Piano Faculty

Piano Faculty

SRMC’s Piano Faculty ensures the best possible education via one-to-one principal study lessons and masterclasses. We have dedicated piano rooms and recital studio available for practice and performances. Graduates have gone onto great success in their careers, including solo pianists, accompanists, and professional piano teachers.

OUR LECTURERS
Dr Chua Yun Ying

Head of Piano Faculty, Academic and Exam Board Member

Qualifications
PhD in Music, University of Manchester
Master in Music, King’s College London
Graduate Diploma, Royal Northern College of Music
Bachelor of Music (1st Class Honours), University of Manchester

Profile
Dr Chua Yun Ying is an established music educator and pianist in Singapore. Currently, she teaches at the Singapore Raffles Music College, where she is the Head of Piano Faculty and the Programme Leader for University of West London degree programmes.

She left for Manchester in 1995 to pursue her music studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. After obtaining a Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music and a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours from the University of Manchester, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree at King’s College London. She returned to the University of Manchester in 2000 to pursue her PhD, specialising in the music of Beethoven.

At the University of Manchester, she was a recipient of the Hargreaves Fund Prize, awarded to the overall top students in the music department. She received full scholarships to fund her doctoral studies – the Overseas Research Scholarship and the University Research Studentship, awarded by the British government and the University of Manchester respectively.

Dr Chua is an accomplished pianist and accompanist, having studied with renowned teachers such as Martina Maixnerova, Renna Kellaway, Colin Stone and Mikhail Kazakevich. She participated regularly in lunchtime recitals in Manchester and has given concerts in Cambridge, Oxford, Glasgow and York.
She is highly sought after as a music educator, having given masterclasses in the Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music as well as the Central Conservatory Preparatory School in Beijing in 2016. At the Liszt Memorial Prizes: 2016 Hong Kong – International Piano Open Competition, she received the award of “Excellent Piano Teacher”. She has also adjudicated in competitions, such as the Singapore International Classical Piano Competition 2017.

Dr Chua has taught classes at the University of Manchester and at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since returning to Singapore, Yun Ying has lectured at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, teaching music appreciation, music theory and music knowledge classes, as well as supervising research thesis to Bachelor’s degree students. At SRMC, she is teaching History and Musicianship classes, supervising BMus research projects, and tutoring piano principal study students. Many of her students have successfully completed FdMus and BMus degrees from the University of West London, and some have gone on to pursue Masters degrees.

Mr Sim Keng Boon

Principal Study Piano Lecturer

Qualifications
Master’s in Piano Performance, International College of Music Hamburg (Germany)
Bachelor of Science in Music and Mathematics (1st Class Honours), University of Birmingham (UK)
Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship

Profile
From 2004 to 2009, Sim Keng Boon taught at the local Ministry of Education for Cambridge ‘A’ Level Music, specializing in History, Analysis, Composition and Performance. His Singapore performance debut in 2006 marked two sold-out recitals. In 2008, he was invited to perform the “Yellow River Piano Concerto” with Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra. Other notable venues that he has performed at include Hamburg, Flensburg, Kiel, Lübeck, and Brunsbüttel.

In 2012, he studied under the tutelage of Professor Manfred Fock at the International College of Music Hamburg in Germany. To date, he has recorded two solo albums, featuring piano works by Busoni, Brahms, Granados, Liszt, Scriabin, Ravel and Kapustin. He now provides private piano lessons and master classes at various local institutions.

Dr Paul Liang Wei Chung

Principal Study Piano Lecturer

Qualifications
Doctoral of Musical Arts, Boston University
Master of Music, The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University

Profile
Soon after Dr. Liang began his piano studies at the age of seven, he won first prizes at the Singapore Piano Festival and National Music Competition. In 1990, he enrolled at La Salle College of Fine Arts to pursue a Diploma in Piano Performance under the celebrated Singapore pianist Ong Lip Tat. Later, he continued his music education in the United States with a study grant awarded by the National Arts Council of Singapore.

While studying under famed pianist Marian Hahn at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Liang won the Azalia H. Thomas Prize for being the top student in Music Theory, and the Lillian Gutman Prize in Piano. In 1994, he moved to New York to continue his graduate studies at the prestigious Juilliard School under the tutelage of distinguished pianist Joseph Kalichstein. At Juilliard, he was awarded the Gluck Fellowship and the Michael & Ethel L. Cohen Scholarship for excellence in piano performance.

