Hailed by The Straits Times as the Chinese Nightingale, Yiwen’s mentors include Roderick Earle (RCM, London), Janis Kelly (RCM, London), Jessica Chen (USA, Taiwan), Lim Shieh Yih (Singapore) and Nancy Yuen (Hong Kong). Her versatility as a performer allows her to excel in the genres of opera, oratorio, art song and folk song.
She has performed several operatic roles, which include Celidora in Mozart’s L’oca del Cairo (NAFA Opera Scenes), slave girl in Strauss’s Salome (Singapore Lyric Opera), Geraldine in Samuel Barber’s opera, A Hand of Bridge, cousin in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Singapore Lyric Opera) and Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne. Yiwen has also been invited to sing in Singapore Lyric Opera’s events Opera Café, Opera Bite-Sized Series and Opera in the Park.
Yiwen’s concert credits include being a leading soloist in Young Voice Concert, soprano soloist in West Side Story with NAFA Chorus, leading soloist in Living with Handel, Schöenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with NAFA chamber ensemble, I Spy with my Little i produced by Song Club and A Festival of Song at Esplanade Concourse. Other credits are Symphony of Motherhood by Artistventure at Esplanade Recital Studio and Young Voice Concert II; as soloist organized by Hsinghai Arts Association with Chinese Orchestra and Johann Strauss II’s Voice of Spring with The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore. Recently she sang with Singapore Lyric Opera at the Opera Ball in Shangri-La Hotel.
In 2011, she was selected to attend an exchange programme with Tainan National University of the Arts, as well as to collaborate with the Central Conservatory of Music.
Besides performing, Yiwen has received several accolades in competition. These include the Grand Prize in the 5th Bangkok Opera International Singing Competition, first prize in Tan Ngiang Kaw / Tan Ngiang Ann Vocal Entry Competition, first prize in Tan Ngiang Kaw / Tan Ngiang Ann Memorial Vocal Competition and 2nd runner-up in Singapore Songs Singing Competition.
She is currently in the final year of the BMus (Hons) programme at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, a degree in collaboration with the Royal College of Music, London.