as a soloist in the Wo Men Women Art Exhibition, 2014, Fresh Air Fine Arts Festival 2014, Singapore Art Week 2015, Gelato Charity Dinner 2015 (beneficiary President’s Challenge Singapore). She has also participated in a chamber recital at the Steinway Gallery Singapore 2017.
As an ensemble player she plays regularly for groups such as Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra, Singapore Philharmonic Winds, Re:sound Chamber Orchestra.
Committed to musical excellence, she is much sought after as a bassoon coach in many Secondary schools across Singapore. She has lectured at institutions such as Republic Polytechnic and SIM University (University at Buffalo Singapore). She currently teaches part-time at Madison Academy of Music.
She was invited to perform an excerpt of Grand Subphonia with a Dutch bassoon ensemble, with soloist Bram van Sambeek, on a Dutch TV programme, Holland Festival 2016 as part of the 'Save the Bassoon' campaign.
With the aims of educating, sharing knowledge and inspiring other musicians, she started an interview series “Legends of Reed” showcasing double reed musicians from around the world on her Medium blog (February 2018). It gained warm response from the classical community and was launched as a podcast in April 2018. One of her articles has been published by Festival Peak.
She was invited to be part of the Asian Wind Consort at the Jeju 2018 International Wind Ensemble Festival, South Korea.
Jo Anne's debut album, The Night Garden, was released Fall 2019. She was deeply grateful to the Chenter Foundation and Licha Stelaus Productions for their kind sponsorship of this project.
*Disclaimer: We are Jo Anne's supporter and presenter of some of her current and future performances. We are neither her agent nor manager. If you would like to engage Jo Anne in your events we are happy to make the connection. Please email us through CONTACT form at the bottom of HOME page. Thank you. - Licha Stelaus Productions