Master of Music (with Academic Honors), Piano Performance
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, USA
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE),
Nanyang Technological University,
National Institute of Education, Singapore
Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons), Piano Performance
University of Birmingham, UK
Nicholas is no stranger to the local music scene and is sought-after as a soloist, collaborator and educator. He graduated from New England Conservatory with a Masters in Piano Performance, specialising in contemporary piano repertoire, under the guidance of Stephen Drury. Nicholas has also worked with other leading pianists in the field including Max Levinson, Corey Hamm and Nino Jvania. Prior to this, Nicholas was a recipient of the Public Service Commission scholarship and went on to obtain his Bachelor of Music from the University of Birmingham (UK) and his Post-graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore). Notable past teachers include Jap Boen Pin, Dennis Lee and Toh Chee Hung.
A versatile performer and new music enthusiast, Nicholas believes that new music is an experience that connects the novel with the familiar, and strives to make new music an experience that can connect with audiences of all backgrounds. His solo recitals in the Singapore Piano Festival 2009 (Young Virtuoso Series) and the Esplanade Spectrum series 2015 have featured exclusively contemporary repertoire, including works by Singaporean composers. His collaborations include performances with local groups such as The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore (TPO) and Woodwind Quintet EDQ, and overseas groups such as the Boston Young Composers Ensemble (BYCE) and Discovery Ensemble. Nicholas is also a Baritone and has sung in various chamber choirs including the Birmingham University Singers and the NEC Chamber Singers. He has also been singing with The Philharmonic Chamber Choir Singapore (TPCC) since 2006.