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PIANO

·         Dr Nopanand Chanorathaikul: Pianist, Lecturer, Adjudicator (Thailand)

·         Dr Dean Kramer: Professor of Piano, University of Oregon (USA)

·         Dennis Lee: Pianist, Lecturer, Adjudicator (UK)

·         Dr Roger Lord: Professor of Piano, University of Moncton (Canada)

·         Dr Scott McBride-Smith: Professor of Piano Pedagogy, University of Kansas (USA)

·         Dr Marc Rochester: Music Lecturer, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore)

·         Chee-Hung Toh: Pianist, Lecturer, Adjudicator (UK)

·         Dr Claire Wachter: Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, University of Oregon (USA)

STRING

·         Dr Michael Hall: Violin & Viola Faculty, VanderCook College of Music (USA)

·         Li-Wei Qin: Associate Professor of Cello, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore)

·         Dr Goetz Richter: Associate Professor of Violin, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia)

·         Dr Elizabeth Sellars: Violin Faculty, Monash University (Australia)

·         Maestro Joshua Tan: Associate Conductor, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Singapore)

·         Leslie Tan: Artist Faculty Cello, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore)

VOICE

·         Lilith Verhelst: Adjunct Voice Teacher, School of the Arts Singapore (Singapore)

·         Dr Misook Yun: Professor of Voice, Youngstown State University (USA)

COMPOSITION

·         Dr John Sharpley: Composer, Performer, Lecturer (Singapore)

·         Eric James Watson: Lecturer, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore)

 GUEST SPEAKERS

·         Dr. Greg Petersen: Associate Professor of Humanities, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore)

PIANO ADJUDICATORS

DR. NOPANAND CHANORATHAIKUL

A distinguished classical pianist and a highly sought-after teacher, Dr. Nopanand has just received a trophy for Excellence in Music Teaching from the Trinity College London for having students receiving the highest marks in Piano Examinations in Thailand for 12 consecutive years. 

Dr. Nopanand obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, U.S.A. under a Fulbright Scholarship.  Under the tutelage of Professor Daniel Pollack, who is in turn a student of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne, Dr. Nopanand was trained in the tradition of the Russian School. On the other hand, Dr. Nopanand obtained her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. Under the guidance of Professor Barry Snyder, who is in turn a student of the legendary Cecile Genhart. Dr. Nopanand was also trained in a refined European and American tradition.

            Among the many prizes she received, Dr. Nopanand was the First Prize Winner of The National Youth Piano Concerto Competition (1988) and the Triple-Prize Winner of The Bangkok Chopin Piano Competition (1989) – First Prize, Best Mazurka Prize and Best Waltz Prize. While studying, Dr. Nopanand was selected to perform in numerous masterclasses both in Thailand and abroad with such artists as Menahem Pressler, Peter Frankl, Malcolm Bilson, Elina Gilels, Pavel Gillilov and Ruth Slencznska, to name but a few.  She was among a handful of pianists selected to participate and perform in many prestigious piano camps and festivals in Thailand, Hong Kong, Poland, Russia and the United States.

Besides giving regular solo and chamber music recitals, Dr. Nopanand has been a guest soloist with both The Chulalongkorn University Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

A dedicated and inspiring teacher, Dr. Nopanand is a highly sought-after teacher whose students have won top prizes in national and international competitions, passed audition into prestigious music institutions both in Thailand, Europe and America, and received Distinction in their piano examinations.  Dr. Nopanand is in high demand for her inspiring and informative teachers’ workshops, which she has conducted for Trinity Music Training Center, Churairat Music School, KPN Music Academy, Yamaha School of Music and Alfred Publishing Company, Singapore.

Dr. Nopanand has been regularly invited to serve on the adjudicator panel of many national classical piano competitions including the Southern Thailand Piano Competition (which she served as the Chairperson), the Northern Thailand Piano Competition, The Yamaha Thailand Music Festival and Competition, and The National Youth Music Competition organized by Mahidol University.  In November 2004, she was invited to be on the adjudicator panel of the First ASEAN Chopin International Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Before going to further her studies abroad, Dr. Nopanand’s teachers included Mrs. Suda Gloria Chanorathaikul and Dr. Tongsuang Israngkul. She also obtained the FTCL, which is the highest Performer’s Diploma of the Trinity College of Music, London.

Dr. Nopanand was appointed an Assistant Professor in Music of the College of Music, Mahidol University where she served as a full time piano faculty member for more than a decade and has contributed significantly in making it one of the strongest piano departments in Thailand. In addition, she was appointed by the Dean of the College of Music, Mahidol University to head the team, which started The Young Artist (Pre-College) Program of Mahidol University and she also served as the Principal of the Program during its first year. Currently, Dr. Nopanand teaches in her own private studio, which focuses in training young talented pianists.

DR. DEAN KRAMER

Pianist Dean Kramer has had the privilege of playing for such legendary artists as Arthur Rubinstein and Gina Bachauer, and was one of the few pianists to have received lessons from the great Vladimir Horowitz

A prizewinner at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, Kramer also won first prize in the first American Chopin Competition in Miami, Florida; first prize in the American Music Scholarship Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio; first prize in the Kosciuszko Competition in New York, New York; first prize in the Washington (D.C.) International Piano Competition, and laureate honors in the Three Rivers Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kramer was chosen by the United States Information Agency to represent the United States as Artistic Ambassador to Hungary, Rumania, Malta and Egypt.

Kramer has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in the United States and internationally. His concerto appearances include collaborations with the acclaimed American conductor Marin Alsop in works such as the Samuel Barber Piano Concerto and Leonard Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety and with the renowned Helmuth Rilling as a soloist with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. Kramer has performed as soloist with orchestras in Warsaw (Poland), Bucharest (Rumania), Cairo (Egypt), and throughout the United States.

