Wei Yuan, piano
Wei Yuan started learning the piano at the age of 4. Under the tutelage and scholarship of Mr. Chong Poh Kong, he was in 2006 admitted a Licentiate in Piano Performance by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, where he was also the joint top scorer in the South-East Asia region. In 2010, he obtained full marks in Grade 8 Theory of Music under the instruction of Mr. James Yap.
He has enjoyed an extensive performing history. Over the course of his studies in Raffles Junior College and Singapore Management University, he has participated in several performances in solo and chamberworks, as well as an accompanist. In RJC, he arranged music as a member and alumnus of the RJC Piano Ensemble, accompanied several Music Elective Programme students in their examinations, and recorded various works for their compositional portfolios. In SMU, he has also served as resident pianist for 3 years to Obligato, its String Ensemble, where he accompanied Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” as continuo in 2010. He also served the Mandarin Congregation of Living Praise Presbyterian Church as a pianist for 4 years.
He enjoys teaching and organising concerts. He has also taught over 20 students as a part-time instructor in MusiKinder ArtSkool. He has also organised over 10 concerts, including spearheading the first concert for the RJC Piano Ensemble Alumni.
As a semi-finalist in the National Piano & Violin Competition (Piano, Senior Category) in 2005, he was invited to play at a masterclass by Ms. Caroline Almonte. He also placed third in the Young Pianist Competition (Open Category) in 2006. For his achievement in music theory, he was awarded the Hedy King Robinson Award for Distinction in Music Theory in 2011.