A recipient of the National Arts Council and National University of Singapore (NUS) scholarship, Adrian attained his Master of Music degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) with a major in conducting. He is currently a part time faculty at YSTCM (NUS) where he teaches conducting.
Adrian shares his passion for music through his deep involvement in many community and professional orchestras and ensembles. His involvement includes being the –
- General Manager of Resound Collective
- Conductor of the Philharmonic Winds
- Resident conductor of the Philharmonic Youth Winds
- Conductor of the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra
The Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra is a community project that Adrian had spearheaded with Dedric Wong, the General Manager of Ding Yi Company, to focus on Orchestra works written for Asian composers. This project saw him infusing a variety of Chinese, Malay and Indian instruments into a standard Western Symphony Orchestra, very much like what the basic structure of what Singapore essentially is.
Adrian was a semi-finalist in the International Conducting Competition (2016) Augsburg, Germany, where he emerged as the top 6 participants out of 43 participants from 22 countries.
Adrian also believes in grooming talented young musicians through directing Wind Ensembles & Orchestras in the following education institutions:
- Singapore Management University
- Singapore Polytechnic
- Anderson Junior College
- Eunoia Junior College
- Victoria Junior College
- Catholic High School
- Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Secondary (Toa Payoh)
- Maris Stella High School
Under his direction, his groups consistently achieve the finest results and highest accolades in music festivals held locally and overseas. Passionate about developing the Asian Wind and Orchestra scene, Adrian features Asian works and musicians prominently in his programming.
Adrian’s passion for conducting was borne through lessons and clinics with with respected figures such as Lan Shui, Yeh Tsung, Jason Lai, Jonas Alber, Luke Dollman, Sean Edwards, Allan McMurray, Douglas Bostock, Eugene Corporon, Robert Reynolds, Tom Lee, Richard Craig, Richard Floyd and Frank Ticheli. Other music teachers who have had a great influence in his developmental years included Mary Ang, Yeong Yoon Ching, Tan Chan Boon, and David Wong.
Prior to full time conducting, Adrian was the Orchestra Manager of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.