Award-winning musician, Eugene Seow, embarked on his musical journey at the age of 6, learning classical piano. Showing an innate talent and instinct for music, he has honed his musicality over the years deeply, and found his passion for percussion at 17 years of age. Since then, he has been actively performing and gigging in the scene and has become a force to reckon with.
Ex-SAF Band regular, percussionist, and principal drummer, Eugene is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano and electric bass at an accomplished level, while possessing a fundamental ability on guitar, brass and woodwind instruments. Eugene is a largely self-taught musician who has learned much through real-world experience. He has incredible versatility whether the music is pop, rock, classical or jazz, and in any ensemble whether it be big band, combo band, symphonic band, orchestra or even marching band.
Eugene’s wealth of experience also extends to having shared the stage with some of the world’s most celebrated jazz musicians such as Orlando Le Fleming (celebrated Bass player in NYC), Samuel Torres (Second place winner of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition), Terence Blanchard (5 Grammy wins and 13 nominations), Dr. Lonnie Smith (2017 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship recipient) and Cecile Mclorin Savant (2010 winner of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition) among others. He has had the good fortune of studying with greats such as, but not limited to: Steve Rochinski & David Berkman (harmony), Greg Hopkins & Michael Mossman (composition and arranging), Gary Burton & Antonio Hart (improvisation), Darren Barrett & Bill Charlap (ensemble), Mark Walker & Dennis Mackrel (drum set), and Michael Lipsey & Rogerio Boccato (percussion).
Eugene graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Summa Cum Laude for his Bachelors of Music, with Majors in both Jazz Composition and Professional Music, and a Minor in Music and Society (Global Studies). He attended the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, obtaining a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies.
Possessing the experience of performing at places like The Esplanade (Singapore), Wally’s Jazz Cafe (Boston, MA), Bar Next Door (Manhattan, NY) and many more, Eugene also has had his compositions and arrangements performed by laudable groups like the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra and at high profile places such as Lincoln Centre.
Aiming for a career in academia, Eugene’s practical experiences are supplemented by his background as a music tutor as well as his disposition as an intellectual thinker.