|The maestra with her maestro: Conductor Wang Ya-Hui with former piano teacher Ong Lip Tat. Photo taken in 2007 at Jan Vogler's cello recital, Mercedes Benz showroom @ Alexandra Road.|
HERE IS CONDUCTOR WANG YA-HUI’S
TRIBUTE TO HER TEACHER ONG LIP TAT
Mr Ong Lip Tat was indeed a great teacher. He transformed me from a student/kid into a performer. We always marvelled at his performances, full of passion and huge musicianship. The incredible thing was that he could articulate and describe how to achieve showmanship through technique and music. This was something that would become very helpful later for me in crafting conducting gestures.
I still have the copy of Haydn’s Piano Sonatas which he pulled out from his library just for me. He probably got fed up of waiting for my folks to purchase it (scores were very expensive then!) and signed "TO WANG YA HUI" in Chinese and his autograph on the cover. I still have it and will (more than ever) treasure it for life.