Biography

 

• Born in Singapore, resident in London since 1983

• Enjoys a diverse career, influenced strongly by a cosmopolitan outlook on life and an early education embracing multiple religions, languages, cultures and interests

• Widely respected and known in the industry for her most controversial and courageous conversion of the classical violin, its repertoire and her daughter Vanessa-Mae, into a worldwide ‘pop’ phenomenon

• At various times, TV presenter, actor, dancer (classical ballet and oriental dance), lawyer with an international law firm, concert pianist, composer, arranger, director and writer, with numerous recordings and documentaries

• In over a decade of intense motherhood, Pamela invented ‘techno-acoustic fusion’ instrumental music for her daughter. With inimitable originality (writing music which she gifted to Vanessa-Mae to become the latter’s best-sellers to date), and a dynamic creative style of management (which covered all Vanessa-Mae’s studio and ‘live’ performances on a multi-media scale), Pamela powered her daughter to international stardom

• Pamela’s concept of techno-acoustic fusion bridges tradition with the contemporary and she has since created works in her unique style for many other solo artists, groups and orchestras

 

Act 1:

Pamela made her piano concert debut at 6 and at the age of 8, she had started writing, directing, choreographing and broadcasting. In teenage, she began writing for larger ensembles and at 16, her music was used in the winning program of the National Military Band Competition. At 18, Pamela became the first bilingual MC (English and Mandarin) broadcaster on television. She combined acting in stage and TV dramas with dance in the National Dance Company. While a law undergraduate, she played in a piano trio at the historic Raffles Hotel and fell in love with the hotel’s dashing Thai manager. In 1978, still at law school, she gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter.

 

Act 2:

Moving to the UK on marriage to an English lawyer, she continued her own legal career at Baker and McKenzie. She appeared at the South Bank as a pianist and made her concerto debut with the Philharmonia. Eventually she left the law and expanded her musical interests, performing with and promoting orchestras, groups and artistes in classical, rock and pop; music composition and production.

 

Act 3:

Over the years her ‘live’ and recorded output have been championed by leading soloists
from different disciplines, orchestras as well as bands and she has also enjoyed inspirational
collaborations with producers of vastly different styles. Her Video and TV creative work include several concert videos, a silent movie for Buena Vista Europe, and a TV documentary on “Mulan”. Pamela’s ability to blend East and West prompted Disney to commission her to produce the end-title track for the European edition of the film ‘Mulan’ and all the European film premieres. In 1999, on her daughter’s 21st birthday, Pamela stepped down and out of her daughter’s professional life.

 

Act 4: Life’s a ball

2000

A new man Rudy entered her life in the form of a brown Dobermann and Pamela embarked with friends on the first phase of a hotel project in Val d’Isere by opening a restaurant. The restaurant attracted rave reviews for its ambitious and adventurous East and West menu with two kitchens operated respectively by award-winning Asian chefs seconded from the Dusit Thani Hotel group; and a Maitre Cuisinier de France.

2001 

Pamela wrote and produced at Sting’s private studios the first of what is now six albums for Vasko Vassilev, each one creatively re-branding his artistic image and instrumental repertoire beyond the Royal Opera House where he is Concertmaster.

2002

Pamela created a “live” travelling concert documentary at the Linbury Theatre performed by Simon Callow Madonna, Miranda Richardson, Les Folies, among others.

2003

She created a Royal Albert Hall Gala featuring international stars from 14 different countries including Andy Serkis, Kristanna Loken and Trudie Styler ,Joaquin Cortes, Mel Blatt, Zucchero, Alina Cojacaru, and Rory Bremner.

2004

Her composition “Happy Valley”, written in 1997 for the Reunification of Hong Kong to
China, was selected for inclusion in the official Athens Olympics Commemorative Album.

2005 

She appeared as Clara Schumann at the Royal Opera House with artists from other genres, including Sting and Sir Ian McKellen. In the same year, ‘Paganini versus Sarasate’ – a music fiction show was commissioned and performed by Vasko Vassilev and Ara Malikia, the Concertmasters of the Royal Opera House, and the Real Madrid Opera.

