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Leslie Tay

Voice

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Leslie Tay

Voice

Tenor Leslie Tay’s performance in Hubbard Hall Opera’s “Trial by Jury” was praised for being the “…standout of the afternoon, with a clear and crisp voice and easy graceful movement on the crowded stage…”. His voice has also been noted for its “…remarkable control and clarity…”

Leslie made his Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall) debut with New York Lyric Opera in 2009. He has sung leading roles in various operas such as Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” and “Semiramide”, Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. He has also distinguished himself in the character tenor roles of Verdi’s “La Traviata”, Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”, Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. Leslie has appeared with New York and Boston based companies such as Dicapo Opera, Bronx Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and Boston Opera Collaborative. He has sung with Boston Lyric Opera Chorus and Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and was a Young Artist in Lorin Maazel’s 2011 Castleton Festival.

An alumni of Manhattan School of Music and Boston Conservatory, Leslie has studied with Arthur Levy, Richard Conrad, Richard Byrne as well as Dr Thomas Manhart. Leslie’s theatre training was with SRT Young Co. and Young & W!ld and he has sung in masterclasses with opera stars Marni Nixon, Carole Farley and Johanna Meier.

Locally, he has performed in productions with Singapore Repertory Theatre and premiered roles written by playwright Stella Kon for Musical Theatre Limited. He has also sung for the well-known cabaret act “Dim Sum Dollies” in several of their productions. His 2015 performances include Frederic in “The Pirates of Penzance” with Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra, Prologue in Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” with New Opera Singapore and Robert Casteels’ “Travelogue” with Singapore Sounds orchestra at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. His 2016 performances include recitals at the Esplanade Recital Studio, the world premiere as the lead of the musical “My Love is Blind” with Musical Theatre Limited, Jupiter in “Orpheus in the Underworld” with New Opera Singapore and Emperor Altoum in “Turandot” with Singapore Lyric Opera.

Leslie is also a passionate educator and voice teacher. He is presently on the faculties of School of the Arts (Sota), Madison Academy of Music and Kids Performing Arts Academy. He also conducts the Kent Ridge Secondary School Choir. His students have obtained distinctions in ABRSM, LCM and LAMDA examinations. Some are prizewinners in local vocal competitions for children while others have been invited to perform in events like the American Protégé competition in NYC and Child Aid (Singapore).


Steven Ang

Voice

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Steven Ang

Voice

Singaporean baritone Steven Ang graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Taiwan’s Soochow University Music Department. He has also studied at the London Bel Canto Festival in 2017 and 2018 (on partial scholarship), with Bruce Ford, Nelly Miricioiu and Aprile Millo among its faculty members. His foundational years were spent with the Echo Philharmonic Society where he was a chorister, bass section leader and soloist.

As a singer and actor, his recent notable performances include the Pharoah in Aida and Njegus The Merry Widow by the Singapore Lyric Opera ("The role of Njegus played by Steven Ang kept the audience amused..." - Natalie Ng for The Straits Times), Aida with Opera di Roma with Juan Pons (chorus, on tour in Taipei), Yakuside in Madama Butterfly by Opera Siam, Dr. Javalinot in Dialogue des Carmelites by New Opera Singapore, Benoit and Alcindoro in La Boheme at Soochow University, Marcello in La Boheme (Act 3) in Tainan, Gonzalo in Shakespeare's The Tempest by Method Productions, Soul Searching by PopUp Noise, Sago Lane by dance company P7:1SMA, Snow White by the Stageclub and Foreign Bodies at the M1 Fringe Festival.

Steven has been a singing teacher at Madison Academy of Music since 2014. He believes in a wholistic instruction that cultivates his students’ passion as well as vocal capabilities. His students have won competitions and are regularly featured in professional theatre productions in Singapore.


Wayne Teo

Piano

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Wayne Teo

Piano

2nd prize Winner at the Rubinstein International Piano competition in Paris, Wayne Teo is an alumni of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and La Schola Cantorum where he studied piano with renowned Devy Erlih and Igor Lazko. Wayne owes much of his musical education in France to Olivier Cazal and Cecile Wang, with whom he regularly took master classes. He has also participated in Isang Yun Music Academy masterclasses where he had an opportunity to work with Kaya Han and Francoise Thinat.

Wayne graduated with the “Premier prix à l’unanimité et avec les felicitations du jury” (First prize with commendations, and emerging top of his cohort) and obtained the highest French diploma offered by the Conservatoire de Fresnes – the music diploma of studies, which subsequently led to the post of Assistant Professeur in a district Conservatory in France.