Kramer has been an invited presenter for the Music Teachers National Association conferences in Seattle, New York, Toronto, and Orlando. He has presented lecture-recitals for the American Liszt Society, the World Pedagogy Conferences, The Fifth Singapore Piano Pedagogy Conference, the California Music Teachers Association, and at universities in Taiwan and Chile.  He has adjudicated for MTNA’s national Young Artist and Chamber Music competitions (Kansas City), The National Chopin Competition (Miami), and the Singapore National  Piano Competition.

Kramer is a featured presenter in The Virtual Piano Pedagogue online video series in “The Essence of Chopin” and “The Power of Beethoven.” (virtualpianopedagogue.com) His credits for these videos also include his role as researcher, script writer, and artistic director.

Kramer holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Naumberg winner Joseph Schwartz, and the University of Texas at Austin, studying with the internationally-recognized pianist John Perry. He has also received coaching by the distinguished pianist Leon Fleisher.  Presently, Kramer is a Professor of Piano at the University of Oregon where he teaches award-winning students.

Dean Kramer is a Steinway Artist.

 DENNIS LEE

Dennis Lee was born in Penang, Malaysia. At age 14, he won an Associated Board scholarship to study violin and piano (with Angus Morrison) at the Royal College of Music, London. There he was awarded the ARCM (Hons) in both instruments, and won many prizes including: the John Hopkinson Gold Medal and Peter Norris Prize, Joy Scott Prize, as well as the Tagore Gold Medal for the most outstanding student. In 1967 he received the Bachelor of Music degree from London University with the only First Class Honours given for that particular syllabus. The next year, he attained the Master of Music degree from the Royal College. An Austrian Government scholarship then took him to Vienna where under Josef Dichler, he won the Akademie Diploma with distinction, and the Stepanow Prize. He later studied with Ilonka Deckers in Milan.

He has won many prizes at competitions such as at the BBC, Casagrande, Busoni and Sydney. Festival appearances include Montreaux, Spoleto, Brescia-Bergamo, Varna Summer, Adelaide, Cheltenham, Brighton, Singapore Arts Festival, amongst many others. He has performed with most of the BBC orchestras, Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia, Slovak Chamber, Varna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Tasmainan Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Libor Pesek and Okko Kamu.

Dennis Lee has broadcast frequently for the BBC. His recording of Szymanowski works aroused much international acclaim, while his complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas has been warmly received. He continues to perform widely in the USA, Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia. He was an ABRSM examiner for over 30 years, and is also in demand as lecturer and festival adjudicator. He has judged the Canadian Music Competition (Finals) in Toronto, as well as the London International Piano Competition. Recent appearances include the Singapore International Piano Festival, HSBC Piano Festival (Kuala Lumpur) and recitals in Malaysia, Canada, USA, France and Germany.

He has been Artist in Residence at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore as well as in Los Angeles at the convention of the Music Teachers’ Association of California.

He has been invited to perform at the Singapore National Museum in conjunction with a loan of French Impressionist paintings from the Musee d’Orday in Paris, and in 2012 was invited to appear with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for the 10th anniversary of the Esplanade Cultural Centre. More recent concerts include Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto with Resound in Singapore, and recitals in Malaysia, Thailand, Italy and the UK.

Dennis Lee is a Steinway Artist.

His recent CD of Debussy pieces ahs attracted favorable reviews (ICSM 007)

DR. ROGER LORD

Canadian pianist Roger Lord from Moncton, New Brunswick won the First Prize in piano in the Canadian National Festival of Music as well as in the Canadian Music Competition. He was also one of the winners of the Radio-Canada/CBC “Debut” competition and performed 120 concerts for Jeunesses Musicales in Canada and in Europe. His various engagements have since taken him to some of the world's great cities such as Paris, Oslo, Vienna, Parma, Montreal, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Mexico City, Quito, Cairo, Tunis, Riyadh, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, etc. He has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. 

Hailed as “The Piano Prince of Canada” by the China Daily, some of his performances took place in world renowned venues such as the Great Hall of the People located on Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the He Luting Auditorium in Shanghai, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Auditorium Niccoló Paganini in Parma, the Cairo Opera House, the Carthage Acropolium in Tunis, the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, etc. Critics are enthusiastic and acknowledge “his skillful talent, great subtlety, genuine emotional generosity, as well as his grand technical mastery”.

During the 8th International Francophonie Summit in 1999, Mr. Lord was invited to perform a recital for the State Leaders of 52 nations. He also represented Canada as a pianist at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 and in various festivals around the world including at the Shanghai International Arts Festival and at the Festival del centro histórico in Mexico City which attracts over one million spectators. In November 2004, he released a critically acclaimed CD of piano music by 19th century Louisiana composer and virtuoso Louis Moreau Gottschalk produced by the SNE label in Montreal. This CD received nominations for an Éloizes Award as well as for an ECMA Award in Canada, and earned the special distinction “Bravo!!!” from Trad Magazine France. In 2008, he received an “Excellence Award” in Music from the New Brunswick Arts Council in Canada.

Pianist Roger Lord travelled to China for the first time in 1999 and gave his first concert with symphony orchestra in the city of Qingtao in Shandong Province. He has now been to China close to 30 times and has performed in most regions and important cities. He was invited to the “Gateway to Music” International Festival in Beijing in 2007, 2009 and 2011 as well as to the “Shanghai International Arts Festival” in 2014 and to the opening ceremony of the 11th Global Confucius Institute Conference in Kunming as a guest of honor in 2016. In early 2013, he was selected as one of the international guest artists for one of the prestigious Chinese New Year TV Galas in Beijing which was broadcast on Chinese television for hundreds of millions of viewers. In the fall of 2013, he became the “First non-Chinese pianist in the world to release a CD of Chinese piano music” with his CD entitled “Chinese Treasures” which was recorded in the central studio of the China National Radio in Beijing with Canadian assistant producer Jeremy VanSlyke and renowned Chinese producer Shen Yuanzhi.