2006 

Her orchestral project World Classics was premiered at the European Music Festival. She wrote and produced the music for the Female Ice Figure Skating Gold Winner of the Torino Olympics.

2007

She formed FreeMix with Vasko Vassilev to perform and record a new blend of Eastern and Western music with artists of different disciplines. The group has toured the UK, Spain, and Eastern Europe. The same year, the World Ice Dance Champions won Gold with Pamela’s version of Libertango.

2008

Pamela created, produced and performed a series of high profile cross-cultural special events for China Central TV to celebrate Beijing Olympics in London, Beijing and Tokyo. The performances were broadcast on CCTV1, 3 and 4 to an audience of over 800 million.

2009

Pamela toured with Vasko Vassilev and the Soloists of Covent Garden and began a collaboration with Chambao, Spain’s foremost flamenco fusion band.

2010

She was appointed an Honorary Commissar for Culture and Education in Spain, with specific responsibility to innovate cross-cultural projects for the Universities of Alicante, Castellon and Valencia.In 2011, Pamela is celebrating a retrospective tour of her personal and musical experiences. In May, France national television documented on prime-time the roles she and her partner Emmanuel played creatively and commercially in their 7-year renovation and business development project to turn a 17th century monastery into luxurious chalets in Val d’isere.

2011

Pamela returned to the region of her original ethnic influences in Asia with the Toyota Classics 2011 tour, which took her and her music on piano and accordion to Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan and Brunei with the North East Germany Philharmonic Orchestra.  It was the first time since its inception 30 years ago that the Toyota Classics chose to feature music from a 'living' composer. The Brunei concert was graced with the presence of HRH The Crown Princess and in Kuala Lumpur, HM The Agong and His Excellency Dr. Mahathir were guests of honour. As always, Pamela's joy as a composer and a performer was enhanced by the collaborative presence and constant support of her partner, Vasko Vassilev. 

2012

Pamela and Vasko toured the same programme to Japan, where it met with great success. Coincided with record release in Japan; and featured as special guest on chart-topping jazz band Blu-Swing's new album.

2013

Pamela kicked off a new project with Vasko called Cinema Concertos - an instrumental concert staged with theatrical flair. Started in Spain summer of 2013 and continued on tour into the autumn and still ongoing.

2014

A busy year starts with a prestigious engagement to conduct and perform at the biggest Royal wedding in the Middle East. Pamela and The Classical Ladies Orchestra together set Dubai a–twitter (including the Royal Princess' peronal twitter following!)

Along with classical concerts in Spain and Madeira, Pamela choreographs a one-off Mini-Pro outdoor event for orchestra and up to 60 Mini-coopers. She co-stars with Vasko in his home-country for a sell-out summer tour blessed with glorious sunshine and standing ovations.

Together they release ‘Best of’ album, drawing on their recording archives. As co-founder/directors of Covent Garden Soloists, they accept an invitation to open a campus for Covent Garden Soloists Academy in Valencia, Spain offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses specifically focused on performance.

Toyota Classics announce forthcoming celebrations of their 25th Anniversary with Pamela and Vasko touring 7 Asian countries with the Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra and an accompanying commemorative CD. The tour will feature performances as well as compositions and arrangements by Pamela.

 

 


As a pianist, Pamela has never ceased to be in constant demand to fit concerto, recital and chamber music performances into her busy schedule. Time constraints have ultimately limited her choice to projects with artists with whom she is most actively involved and with whom she shares common creative goals. For many years now, Vasko and Pamela are a constant double act. As a classical duo, they perform all over the world and they have recorded a range of repertoire including the Mendelssohn duo concerto, the entire Brahms piano and violin works as well as film music. Pamela conceptualises and produces all Vasko’s shows and recordings; and he performs and directs for, and, with, her. Together they strive constantly to bring music and musicians out of classical closets to the cutting edge of popular culture.