introducing the LECTURERS

Steinway Artist Dr. Thomas Hecht

American pianist Dr. Thomas Hecht was invited to Singapore in 2003 as the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory’s founding Head of Piano Studies. Over the span of three decades he has concertized internationally on five continents as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and as a member of the acclaimed duo-piano team Hecht & Shapiro, winners of the ARD Munich International Two Piano Competition and USA National Duo Piano Competition. Professor Hecht has performed in many of the world’s cultural centres, appearing with leading orchestras in Germany, South Africa, Australasia, South Caucasus, Singapore and throughout the United States.

Dr. Hecht also enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading teachers of his generation, having produced a multitude of first prize winners in solo and two piano competitions throughout the USA, Europe and Australia. He has given master classes at renowned institutions such as the Royal Academy, Royal Northern and Royal Welsh Colleges of Music, the Eastman, Oberlin, Sydney, Beijing and Sichuan Conservatories and the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts. He has also been invited for residencies at the Conservatoire de Paris, Sibelius Academy, Peabody Conservatory and the Guildhall School of Music. Two of his Singaporean protégés, Abigail Sin and Mervyn Lee, have been named Young Steinway Artists. He continues to be in demand for international competition jury panels and leading pedagogy conferences throughout the world.

Thomas Hecht is a Steinway Artist and records for the Delos, Azica, Elysium and Atoll labels.


Dr. John Sharpley

Dr. John Sharpley, composer, performer and teacher, possesses a unique and multi-faceted career that spans geographic and cultural borders. Born in Houston, Texas, USA, he earned a Doctorate in Music Composition from Boston University; a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Houston; and, diplomas for piano, violin, and composition at the National Conservatory of Music in Strasbourg, France.

He has been featured as both composer and pianist in numerous concerts, institutions, conferences and festivals in Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia and U.S.A.

He has held positions as assistant professor of music at Boston University, music lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore) and composer-in-residence at LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore). He was composer-in-residence for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra 2004 season.

In 2000, he was awarded a special citation from Stanford University (USA) in recognition of his contributions as a teacher. In 2007, Sharpley was presented with the Texas Music Teacher’s Association Composition Commissioning Prize.

Sharpley’s compositions include orchestral works, opera, music for theatre, film and dance scores, chamber music, songs, and solo piano works. Prominent ensembles in China, Singapore, Russia, U.S.A. have performed Sharpley’s compositions.


Steinway Artist Mr. Benjamin Loh

Benjamin Loh first obtained his B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated with a Master of Music in Piano Performance as a student of Dr. Marc Silverman.

Since returning to Singapore, he has successfully balanced the role of performer and teacher. As a performer, he is often heard in chamber music concerts, and performs locally as well as abroad.

He is also very much in demand as a teacher, and has given lectures and master classes in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Italy and the U.S.A.  As an adjudicator, he has been on the jury of numerous piano competitions in Asia and the United States.

Presently, he is on the piano faculty of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the LASALLE College of the Arts, and also maintains an active private teaching studio. 

Mr. Loh is a Steinway Artist.


introducing the LECTURES

Name of Lecturer Title of Lecture Date / Time Lecture Description Programme
Steinway Artist Mr. Benjamin Loh Effective Piano Teaching



20th August 2017
3PM – 5PM  


The Steinway Spirio is an excellent pedagogical tool, because of its video and playback interfaces.  In the first lecture about Effective Piano Teaching, Mr. Benjamin Loh has chosen two performers to illustrate posture, technique and tonal control.  The first is Yuja Wang performing Schumman’s The Smuggler followed by Lang Lang delivering Gershwin’s 3rd Prelude.
Robert Schumann – The Smuggler
featuring SPIRIO playback
by Steinway Artist Yuja Wang
George Gershwin – Prelude No. 3
featuring SPIRIO playback
by Steinway Artist Lang Lang
Effective Competition Preparation



24th September 2017
3PM – 5PM


Competition preparation requires quite a bit of planning, especially with repertoire, which must suit the student, and which should be delivered in a way that is interesting, artistic, yet conventional and non-controversial. Two pianists from the Spirio collection have been chosen based on pianistic control, interpretation and communication:

Spencer Myer performing Debussy’s Cloches à travers les feuilles from Images Book 2 and Anton Nel performing Mozart’s Sonata in C minor, K.457 (first movement).

Both these pianists are excellent musicians, and their readings of these works are personal, yet tasteful.

Debussy – Images Book 2 (1st Movt)
featuring SPIRIO playback
by Steinway Artist Spencer Myer
Mozart – Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457
featuring SPIRIO playback
by Steinway Artist Anton Nel


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Steinway Lecture Series

Steinway Owners: $50 (per session)
Public: $70 (per session)

Change of Location to: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (Recital Studio) 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore, 018906