Mr Gavilan Neo started his musical journey in Montfort Junior School’s choir and subsequently Montfort Secondary School’s Military Band under the baton of Mr Ng Eng Kee where his passion for music grew tremendously. In 2008, he participated in the Second Cum laude international Youth Music Festival Vienna as a musician in the Nanyang Polytechnic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr Leonard Tan and the orchestra awarded First Place with Excellent Success.
Mr Neo obtained a Diploma in Music Performance in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and had the privilege to study flute under musicians such as Jin Ta (Singapore Symphony Orchestra Principal flutist), Evgueni Brokmiller (Singapore Symphony Orchestra Associate Principal flutist) and served as an musician in the NAFA Orchestra under the direction of eminent conductors such as Lim Yau and Volker Hartung.
In his bid to further his music learning, he also attended masterclasses with many internationally acclaimed conductors and musicians including Volker Hartung (Principal Conductor of Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra and Soyoung Lee (Principal flute of Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra).
In 2016, Mr Neo returned to his alma mater, Montfort Secondary, and served as the resident conductor of the military band, leading the band to achieve the Distinction Award for the 2017 Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation for Concert Band.
Mr Neo is currently also coaching in Greenridge Secondary School Symphonic band as its resident conductor.