A music historian, he read Master of Music in Musicology at King’s College London, graduated with Distinction (2017). His piano studies were completed under the guidance of Iravati Mangunkusumo-Sudiarso at the YPM Music School. He won a scholarship from the Hungarian government to study music pedagogy at the Faculty of Music, University of Debrecen (2010) and participated in the summer academy of Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, studying piano and German art song (lieder) under the guidance of Prof Norman Shetler (2013). Currently, he teaches Liberal Arts at the University of Indonesia besides serving the Jakarta Arts Council (researcher), Jakarta City Philharmonic (consultant and musicologist), Yayasan Rumah Musik Indonesia and Silanada Foundation (Board of Directors), and Setiadi Suhadi Art Advisory (co-founder). His past performances include an array of recitals and concerts alongside foremost Indonesian classical musicians— such as Aning Katamsi, Avip Priatna, Catharina Leimena, Iskandar Widjaja— in addition to collaborating with contemporary artists, including Lee Mingwei’s Sonic Blossom (MACAN, 2018) and Katre/L’Atlas Projects Off The Wall (Art1 Museum, 2019).
An Indonesian pianist, Hazim Suhadi began his piano lessons at Yayasan Musik Jakarta (YMJ) with Yola Mathilde and with the late Soetarno Soetikno. He received his B.A in French and Francophone Studies and B.M in Piano Performance at Lawrence University (LU), Wisconsin, where he studied with Catherine Kautsky, Luba Poliak, Dmitri Novgorodsky, and Vadim Serebryany. He then continued to pursue his M.M. in Piano Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) with full scholarship and a stipend, where he studied with Christopher Taylor, Jessica Johnson, and Martha Fisher.
His other interests include chamber music and accompanying, where he received coaching from Marian Hahn, David Perry, Nobuko Imai, Malcolm Bilson, Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Wendy Warner, and Dale Duesing. He also served as an opera accompanist and was involved in several productions, including Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Emmanuel Chabrier’s L’étoile, and select opera scenes.
He previously served as a board member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapter at UW-Madison to promote wellness and artistic development in the local community. He also served as a board member of Classical Revolution Madison Cooperative (CRM-C) to promote live classical music in non-traditional venues, such as cafés, pubs, and restaurants.
His accomplishments include his winning performance at the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, UW-Madison Beethoven Piano Competition, twice honorable mentions at the UW-Madison Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition, and winner of the Wisconsin Public Radio’s Young Artists’ Competition with Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, which was then broadcast on the radio.
Since returning to Indonesia, he has been actively teaching music history and music history at the Jakarta Conservatory of Music. He recorded select works by the Indonesian composer, Trisutji Kamal, in the album Malam Seribu Bulan. With Aditya Setiadi, he also published a book of art songs by Trisutji Kamal in the book Trisutji Kamal Tembang Puitik. He is also the co-founder of Klassikhaus, a community that promotes live classical music in non-traditional venues around Jakarta.
Notable Singaporean piano pedagogue and music educator, Julie Tan, enjoys a multi-faceted music ‘passion-cum-profession’ spanning over three decades. Besides nurturing a select pool of private students that gives her constant inspiration to innovate teaching ideas, Julie has had the unique opportunity of lecturing in all three of Singapore’s higher tertiary music institutions, namely Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore (current adjunct lecturer of piano pedagogy; past adjunct lecturer in keyboard skills and research communication), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (lectured and devised the initial piano pedagogy syllabi for diploma and degree programmes) and LASALLE College of the Arts (external examiner and research supervisor for Bachelor program).
Her piano teaching Licentiates were awarded by the Royal College of Music (RCM), Royal Academy of Music (RAM), Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) and Trinity College of Music (TCM). She was also the first Singaporean to attain the first-ever Guildhall Licentiate Teaching Diploma (Excellence) for electronic organ. She was awarded the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in her Master of Music Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She subsequently received the post-graduate paper prize at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME).