Roger Lord studied in Canada at the Université de Moncton, at McGill University, and at the Université de Montréal, as well as in Paris and Strasbourg, France. He also attended special summer sessions of the Moscow Piano Institute in Russia at the Gnessin Music Academy. He has been invited on juries of prestigious national and international piano competitions in Australia, USA, Malaysia, and Canada. He holds a Doctorate in Music and is now Professor of Piano at the Université de Moncton in Canada.

 DR. SCOTT MCBRIDE SMITH

Scott McBride Smith is a recognized leader in worldwide music education. As the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas since 2010, he focuses on national issues of teacher training and piano pedagogy. As President and CEO of the International Institute for Young Musicians, he leads a summer program offering specialized training for gifted young performers from around the world. And as co-author of the groundbreaking new series American Popular Piano, he has helped create a course of study for today’s student – providing tools that inspire the necessary hard work while playing music they love.

Scott McBride Smith is President of the Music Teachers National Association of the United States. He is Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory in China, as well as the Sichuan Conservatory and Shanghai Normal University. He is President of the U.S. Music Certification Exams.

Interest in his philosophical and cognitive approach to music teaching has resulted in appearances across the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America, including workshops and showcases at every Music Teachers National Association Conference since 1999. But he has never lost the ability to see humor in the profession and laugh.

A long-time teacher of prize-winning students in Irvine, California, Dr. Smith’s students were the California State Champions for many years between 1988-2009. Former students have been First Prize winners in the Naftsger Competition, Tchaikovsky Competition, the Bachauer Competition (Juilliard) and in MTNA competitions. A chamber music coach as well as piano teacher, Scott McBride Smith coached the Wakarusa Trio to the 2013 First Place in the MTNA Chamber Music (Strings) national competition. The group went on the win the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2014 Coleman Chamber Music Competition.

Dr. Smith is co-author of the college text The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher and associate editor of the magazine Clavier Companion. He is co-author of Christopher Norton’s Guide to Microjazz.

Dr. Smith has served as Visiting Professor at the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Lima, Peru; at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts; and in Taiwan, sponsored by the International Piano Teaching Foundation.

Scott McBride Smith received his doctorate from the University of Southern California, where he was co-winner of the Outstanding Graduate in Piano award.

DR. MARC ROCHESTER

Marc Rochester started piano lessons in his native London at the age of 5.  At school he took up both the violin and the French horn, and studied the harp at University.  However his principal performing interest has always been the organ.  He was the youngest British cathedral organist when, at the age of 24, he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Derry Cathedral in Northern Ireland.  He gave many recitals and concerts, radio broadcasts and recordings as an organist and accompanist before moving to South East Asia in 1987.  He worked for the Sarawak Government on a project to identify the ethnic music of Borneo, and helped set up and manage the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur.  For 13 years he was also Resident Organist and Educational Consultant to the Malaysian Philharmonic, giving weekly recitals and presenting monthly talks and workshops on music. 

He was appointed an Examiner for the ABRSM in 1982, and in 2001 transferred to Trinity where he was Assistant Chief Examiner and South East Asia Regional Consultant.  He resigned from Trinity in 2014 after touring to almost 50 countries and examining an estimated 150,000 candidates in every imaginable instrument and musical discipline.  He has been an Adjudicator at Music Festivals since 1980.  Currently Marc Rochester describes himself as a Music Philosopher, studying and thinking about the role of music in our lives and its historical and social context, but he also writes extensively about music for, among others, The Straits Times, Gramophone magazine and MusicWeb International.com, and, since 2014, has lectured in music history and criticism at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory.

For two months every year, Marc escapes from Singapore and from music to drive buses and coaches in the Highlands of Scotland, where he has a home.

 CHEE-HUNG TOH

Singaporean Chee -Hung Toh studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she won many prizes, including the top piano prize for performance.

Chee-Hung has performed in London and many parts of Britain, the U.S.A. (where her debut received high acclaim from the New York Times), Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and the Far East. She had recorded for radio and television in many countries, including B.B.C. Radio 3 and the World Service.

Chee-Hung is also in constant demand as a lecturer. She has been invited to the Piano Pedagogy Course for the European Piano Teachers Association, the Cambridge Piano Weekend, HSBC Piano Festival in Kuala Lumpur, to give masterclasses at Hong Kong University, the YST Conservatory and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, to adjudicate in Britain and abroad (including the Canadian Music Competitions and the Music teachers Association of California).

Further engagements include recitals in USA, Canada, Britain and Thailand. Chee-Hung performs in duo with her husband Dennis Lee

DR. CLAIRE WACHTER

Claire Wachter has performed in solo, chamber, and concerto concerts in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. With Steinway Artist Dean Kramer, she has appeared in two-piano concerts nationally and internationally in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Steinway Hall in New York, Qingdao Grand Hall in China and the National Recital Hall in Taiwan. 

As a collaborative artist, Wachter has performed chamber music concerts with principal players from the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Symphonies.

Wachter has been a featured performer with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Oregon Festival of American Music, the Utah Music Festival, the Rome Festival (Italy) and the Russian River Chamber Music Festival (California).  In the Northwest she has appeared with the Eugene Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, and the Oregon Mozart Players with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Apo Hsu, and Mei-An Chen. In the Oregon Bach Festival, Wachter has performed under the baton of the distinguished German conductor Helmuth Rilling and in the Oregon Festival of American Music she was concerto soloist under the baton of American conductor James Paul.

Wachter is the creator of The Virtual Piano Pedagogue, a completely new video master course in the great piano literature. The Virtual Piano Pedagogue is the first video series to combine advanced pianism with high-level teaching using state-of-the-art technology. (virtualpianopedagogue.com). In December 2017, a new series of videos, titled The Virtual Piano Master Course, became available on YouTube. In addition, Wachter has edited two new editions on Schumann and Scarlatti for Catsfugue Media, LLC., available on Amazon.com in October, 2018.

