April 2, 2019 at 10:04am

The registration for the 4th Singapore Raffles Cultural & Arts Festival, organized by Singapore Raffles Music College is now open!
This festival comprises of 4 Competition Categories: Piano, Chinese Orchestra, Vocal and Dance. Whether you are a student, a professional or someone who simply enjoy performing, this is the BEST chance for you to shine!

Event Date: 20 - 22 August 2019
Location: Singapore Raffles Music College & Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

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The registration for the 4th Singapore Raffles Cultural & Arts Festival, organized by Singapore Raffles Music College is now open!
This festival comprises of 4 Competition Categories: Piano, Chinese Orchestra, Vocal and Dance. Whether you are a student, a professional or someone who simply enjoy performing, this is the BEST chance for you to shine!

Event Date: 20 - 22 August 2019
Location: Singapore Raffles Music College & Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Registration Deadline: 6 June 2019

Why should you sign up?
• A nurturing stage for you to gain exposure in performing and competing at an international level.
• Develop a lifelong passion for music by learning from our Renowned Adjudication Panel
• Observe and learn from outstanding competitors and guest performances
• Boost your confidence and develop a healthy competition mindset

Email us at event@ace99.com.sg to find out more!

Unleash your true potential today!

Should you have any queries please do feel free to contact our friendly staff directly for more information:

Senior Events Executive – Leanne Phay
Event Executive – Chan Siok Ting

Email: liyan@ace99.com.sg / siokting@ace99.com.sg
Tel: (65) 6368 5610
HP: (65) 9822 8496 (Do feel free to whatsapp us for a faster and more personal response!)

January 8, 2019 at 3:52pm

I just finished my 12th original composition and released the piano solo sheet music, that to me is kind of a milestone.

The new piano solo piece is called "An Unforgettable Adventure". You can listen to it on SoundCloud by clicking the image below (don't forget to "Follow" me there to get updates). The background for this piece is where you have a truly memorable adventure, one filled with peaceful moments, reflective moods, and quite a bit of excitement.

A friend of mine... See More

I just finished my 12th original composition and released the piano solo sheet music, that to me is kind of a milestone.

The new piano solo piece is called "An Unforgettable Adventure". You can listen to it on SoundCloud by clicking the image below (don't forget to "Follow" me there to get updates). The background for this piece is where you have a truly memorable adventure, one filled with peaceful moments, reflective moods, and quite a bit of excitement.

A friend of mine actually interpreted "An Unforgettable Adventure" as a monument to life. She said that the first part of the song reflects childhood and youth, the middle part is akin to sprinting through life in your career, and for me, I feel that the ending part reflects old age. Nevertheless, that's still an adventure to me. An adventure in life!

Hope you will like it. I might perform it at Pianovers Meetup one day. Thanks.

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Gavin Koh

I just finished my 24th original composition... you can listen to it on my Soundcloud at https://... See More

I just finished my 24th original composition... you can listen to it on my Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/gavinkoh/a-threnody-for-freedom-piano-solo. Here's to many more original songs.

March 13, 2019 at 12:50pm
March 13, 2019 at 12:02pm

Piano Piece Pick #16 - (If I got my numbering correct,) I would love to resume this series...

Mendelssohn is often nobody's favorite composer, so allow me to introduce a piece of his - Fantasie, Op. 28, a 3 movement work. It is also known as "Sonata écossaise" or the Scottish Sonata. Each movement is faster than the one before it (just like Beethoven's "Moonlight").

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VTlaGREM7I... See More

Piano Piece Pick #16 - (If I got my numbering correct,) I would love to resume this series...

Mendelssohn is often nobody's favorite composer, so allow me to introduce a piece of his - Fantasie, Op. 28, a 3 movement work. It is also known as "Sonata écossaise" or the Scottish Sonata. Each movement is faster than the one before it (just like Beethoven's "Moonlight").

