Higher Music Education in SEA: More Alive Than Ever!

Higher Music Education in SEA: More Alive Than Ever!


Amidst an increasingly competitive music scene, and a shift in the traditional job scope of a musician, the 21st century musician is called to innovate and diversify – while striving for musical excellence. How are music conservatories leading the way for change, and preparing their graduates for a future in music?

Prof Bernard Lanskey (Dean of YST Conservatory) and Dr Anothai Nitibhon (Chair of Postgraduate Program at PGVIM) share their thoughts on the higher music education scene in Southeast Asia.

Note: At 11:30am, participants will break out into groups to discuss about the topic.


Anothai Nitibhon completed her studies in composition at the University of Edinburgh and is now a chair for the postgraduate program at the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (PGVIM). As a composer and artist, she creates and curates many concerts and exhibitions, and is involved in many activities that promote the collaboration between musicians and artists from different disciplines and musical cultures. She also hosts an annual International Symposium and ASEAN Youth Ensemble Project at PGVIM; both events focus on exploring the context in which Western and local musics can encourage dialogue while remaining connected to the people and their local values.


Active internationally for over three decades as an administrator, collaborative pianist, scholar, recording producer and festival director, Professor Bernard Lanskey will return to Brisbane, Australia in July 2021 to take up the position of Director and Professor at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
Currently Dean of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, he is also President of the Southeast Asian Directors of Music Association, a co-opted Council member of the European Association of Conservatoires and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Tianjin-Juilliard School in China.

Before moving to Singapore in 2006, he was a member of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Directorate where, as Assistant Director of Music from 1994, he was responsible for overseeing the school’s postgraduate and ensemble programmes. He was awarded a Fellowship by the Guildhall School in 2001 while in 2019 he received the Public Administration Medal (Silver) as part of Singapore’s National Day Awards.

As a collaborative pianist, he has performed throughout Australia, Southeast Asia, China, Great Britain and in most European countries, working principally with string players and singers in chamber music, mixed recital and lecture-recital combinations. Since 2005, he has been an Artist-in-Residence at La Loingtaine, France. He is also active as a speaker in multiple contexts with recent keynote or plenary presentations in Singapore, Australia, China, Malaysia, Norway and Thailand.

His research interests build out from his longstanding activity as a collaborative pianist and chamber music coach, focusing primarily on the vital role of metaphor and gesture in the pedagogical process or in performance and performance preparation.

As a recording producer, he has produced for Decca, Centaur and Cello Classics.