As an invited lecturer, Wachter has presented lecture-recitals and presentations at national and international conferences, including the Music Teachers National Association (U.S. and Canada), the World Piano Pedagogy Conference (U.S.), and the Fifth Singapore Piano Pedagogy Symposium. She has given master classes at major universities in the United States, Canada, South America, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

Wachter has received awards from the Oregon Community Foundation, the University of Oregon, the Rome Festival (Italy), and piano competitions in Washington, D.C., Texas and Maryland. Her major teachers include John Perry (U.S.), Carlo Zecchi (Austria) and Rosa Sabater (Spain). In 2004, Wachter was honored with the “Working Partnership” award from the International Institute for Young Musicians, and was a member of their summer piano faculty for several years.

Wachter has held faculty positions at the University of Texas in Austin and the University of the Pacific in California. Presently, she is a member of the piano faculty at the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon. Her students have won prizes in many U.S. piano competitions, and many hold faculty positions at performing arts schools and universities in the U.S. and other countries.

Claire Wachter is a Steinway Artist.

 

STRING ADJUDICATORS

 
   

DR. MICHAEL HALL

Michael Hall lives in Chicago and has performed and taught across Europe, Asia and the United States. Described by the New Music Connoisseur as “utterly masterful,” and Chamber Music Today as having “superb technique,” he recently made his Chicago Orchestra Hall solo debut and concluded a recital tour to Vienna, Austria and Udine and Tolmezzo, Italy. Hall has been a featured performer at the Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangkok, the Positano Chamber Music Festival in Italy, the Vianden International Chamber Music Festival in Luxembourg and the Composer’s Concordance Series in New York City.

Twice he has presented world premieres at International Viola Congresses at Minneapolis and Reykjavik, Iceland, performed at the 2014 Primrose International Festival in Los Angeles, and presented to critical acclaim the North American premiere of Chen Yi’s, Xian Shi, the first viola concerto written by a Chinese composer, with the Chicago Composers Orchestra, and earlier with the Chiang Mai Philharmonic in Thailand.

Future performances include solo appearances at the 2016 New Music Gathering, the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival, May String Festival in Bandung, Indonesia, 2016 UMKC Summer Composition Workshop, 2016 Thailand International Composition Festival, the American Viola Festival at Oberlin and performing Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra.

Compositions written for Michael Hall include three recently released commercial recordings: Narong Prangcharoen’s Antahkarana, Mara Gibson’s Canopy and James Mobberley’s “Subject To Change Without Notice,” which received accolades from the American Record Guide, Fanfare Magazine, the NewMusic Box and “I Care If You Listen.” Other notable solo premieres have included works by Marta Ptaszynska, Matthew Burtner, Antonio Celso Ribeiro, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Christian Ellenwood, Jean-David Caillouet, David Vayo, Seth Boustead, Eric Malmquist and Yu Pengfei. In addition to presenting the Asian premieres of works by Elliott Carter, Zhou Long, Shulamit Ran and Nico Muhly, Hall has championed the music of Alfred Schnittke, Stephen Paulus and Kee Yong Chong.

Future premieres of solo works written for Hall include compositions by Eric Moe, Amy Williams, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Rob Deemer, Chaipruk Mekara, Milicia Djordjevic, Luke Gullickson, Ilya Levinson and a trio by David Vayo. Commercial recordings can be found on the Delos, Centaur, Acoma, Clarion, Vienna Modern Masters, and Albany Records labels.

Hall has performed on Thailand’s PBS-TV, National Public Radio’s “Live From Studio A” and WFMT’s new music program Relevant Tones. Hall regularly performs with the Chicago Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, Ravinia Festival, Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival, and the Chicago Composers Orchestras. He has also worked with members of Ensemble Del Niente, Fonema Consort and newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

Additional solo performances include the Philadelphia Salon Series, Frequency Series at Constellation, Sonict New Music Series, Carriage Barn Series, Bennington College, PianoForte Salon Live Series, Open Ground Series, South Loop Music Festival, 360º Series, CUBE New Music Series and and his third residency at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory Summer Composition Workshop, where he will be a featured performer. Hall will also be making his sixth appearance at the Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangkok.

An avid chamber musician, Hall was a founding member of the Lake String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Yellowstone National Park. He has also performed at numerous summer festivals, including the Grand Teton Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, and the Aspen Music Festival, where he was a winner in the Indiana-Aspen Concerto Competition.

Michael believes strongly in the expressive power of collaborating with diverse disciplines in the arts. Collaborations with dancers and visual artists led to guest recitals and lectures at the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City Art Institute, Chicago Renaissance Society, Musical Bridges Program and the Experimental Sound Studio. Cross-curricular interests naturally led to Michael’s Young Composers Project, funded by the City of Chicago with a Neighborhood Arts Grant. The project combined Howard Gardner’s concepts of Multiple Intelligences with the basic building blocks of music to teach math and creative writing to children grades K-6 in public elementary schools on Chicago’s South Side. Other awards include grants from USArtists International and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Hall teaches on the faculty of VanderCook College of Music, and has served on the faculties of Illinois Wesleyan University, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Guilford College, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and taught adjunct at the University of Chicago. Additionally, Hall is the Director of Education for the Bandung Philharmonic in Indonesia, and serves on the Board of the American Viola Society. Hall received his Doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Masters and received his Bachelor degree from Ball State University. His teachers include Michelle LaCourse, Scott Rawls, Peter Kamnitzer, Linda Geidel and the LaSalle and Tokyo string quartets.

Hall plays a viola made by Ferruccio Varagnolo. Hall and his wife, Kristine, who is the most inspiring 5th grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, have two daughters. Hall has logged over 3,000 miles hiking through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and other mountain chains throughout the world, is an avid amateur photographer, loves dark chocolate and recently completed the Chicago Marathon.

 

LI-WEI QIN

An exclusive Universal Music China Artist, Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. After achieving great success at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition where he was awarded the Silver Medal, Li-Wei has since won the First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York. “A superbly stylish, raptly intuitive performer” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015) was the description of the cellist’s Elgar and Walton concerti recording with the London Philharmonic.