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VTlaGREM7I

IMSLP link to score sheet: https://imslp.org/wiki/Fantasie%2C_Op.28_%28Mendelssohn%2C_Felix%29

February 28, 2019 at 12:23am

Love is Blue is a classic sentimental song that has captured my attention, since I first heard it in music lesson in Secondary 1. My music teacher Mr Sem Kai Peng played this out, and we students were supposed to play out the piece on the recorder.

Recently after receiving music lessons in 2018, I heard this piece again and attempted to deconstruct its elements. I will be deconstructing the Paul Mariat A minor version.
Its introduction chords is appregioic zigzag style, and my... See More

Love is Blue is a classic sentimental song that has captured my attention, since I first heard it in music lesson in Secondary 1. My music teacher Mr Sem Kai Peng played this out, and we students were supposed to play out the piece on the recorder.

Recently after receiving music lessons in 2018, I heard this piece again and attempted to deconstruct its elements. I will be deconstructing the Paul Mariat A minor version.
Its introduction chords is appregioic zigzag style, and my favourite element is the counter melody in the second verse.
In the middle of the piece, there is a parallel modulation from A minor to A major. I feel this is very apt as after the modulation to the major key, the lyrics turn from being depressed about lost love, to flashbacks about happier times "When we met, how the bright sun shone." before going back to being sad again "Then love died, now the rainbow is gone", and correspondingly the music changes back to the minor key.

Thanks for reading my analysis and perhaps I shall post again about my favourite piano pieces.

February 28, 2019 at 12:23am

Love is Blue is a classic sentimental song that has captured my attention, since I first heard it in music lesson in Secondary 1. My music teacher Mr Sem Kai Peng played this out, and we students were supposed to play out the piece on the recorder.

Recently after receiving music lessons in 2018, I heard this piece again and attempted to deconstruct its elements. I will be deconstructing the Paul Mariat A minor version.
Its introduction chords is appregioic zigzag style, and my... See More

Love is Blue is a classic sentimental song that has captured my attention, since I first heard it in music lesson in Secondary 1. My music teacher Mr Sem Kai Peng played this out, and we students were supposed to play out the piece on the recorder.

Recently after receiving music lessons in 2018, I heard this piece again and attempted to deconstruct its elements. I will be deconstructing the Paul Mariat A minor version.
Its introduction chords is appregioic zigzag style, and my favourite element is the counter melody in the second verse.
In the middle of the piece, there is a parallel modulation from A minor to A major. I feel this is very apt as after the modulation to the major key, the lyrics turn from being depressed about lost love, to flashbacks about happier times "When we met, how the bright sun shone." before going back to being sad again "Then love died, now the rainbow is gone", and correspondingly the music changes back to the minor key.

Thanks for reading my analysis and perhaps I shall post again about my favourite piano pieces.

September 26, 2018 at 3:36am

I originally joined Pianovers with intentions of chances for public performance and to make friends.
Never did I expect to fall in love with some classical music here which I originally thought was too dreary.
Here are a few favourites of mine and acknowledgements to friends who introduced these pieces to me:
1) Military March 1 in D major by Schubert, thanks to Jeremy Foo and Matthew Soh.
2)Prélude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, thanks to Jonathan Lam... See More

I originally joined Pianovers with intentions of chances for public performance and to make friends.
Never did I expect to fall in love with some classical music here which I originally thought was too dreary.
Here are a few favourites of mine and acknowledgements to friends who introduced these pieces to me:
1) Military March 1 in D major by Schubert, thanks to Jeremy Foo and Matthew Soh.
2)Prélude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, thanks to Jonathan Lam
3) Pictures of an Exhibition, Promenade 1 by Modestsky, courtesy of a mental health video I watched
4) Choral Symphony no 9, 2nd Movement by Beethoven, thanks to NUS Choir and the NUS Symphonic Orchestra!!

Next I might discuss the musicalities of these classical pieces to determine why I like them so much!

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Mabel Ong

It's good to explore different genres! I'm learning many songs from the many pieces played by you all each week. Kudos to you all!

January 9, 2019 at 11:42am
Janice Liew

Mabel, have you ever been to Pianovers? Pls come and make friends with us regulars! I go there about 3 times a month.