Wayne is a versatile performer with a solid experience of playing solo and chamber music. Before and after his European endeavors, Wayne has given many recitals throughout Singapore.


Yun Zhen

Piano

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Yun Zhen

Piano

Yun Zhen had her very first music lesson with her father who taught her the violin and later studied piano with Kuan Ni Chew and Glory Lim. After obtaining her Associate Recital Diploma (ATCL) and Licentiate Recital Diploma (LTCL) in piano performance as awarded by Trinity Guildhall, Yun Zhen embarked on her music studies at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Studies (Hons) in piano performance.

In Sydney she studied under the tutelage of Dutch-Australian pianist and music educator Gerard Willems, to whom she owes much of her holistic musical training and personal growth. She also had the opportunity to work with musicologist David Larkin as her dissertation supervisor who had broadened her knowledge in music history and analysis.

Yun Zhen strongly believes that it is insufficient to merely play a musical instrument well; one should also be educated with the historical aspects of the music to fully love and appreciate it. Good understanding of music history and theory will aid better learning which makes music learning even more fun and interesting.

Yun Zhen hopes to share her love and passion for music and the arts with the students. She believes that music education hones a person’s critical thinking skill and is important for character development. As pianist, Yun Zhen regularly performs with the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra of Singapore.


Gevorg Sargsyan

Cello | Conducting

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Gevorg Sargsyan

Cello | Conducting

Hailed as “...one of the most influential artists of his generation...”, Gevorg Sargsyan is a conductor and music director from Armenia. Winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti award, Gevorg has been guest-conducting various orchestras around the world including the Orquesta de Valencia, Armenian National Opera Orchestra, Yerevan Chamber Orchestra and Lviv Symphonic Orchestra among others.

Alumni of the Vienna Conservatory (Austria) and Goldsmiths College of Music (UK), Gevorg is a “Master Class” labeled artist of AMC recordings (USA). As a resident conductor of The Armenian National Opera Theatre, Gevorg has been seen conducting regular opera and ballet productions in Armenia, Europe and across Middle East.

After moving to Singapore, Gevorg is combining his career between conducting, playing cello and running masterclasses and lectures on art and music related subjects.

Based in Singapore, he is a frequent guest lecturer in various educational establishments across South East Asia including the University of Philippines, Raffles Institution Singapore etc. In his latest role as Artistic Director of Artistventure Concerts Singapore, Gevorg has produced several concert productions that are regularly running throughout South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand).

Gevorg’s upcoming engagements include concerts in Philippines, Czech Republic and Germany with various orchestras and opera companies.


Jo Anne Sukumaran

Piano

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Jo Anne Sukumaran

Piano

Jo Anne started piano lessons at age 6 and later received a full scholarship at age 12 from the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) to study bassoon.

After graduating with Bachelor of Arts (NUS), she studied at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland). Her studies were supported by Dr. Gerber-ten Bosch Foundation, Zürich and the Singapore National Arts Council.

In 2012, she was invited by conductor Brett Kelly to play in The Impossible Orchestra – a concert marathon of 24 hours featuring prominent Australian musicians and personalities, to raise awareness of unpaid carers in Melbourne, Australia. She was filmed and interviewed in a documentary, directed by Aaron Wilson.

Jo Anne enjoys crossing musical genres and bridging different art forms. As an ensemble player she is a regular performer with Singapore Philharmonic Winds and Re:sound Chamber Orchestra. Jo Ann has lectured at Republic Polytechnic and SIM-University at Buffalo Singapore and is teaching both bassoon and piano as well as music theory.

She is a committed educator, performer and occasional writer. With the aim of sharing knowledge, building community and inspiring other musicians, she started an interview series “Legends of Reed” showcasing double reed musicians from around the world. It has been launched as a podcast and has received warm response from the classical music community.


Ani Umedyan

Violin

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Ani Umedyan

Violin

Ani began her study on the violin in one of the finest Music Schools in Armenia before being admitted to the State Music College. Ani was granted a full state scholarship for her “clearly outstanding musicianship”, allowing her to pursue her musical training at the Yerevan State Conservatory, where she graduated as a specialist in solo violin and chamber music with Master Degree.

Since her student days, Ani has played a great number of concerts in Armenia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East as well as participated in various music festivals and master courses across the globe.

Ani frequently collaborates with notable musicians such as Andrea Bocelli (Italy), Philippe Graffin (France), Maria Egelhoff (Germany), Levon Chilingirian (UK), Charles Avsharian (USA), Robert Masters (Australia), Sven Arne Tepl (Netherlands), Asdis Vladimirsdottir (Iceland), Usi Wiesel (Israel), Michaela Martin (Romania) and Victor Correa Cruz (Spain) among others.

