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Mr. Adam Gyorgy
Pianist
Steinway Artist
(Hungary)
Mrs. RENA CHEUNG PHUA
Pianist
(Singapore)
Dr. Wu Yang
Pianist
(China)
Dr. Chua Yun Ying
Pianist
(Singapore)
Dr. Nicholas Ong Cheng Hooi
Pianist
(Malaysia)

Adam Gyorgy, one of the finest and most innovative pianists in the world.

Adam Gyorgy achieved worldwide recognition when he performed at the opening ceremony of EURO 2012, the UEFA European Football Championship in Warsaw. His unique interpretation

of Chopin’s Winterwind was televised to 300 million people across the globe.

Since becoming a Steinway Artist at the young age of 23, Adam Gyorgy has been a proud ambassador of the brand. The prestigious community of Steinway Artists includes leading classical pianists

and esteemed musicians of the world.

 

Most well-known for the authenticity of his Liszt interpretations, Adam Gyorgy is recognized as a Liszt ambassador in his home country, Hungary. His recitals have been described by the world’s press as ‘sensitive’, ‘playful’, ‘elegant’ and ‘warm’.

A returning artist, Adam Gyorgy made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, with subsequent sold-out performances in 2011, 2012 and 2016. To finish his 2017 US Tour, Adam Gyorgy performed at Carnegie Hall with 3,000 of his New York fans in the audience

on October 22nd, 2017.

Through his extraordinary talent and memorable performances, Adam Gyorgy exemplifies the attributes and objectives of the fine arts. As a pianist, he preserves the tradition of historic classical

artists. He is also innovative when interpreting classical works with his own distinct and creative style, and creates original music with his famous improvisations. Adam Gyorgy’s captivating personality has won him a loyal international fan base among influencers and young millennials.

Bringing an unprecedented modern twist to classical piano performance, Adam Gyorgy filmed his newest music video, A Day in New York, in the monumental New York Grand Central Terminal. His performance attracted observers in the busy terminal and created an unexpected pause in the hectic pace of New York City.

A prolific artist, Adam Gyorgy’s recordings include: Adam Gyorgy Plays Liszt, Bach and Mozart; Adam Gyorgy: Concert in Budapest; Adam Gyorgy plays Bach and Mozart; and Adam Gyorgy Plays the

Piano. In 2015, he released a CD of his 2012 The Carnegie Hall Concert, and a DVD of a live recording of his Budapest Concert.

With 15 years of performance experience on the global stage, Adam Gyorgy has sold-out performances at large venues such as Aula Simfonia (Jakarta), Esplanade (Singapore), The Palace of Arts (Hungary), St. John Smith’s Square (London), Carnegie Hall (New York) and toured extensively in many countries: Belgium, Brunei,

Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mauritius, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.

Mr. Adam Gyorgy
Pianist
Steinway Artist
(Hungary)
 
 
Mrs. RENA CHEUNG PHUA
Pianist
(Singapore)
  • Former Head of Keyboard Studies and Senior Lecturer of Piano Studies at the Department of Music in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE),
    Nanyang Technological University,
    National Institute of Education, Singapore

  • Master of Music, Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium, Australia

  • Bachelor of Music (Hons), University of London, UK

  • L.T.C.L. Licentiate of Trinity College of Music, UK

  • L.R.G.M. (Hons) Licentiate of Guildhall School of Music, UK

  • L.R.A.M. Licentiate of Royal Academy of Music, UK

  • L.R.S.M. Licentiate of Royal Schools of Music, UK

  • A.R.C.M. Associate of Royal College of Music, UK

  • A.R.C.T. Associate of Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Canada

Rena was born in Hong Kong where she received her foundation musical training under Professor Lam Hung Hee. She had shown exceptional talents since the young tender age of six and was often found to accompany and improvise for church and school choirs.  Further studies took her to the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, University of Toronto. She continued with her postgraduate studies at the University of London, UK and Paris where she studied under renowned pianist Monique Haas. She received her Master Degree from Griffith University, Australia and the Post Graduate Diploma from National Technological University. She was awarded the Licentiate Diploma from the London Royal Academy of Music and the Associate Diploma from the London Royal College of Music. She received a Distinction in Piano Performance for her Licentiate Diploma of Guildhall School of Music.

 

Rena sits in the Advisory Committee for National Piano & Violin Competition, National Arts Council from 2011-present. She has been Secretary/Treasurer and Committee Member for Singapore Music Teachers Association since 1984. She is the Vice President for the Chopin Society of Singapore since its inception in 2009.

 

At NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (新加坡南洋艺术学院) she has held essential roles as Member of the NAFA Scholarship & Financial Aids Panel (2007-2010, 2012-present), Vice Dean at Office of Academic Affairs (2006 – 2010). She has been Head of Keyboard Studies and Senior Lecturer of Piano Studies, Department of Music since 2004 – 2015. She has developed a full progressive Keyboard Studies program which emphasize on the keyboard musicianship skill.  This focus has contributed substantially on raising the Piano Performance standard at NAFA.

