A Piano Concerto Masterclass with Albert Tiu (Event is cancelled)

We are sorry, this event has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for further updates. 


The Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra is proud to present its inaugural Piano Concerto Masterclass in collaboration with renowned piano virtuoso Albert Tiu who has been called “an artist of uncommon abilities” by the American Record Guide, winning international acclaim with his performances & recordings of innovative programmes.

Schedule of Events

Session  Date / Time / Venue  Details

22 June 2019 (Sat), 2-6pm
YSTCM Piano Studio

2 Pianos
(approx. 30 mins each)


23 June 2019 (Sun), 11am-12nn

Q&A with Albert

Discussion on working with conductors and orchestras


23 June 2019 (Sun), 2.30-6.30pm
BHCC Exhibition Hall (L5)

Symphony Orchestra
(approx. 30 mins each)

*  Candidates may record their own sessions their own video/audio recording equipment.

Prescribed Works

Franz Liszt
Piano Concerto No. 2

Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st Movement only)

All participants must choose between the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 (either the first three sections or the last three sections of the concerto) or the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st movement). Each participant will get:

  • One coaching session of up to 30 minutes on 2 pianos with Albert Tiu.
  • A Q&A session of 1 hour with Albert Tiu, Adrian Tan and all participants on working with conductors and orchestras.
  • One coaching session of up to 30 minutes to play through and work with the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Adrian Tan, and to be coached further by Albert Tiu during that session with orchestra.



Please send a detailed CV to info@bhso.org and andrew@bhso.org which should include personal biographical details, contact information, detailed information about the applicant’s music training and performing experience, as well as a copy (or URL, download link) of a video clip (at least 5 minutes) showing the applicant performing a 6-8 minute excerpt (just piano solo without accompaniment) from the concerto that they wish to work on with the orchestra by 31 May 2019 (Friday).

A maximum of 8 applicants will be selected to participate in order to provide adequate coaching time and a positive learning experience. Successful applicants will be informed by e-mail before 10 June 2019 (Monday).

We are sorry, this event has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for further updates. 

Course Fee

Successful applicants are required to make full payment of the course fee of S$800 at the Braddell Heights Community Club office or through the People’s Association’s online payment system to confirm their participation before 17 June 2019 (Monday). Failure to do so may result in the participant losing their place in the course.


Members of the public are welcomed to observe the orchestral session on 23 June 2019 (Sunday), 2.30 – 6.30pm free of charge, subjected to space limitations of the venue.

For any enquiries of clarification, please email info@bhso.org or andrew@bhso.org

About Albert Tiu


Born in Cebu, Philippines, Albert Tiu has been called “an artist of uncommon abilities” by American Record Guide. His latest Centaur recording, “Grand Russian”, pairing Tchaikovsky’s Grand Sonata and Rachmaninov’s 1st Sonata, was described as such in ARG: “Even with some legendary competition in this repertoire, Tiu stands tall with his interpretations and technical accomplishment.”. His previous disc, “The Classical Elements”, featuring twenty pieces grouped according to Earth, Air, Water and Fire, was praised by Fanfare, in which he is referred to as “a weaver of magic spells and enchantments… the ability to intuit and differentiate for the listener the distinctive ambient essences of so many similarly themed pieces, therein lies the art, which Tiu possesses in abundance.”

An earlier recording, “Nocturnal Fantasies”, featuring Chopin and Skryabin, was dubbed “one of the all-time great piano recordings” by Fanfare. “One of the most inventive recital programs ever seen or heard” (ARG), this “compelling and poetically imaginative recording” (Clavier Companion) was also hailed for “performances where heart and mind unite in a deeply affecting union” (Gramophone).

Currently Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, he studied with Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, with Michael Lewin at Boston Conservatory, and with Nita Abrogar-Quinto and Nelly Castro in the Philippines.  A recipient of Juilliard’s William Petschek Award and a prizewinner of competitions in Calgary (Honens), Helsinki (Maj Lind) and Santander (Paloma O’Shea), he won the First Prize and two concerto prizes in the 1996 UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa.

Known for his passion for innovative programming, he has presented recitals with themes like “Chopin without Chopin” (music by Godowsky, Busoni and Rachmaninov influenced by Chopin), and “Bee Flat” (the two Sonatas in B-flat by Beethoven). He has performed with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, and Philippine Philharmonic. In 2005, he gave the Singapore premiere of Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto with the Singapore Symphony under Tang Muhai.

Other recent recording projects include collaborations with tenor Alan Bennett in Schubert’s “Winterreise” on Centaur; with violinist Kam Ning in “Road Movies”, a Meridian disc featuring American composers; and with cellist Qin Li-Wei, in two discs on Decca of Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

He is absolutely addicted to Angry Birds, and in his spare time manages to practice some piano. This is a constant source of both humour and chagrin in the family. When it is in season, his addiction spreads to ice hockey, in which he supports the Pittsburgh Penguins (no relation to Angry Birds).

Albert Tiu will also be appearing with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in their upcoming season, in which he will be performing Chopin’s Variations on Mozart’s “La ci darem la mano”, Op.2, and Schumann’s Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op.92 on 6 September, 2019.

What People Say

“All would be for naught if Tiu didn’t supply world class performances.  He has the heart and soul of a true romantic pianist, as well as an abundance of technical skills.  He can float a delicate melody one moment and rise to an impressive and exciting climax the next… His writing, based on superb program notes, supports his program-building ability quite nicely.  He is a pianist I would go out of my way to hear in concert, and I will look for his future recordings.”
– American Record Guide (May/June 2011)

“He is sensitive and musicianly… and wittily alive… his subtlety and poetic commitment make you listen with new ears.”
– Gramophone (September 2011)

“Above all his playing exudes a golden tone that sounds as if it was made for 19th century Russia.  Add an uncanny sense of timing, supple fingers that seem to be everywhere at once, pedalling that constantly enriches, and penetrating understanding into what makes Russian romantics tick, and you have an authentic mix for spectacular success.”
– The Advertiser, Adelaide, Australia (May 2011)

“From arguably the finest pianist resident in Singapore today came yet another thought-provoking piano recital… crafted his tribute toFrederic Chopin by performing some of the piano repertoire’s most daunting works inspired by the Polish master’s genius. Overcoming the frightening multitudes of notes was a feat of digital dexterity and memory, but it was the fearless panache of delivery that remained topmost in the mind.”
– The Straits Times, Singapore (March 2011)

Photo credit: Albert Tiu


Upcoming Concert


Sunday, 30 June 2019
5pm @ School of the Arts (SOTA) Concert Hall

Albert Tiu, piano
Adrian Tan, conductor

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