Since 2005, Ani is a guest artist in demand at important concert halls in Germany, Netherlands, UAE, Singapore and Australia. She has professional arrangements with many orchestras, conductors, pianists and chamber ensembles. Ani is a co-founder of the "Armenian Heritage Ensemble, Singapore".

In addition to her performances, Ani has an intensive career in teaching. She was an assistant professor in chamber music department at the Yerevan State Conservatory and since 2008 has run many violin classes in Singapore.


Yip Di Hang

Guitar

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Yip Di Hang

Guitar

Versatile guitarist, Winner of Ossia Music Competition (2nd prize) Yip Di Hang is a rising star of the professional guitarists community. Alumni of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore, Di Hang has studied with renowned maestros such as Fabio Montomoli, Nathan Fisher, Grigory Novikov, Pavel Steidl and Rueben Reyes to name a few.

Actively combining teaching and performing, Di Hang has even been spotted on stage festivals and recitals, both solo and as a member of Ensembles. Before joining Madison Academy of Music, he has been teaching in St. Andrews Junior College and Asia Music School.

Di Hang is interested in developing local classical guitar scene and is keen to lead new generation of young aspiring musicians to better play and more appreciate guitar music.


Pow Jun Kai

Piano | Theory | Aural | Viva Voice | Early Education

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Pow Jun Kai

Piano | Theory | Aural | Viva Voice | Early Education

Dr. Pow Jun Kai is a British-trained musicologist and cultural historian. He studied piano performance with Lim Tshui Ling, French horn with Han Chang Chou, and music theory with Phoon Yew Tien in Singapore before undergraduate studies at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Pow graduated with distinction for his Masters in Critical Theory and completed his PhD on Beethoven reception both at King's College London. As a specialist in Singapore music history, Dr. Pow is the co-editor of the book Singapore Soundscape published by the National Library Board and is a recipient of numerous grants from the National Arts Council.

Dr. Pow has conducted researches with the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain as well as in Argentina, Germany, and Vietnam.
Locally, he has curated concerts at the Esplanade, the Arts House and the Substation. He is a prolific teacher of piano, music theory and history.


Gerold Kleinbongardt

Trumpet | Trombone | Brass

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Gerold Kleinbongardt

Trumpet | Trombone | Brass

Gerold Kleinbongardt is a passionate and energetic Brass Teacher. For the past 5 years he has been nurturing young students on their instruments from zero experience to talented musicians.

He has joy in seeing both his young and matured students grow in their passion to become a brass player or just to develop their passion for music in any genre further. At young age Gerold started playing brass instruments from church groups to music schools and Orchestras At secondary school he played in the Big Band of the Theodor Fliedner Gymnasium in Duesseldorf, the Youth Jazz Orchestra NRW, as well as the Youth Jazz Orchestra of Germany, conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer.

An internship at the WDR Big Band of the German Radio / Television gave him ideas and insights of the professional life of jazz musicians. Here he took masterclasses from professional trombonists Martin Cederberg, Ludwig Nuss and other great players from the Band. In 2007 he studied at the Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam, Holland with the lecturers Ben van Dijk (Bass trombone), Martin van den Berg (Jazz Bass trombone), Bart van Lier (Jazz trombone). Highlights were regular concerts with the Codarts Big Band with performances at the world popular North Sea Jazz Festival.

From 2013 to 2016, Gerold was active in the Music Scene in Malaysia, mainly in Kuala Lumpur. He taught in all major International schools and founded the "Malaysian Jazz Orchestra"

Since 2017 Gerold is an active Musician in the Singapore Music Scene and plays in many Big Band and Jazz/Latin music.


Alvin Koh

Voice

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Alvin Koh

Voice

Alvin Koh is a vocal technique teacher who also has passion for vocal related arts and the theatre and has pursued them in many walks of his life professionally. He is keen to impart his skills to students and help them to discover the rewarding challenge and fun in performing vocally primarily and integrating related disciplines like dancing, and gestural acting. He is also involved in theatre improvisation (in a Playback group), Experimental Arts Theatre, Paragraph, a dance company founded by Max Chen.

Alvin has choreographed and performed as a vocalist and actor for Phrases, a platform for new creative works, designed by Paragraph, a multidisciplinary dance company, of which he is a core member. He has choreographed and performed with Lan Yen for a charity grassroot program for the PM, MISI, a performance platform sponsored by Dr. Kai Er, well known for her critical works at Theatre works, whom he has worked under in the Directors' Lab program.