Highlights in the 2017/18 season includes debut with the London Symphony, Russian Philharmonic, Czech Chamber and Brussels Chamber Orchestras. Return visits to the China Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

Two times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Li-Wei has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with many of the world’s great orchestras including all the BBC symphony orchestras, the Los Angeles philharmonic, London Philharmonic, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the NDR-Sinfonierorchester Hamburg, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Basel Symphony, the Prague symphony, the Osaka Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony among many others. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Marek Janowski, Jaap Van Zweden, Jiri Belohlavek, Jan Pascal Totelier, Hans Graf, Yu Long, the late Machello Viotti and the late Lord Menuhin. Li-Wei has also appeared with chamber orchestras such as the Kremerata Baltika, Sinfonia Vasovia, the Munich, the Zurich, the Australian Chamber Orchestras.

In recital and chamber music, Li-Wei is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall and for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York. He has appeared at the BBC Proms, the Rheinghau, the City of London, the Schlewigs-Holstein and the Mecklenburg Festivals. Li-Wei has collaborated with musicians such as Daniel Hope, Nabuko Imai, Misha Maisky, David Finckel, Wu Han, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Peter Frankel, among many others.

Li-Wei’s recordings on Universal Music/Decca include the complete Beethoven Sonatas, Works of Rachmaninov with pianist Albert Tiu, Dvořàk Concerto with Singapore Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lan Shui and Elgar/Walton Concerti with the London Philharmonic. Most recently, courtesy of Universal Music, Li-Wei's 2013 live concert with the Shanghai Symphony and Maestro Yu Long has been released on Sony Classical.

Born in Shanghai Li-Wei moved to Australia at the age of 13, before accepting scholarships to study with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He was invited to join the BBC 'New Generations' scheme in 2001 and in 2002, Li-Wei received the Young Australian of the Year Award. Other major invitations included appearances at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics (New Zealand Symphony), 2012 London Olympics and the Davos World Economics Forum (Basel Symphony Orchestra).

Prior to teaching at the YST Conservatory, Li-Wei was a professor of cello at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He is also a guest professor at Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Music in China. Li-Wei plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini cello, generously loaned by Dr and Mrs Wilson Goh.

 

DR. GOETZ RICHTER

Goetz Richter is a violinist, teacher and thinker with a dual background in music and philosophy. He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music where he co-ordinates performance studies for violinists. Previous positions include a fifteen-year tenure as Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (1987-2002) and early career positions as Associate Principal Violin II with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1986-87) and Concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (1985-1986). As a violinist Richter has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. He has given concerto performances with Australian Orchestras and has been a leader and guest leader of a number of Australian Orchestras. Chamber music collaborations include performances with Herrmann Baumann, Gerard Fauth, Bernhard Greenhouse and others. With pianist Jeanell Carrigan he has a long standing duo partnership that has included recital performances throughout Australia and in Europe, appearance for Musica Viva and broadcasts for the ABC. As an orchestral musician, principal and leader Richter has worked with eminent conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jaervi, Yuri Temirkanov, Edo de Waart, David Zinman, Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Ashkenazy and many others.

Born in Hamburg, Goetz Richter completed his performance studies at the Munich “Hochschule für Musik” following studies with Gerhart Hetzel. He also benefited from further intensive studies with Max Rostal and advanced solo-performance studies with Arthur Grumiaux and Riccardo Odnopossoff. Following his appointment to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Richter studied philosophy, psychology and philosophy of science at Sydney University completing a PhD in philosophy in 2007. In 2012 Richter initiated a cross-disciplinary research and performance project at the University of Sydney (“Elective Affinities”) which explores the connections between music and philosophy through performance and theoretical research. His research in philosophy includes the philosophy of music, the philosophy of musical performance and the philosophy of music education.

In 1997 Richter was appointed to the Sydney Conservatorium as the Chair of Strings where he teaches performance students and supervises higher degree students in a number of research areas. His students achieve success as prize-winners of national and international competitions, are appointed to positions in orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and Australia and are active as teachers in Australia and abroad. His leadership of the Sydney Conservatorium String department was prominently featured in a special 2004 edition of “The Strad” magazine. In 2005 and 2006 Richter was invited to the faculty of the Euro Arts Music Festival in Leipzig. He frequently gives masterclasses and pedagogical seminars in Shanghai (2015, Shanghai International Masterclasses), Guangzhou, Wuhan and Fuzhou (2017), Singapore and New Zealand (NZ Music Teachers’ Association 2015) and throughout Australia. He convenes the Australian Violin Pedagogy Conference (most recently in 2015 in Launceston) and he is an editor of the on-line string pedagogy journal String Praxis. He was founding Artistic Director of the Camden Haven Music Festival, Artistic Director of the Riverina Summer School for Strings (2012-2017) and he is the founding Artistic Director of the Kendall National Violin Competition. In 2013 he was appointed visiting professor at the Wuhan Conservatorium in China.

During his tenure with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Richter served as Vice-President and President of the Sydney Musicians’ Association and as President of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Benevolent Fund. He was a principal architect and negotiator of the 1995 Musicians’ Enterprise Agreement that introduced major industrial reform to Australian Symphony Orchestras following their divestment from the ABC. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2007 until 2016 and continues to contribute to research topics related to the working life of musicians, the long-term sustainability of orchestras and orchestral careers, challenges of artists’ performance management and effective communication and internal leadership in orchestras.

Richter has published articles on philosophy, the philosophy of Plato and Nietzsche, the philosophy of music and topics related to the philosophy of musical performance, pedagogy, violin pedagogy and the philosophy of performance teaching and learning. His translation of Eugen Fink’s book on Nietzsche’s philosophy is published by Continuum and a study of the relationship between music and philosophy (The Congruence of Music and Philosophy) by VDM Saarbruecken.


DR. ELIZABETH SELLARS

Australian-born Elizabeth Sellars is a distinguished soloist and chamber musician with a reputation as “dynamically exciting” (The Australian) and “one of the few violinists…who can handle works that move in new directions” (The Age).