In 2002, he completed his post graduate studies at Boston University, where he studied with the renowned Korean-American pianist, Tong-ll Han, and was awarded the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree. While at Boston, he was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship, First Prize in the Anne and Aaron Richmond Piano Competition, and the Dean’s Honors Award upon graduation for exceptional academics (3.81 G.P.A) and piano performance.

Dr. Liang has concertized throughout the United States, Paris, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea, and has spent many summers teaching piano at summer music festivals in South Korea and Japan, including the Tong-ll Han Piano Institute.

Ms Danielle Zhang

Principal Study Piano Associate Lecturer

Qualifications
Post-Graduate Diploma in Music, University of West London
BMus (Hons) Music Performance – Level 6, University of West London

Profile
Danielle Zhang is a SRMC alumnus and scholar, who studied under the college’s Head of Piano Faculty, Dr Chua Yun Ying. In 2009, she performed for the then-President of Singapore, S.R. Nathan at the Istana. The following year, she was appointed as the Student Council’s Chairperson, and was also awarded the ATCL with Distinction.

As a student of the London College of Music (LCM), she was selected to represent the Piano Faculty to perform at recitals. In 2013, she clinched the 2nd Prize for the prestigious John Ireland Piano Competition. She was also a Guest Soloist for LCM Camerata, LCM’s chamber orchestra.

Since graduation, she began teaching at SRMC as an Associate Lecturer. Under her tutelage, her students were selected to play for Singapore Symphony FM92.4. They have also received several awards, such as Best Recital, 2nd Prize at Singapore International Classical Piano Competition 2017, and 3rd Prize at BOYA China International Piano Festival 2017.

In 2017, Danielle Zhang was the Piano Accompanist for a Guzheng professor from China Shenyang Music Conservatory, during the Closing Ceremony of Singapore Raffles Music Festival at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. She also served as the Adjudicator of the 7th Asia International Arts Competition – Piano Category. That same year, she was awarded ‘Best Piano Performance Teacher’ at the International Youth Hands Together Arts Festival.

OUR ALUMNI
Lim Chee Yap

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Graduate

Qualifications
BMus (Hons) Music Performance – Level 6, University of West London

Professional Achievements
Invited to be a Piano Tutor at Shenzhen Music Academy Summer School 2017
Awarded Master of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in 2017
Performed Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto with RCS Symphony Orchestra
Won Bach Prize and Lamond Prize (3rd Prizes) at RCS
Won 1st prize at London College of Music’s John Ireland Competition 2013

Zhu Jing Yi

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Masters Student

Qualifications
Master in Music Performance, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
BMus (Hons) Music Performance – Level 6, University of West London

Professional Achievements
Awarded Scholarship from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Guided students to win First Prize (Nantong City), Second Prize (Jiangsu Province) National –
Steinway Piano Competition 2016
Won Nantong’s Teaching Award in 2013
Won Second Prize, Yamaha Competition (Nantong) 2013
Won First Prize, Asian Youth Competition (Jiangsu Province) 2012

Gao Bo

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance Student

Qualifications
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Catholic University of America
Master of Music in Piano Performance, Shenandoah University (USA)
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Virginia Commonwealth University

Professional Achievements
Awarded First Prize, Virginia Music Teachers Association 2016
Awarded Second Prize, Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition 2016 Competition
Performed as Piano Soloist at 2016 Washington and 2014 Lancaster International Piano Festivals

PAST MASTERCLASSES
Dr John Sharpley

Composer, pianist, and lecturer
8 Nov 2017

Born in Houston, Texas, USA, Dr John Sharpley 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.

He has been featured as both composer and pianist in numerous concerts, institutions, conferences and festivals across Thailand, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, and Canada. His honours 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 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.

Mr Rickie Oui

Pianist, pedagogue, educator, and adjudicator
31 May 2017

As a pianist, pedagogue, educator, trainer, and adjudicator, Mr Rickie Oui has developed world-class knowledge of and practical experience in the art of piano playing, as well as coaching students and teachers alike. His teaching combines the rich traditions of the famous Hungarian and Russian piano schools with his own researched pedagogy approach and specialized techniques.