As a vocalist and vocal teacher, Alvin has performed at the Esplanade concourse for Lunar Conversations, Recital studio, Victoria Concert Hall and at the Arts House, professionally and for charity events for the Jane Austen circle, and other platforms. He taught voice at a few music schools before and had written musical programs. Some of his students has performed professionally and semi prom and one has been a first prize winner on an international platform. Alvin has also conducted vocal technique courses for schools, a church and for companies like Music Solutions and ECA Enrichment.

His ability to teach different vocal qualities and techniques allows him to help students develop a wide palette of vocal colours and ability to perform from classical to jazz to pop etc. Alvin Koh also has experience teaching very young children vocals and practical essential musicanship because of his background and research in rhythm sofelge, Dalcroze, Orff and childhood education. He has clocked in more than 50 hours of Dalcroze training .He can teach some aspects of Voice Acting due to his Growtoski acting work organised by the Yale University(Singapore) , of which he has undergone rigorous training under the team from the Work Center in Italy. Alvin has a performance certificate (level 4) with honours from GSMD, equivalent of a Dip Abrsm, a B.A degree and and diploma in Education from NTU NIE.

Alvin Koh performed as one of the main cast for Fish under the Directors Lab, sponsored by The Substation, which was reviewed by a Straits Times correspondent as "..fabulous" and as part of a trio, described by Akshita , The Straits Times reviewer, as a "star studded cast", in Lone Journeys , by Insource Theatre. He also also performed as Count Xerxes and choreographed for the same Opera- Lucia's Wedding, performed at the Arts House, with renowned soprano, Satsuki N in 2016. In the same year, Alvin also premiered a Japanese song (in English)composed by Shun, and acted in the grand Makeover Magic Show by the late prestigious hair stylist, Shun ji, along side with artists like Ke Wei at the Sota drama theatre. He was recently featured in a documentary on the Jane Austen circle as a performer in the capability of an actor and singer for many Jane austen charity events.

Alvin is also a dancer at PA, who is trained and still continues training in Ballet, Flamenco, Tap and other forms related to musical theatre.


Prof Ivan Ivanov

Clarinet | Flute | Saxophone

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Prof Ivan Ivanov

Clarinet | Flute | Saxophone

Prof. Ivan Ivanov is a distinguished teacher from Bulgaria. Alumni of Bulgarian State Academy of Music with Master Degree, Ivan was living in Singapore for the past 15 years, with extensive experience in teaching.

Ivan is also an active performer, having toured around the world with various orchestras such as New Symphony Orchestra, France Opera, Orfei Chamber Orchestra and more.

In Singapore, Ivan has taught in various education centres and had raised a generation of students and aspiring musicians. He is teaching Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone at Madison Academy of Music.


Wei Han Siauw

Violin

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Wei Han Siauw

Violin

Wei Han started learning the violin and piano at a young age of 6 years old. At the age of 13, he became a first violinist in the Singapore Youth Orchestra till just before he entered Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In between, he took his Performance Cert, followed by A (perf) TCL followed by LTCL (perf).

Being a passionate musician, Wei Han has been actively performing for chamber ensembles and orchestras. Wei Han also kick started the NTU String Ensemble which later changed its course towards a NTU String Orchestra.

Wei Han is an Associate Principal first violinist and an Orchestra Manager for Singapore’s oldest community orchestra, Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra. He is also a very experienced violin teacher in Suzuki Method and traditional pedagogue methods.

His forte include teaching young violinists, as young as 2.5 years old, making it easy for little kids to understand the principles and structure of playing violin and appreciating music.

Wei Han believes learning music is not just about absorbing a skill or knowledge; it is about the entire well-being of the student.


Mok Kang Wai

Musical Theatre | Pop Vocal | Dance

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Mok Kang Wai

Musical Theatre | Pop Vocal | Dance

Mok Kang Wai, affectionally known as Momo is a young yet experienced vocal trainer and choreographer. Winner of numerous awards and competitions including Malaysian Choral Competitions, Chin Yong Vocal Competition, and 1st place of American Protégé International Vocal Competition to name a few.

Based in Singapore since 2014, Momo inspired many of his students to succeed not only in their examination, but also on international scene worldwide such as Asia Arts Festival, American Protégé Vocal Competition, Hong Kong International Music Festival etc.

As a choreographer, Momo is especially experienced in musical theatre dance and has been choreographing various shows and performances as well as coaching CCA musical theatre program in Canadian International School and Raffles Girls’ Primary School.


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