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NUS Guitar Ensemble

  • NUS Guitar Ensemble
  • NUS Guitar Ensemble
  • NUS Guitar Ensemble
  • NUS Guitar Ensemble
  • NUS Guitar Ensemble
  • NUS Guitar Ensemble

Formed in 1981 by Mr Alex Abisheganaden, the NUS Guitar Ensemble (GENUS) is a 40-member strong ensemble. As the region's first Niibori guitar ensemble and the pioneer group in Singapore to use Niibori guitars, GENUS has set the benchmark for local guitar ensembles.

Using the fingerstyle method and a special set of guitars with varying pitch compasses, GENUS reveals its uniqueness through its exploration of varying shades and tonalities. Under the guidance of their music director, Dr. Robert Casteels, the ensemble boasts a wide repertoire ranging from classical works to jazz, traditional folk and popular contemporary pieces.

The ensemble also seeks to challenge itself through competing in local and international competitions, as well as participating in overseas exchange programmes. GENUS won first prize in the ensemble section in the Singapore Guitar Festival and was placed fourth in the 2nd International Festival and Competition for Guitar Orchestra in Rheine, Germany. In May 2014, GENUS embarked on an exposure trip to Japan, homeland of the Niibori-styled guitar orchestra, which culminated in a successful joint concert with Niibori's Group B Ensemble, conducted by both Dr. Casteels and Mr. Terada, principal of Niibori Academy.

Apart from performing on campus platforms such as the NUS Arts Festival and ExxonMobil Campus Concerts, GENUS has also performed for

  • FM 92.4's 10th Anniversary Celebration
  • Asean University Games
  • National University of Singapore Welcome Convention
  • Charity Gala Ball
  • Singapore Arts Festival
  • Beautiful Sunday at Esplanade

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