Schola Cantorum Singapore Artistic Director

Schola Cantorum Singapore Artistic Director

Untitled4Believing in ‘Education Through the Arts, For the Arts’, Albert has spent the past decade reaching out to the masses, cultivating sound values, fine character and intelligent musicians through disciplined choral performance and Kodály-inspired music education. As a result, the composer-conductor’s various choirs have won top prizes and reviews in competitions both locally and internationally.

In 2011, Albert was conferred the prestigious International Kodály Society Scholarship for his Masters studies in Kodály Music Pedagogy at the International Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music where he studied conducting, voice and piano, graduating “Excellent with Distinctions”. Albert is a recipient of the National Arts Council (NAC) Georgette Chen Scholarship, NAC Arts Bursary and the NAFA Scholarship for his Diploma and Bachelor (Hons) studies, majoring in voice at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA Singapore) where he graduated with distinctions as one of the top students of his class.

Albert is currently working closely with the Singapore Teachers Academy for the aRts (STAR) where he trains future Ministry of Education (MOE) music teachers and conducts the STAR Teachers’ Choir. Currently a part-time lecturer at the NAFA, he has taught choral conducting there and has given lectures & workshops to music teachers, choirs and wind bands both locally and abroad. He is Associate Faculty with SIM University (UniSIM) and teaches people from all walks of life in the art of listening and feeling in music appreciation. He serves the local choral community as committee member on the Choral Directors’ Association (Singapore) and is a member of the International Kodály Society (IKS) and the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM).

Albert was Artistic Director for the International Festival Chamber Choir, a select choir, as well as the 100-strong non-auditioned International Festival Chorus Singapore that straddles repertoire ranging from popular music, music theatre to chamber choral-orchestral and groundbreaking, large-scale performances such as the 3-hour long live-to-screen movie-concert of “Lord of the Rings” in collaboration with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. Incorporating elements of theatre, poetry-reading etc., IFC bore witness to artistically designed, multi-disciplinary performances that engaged both music specialists and the man-on-the-street.  Albert sang for the SYC Ensemble Singers and served as Assistant Conductor. He was Assistant Conductor for the Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus and also assisted and led rehearsals for the Kecskemét Festival Chorus, Hungary. He credits Cultural Medallion winner Ms Jennifer Tham and conductor doyen Professor Péter Erdei as his primary influences in conducting.

As a composer, his mentors include Dr. Zechariah Goh Toh Chai (Head of Composition, NAFA) and Cultural Medallion winners Dr. Kelly Tang (Arts Dean, School of the Arts, SOTA) and composer doyen, the late Mr. Leong Yoon Pin. Albert’s passion for poetry and the conducting of community and school choirs are the main creative spurs for his predominantly choral output. His compositions have been showcased in concerts, festivals and competitions all over the world.