Elizabeth is a prize-winning graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs String Quartets (chamber music). Further significant influences included Sandor Vegh and Yehudi Menuhin with whom Elizabeth worked at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall and at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. In Australia, Elizabeth’s early training was with Nehama Patkin (piano), Andre Hadges (violin) and Arkady Feldman (violin). She was amongst the early graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where she studied with the Polish violinist Nathan Gutman. She has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Hepzibah Menuhin Scholarship, the Lady Northcote Scholarship, the Australian Music Foundation Award, the Countess of Munster Scholarship and the Martin Bequest.

During her time in London, Elizabeth was a winner of the inaugural John Tunnell Trust and the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy. As soloist and chamber musician, she toured extensively in the UK, broadcast for the BBC, and performed throughout Europe with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. 

Now resident in Melbourne, Elizabeth is a member of the Sutherland Trio with pianist Caroline Almonte and cellist Molly Kadarauch. She has also performed with Elision, Libra, the Tin Alley String Quartet, Seraphim Trio, Wilma and Friends and Ensemble Liaison. As a member of Temenos Trio Elizabeth was third prize-winner in the 9th Concorso Musicale Internazionale “Riviera del Conero” in Italy. Elizabeth has also appeared as guest principal first violin with the Melbourne Symphony and guest concertmaster with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. She has performed on radio and in festivals worldwide, including Chichester, Cheltenham, Roaring Hoofs, Port Fairy, Huntingdon, Mornington Peninsula, Dunkeld, Bangalow, Castlemaine and the Blackwood River Chamber Festival. Elizabeth has recorded for Toccata Classics, Naxos, Move and ABC Classics, and her live concerts and recordings are regularly heard on ABC Classic FM. 

Elizabeth is strongly committed to the performance of new work and with the support of the Australia Council has performed world premieres dedicated to her and the Sutherland Trio by Julian Yu, Dominik Karski, Calvin Bowman, Thomas Reiner, Paul Grabowsky, Stuart Greenbaum, Mary Finsterer and Philip Czaplowski. Her world premiere recording of the George Benjamin Sonata with Kenji Fujimura was the winner of the 2014 Limelight Chamber Music Recording of Year.  

Recent performances include a rare performance of the Margaret Sutherland Violin Concerto with the Monash Academy Orchestra, concerts with Sutherland Trio at Benalla Art Gallery and the Mornington Peninsula Summer Music Festival and recitals with Kenji Fujimura at the Melbourne Recital Centre and in Thailand. She also performed with Ensemble Liaison throughout their 10th anniversary season including concerts at Ukaria, Townsville Festival and Coffs Harbour.

Educating the next generation of students is a passion for Elizabeth. She has presented workshops for the Australian String Teachers Association, the University of Auckland, the International Akaroa Music Festival and the Pettman Junior Academy. As juror, she has served on panels for the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Dorcas McClean Scholarship and the Singapore Teacher’s Association 6th Performer’s Festival.

Elizabeth is currently Co-ordinator of strings at Monash University where she directs the Monash University String Sinfonia and enjoys teaching her many students.

 

MAESTRO JOSHUA TAN KANG MING

Second Prize winner of the 2008 Dimitris Mitropoulos International Competition, Singaporean conductor Joshua Tan Kangming’s rise to prominence on the international scene has been marked by successful debuts in Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Mariinsky Hall, Bunkamura, Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan. He was featured as the top Singaporean musical talent in 2009 by the Singapore newspaper, Lianhe ZaoBao. He has also won numerous awards and scholarships, including the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, NAC-Shell Scholarship, SSO/MOE Scholarship and is the first ever recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize from the Juilliard School for outstanding achievement. In 2011, he received the Young Artist Award of Singapore.

Joshua has come to the attention of the leading conductors of today and has studied with James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman and Kurt Masur. Other conductors he has worked with include Michael Tilson Thomas, Ingo Metzmacher and George Manahan.

Joshua has conducted the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Beethoven Bonn Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra, Urals Philharmonic Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Okayama Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Yokohama Sinfonietta, Russiche Kammerphilharmonie, Macau Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Obihiro Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Toho Orchestra, AACA Orchestra, Kaoshiung City Symphony Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg State Symphony amongst others. Equally at home with both symphonic and operatic repertoire, he has conducted La traviata, L’elisir d’amore, Tosca, Rigoletto, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Un Ballo in Maschera, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Cosi fan Tutte, Turandot amongst others. He was also cover conductor for Christoph Eschenbach and Lorin Maazel. Adept at working with film/multimedia and music, Joshua is a Disney approved conductor and gave the Asian premiere of Fantasia. He has also conducted for the BBC’s Planet Earth Series.

Joshua is presently Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra. He had a successful stint as Resident Conductor of the National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra from 2009 to 2012 with numerous televised concerts. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include debuts with Sinfonia Varsovia, Japan Century Orchestra, Swan Lake and Giselle in Tokyo, Turandot, L’elisir d’amore in Singapore amongst others. Joshua is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music (High Distinction).

 

LESLIE TAN

Leslie Tan, cellist of the internationally-renowned T'ang Quartet has performed, both as soloist and chamber musician, to critical acclaim in major venues and festivals worldwide.
These include the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals in the USA; the Melbourne and Port Fairy Festivals in Australia; the New Zealand Festival; the Hong Kong Arts Festival; and the Prague-Vienna- Budapest Sommerakademie and Aarhuus Festivals in Europe. He has also been broadcasted by the BBC in London.

In 1980, after only 4 years of cello studies, Leslie Tan was awarded a scholarship to further his studies in London. A graduate of the Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music, London, Leslie Tan went on to the Tchaikovsky-Moscow State Conservatory as a graduate-assistant of Natalia Shahkovskaya. In the USA, he was a pupil of Paul Katz and Norman Fischer.

In a career that has spanned almost 20 years, from orchestral to chamber and solo performances, he is very much sought after as a pedagogue as well as a performer.