Through 35 years of musical activity and working with pupils from the average to the immensely talented, he has produced many outstanding students; many have won scholarships, awards and top prizes at major competitions. Also, many of his former students grace the faculties of music institutions both locally and abroad, and have become prominent and influential performers and teachers today.

Some of the appointments he held include an examiner to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London; music lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, senior lecturer in Yamaha Academy of Music, Singapore; and senior lecturer and adviser to the music department, Sedaya College (now U.C.S.I). He was also the area representative for Trinity College of Music, London.

Ms Pauline Lee

International pianist and music instructor
1 June 2016

Pauline Lee graduated with a Master’s degree (MMus) in Music (Solo Piano Performance) at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in U.K. and FRSM (Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music) under the tutelage of her esteemed teacher Dr. Stephen Savage. Other revered teachers include Martin Roscoe and Ms Oh Hye-Rin. Winner of the Silver Prize in the Asia International Piano Academy Festival & Competition in Korea and also the Pianist Prize in the Chris Petty English Song Competition, Pauline has also performed to numerous positive performances at Bridgewater Hall, RNCM concert hall, Lotherton Hall and other venues in UK.

Recently in 2013, she participated in the Lucerne Festival am Piano masterclass with Andreas Haefliger and was chosen to perform at the KKL Luzern Hall in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ever since returning to Singapore, she has played in numerous recitals and concerts with Jasper Goh, Leslie Tay, RNCM Alumni, New Opera Singapore, Orchestra Collective, Singapore Woodwinds Festival 2014 and SOTA. Now, Pauline is an aspiring musician balancing her passion for teaching, accompaniment and chamber work.

She works as an adjunct accompanist at School of the Arts (SOTA) and adjunct teacher at Dulwich College Singapore.

Ms Charlotte Tomlinson

Professional piano instructor
23 March 2016

Charlotte Tomlinson is a post-graduate pianist at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London. Earlier, she struggled with tendonitis, not quite knowing where to go for help or realising the emotional root in what she was dealing with. This led to a fascination in the connections between the mind, body and emotions. She spent over twenty years exploring and training in different forums of body and mind therapies, testing them out in her teaching.

Along with her own understanding of what it means to be a musician and her experience as a professional pianist and teacher for over 25 years, her training has developed her unusual and unique way of working. She works intuitively, searching out what each individual needs. By knowing what it is that impedes a person realizing their full potential as a musician, she is better able to support them in performing to the peak of their ability.

Professor Pan Yi Ming

Internationally renowned pianist
25 November 2015

Born in Shanghai on 9th July 1937, Pan Yi Ming began his piano studies at a very young age. He entered The Central Conservatory of Music in 1954 and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in 1959. His piano influences include Prof. Li Chang Sun (China), C. Stavenska (Poland) and Prof. D. Klavchenko (Russia). In 1957, he won The First Prize in The Conservatory Piano Competition. He taught piano at The Central Conservatory of Music from 1959 to 1991. From 1983 to 1991, he was appointed as the Associate Professor and Piano Professor in Beijing, as well as the Deputy Director of The Piano Department. Since 1991, Prof. Pan has settled down in Singapore and has taught at Lasalle College of the Arts till 2008.

Professor Pan Yi Ming has been teaching piano for more than fifty years. His students have won prizes at National Competitions in China and International Piano Competitions, including the 1st prize. Many of his students teach at The Central Conservatory of Music (China), The Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris(France), The Royal College of Music (Canada), and several conservatories in America. In July 2000, his students from all over the world held a ceremony for Prof. Pan to mark his forty years of teaching. It was held in the States. In July 2007, his students held another concert in The Conservatory of Music in Beijing to cerebrate his 70th birthday.

Besides piano teaching, Prof. Pan Yi Ming also gave recitals and concerto concerts in the main cities in China, such as Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu and Xi-An. He was invited to give recitals for the radio broadcasting at the Central People’s Broadcasting Station from 1978 to 1985. He has made records in China, which include the major works by Beethoven, Chopin, Granados etc. and the works by many most famous Chinese composers. He gave joint recitals with American Piano Professor Jacob Latiener (Julliard Music School) and Professor Razits(Indiana University) in Beijing.

