Meet some of our teachers
Dr. Hwi Hwang
Dr. Hwi Hwang has performed his solo recitals and with orchestras at the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Europe, Cuba, Bulgaria, Hungary, England, South Korea, Czech Republic, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Ukraine, and United States. He exudes strong stage performance presence both with orchestras and as a soloist. He is also highly regarded as a vocal accompanist and chamber musician. In the year 2004, his performance of the Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with Russian Federal Orchestra was commercially released under the Angelok Label.
Dr. Hwi Hwang holds a bachelor degree in piano from Keimyung University, South Korea and a master and doctor in piano performance from University of North Texas, USA. He has taught at Keimyung University as full time Visiting Professor and Andong National University, Daegu Art University, Daegu National University of Education, Dong-A University as lecturer.
Dr. Hwi Hwang is currently the head of the piano department at Asia Music School.
John Chen Dong
Teacher John Chen is an established concert pianist and has worked with orchestras in Singapore and China. He gave his first major piano recital at the age of 15. He counts the late renowned Austrian pianist Maestro Paul Budura-Skoda as one of his many mentors. In 1995, he was invited by the former conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra Maestro Choo Huey to be the orchestral pianist. In 2017, his alma mater the Xi’an Conservatory of Music offered him a position as the Assistant Conductor and piano accompanist for the youth choir at the conservatory.
In early 2021, Teacher John Chen brought his wealth of musical expertise to Asia Music School and joined us as a senior piano instructor.
At the core of Nikolaos' teaching philosophy is the aim to make students self-reliant in their practice, encouraging them to reach for higher aspirations. He boasts extensive experience in preparing students of all levels for examinations with a remarkable 100% success rate. Additionally, he helps students prepare for university entry and participation in various international competitions. As a versatile pianist, Nikolaos excels as a chamber music partner and an experienced piano accompanist. He remains committed to his own growth and continuous learning as a musician.
Chan Yeow Yee
Skaidrite Rakovska (Skai)
Teacher Gayane graduated from the well-known R. Melikian Music College in 1981 with a Master’s degree in Voice and Piano. It was a highly competitive music college where only 16 students out of 400 were selected each year. Teacher Gayane was invited to audition as one of the professors at the music college felt that she had a unique voice, with great potential. The rest as they said is history.
After graduation, Teacher Gayane went on to work for A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre as a soloist and soprano for 21 years. She also worked at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory as a singer for the piano department.
A remarkable vocalist, Teacher Gayane continues to perform regularly around the region today. One of her most memorable concerts in recent years was when she was invited to perform in Jakarta. Singers from ten countries were invited and Teacher Gayane felt honoured to represent Armenia. Her performance of the aria “Un bel di vedremo” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly earned her outstanding reviews from the dignitaries in attendance.
In 2011, Teacher Gayane started teaching in Singapore. Many of her students have achieved distinctions and awards from various examination boards and national competitions in Singapore. She uses her own pedagogy that she internalised during her study with various professors in the past to train her current students.
Teacher Gayane teaches voice and piano in Asia Music School today.
Alexander Lock Kah Boon
Teacher Iola already has a few years of experience teaching piano before joining Asia Music School in 2021. She specialises in working with young children, some as young as 2.5 years old. To deepen her keen interests in working with young child, Teacher Iola attended a 16-week long course in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, exploring music in a creative and experiential way and participated in workshops on Kodaly and music pedagogy for young children.
During her time in college, Haryani had the opportunity to participate in master classes offered by prestigious institutions such as Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as well as London College of Music. Additionally, she actively took part in competitions and Cultural Arts Festivals before successfully graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of West London (UWL) in 2019.
Since 2019, Haryani has been dedicated to teaching at a music school in Singapore, where she has worked with students as young as 4 years old. She has guided her students in various performances and prepared them for ABRSM theory and practical exams, consistently achieving a minimum Merit result. Her dedication to her students' progress is evident, and she takes great care in ensuring their growth and development.
In 2023, Haryani joined the esteemed faculty at Asia Music School, where she continues to inspire and nurture her students' musical abilities, providing them with dedicated support and guidance.
Mukhammadyor Tulaganov (Dyor)
Teacher Dyor began formal musical training at the Academic Lyceum of Talented Children at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan. Later, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Yong Siew Toh Conservatory under the tutelage of Professor Zhang Manchin. He has participated in viola masterclasses taught by renowned musicians such as Paul Silverthorne, Igor Naidin, Cynthia Phelps and Alexander Mishnaevskiy.
As a musician, he has performed all over the world from Germany, Norway, USA to Hong Kong and South Korea with orchestras in the region.
Teacher Dyor will be training Asia Music School’s students in the Talented Young Violinist course.
Ng Sze Ling (Selena)
Teacher Selena started teaching at Asia Music School since 2015. She believes that practice makes perfect and that music can change our lives for the better. It is never too late to learn ; if you believe you can, you can!
She is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies in Master of Music from the University of West London under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Liang.
In 2018, Teacher Louise graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines College of Music with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Voice Performance and minoring in Piano. She began her career as a voice and piano teacher in Singapore soon after.
As a professional Soprano, Teacher Louise has performed with various vocal ensembles in international choral festivals and competitions around the world including the Philippines, Indonesia and even Spain! She has been awarded several prizes, including the category winner in several of these competitions.
Working with advanced voice students specialising in both classical and pop genre, right down to young toddlers exploring the foundations of music, Teacher Louise is patient and dedicated. To ensure efficient sound production and to care for the vocal health of her voice students, Teacher Louise decided to further her training and undergo certification as a McClosky Voice Technician. She is also an avid song writer.
John Lim Yao Han
After graduating with a Diploma of Music in Classical Voice at the Malaysia Institute of Arts, Teacher John Lim began teaching in Singapore soon after. He has toured with choral groups around Malaysia and won prizes in choral competitions in the region.
Teacher John Lim strives to ignite his students’ interests and passion in music by making every lesson unique and constantly searching for performance opportunities for his students. Depending on interests and skillsets, he would recommend the appropriate examination board to enable the child to maximise his musical potential.
Lan Zhao Xia
A committed teacher, Teacher Lan was awarded for her teaching excellence by different institutions in Beijing and Sichuan, including being inducted into the national teaching excellence programme by the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in China. Many of her students have participated in performances and competitions across the country.
Teacher Lan enjoys working with students of all ages from young children to working adults.
With extensive experience in performing, Farhan's versatility as a musician shines through. He has delighted audiences at various events, including wedding celebrations, corporate shows, and major festivals held at prestigious locations such as Esplanade and Resort World Sentosa. Farhan has successfully produced and recorded his album 'Bebas' along with numerous singles, garnering recognition from the local media. His songs have been played on popular radio stations such as Ria 89.7FM, and he has been invited to showcase his talent on Suria, a local TV channel. Farhan's exceptional abilities were acknowledged when he was voted as the Best Guitarist in the Song Composing Club during his time at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Furthermore, he served as the events and welfare manager for Jammerz Arena at Republic Polytechnic during his tertiary education. In 2013, Farhan and his band OutCry emerged victorious in a competition organized by Hard Rock Cafe, earning them the opportunity to represent Singapore in the Global Round.
Currently, Farhan holds a prominent position on the faculty of Asia Music School, where he imparts his expertise as a Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass Teacher. His passion for music and dedication to teaching make him an invaluable asset to the institution.
Currently, Zaid is a full-time instrumental teacher, specializing in vocal, piano, and flute lessons. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he continues to engage in performances as a vocalist, choir member, flutist, and keyboardist at corporate events, weddings, and international choir competitions.