Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE),
Nanyang Technological University,
National Institute of Education, Singapore
Master of Music,
Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium, Australia
Bachelor of Music (Hons),
University of London, UK
L.T.C.L. Licentiate of Trinity College of Music, UK
L.R.G.M. (Hons) Licentiate of Guildhall School of Music, UK
L.R.A.M. Licentiate of Royal Academy of Music, UK
L.R.S.M. Licentiate of Royal Schools of Music, UK
A.R.C.M. Associate of Royal College of Music, UK
A.R.C.T. Associate of Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Canada
Rena sits in the Advisory Committee for National Piano & Violin Competition, National Arts Council from 2011 to present. She has been Secretary/Treasurer and Committee Member for Singapore Music Teachers Association since 1984.
At the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, she has held essential roles such as Member of the NAFA Scholarship & Financial Aid Panel (2007 - 2010, 2012 - present), and Vice Dean at the Office of Academic Affairs (2006 - 2010). Currently, she is Head of Keyboard Studies and Senior Lecturer of Piano Studies at the Department of Music.
Rena has an illustrious career as a performer. Her musical performance activities have brought her to Canada, USA, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and other parts of Asia, where she frequently appears in concerts in collaboration with international artistes, vocalists and instrumentalists. She has worked with Canadian saxophonist Paul Brodie, Russian cellist Igor Gavrysh, violist Yizhak Schotten, Italian violinist Ricardo Ricci, German violinist Gernot Winicshhofer, Spanish violinist Joaquin Palomeres, Australian cellist Eszter Mikes Liu, Czech violist Jiri Heger, British trumpeter Laurence Gargan, soprano Nancy Yuen, baritone Tian Hao Jiang & Mario Bartolino, and tenor Andrew Forbes Lane. She has performed Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Vanessa Latarche, held piano duo performances with pianist Boris Kraljevic in Ho Chi Minh City, and was in piano duo teams with pianists Ong Lip Tat, Thomas Hecht and Paul Liang, which have received rave reviews for their concerts held in Singapore and Bangkok.
Her list of awards and honours is extensive, notably the President’s Awards (1974), First Prize of the Concerto Section (1973), and Best Pianist Award (1973) at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Canada.
She is frequently invited to give master classes for the Singapore Music Elective Program, Royal College of Music, HKAPA, Medan, Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, Bangkok and Beijing. She is also active as an adjudicator for the Singapore Young Pianist Competition as well as international music competitions in Belgrade, Indonesia, Canada, China and Manila.