YST Piano Academy


The YST Piano Academy invites outstanding young piano talents to Singapore for a three-day intensive training course, during which they go through daily lessons with YST piano faculty Prof Thomas Hecht and Assoc Prof Albert Tiu, specialised public masterclasses, as well as a final concert. It is open to prospective students ages 16 to 18 of all nationalities (Singaporean male students may apply if they are completing National Service by 2019).

The 2019 Piano Academy takes place from 1 to 3 March 2019, and 12 students will be selected to take part. Learn more about the Academy and how to apply below.


Prof Thomas Hecht - Head of Keyboard Studies

Assoc Prof Albert Tiu - Associate Professor, Piano


Submit an online application via this link.

Applicants are also required to submit the following:

1. Three video recordings (Each piece or movement should be recorded and uploaded separately, labelling each file clearly with the composer and title. For consistency, ensure that each piece is a high-quality unedited recording, performed in one sitting using the same grand piano and venue.)

2. One recommendation letter from the applicant's current piano teacher

3. A list of repertoire performed and/or learnt by the applicant over the past three years

4. A photocopy of the applicant's passport or identity card

Upload all the above materials electronically via an accessible online link such as Google Drive, Dropbox or other available accessible platforms online. Email the link to ystprojects@nus.edu.sg with the subject "YST Piano Academy 2019 - Your Name".

Applications and materials are due by 1 December 2018. Selected participants will be notified via email by 31 December 2018.


The 12 students selected to perform in the Academy must offer three selections from the five repertoire groups below:

Set A
Any etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Scriabin, Bartok, Stravinsky, Moszkowski, Prokofiev, Ligeti or Bolcom.

Set B
Any Prelude & Fugue from The Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach.

Set C
A Sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Clementi.

Set D
A major work from the Romantic period.

Set E
A work from the 20th century to the present.


Applicants accepted into the academy are required to pay a course fee of S$300 (inclusive of GST), which covers all workshop expenses and lunch for the three days. Payment may be made in cash at the YST Conservatory, or by cheque made payable to "National University of Singapore".

Accommodation is at the applicant's own arrangement and expense. There is no application fee.

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We seek to nurture and create pathways for future piano and keyboard talents. Learn more about the YST Piano programme here.