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2017 Singapore International Classical
Piano Competition

Dr. Chua Yun Ying
  • Head of Piano Faculty of Singapore Reffles Music College

  • PhD in music from the University of Manchester

  • Masters in Music from King’s College London

  • Bachelor in Music (1st class honours) from the University of Manchester

  • Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music

Dr. Chua Yun Ying study with Martina Maslova, Colin Stone and also other reputable pianist. She is a recipient of the Hargreaves Fund Prize as well as the Overseas Research Scholarship and the University Research Studentship. As a pianist and accompanist, Dr. Chua Yun Ying has performed in Manchester, Cambridge, Glasgow, Yorkshire and so on.


Dr. Chua Yun Ying was a former lecturer in University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music. Since returning to Singapore in 2005, she has taught at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the Singapore Raffles Music College, where she is the Head of Piano Faculty and the Programme Leader for University of West London programmes.

  • Lecturer of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Lasalle College of the Arts (LASALLE)

  • Doctorate in Music Composition from Boston University

  • ​Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Houston

  • Diplomas for piano, violin, and composition at the National Conservatory of Music in Strasbourg, France

Dr. John Sharpley
Pianist, Composer

Dr. John Sharpley has performed in many concerts and festivals all around the world as a composer or a pianist, include America, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and so on.  He has collaborated with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic etc. Dr. John Sharpley won many prizes, include:

  • Texas Music Teacher’s Association Composition Commissioning Prize for 2007

  • American Cine-Eagle Award (October Garden - 1983),

  • New York Film Festival Award (Silent Hope - 1992).

  • The film Gourmet Baby (2001) scored by Sharpley featured in major international film festivals including New York and Los Angeles.

  • Datura, a Singaporean film that Sharpley scored, won the Singapore International Film Festival Award for Best Short Film (1999).

  • CD ROM, Around the World won the Ngee Ann Creative Excellence Award for music (1995).

 In 2000, he was awarded a special citation from Stanford University (USA) in recognition of his contributions as a teacher. He is listed in the Cambridge Dictionary of International Biography, the American Biographical Institute and the Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges.

Dr. John Sharpley was a former professor of Boston University, now he teaches music at both Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Lasalle College of the Arts (LASALLE).

Dr. Wu Yang
  • The artistic director of International Music Culture Association Singapore (IMCAS)

  • The founder of Singapore Finger Waltz Music School

  • Lecturer of Singapore Raffles Music College

  • Ph. D in Piano Performance from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Russia

  • Master in Music Performance, Piano Accompaniment, Professional Piano Teacher, Chamber Ensemble from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Russia

Dr. Wu Yang studied in Moscow since very young age. She followed with Professor Yuri Hayrapetyan and Professor Alexdaner Rudin. She graduated from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory with a PhD. of piano performance in 2013.


Dr. Wu Yang has been invited to perform in Russia, Germany, Italy , Thailand, and she has won prizes in several international competitions, that include: 

  • The Best Teaching Prize, Singapore International Youth Piano Competition (2015)

  • Bronze Medalist, 5th “Paolo Serrao” Music Competition Citta di Filadeltia, Italy ( 2013)

  • Third Prize, All Russian Art Festival for Youngsters, Russia (2013)

  • First Prize, All Russian Music Festival for Youngsters ‘Bely Kit’, Russia (2013)

  • Second Prize, 5th International Piano Competition ‘Johann Baptist Cramer’, German (2009)

  • First Prize, Music Competition for the 100th- Anniversary of Aram Ilitch Khatchaturian’s Birth, Moscow, Russia (2003)

  • First Prize, ‘Russia Music’ Piano Competition, Moscow, Russia(2000)


Dr. Wu Yang founded Singapore Finger Waltz Music School in 2014, her students were awarded many prizes in competitions in Europe and Singapore. Dr. Wu became the artistic director of International Music Culture Association Singapore (IMCAS) since 2016.


Dr. Wu Yang has formerly taught piano in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA),now she is a piano lecture in Singapore Raffles Music College.

Dr. Sachiko Kawamura
  • Japanese Pianist

  • Ph. D in Piano Performance from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Russia

  • Bachelor of Music from Tokyo National University for Fine Arts

Dr. Sachiko Kawamura studied with Professor Michiko Ohno in Tokyo National University for Fine Arts, and she started to learn with professor Elena Richter in Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 2004 and got her doctorate later. In 2010, Dr. Sachiko Kawamura received the highest prize, in addition to winning the "Bach-Bsoni Award" and in 2011 she won first prize in the Classic Musica International Competition Festival in Russia. 

Dr. Sachiko Kawamura peroforms around the world include Tokyo, Yokohama, Moscow, London, Genova and so on.

Dr. Sachiko Kawamura's recording career started in 2013 with debut album "Kawamura Plays Goldberg" with music by Bach, Bach-Busoni and Liszt for Claudio Record Lebel. A CD review is published by the Musical Opinion Magazine (October ~ December 2014) in UK, and has received a five-star. 


Dr. Sachiko Kawamura devotes herself in performance, and will continue to do so on global stage.

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