 

Rena has an illustrious career as a performer. Her musical performance activities have brought her to Canada, USA, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and other parts of Asia where she frequently appears in concerts in collaboration with international artistes, vocalists and instrumentalists. She has worked with Canadian saxophonist Paul Brodie, Russian cellist Igor Gavrysh, violist Yizhak Schotten, Italian violinist Ricardo Ricci, German violinist Gernot Winicshhofer, Spanish violinist Joaquin Palomeres, Australian cellist Eszter Mikes Liu, Czech violist Jiri Heger, British trumpeter Laurence Gargan, Soprano Nancy Yuen, baritone Tian Hao Jiang & Mario Bartolino, tenor Andrew Forbes Lane. Piano duo team with pianist Ong Lip Tat, Thomas Hecht and Paul Liang which has given concerts in Singapore as well as in Bangkok, receiving rave reviews. She’s also performed in duo performance with pianist Boris Kraljevic in Ho Chih Min City. Performed Poulenc Concerto for two pianos with Vanessa Latarche, Head of Piano at the Royal College of Music.

 

Her list of awards and honours is extensive, notably the President’s Awards, Kiwanis Music Festival, Toronto, Canada 1974, First Prize, Concerto Section, Kiwanis Music Festival, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada 1973. Best pianist Award, Kiwanis Festival Oshawa, Canada 1973.

 

She is frequently invited to give masterclasses at Singapore Music Elective Program, Royal College of Music, HKAPA, Medan, Ho Chi Minn City Conservatory of Music, Bangkok, Albeniz International Music Course in Spain and Beijing. She is also active as adjudicator for international music competitions in Belgrade, Indonesia, Canada, China, Manila, Spain, Singapore Young Pianist Competition, etc.

Dr. Chua Yun Ying
Pianist
(Singapore)
 
  • 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 is an established music educator and pianist in Singapore. Currently, she teaches at the Singapore Raffles Music College, where she is the Head of Piano Faculty and the Programme Leader for University of West London degree programmes.

Yun Ying left for Manchester in 1995 to pursue her music studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. After obtaining a Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music and a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours from the University of Manchester, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree at King’s College London. She returned to the University of Manchester in 2000 to pursue her PhD, specialising in the music of Beethoven.

At the University of Manchester, Yun Ying was a recipient of the Hargreaves Fund Prize, awarded to the overall top students in the music department. Yun Ying received full scholarships to fund her doctoral studies - the Overseas Research Scholarship and the University Research Studentship, awarded by the British government and the University of Manchester respectively.

Yun Ying is an accomplished pianist and accompanist, having studied with renowned teachers such as Martina Maixnerova, Renna Kellaway, Colin Stone and Mikhail Kazakevich. She participated regularly in lunchtime recitals in Manchester and has given concerts in Cambridge, Oxford, Glasgow and York.

Yun Ying is highly sought after as a music educator, having given masterclasses at the Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music as well as the Central Conservatory Preparatory School in Beijing in 2016. At the Liszt Memorial Prizes: 2016 Hong Kong – International Piano Open Competition, she received the award of “Excellent Piano Teacher”.  She has also adjudicated in competitions such as the Singapore International Classical Piano Competition 2017 and the Singapore Raffles Cultural and Arts Festival 2018 Piano Competition.

Yun Ying has taught classes at the University of Manchester and at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since returning to Singapore, Yun Ying has lectured at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, teaching music appreciation, music theory and music knowledge classes, as well as supervising research thesis to Bachelor’s degree students. At Singapore Raffles Music College, she is teaching History and Musicianship classes, supervising BMus research projects, and tutoring piano principal study students. Many of her students have successfully completed FdMus and BMus degrees from the University of West London, and some have gone on to pursue Masters degrees.

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

  • The founder of Singapore Finger Waltz Music School

  • Former Lecturer of piano in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), school of young talents. 

  • 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. 

 

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. She was one of the juries of 2017 Singapore International Classical piano Competition and the Seventh Asia International Art Competition.

 

Dr. Wu Yang has formerly taught piano in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and had taught piano masterclass in Singapore Raffles Music College (2016).

Dr. Nicholas Ong Cheng Hooi
Pianist
(Malaysia)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, The Juilliard School, USA

  • Masters of Music (Piano Performance), Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, USA

  • Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste (Piano and Chamber Music), Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, France

 

Dr. Nicholas Ong received a Doctorate in Piano Performance at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. Prior to that, he studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under a French Government Scholarship, and a Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory-Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of many international prizes, including First Prize at the Yvonne Lefébure International Piano Competition in France and finalist at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland. The New York Times praised him for his “firm rubber-ball touch and bounce” and Le Figaro for his “astonishing virtuosity.”

 

He has performed in concerts across the United States, Europe and Asia, and in Festivals such as the Castleton Festival, Focus! Festival, Chopin Festival in Paris, Festival de l’Orangerie, Jeunes Pianistes Virtuoses in Lyon, and the Villa Medicis Festival in Rome. As a versatile chamber musician, he has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra musicians in their chamber music concert series, as well as concerts with principals of major orchestras and young talented musicians. Recent concerts include the Poulenc 2 Piano Concerto with the NAFA orchestra under the baton of maestro Nicholas Cleobury, a recital with violinist Kam Ning, and Masterclasses and concert in Shenyang, China.

 

Dr Ong is a Senior Lecturer of Keyboard Studies at the School of Music, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore. He is in demand for masterclasses and a frequent guest faculty at the Asia International Piano Academy Festival (AIPAF) in South Korea.