Julie’s symposium paper on her doctoral research, “Piano Graded Examinations: Friend or Foe? An Investigation of their Relevance to Piano Teachers in 21st Century Singapore” was selected for publication in the proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (GIA Publications, USA, 2013). In the landmark Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education (2019), she was invited to contribute a chapter titled “Policy and Practice of Assessment in Music Education: Case of Singapore”.
Julie’s national contribution to the music fraternity includes authorship of the Singapore primary school music textbooks “Tune In” (9 reprints) and “My Music Companion”. Published by Pearson Education, these were the only textbooks that were approved by the Ministry of Education for use in all primary schools (2001−2007). She also penned the series, “Let Me Tell You about My Piano Class” (published by Times Media), among other piano-related materials.
Her consultation work with teachers encompasses masterclasses, workshops and adjudication, the latter being the 2019 Korea-China International Music Competition Final Round (Seoul). She has presented at international research and pedagogy conferences including the International Society of Music Educators World Conferences, Singapore International Piano Pedagogy Symposium, Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and Western Australia Piano Pedagogy Conference. She was invited to be on the international review panel of the 4th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education 2013, Taiwan.
Under her leadership as president of The Singapore Music Teachers’ Association (2000−2016, 2019−), a pro-bono position which she has been re-elected to consecutively, the association has helped raise the standards of teaching and learning in Singapore and the region through successful initiatives such as the Singapore Performers’ Festival & Chamber Music Competition, Le Petit Performers’ Fest and Singapore International Piano Pedagogy Symposium as well numerous workshops, platforms and collaborations.
Also currently serving as National Arts Council Performing Arts External Assessor, Julie has held advisory roles with the National Piano & Violin Competition (NPVC), Singapore International Piano Competition (SIPC) and UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research Education and the People’s Association Talent Advisory Panel (Music) and served as vice-president of the Chopin Society, Singapore. In recognition for her efforts and the introduction and promotion of Dalcroze eurhythmics in Singapore from 2001, Julie was appointed Singapore Dalcroze correspondent for Federation International of Eurhythmics Teachers (FIER). She was also conferred Life Member by Dalcroze Australia for her work and in overseeing the inception of Dalcroze eurhythmics examinations in Singapore.
Julie enjoys working with students from as young as three to mentoring teachers. Through constant experimentation, she has successfully developed innovative ideas and effective teaching techniques, allowing her to customise the lessons to suit the needs of each student. With the student centred at the heart of her teaching and her belief “to teach is to learn”, her uncompromising ethics as a teacher has not only earned her much respect and admiration but has also given her immense joy and satisfaction.
Julie’s wealth of pedagogical experience coupled with her entrepreneurship skills in managing Music Essentials (Singapore’s largest sheet music retailer) together with her husband, Chia Sin Teck, has earned her well-deserved national reputation in the Singapore music landscape.
Leslie Tan, a founding member of the T’ang Quartet; and cellist of Red Dot Baroque, has performed 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 the Edinburgh Festival in Europe
In a career that has spanned 35 years, ranging from orchestral to chamber and solo concerts; from contemporary and cross-disciplinary works to historically informed performances, Leslie is sought after both as a pedagogue and concert artiste.
Leslie is a champion of outreach activities, and musical and transformative education in the ASEAN region, teaching in different festivals and projects in Thailand; and in Myanmar, co-directing the Music Society of Myanmar. In Indonesia, where he works frequently with young musicians from Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya, Leslie is the artistic director and co-founder of the Bach-in-Bali Festival. He has also just started a program with the Singapore International Foundation to work with Afghan refugees.
Through his latest initiative, ProjectArtitude, he hopes to enrich the lives of the underprivileged and the disenfranchised across Asia.
Violinist Mabel Wong is an active performer and educator in Malaysia. She has been involved in a wide range of professional projects, from chamber music and orchestral playing to education at both pre-tertiary and tertiary levels. She has performed with Ensemble Virama, Malaysia Bach Festival, Selangor Symphony Orchestra, Kamerata KL, Kuala Lumpur City Opera, Yin Qi, Attune and Wicked Music People. She was also invited to present at the JB Classical Music Festival and ABRSM Teacher Conference in 2018 and 2019.
