We understand that no two people (let alone musicians!) are identical in the way they learn music.
That is why each lesson taught by Shao-wen is planned according to the requirements of the individual learner.
He takes a comprehensive approach to the study of music and offers both violin lessons and music theory lessons.
Let Shao-Wen help you achieve your full potential in your violin studies today.
Equally adept at teaching advanced violinists or conducting string orchestras, Shao-wen started his musical education on the violin at an early age. As a young teen, he won 1st prize in the National Piano and Violin Competition in his native Singapore in 1997 (Violin Junior Category) and 1999 (Violin Senior Category).
Shao-wen’s formative years included lessons with Erick Friedman, Hu Kun, and Adrian Adlam, among others. It was through the violin that he would be drawn deeper into the study of music that would eventually lead him to conducting.
After graduating from Columbia University in 2011, Shao-wen went on to obtain an MMus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2012 where he studied conducting under Stephen Layton.
Our students recognise the effort and dedication that Shao-Wen puts into each lesson. Here is just some of the feedback that we have received.
That Shao-Wen teaches not merely topics but concepts, concepts in different contexts and relationships between concepts are just a few of many reasons why his lessons are distinctive.
He gives much more than textbook definitions, and takes the time to illustrate concepts on the instrument. Each idea is expounded on clearly, comprehensively and with all its nuances and subtleties (and with a dash of humour), and oftentimes in the process the idea is embellished with a personality that makes the study of (dry and baffling) theory so much more palatable.
Perhaps what’s most encouraging is that he never brushes aside what students sometimes deem as ‘silly questions’ and explores each question with an intellectual rigour that’s often missed in lessons conducted by the average music school.
Mr P. Tham
Amazing knowledge of the finer details of violin performance and music theory. A truly engaging and inspiring teacher with both the gift of and passion for teaching. Janelle has been motivated to practice the violin like never before.
Ms Emily Teo, mother of three violin students
Shao Wen gave my daughter a very holistic approach to learning music. She has become more interested in his instrument after attending the lessons.
Mr H. Wei, father of violin student