Leslie Tan was on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute from 2000 - 2004; and in 2003, was appointed to the faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

VOICE ADJUDICATORS

LILITH VERHELST

 

Belgian soprano Lilith Verhelst obtained her degree in classical singing at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp before continuing her vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague where she specialized in early music performance practice.

Lilith is equally at home with singing baroque and contemporary repertoire. She loves the purity of baroque music and the fact that it is so natural for the voice. Modern music poses a different challenge, in that it takes more time to study and to interpret, but because it is new, Lilith thrives on the freedom it gives her as a performer.

Her passion for contemporary music has involved working as a soloist in modern opera, musical theatre and chamber music. She participated in the Darmstadt International New Music Festival (2012), where she was coached by the French soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac. She sang while in the presence of the composer Georges Aperghis, of his work La Nuit en tête (2013) and also performed VOI(rex) by Philippe Leroux with Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin during her residency with the OPUS XXI Academy 2013 (Avignon). In April 2015, she sang the role of Green Romy in the opera ROMY – Elle est moi und töte mich by Belgian composer Joris Blanckaert in collaboration with SPECTRA Ensemble.

Other notable projects have included touring the opera Alzheimer (2006) by Chiel Meijering, as well as singing within the Gaudeamus Festival Amsterdam, working with the Ereprijs Ensemble to premiere numerous works by young composers. She also performed the chamber opera Drawers in the presence of the composer Tom Johnson and participated in Columba by the Belgian musical theatre group Luna Baal, singing music by Nicholas Lens.

As a solo and ensemble singer Lilith has collaborated with ensembles such as The Flemish Radio Choir (BE), CantoLX (LU), Cappella Amsterdam (NL) and Baroque Ensemble Collegium AD MOSAM. She has also performed within stylistically diverse programs such as the Frescobaldi/Cage programme put on by CantoLX, Or reviving music of 17th century Turnhout composers in collaboration with the baroque orchestra B’Rock and the very same CantoLX.

As a counter balance to her work in contemporary music and choral collaborations, she regularly performs with the baroque duo The Green Lady ensemble together with harpist Sarah Louise Ridy — a duo focusing on the performance of Italian and English repertoire from 17th century.

In November 2015 Lilith relocated to Singapore where she is currently Adjunct Voice Teacher at The School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA). Recent projects include Sonic Blossom by artist Lee Mingwei at the National Art Gallery Singapore during the Night to Light festival.

DR. MISOOK YUN

Praised as a singer of “exquisite clarity” and “virtuosity,” lyric soprano Misook Yun has performed in Italy, Austria, South Korea, and the United States of America.

An accomplished operatic performer, Yun has appeared in the roles of Mimi & Musetta (La Bohème), Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Tosca (Tosca), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Micaela (Carmen), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), High Priestess (Aida), Violetta (La Traviata), Suzel (L’Amico Fritz), and Genevieve (Suor Angelica).  Her engagements were with Eugene Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Opera Western Reserve, Bayshore Lyric Opera, Opera Circle, Valley Lyric Opera, and Warren Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a concert soloist, Yun appeared with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Dana Symphony Orchestra, Ashtabula Area Orchestra, and Umpqua Symphony Orchestra.   Her orchestral performances include Mahler Symphony No. 2, Beethoven 9 Symphony, Vivaldi’s Gloria, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, Chants d'Auvergne, Elijah, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Faure’s Requiem, Carmina Burana, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Schubert Mass in G, Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. 

She has given solo, gala, and chamber recitals in South Korea, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Oregon, Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  As a chamber musician, she won the Pittsburgh Concert Society audition in 2012.

Yun was audience choice winner at the Classical Singer Convention in May 2010 in New York City, and was selected by Classical Singer as a “Certified Classical Singer,” having advanced to the final round in the professional category at the 2007 Classical Singer Convention competition.  She was featured in the September 2010 and January 2008 edition of the Classical Singer magazine.  Her other competition winnings include first prize of the Metropolitan Opera Competition in the Oregon District, the concerto competition at the University of Oregon, and first prize in the Paul & Lillian Petri Scholarship Competition which enabled her to study abroad in Austria and Italy. 

Accomplished pedagogue, in the summer of 2004, she was one of the twelve National Association of Teachers of Singing interns chosen through out the North America. Recently she participated OperaWorks’ Artist Teacher Training program.  Ms. Yun has been invited to be part of summer faculty at Summer Music Study in Hungary program in Szeged, and will be returning to the program in summer 2018.  Dr.Yun is a professor at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University.

 

COMPOSITION ADJUDICATORS

 
   


 

 

DR. JOHN SHARPLEY

JOHN SHARPLEY, composer, performer and teacher, possesses a unique and multi-faceted career that spans geographic and cultural borders. Born in Houston, Texas, USA, he earned a Doctorate in Music Composition from Boston University; a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Houston; and, diplomas for piano, violin, and composition at the National Conservatory of Music in Strasbourg, France. His composition teachers include Michael Horvit, David Del Tredici, John Harbison, Betsy Jolas and Leonard Bernstein. Singapore has been his home since 1985.

He has been featured as both composer and pianist in numerous concerts, institutions, conferences and festivals recently including Illinois Wesleyan University, the New Composition Festival  (Bangkok, Thailand), the Texas Music Teacher’s Association Convention (Dallas and Houston), the Asia Pacific Festival (Wellington, New Zealand), Singapore Piano Pedagogy Symposium, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Symposium (Melbourne), Across Oceans International Festival (Toronto, Canada), the Autumn Artist Festival (Houston) and the Hong Kong Asian Arts Festival, San Francisco State University, Hendrix College (Arkansas), University of Kansas, Concordia (Montreal), University of Houston, Institut Technology Mara (Malaysia) and Lake Tuggeranongs College, Canberra, Australia. He has held positions as assistant professor of music at Boston University, music lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore) and composer-in-residence at LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore). He was composer-in-residence for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra 2004 season. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of OperaViva (www.operaviva.com.sg) and currently teaches at both Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LaSalle College of the Arts.

