kilobyte (2014) for solo violin



Commission: Singapore International Violin Competition 2015

Instrumentation: solo violin

Duration: 6 minutes

Program Notes: kilobyte is written for the 2014 Singapore International Violin Competition. It is inspired by today’s social currents in youth, such as the proliferation of byte-sized information, embodied by social sites such as Twitter, tumblr and Facebook, that are commonplace in social media today.

kilo is made of many short snippets of ideas that interweave with one another, forming a
whole. Since this piece is written for a violin competition, I feel that it is important for each
rendition of the piece to be unique, just like there is more than one way of presenting materials
on the internet. In addition, improvisation and composing is a skill that performers should
embrace as part of being a whole musician. As such, the section “Introspect 2” is one that can be
freely improvised by the performer, thus also allowing them an opportunity to be in total control
of every aspect of music making.

Premiere: January 14-16 2015 | Singapore International Violin Competition | Singapore

Performance: January 5 2017 | Lijia Phang | Ann Arbor, MI
May 4 2017 | Anh-Thu Pham | Paris, France