February 27, 2019 at 11:51pm
February 21, 2019 at 11:14pm

Here is my 6th nugget of knowledge - Music Map.
https://www.music-map.com

Discover similar new artists just by keying one that you like. You can key in classical composers, chinese artists (use their English names if possible), and of course, modern performers.

For eg., here is a map to Yiruma and a bunch of artists whose music is similar to his:
https... See More

Here is my 6th nugget of knowledge - Music Map.
https://www.music-map.com

Discover similar new artists just by keying one that you like. You can key in classical composers, chinese artists (use their English names if possible), and of course, modern performers.

For eg., here is a map to Yiruma and a bunch of artists whose music is similar to his:
https://www.music-map.com/yiruma.html

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Albert

O dear, oldies famous composers - Yao Min, Liu Jia-chang, Gu Ye, Wang Fuling, Miki Takashi all returned "not found".

February 22, 2019 at 9:56pm
Gavin Koh

I guess their database has been populated more with American / British artists. You might want to propose your own list of artists then at http... See More

I guess their database has been populated more with American / British artists. You might want to propose your own list of artists then at http://www.gnoosic.com/vote

February 22, 2019 at 9:55pm
Albert

Thanks Gavin. Kind of sad that while the whole world soaks up much of the Western music ( classical and pop ), the rich musical heritage of the East seems largely unknown to most of the Western... See More

Thanks Gavin. Kind of sad that while the whole world soaks up much of the Western music ( classical and pop ), the rich musical heritage of the East seems largely unknown to most of the Western music world (?).

February 25, 2019 at 9:00pm
February 8, 2019 at 4:48pm

I got myself a used piano few months ago. Started learning a bit on my own. Still thinking if I should get a teacher to have formal lessons. Any self-taught pianists here? Any tips? I've tried some youtube videos for beginners, and also bought a couple of adult books. Still fumbling with reading the doh ray me.. haha.

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Linette Choo

Do you have any music apps to recommend for sight reading? Guess it's better to ask from someone who has been through, rather than ploughing through the apps in the store! 🤣

Thanks in... See More

Do you have any music apps to recommend for sight reading? Guess it's better to ask from someone who has been through, rather than ploughing through the apps in the store! 🤣

Thanks in advance.

February 11, 2019 at 11:12pm
Gavin Koh

Well, I have tried for fun non-paid versions like Sight Reading Trainer and Note Trainer Lite. There also paid versions, but never tried them. So, really it's up to you.

February 12, 2019 at 8:55am
Linette Choo

Hehe, of coz I'm trying the free ones first. After a day's work, I'm actually quite tired, and it's challenging to get myself to the piano.

Hope I can make it. *cross fingers*

February 13, 2019 at 1:22am
Yoke Ping

For myself, progress is faster after starting lessons. However, that may also be because my instrumental teachers have always been a very strong source of motivation for me to practice, coupled... See More

For myself, progress is faster after starting lessons. However, that may also be because my instrumental teachers have always been a very strong source of motivation for me to practice, coupled with the fact that I have to put in financial resources for the lessons. Before that, I just played at my own sweet time.

February 21, 2019 at 12:00am
January 6, 2019 at 6:19pm

Hi, here is my video for my performance at Pianovers Recital 2018 held on 28th of December. Hope you enjoy watching it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kziAGT3whg

Just wanted to share my (what I hope are) value-added comments on my experience participating in this event:

a) Playing on a grand piano has a totally different feel; it was as if I'm on cloud nine. The touch for this Yamaha piano was... See More

Hi, here is my video for my performance at Pianovers Recital 2018 held on 28th of December. Hope you enjoy watching it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kziAGT3whg

Just wanted to share my (what I hope are) value-added comments on my experience participating in this event:

a) Playing on a grand piano has a totally different feel; it was as if I'm on cloud nine. The touch for this Yamaha piano was excellent; it was tuned on the spot prior to the Recital. Make full use of any rehearsal time you have so you can appreciate the feel of the piano, if at all possible. For me, I used the time to try out the sostenuto panel just for the last measure of my song.