With over 15 years of teaching experience, Mabel is a sought-after violin educator known for her passion and dedication in the field. Her pedagogical approach to violin teaching is based on building a strong foundation in violin technique which focuses on relaxation and flexibility. She also emphasizes on ensemble playing skills during her lessons and strongly encourages her students to perform regularly.
Mabel is currently the String Faculty Coordinator at Bentley Music Academy and adjunct lecturer at Sunway University. She is also part of trio, consisting of violist Dr. Andrew Filmer and pianist Robin Lee, with whom she also co-authored a peer-reviewed research article published in the Australia and New Zealand Viola Society Journal.
Mabel graduated with a Bachelor of Music at the University of Otago in 2012 and a Master of Music Studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014. She won numerous awards and prizes during her studies, including the Sydney Achievers International Scholarship, Alice Kirscher Prize, the Lilburn Memorial Prize, and the Ida G. White Memorial Prize in Music.
Growing up in a musical family, Singaporean musician Rachel Ho has the passion for performance art, education and using music as a tool to impact the community.
As a flute soloist, Rachel has performed with Musicians’ Initiative Orchestra and Red Dot Baroque. She also won 2nd prize at the YST Concerto Competition 2017 (Winds/Brass/Harp/Percussion category). Through the guidance of Wang Tong, Rachel was a member of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra from 2005 to 2016. She is now a freelance musician with Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and has performed with Orchestra of the Music Makers, Ricciotti Ensemble (The Netherlands), Sichuan Symphony Orchestra (China) and Hermes Wind Orchestra (Taiwan). She has also worked with notable conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Lan Shui, Masaaki Suzuki and Darrell Ang. As a chamber musician, Rachel is part of Red Dot Baroque – Singapore’s Early Music ensemble, and Flying Flutes flute quartet. Rachel is also a Festival Artist of the Music Society of Myanmar. She also represented Singapore to be a Festival Artist at the 10th Asia Flutists Congress 2019 in Shanghai and was a jury member of the 3rd Asia Flute Federation Junior Competition.
After being exposed to the field of community work when she was selected to participate in the New Audiences and Innovative Programme (NAIP) courses in Vienna and Iceland, Rachel has been passionate about sharing the joy of music with the wider community. She has curated several performances and creative music workshops in Asia, Europe and United States at hospitals, dementia homes, refugee camps and centers for children such as Alexandra Hospital, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, kidsphilharmonic@sg, Superhero Me, Singapore Girls’ Home, Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Home. Rachel was heavily involved in facilitating music and dementia “Music for Life” workshops at WoonZorgcentra Haaglanden (Residential Care Home for Dementia Patients) in partnership with De Haagse Muziekcentrale and Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands. Rachel also recently participated in the Training Music Leaders with refugees course by Musician Without Borders in Germany. In October 2019, she was invited to present at the YST Performers(’) Present International Artistic Research Symposium “Telling Stories” on her community project titled “A Golden Tale” – an inter-generational creative music-making project where the elderly, children and musicians come together to create a musical piece based on the elderly’s life story.
Graduating as valedictorian of her cohort, Rachel completed her undergraduate studies at YST with a full scholarship, majoring in Flute Performance under Jin Ta, Evgueni Brokmiller and Dr Cheryl Lim. She was also selected to participate in a semester exchange programme at Peabody Conservatory studying modern flute with Emily Skala and baroque flute with Gwyn Roberts. Rachel has just completed her Masters in Music Education degree at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under the tutelage of Wieke Karsten for modern flute and Kate Clark for baroque flute. She has also been selected to be part of the 2021 Cohort of the Global Leaders Programme, an Ivy League-curated executive education for impact-focused Arts Entrepreneurs and the Southeast Asian Music Leaders 30 Under 30 Project.