He has written many articles on piano performing and teaching. For instance, he edited the first Chinese edition of the western music “The Album of 45 Piano Sonatas by Scarlatti” and “The Foreign Piano Pieces for The Young”(Vol. 1-6). He also composed piano music that includes the famous “The Youth Piano Concerto” with other Chinese musicians, which was published and recorded in China.

Before Professor Pan came to Singapore in 1991, he was a jury of National Piano Competitions of China. He was a member of The Resources Panel of National Arts Council of Singapore. He was also invited as a jury of The National Music Competitions of Singapore in 1991, 1993 and 1995. In 1995, his student won the first prize in the Open Category and was awarded the top prize “The Best Performer Award” in the 10th National Music Competition of Singapore.

His name is listed in “The Famous Figures of the Contemporary Arts Circles in China”, “The 26th International Biography Dictionary”, “Who is Who of Intellectuals”, and “International Who is Who in Music and Musicians”, published by Cambridge Biography Centre of England.

Professor Thomas Hecht

Concert soloist and chamber musician
21 October 2015

A Native of Baltimore, pianist Thomas Hecht immigrated to Singapore as one of the Original “pioneers” of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, founded in 2003 as a joint collaboration with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Over the span of three decades, he has concertized internationally as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and as a member of the acclaimed duo-piano team Hecht & Shapiro, winners of the Munich International Two Piano Competition and USA National Duo Piano Competition.

He is currently the Head of Piano Department at the Conservatory and was the former Head of Piano Studies and Artist-In-Residence at the School of Music at Victoria University in New Zealand. Prior to that, he served for many years as Professor of Piano and Artist-In-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA).

Professor Hecht has performed in many of the world’s cultural centres, appearing with leading orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Artsakh Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Highlights include performances at the Lincoln Center in New York, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and recitals in Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Italy, Serbia, Montenegro, Germany, Armenia, South Africa, and throughout all the major centres of Australia and New Zealand.

He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he won First Prize in the Concerto Competition and the Kaufmann Award for Excellence in Chamber Music. Later, he was accepted for graduate studies at the Peabody Institute as a student of Leon Fleisher. Impressed with the young pianist’s abilities, Fleisher asked Hecht to become his mentor’s teaching assistant, an honor which Fleisher had never before bestowed on any pianist. His merits and many noteworthy achievements were celebrated at Peabody, where he was presented with the coveted Young Maestro Award. The award honours alumni who have distinguished themselves in their performing careers.

Dr Hecht enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading teachers of his generation, having a multitude of first prize winners produced in Solo and Two Piano Competitions throughout the United States, Europe and Australasia. He has given master classes at renowned institutions, such as the Royal Academy, Royal Northern and Royal Welsh Colleges of Music, the Paris, Eastman, Oberlin, Peabody, Sydney, Beijing and Sichuan Conservatories, and the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts.

He recently served as Visiting Professor at the Peabody Institute under the auspices of the first YST-Peabody Faculty Exchange Programme. Other guest residency invitations have included the Conservatoire de Paris, Guildhall College of Music & Drama Trossingen the University of Western Australia and the Academy for the Performing Arts.

His highly sought-after piano class has nurtured young talents for over twenty five on three continents. He has produced concerto soloists with the Singapore, New Zealand, Christchurch, Lamont, Lima, Kaunas, Artsakh and Peabody Symphony Orchestras, the Cleveland, Philippines, Singapore and Dnipropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestras, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne and Wellington Youth Orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Singapore Festival Orchestra and Orchestra of the Music Makers.

Throughout his career, he has represented USA, New Zealand and Singapore on Jury panels of the Gina Bachauer, Geneva, Isangyun, Ibiza and Paralympic International Piano Competitions in addition to the national piano competitions of Japan, Thailand, Australia and South Africa. He receives regular invitations to summer piano festivals, including performances in Sydney, Beijing, Wellington, Lausanne, Chethams, Taichung, Bavaria, Artsakh and Brasov (where he is Honorary Professor of Piano at the University of Transylvania), and continues to be in demand for Workshops and Conferences Throughout the world pedagogy. Thomas Hecht is a Steinway Artist and Records for the Azica, Elysium and Atoll labels.