b) Performing in formal wear has a different feel than playing in civvies in the comfort of your home. Make sure you feel comfortable in your getup and that you have space to maneuver your arms.

c) As this was a community driven event, I felt it was OK if you don't memorize your score; you probably wouldn't do this for a professional recital. I was sight reading straight from the sheet music since I am very comfortable doing that, but I will have you know, I did practice the piece probably at least 30 times already; not enough to memorize the song in its entirety, but enough for a great performance.

d) If you make a mistake during the performance, press on as best as you can. People might not even know you made a mistake, if you play on as if it's part of the show. Glaring errors are obvious, but try to recover as best as you can and move on. You can always tell Pianovers you want your video kept private if you feel embarrassed by your performance.

e) Pick a song you can manage. While, I noticed other performers on that night chose more difficult pieces that showed off their technical prowess, I felt very happy with my choice, a lovely song made famous by Josh Groban. Dont aim for something over the top unless you are very confident performing the piece. If it's an expressive piece, play your heart out. If it's a technical piece, play to impress.

f) Don't feel pressured by the audience or get distracted by the photographer. Focus on the performance and doing a great job. It helps if you have practiced a lot at home already. Definitely never come unprepared.

g) Bow once before your performance. Bow again after the performance. I felt I probably made a minor gaffe, I picked up my score and had wanted to fold it back before bowing right at the end. I felt I should have bowed first at the end, then picked up my score to exit the stage.

Well, that's it. Thanks for reading this far.

If you like to keep updated about what I am doing, you can follow me at https://www.facebook.com/gavinkoh1970

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Mabel Ong

There are a few versions to The Prayer. I like the Celine Dion + Andrea Bocelli. That's actually the first version I got acquainted with.

January 12, 2019 at 10:57am
Gavin Koh

Yes, that is the best version. I heard that one right after Quest for Camelot's version sung in English only by Celine Dion. The lyrics are very meaningful, especially the Italian version, I have... See More

Yes, that is the best version. I heard that one right after Quest for Camelot's version sung in English only by Celine Dion. The lyrics are very meaningful, especially the Italian version, I have even memorized that version of the song sung by Andrea Bocelli. Bellissimo!

January 12, 2019 at 8:22pm
Linette Choo

Just watched the video. Nice, you got 100+ views!

February 8, 2019 at 4:51pm
Gavin Koh

That's a pleasant surprise! Thanks.

February 8, 2019 at 10:13pm
November 8, 2018 at 10:42am

The 2nd Singapore Raffles Arts and Cultural Festival – Piano Grand Finals will be held from 28th - 30 January 2019, at Singapore Raffles Music College and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

This festival is organized by Singapore Raffles Music College with the key purpose of providing like-minded musical talents a golden opportunity to hone their performance skills, learn from their fellow participants across the region as well as broaden the participants’ musical horizons and... See More

The 2nd Singapore Raffles Arts and Cultural Festival – Piano Grand Finals will be held from 28th - 30 January 2019, at Singapore Raffles Music College and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

This festival is organized by Singapore Raffles Music College with the key purpose of providing like-minded musical talents a golden opportunity to hone their performance skills, learn from their fellow participants across the region as well as broaden the participants’ musical horizons and networks!

Email us at event@ace99.com.sg or call us at (+65) 6368 5610 for more information.

Unleash your true potential today!

Should you have any queries please do feel free to contact our friendly staff directly for more information:

Senior Events Executive – Leanne Phay
Event Executive – Chan Siok Ting

Email: liyan@ace99.com.sg / siokting@ace99.com.sg
Tel: (65) 6368 5610
HP: (65) 9822 8496 (Do feel free to whatsapp us for a faster and more personal response!)

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Linette Choo

Nice, we should have more piano competitions or piano activities in Singapore. Feel that we can still do more to promote arts and music in Singapore. Many parents still feel their kids can't... See More

Nice, we should have more piano competitions or piano activities in Singapore. Feel that we can still do more to promote arts and music in Singapore. Many parents still feel their kids can't survive with a job related to music, and must die die have a degree first.

February 8, 2019 at 4:53pm

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