YST Piano Academy Draws Budding Pianists

The 2018 YST Piano Academy invited 12 outstanding young piano talents to Singapore for a three-day workshop focused on the preparation of conservatory-level piano auditions. The intensive training course was open to prospective students ages 16 to 18 of all nationalities. Indeed, Academy participants from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines were featured in specialised public masterclasses, a final gala concert and in daily lessons with YST's distinguished piano faculty, Professor Thomas Hecht and Associate Professor Albert Tiu.

Above: Public masterclasses with Prof. Thomas Hecht and Assoc Prof. Albert Tiu

We were very pleased to be reaching out to the young piano talents throughout Southeast Asia, and it is always a pleasure to meet, hear and work with this calibre of musical talent. We have, over the course of our 15-year history, conducted similar outreach programmes, and each time I come away delighted that a new cohort of aspiring young pianists has gained something invaluable from the YST experience, especially given our amazing keyboard facilities, training programmes and the performance opportunities we have on offer.
— Dr. Thomas Hecht, Head of Piano Studies

Above: Academy participants in a group activity

The participants selected this year include Anne Yap (Malaysia), Clarissa Amanda (Indonesia), Gregorius Tamadji (Indonesia), Jet Stephen Co Chong (Philippines), Karyn Wibowo (Indonesia), Kezia Wibowo (Indonesia), Khanonvej Chakrit (Thailand), Monacella Gracia (Indonesia), Pun Punyasavatsut (Thailand) and Vivien Chong (Singapore).

Above: YST Piano Academy participants after their performance in a gala concert to close off the three-day Academy