2018/19 Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce that Luong Khanh Nhi and Mervyn Lee (both BMus Year 4, Piano) have been awarded the 2018/19 Steven Baxter Memorial Scholarship, and Ding Jian Han (BMus Year 4, Composition) has been awarded the 2018/19 S R Nathan Music Scholarship.

The Steven Baxter Memorial Scholarship, in honour of the YST Conservatory’s Founding Director, the late Dr Steven Baxter, is awarded based on merit to BMus Year 3 and/or Year 4 students. Dr Baxter was known for his spirit of giving towards students as well as for his thoughtfulness, quiet humour, strong sense of collegiality and deep commitment. The Scholarship harmonises with his ambitions for YST students to achieve international excellence.

The S R Nathan Music Scholarship, made possible through a gift from the S R Nathan Education Upliftment Fund, is awarded based on merit to Singaporean YST students from the wind, brass, percussion, composition or audio arts areas. The S R Nathan Education Upliftment Fund was established by Mr S R Nathan, former President of Singapore.

Meet this year’s recipients below.

Luong Khanh Nhi, YST Conservatory

Luong Khanh Nhi
BMus Year 4, Piano
2018/19 Steven Baxter Memorial Scholarship

Vietnamese pianist Luong Khanh Nhi has enjoyed an international career spanning over three continents. Born and raised in a musical family, Nhi started playing piano at the age of four.

In 2017, she won 1st prize in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition (Piano Category), and Best Saint-Saëns Performance in the Great Composers Competition. She has also had the opportunity to work with such distinguished artists as András Schiff, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Stephen Hough, Shlomo Mintz, Nelson Goerner and David Fray. 

Currently based in Singapore, Nhi is pursuing her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under Prof Thomas Hecht. As well as being a soloist, Nhi is an active chamber musician, with her most recognised collaboration being with Muse Ye as a duo piano team.

Mervyn Lee, YST Conservatory

Mervyn Lee
BMus Year 4, Piano
2018/19 Steven Baxter Memorial Scholarship

Singaporean pianist and Young Steinway Artist Mervyn Lee gave his first public performance at the age of ten during the "#1 Steinway" Roadshow held at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, making his concerto debut a year later with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as soloist for the President's Young Performers Concert.

His achievements include being a Grand Finalist for the 2015 Conservatory Concerto Competition, as well as achieving First Prize in the Piano Senior Category of that year's National Piano and Violin Competition.

Mervyn also studies composition with Dr John Sharpley. His most recent work for solo piano, In Flux was premiered at the 7th SMTA Performer's Festival last year.

As a harpsichordist, he has performed in numerous small-scale early music productions. He is a member of Red Dot Baroque, a newly-formed Singaporean early music ensemble.

Since the age of eight, he has been a protégé of Professor Thomas Hecht, and pursues harpsichord studies under Douglas Amrine.

Ding Jian Han, YST Conservatory

Ding Jian Han
BMus Year 4, Composition
2018/19 S R Nathan Music Scholarship

Ding Jian Han is a Singaporean composer. His current compositional style draws inspiration from his varied non-musical interests and he uses these ideas and concepts to formulate new sounds and textures in his music. Recent examples of this include adapting Hollywood action film editing techniques (more specifically from the Jason Bourne series onwards) to his work Liman, and drawing inspiration from the human perception of memories for a piano duo. His principal composition teachers at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music include Martin Jaggi and Peter Ivan Edwards. Jian Han enjoys songwriting and playing basketball as well, and has composed and arranged music for two full-length musicals. He attended a semester exchange programme at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in the 2017/18 academic year, and his work Let me run 'til I fade away was performed by the YST Conservatory Orchestra at the 2018 YST Conservatory Concerto Competition.

Click to learn more about the Steven Baxter Memorial Scholarship and S R Nathan Music Scholarship.