AKS 2016 Featured Clinician: Albert Tay (Singapore)

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Albert Tay @ AKS 2016


As a composer inspired by literature and varied art forms, Albert seeks to (re)create works that are evocative and engaging. His eclectic tastes have also resulted in creations involving audience participation, ranging from the theatrical and avant-garde to audience-friendly pieces. Many of his commissioned works have been premiered and recorded worldwide in concerts and competitions by decorated and outstanding artists, conductors and ensembles in major music cities.

As a conductor informed by studies as a bass-baritone, Albert has been working with singers ranging from amateurs to professionals. He is Artistic Director for the Schola Cantorum Singapore, a choir collective that has attracted trained musicians, composers, educators and choral enthusiasts from all walks of life. The young artist has commissioned & premiered numerous Singaporean works ranging from staged chamber opera, choral compositions to works for solo voice. With a predilection for contemporary avant-garde, multidisciplinary performances, Albert has taken choral performances to new artistic territories that saw marriages of choral music with poetry and theatre.

Albert’s choirs have won top prizes in various international festivals. The Methodist Girls School (Secondary) Choir, garnered two gold medals at the IFCM World Choral Expo Choir Competition in the Children and Youth Category (category champions). They were also the recording and performing choir in the South-East-Asian (SEA) Games Opening Ceremony, singing alongside Cultural Medallion winner Dick Lee. Albert’s repertory spans the gamut of genres, epoch and scale ranging from classical to popular music; contemporary art music to Renaissance masterworks; a cappella gems to operas and large-scale choral-orchestral works such as the 3-hour live-to-screen projection of the ‘Lord of the Rings’.

Albert is founder & director of the Kodaly Academy of Music Singapore (KAM). He financed and spearheaded the Asia Kodaly Symposium, a biannual international programme that is currently being held in different Asian countries (e.g. Indonesia, Taiwan). His educator role saw him in weekly sessions, training music teachers and conducting the STAR Teachers Choir for the Ministry of Education at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST). Currently Associate Faculty at SIM University where he teaches “Ensemble Study & Performance” as well as “Conducting”, he taught choral conducting at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and is a part-time lecturer of NAFA. Albert is in demand internationally as an educator, giving keynote lectures, music workshops to professional conductors, music educators and choirs.

Albert is a recipient of the prestigious International Kodaly Society Scholarship, the National Arts Council (NAC) Georgette Chen Scholarship and the NAFA Scholarship. He graduated “Excellent with Distinctions” from the Kodaly Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music (Hungary) as one of the top students of his cohort, receiving perfect scores from the panel of professors for his thesis and thesis defence. He is recipient of the National Arts Council (NAC) Georgette Chen Scholarship and the NAFA Scholarship for his Diploma and Bachelor (Hons) studies at NAFA where he also graduated with distinctions as one of the top students of his class.


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