One of Singapore's finest young pianists, Shaun Choo, returned to give a lecture-recital at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts on Tuesday 30 January 2018. He is a student of the Salzburg Mozarteum where he had been schooling since the age of 14. Upon completing his national service some years ago, he resumed his studies and pursued a worldwide concert career. He was last here as a jury member of the 1st Nanyang International Music Competition in July 2017.
He now performs with a maturity and staggering confidence when previously, his audiences were impressed by his youth and poise. In a recital that included the Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Schubert's Impromptu in G flat major, Chopin's Fourth Ballade and Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse, he made everything sound so simple, and so natural, with the ease that comes with breathing.
Also unafraid to flex his virtuoso musculature, he completed his recital with Kapustin's Toccatina (from Etudes Op.40) and added as an encore, an original ragtime composition of his own. It was simply a jaw-dropping display of outsized musicianship. Attended by many students, there is much they can learn from this brightest of rising piano stars.
|Working his way to a dramatic finish.|
|Shaun's short lecture was on the subject of |
Competancy vs Competition.