ANSON LIM first started playing in a Chinese orchestra back during his secondary school days in Malaysia, as a percussionist. Under the influence of his senior, Anson picked up the yangqin on his own at the age of 16. After enrolling into Singapore Polytechnic in 2010, he consequently joined the Singapore Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra as a yangqin musician. It was there where Anson, under the guidance of SPCO conductor and SCO suona musician Lee Heng Quee, staged his first yangqin concerto – “Night Escape of Lin Chong”, in 2011. Since then, Anson has staged one yangqin concerto per year, with notable pieces such as “Phoenix”(2013), “Sunshine on Tashkurgan”(2015), “Rhapsody” (2016),and most recently "Yellow River Yangqin Concerto" (2018 & 2019).
In 2012, Anson came under the tutelage of renowned yangqin musician and SCO yangqin principal Qu Jian Qing. He then staged his second yangqin concerto with the SPCO, and received grade 9 certification in yangqin, awarded by the Central Conservatory of Music in conjunction with the Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts. Anson also joined the Cheng San Chinese Orchestra in the same year.
In 2013, Anson received his diploma grade in Yangqin performance, awarded by the Central Conservatory of Music in conjunction with the Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts. That year, Anson also represented Singapore by attending the Cimbalom World Congress, held in Taipei, Taiwan. There, he premiered the yangqin solo piece, “Dreams”, composed by Sun Ping Yu, a student from the School Of The Arts (SOTA), Singapore.
In 2014, Anson joined the then newly-formed Ding Yi Youth Chinese Ensemble, which was set up to compete in the National Chinese Music Competition organized by the National Arts Council. After the ensemble won the category's champion title, Anson officially joined the ensemble as their yangqin musician.
Two years later (2016), Anson won 2nd place in the same competition, under the Yangqin Solo Open Category. He then joined the 1st Taiwan International Yangqin Competition, which he won 2nd place. In 2018, Anson won 2nd place yet again in the National Chinese Music Competition.
In 2019, along side SCO’s Yangqin principal musician and Anson’s Yangqin teacher, Ms Qu Jian Qing, they represented Singapore once again to attend the 15th Cimbalom World Association Congress. Anson premiered "Pado" , a new Yangqin solo work by local composer, Jocelyn Tan. He joined Ms Qu Jian Qing on stage to perform "Phoenix" a Yangqin concerto work by Mr Xu Chang Jun, and “Singapore Medley” a special arrangement of Singapore folk tunes by Tan Ding Quan.
In 2020, Anson won 2nd place once more in the Singapore Chinese Music Competition.
During the course of his polytechnic and university studies, Anson has started garnering vast teaching experience, teaching yangqin in primary schools, secondary schools, junior college, local university, and giving private Yangqin lessons. Anson’s student has shown great results in Chinese music grading exams and has also successfully been chosen while undergoing school DSA auditions.