Sharpley’s honors include the Texas Music Teacher’s Association Composition Commissioning Prize for 2007, an American Cine-Eagle Award (October Garden - 1983), and the New York Film Festival Award (Silent Hope - 1992). The film Gourmet Baby (2001) scored by Sharpley that has been featured in major international film festivals including New York and Los Angeles. Datura, a Singaporean film that Sharpley scored, won the Singapore International Film Festival Award for Best Short Film (1999). His music for the CD ROM, Around the World won the Ngee Ann Creative Excellence Award for music (1995). In 2000, he was awarded a special citation from Stanford University (USA) in recognition of his contributions as a teacher. He is listed in the Cambridge Dictionary of International Biography, the American Biographical Institute and the Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and is featured on several commercial CDs.

Sharpley's compositions include orchestral works, opera, music for theatre, film and dance scores, chamber music, songs, and solo piano works. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, the Sheffield Winds (Chicago), the Huqin Quartet, the T’ang String Quartet are some of the prominent ensembles which have performed Sharpley's compositions. He also worked with the famous rock group R.E.M., composing an arrangement for the song Lotus. His song cycle for soprano, children’s choir and piano, The Wild Child, was recorded for the Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC) in 2007 by the Young Voices of Melbourne. His choral work Dream Within A Dream premiered and toured in the US in 2008. His opera Kannagi was premiered in an Indian Temple in Singapore (2009). His choreographed piano work Toccata premiered in Singapore and Delhi, India (2009).

 

ERIC JAMES WATSON

Born in the UK, Eric Watson received tertiary musical training at Trinity College of Music in London where his principal studies were piano, violin, composition, and conducting for which he was awarded the Ricordi prize. After graduating he worked as repetiteur in opera and music director for musicals.

For the last twenty-six years Eric has lived in Singapore where he is active as composer, conductor, music technologist and pedagogue. His experience embraces opera, musical theatre, film and television and he has written scores in many diverse and different genres including Electro-Acoustic music, Gamelan and Chinese Orchestra. In 2001 he was the composer and musical director for the Singapore National Day parade for which he recorded an orchestral score with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and again in 2007 he wrote and arranged orchestral music for National day this time with four different orchestra’s, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, a smaller Indian ensemble and a Malay ensemble.

In 2008 Eric Watson recently was awarded first prize in the Singapore Chinese Orchestra International Composition Competition for his work, “Tapestries I - Time Dances” ; and in 2011 he wrote the first prize winning piece “Aftermath” for the Singapore Piano and Violin competition.

Since residing in Singapore he has written the musical,  ‘A River In Time’ in which he achieved a fusion of Western orchestra, gamelan and small Chinese orchestra, followed by second musical, “Land of A Thousand Dreams”. Numerous other works include “Singapura”, a set of orchestra variations based on the local melody of the same name; “The Wind” for Symphonic Band and Chorus, “Samarkand” a concert march for symphonic band, “Concerto for Chinese Orchestra and Tabla” and “Songs of the North”, a concerto grosso for Chinese orchestra, Fiddle, English Concertina, Pipa and Dizi , “Tapestries II – The Land Beneath the Wind” for Chinese orchestra,  “The Golden Orb” for harp ensemble and a short symphonic piece “Intersections” written for the 'The Orchestra of the Musicmakers’.In 2014 Eric was awarded  the Kou Pao Kun Award in Arts and Culture for New Immigrant. Eric is currently composer-in-residence at the SCO.

In his pedagogical work Eric Watson takes a special interest in teaching both classical and contemporary orchestration, composition, jazz and improvisational techniques.

He is one of the composers and conductors for the Asian Traditional Orchestra and

his activities as performer, composer and lecturer has taken him to many parts of South East Asia, China, Japan, Australia and Europe.

SPECIAL SPEAKER

 
   


DR. GREG PETERSEN

Greg Petersen teaching a variety of humanities and music history courses in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. All of his courses explore the human relationship with the arts help Conservatory students develop their portfolio and prepare for the post-graduation experiences.

Greg Petersen holds a doctorate in Humanities Studies from the University at Albany, State University of New York as well as a Master of Arts degree in musicology and art history, and a Bachelor in Music Performance from Brigham Young University in Utah, USA. Before coming to Singapore, he taught at Rogers State University and the University at Albany in the USA. A highly commended teacher, Dr. Petersen was honoured in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2004-2005.

 After spending many years as a professional bassist, Greg Petersen left the musical performance venues of the world and entered the universities of the world to focus on his academic interests in the human relationship with arts. He received his doctorate in Humanistic Studies with an emphasis in critical theory from the University of Albany, State University of New York. His previous degrees include a Master of Arts degree in art history and musicology, and a Bachelor of Music in double bass performance, both awarded from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.

As an interdisciplinary scholar with a diverse background and interests, Petersen’s research explores disparate aspects of cultural values, the human relationship with the arts, and artistic border crossings. Some of the world's most respected publishers have published his book chapters and journals articles in the areas of musical instrument history, aesthetics, and economic, religious, and political influences. In addition, his conference papers have explored questions of emptiness in creativity and how the arts influence personal and national identity.

Prior to joining the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, the University at Albany (New York) and Rogers State University (Oklahoma, USA) assigned Petersen a diverse range of responsibilities. Between these two institutions, he taught a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary humanities courses. His unique teaching style has resulted in multiple teaching awards and conference presentations on teaching excellence in higher education. In additional to being a highly commended teacher, he brings notable experience as a humanities coordinator, chair of institutional undergraduate assessment for a comprehensive accreditation review, chair of academic integrity policies, and undergraduate degree programme development.

As a bassist Petersen has performed on several records and film scores, including motion pictures for Walt Disney Pictures and Warner Bros. He has also performed live with several international celebrities, Broadway musicals, ice shows, and circuses. Professional opera, ballet, and symphonic organisations encapsulate his classical music experience. Although his focus is now his teaching and research, he remains marginally active as a substitute in the Singapore music circuit

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