At 23, Huang Peh Linde boasts a music portfolio that many of her peers dream of.
The Second Year student at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCoM) has written the theme song for a 95.8FM radio drama and Channel 8 drama ROCK Republic, and is a signed songwriter under Funkie Monkies Productions. Funkie Monkies Productions is headed by A-list Mandarin pop music producer and song-writer Eric Ng, award-winning lyricist Xiaohan and producer and singer Jim Lim.
Now, Peh Linde is expanding her musical knowledge with the support of the Kent Ridge Undergraduate (Merit) Scholarship.
Peh Linde says, “The Scholarship definitely played a part in my decision to join NUS. I did consider music schools overseas, but I did not see what overseas music schools of classical background could offer that YSTCoM did not.”
YSTCoM offers a strong grounding in classical music which attracted Peh Linde.
“I wanted to gain a different approach to music compared to pop music which is what I am used to doing,” she says.
The Kent Ridge Undergraduate (Merit) Scholarship is one of five coveted NUS Scholarships awarded to Singaporeans who demonstrate academic excellence, a record of excellent co-curricular activities records and outstanding leadership qualities.
In the coming years, NUS wishes to award this prestigious scholarship to more excellent Singaporean students with support from the philanthropic community. To encourage gifts to the Kent Ridge Undergraduate (Merit) Scholarship, the University will be supplementing gifts to these scholarships as an expression of its commitment to this cause. This top-up will be in addition to the 1:1.5 matching that gifts to NUS receive from the government.
Peh Linde says, “I am really honoured and grateful for the Scholarship. It enables me to concentrate on my studies. Whatever I earn from my freelance projects, I channel into into better equipment that can help me improve.”
Peh Linde started playing the classical piano at age 7 but her passion for music really took off at 13, when the piano pieces she had to practise became more complex and involved more emotion. She played the saxophone in her secondary school band and is currently teaching herself to play the guitar. She is also working on various music arrangement projects, as well as music for an upcoming Internet drama in collaboration with Scrawl Studios. Peh Linde hopes to become a full-time music writer and producer once she graduates.