Aloysius originally graduated with a Bachelor in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University and immediately after worked as an auditor. However his passion has always been in classical music.
He learnt piano under the tutelage of Mrs Goh Say Meng. He also picked up violin, viola and guitar during his early school years. In university, he was actively involved in orchestral performances with the National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Lim Soon Lee. He served as concert master for 2 years and his proudest achievement was in 2004 when he led the orchestra in successful performances in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. He was also actively involved in the local music scene, having collaborations with Mr Iskandar Ismail in events such as Singapore Idol, Malay Heritage, and the premiere of Singapore Repertory Theatre musical production Man of Letters in 2006 in celebration of NUS Centennial Anniversary.
In 2007, Aloysius made the courageous move to quit his line and pursue further in his passion. He took up a Bachelor in Arts (Classical Music) in LASALLE College of the Arts, in which he achieved Honours First Class under the tutelage of Polish teacher Mr Arkadiusz Bialak. He was awarded the McNally Award in Excellence of the Arts in 2010 upon graduation.
In 2011, he went on to the United Kingdom where he pursued a Masters in Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire, in which he was awarded Distinction, under the tutelage of piano teachers Mr Philip Martin and Mr Mark Bebbington. In 2012 he was awarded first prize in the Accompaniment category of the Edward Brooks English Song Prize competition, with his partner Ms Louise Martyn who was awarded the second prize in the Vocalist category. He was also awarded the 2011-2012 MMus Prize for overall excellence in the course.
As a solo classical pianist, Aloysius’s interest is in contemporary classical music. His love for the traditional composers still stays, but he believes that as a musician today, one also needs to embrace the music of today. His repertoire include works by Toru Takemitsu, Carl Vine, Frank Bridge, Frederic Rzewski and Nikolai Kapustin. His Bachelor in Arts dissertation was titled ‘Neo-populism in Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues from his North American Ballades‘. His Masters’ degree thesis was about ‘The Old and New in Carl Vine’s Piano Sonata No. 1 (1990)’. Both works were performed in conjunction with the preparation of his academic papers during his recitals.
A huge part of Aloysius’ career is being an repetiteur for theatre productions, including opera and musical theatre. He was heavily involved as repetiteur for local opera productions including Singapore Lyric Opera‘s The Merry Widow (2014) Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi (2015), Turandot (2016) and Les Elixir d’ Amor (2017), Operaviva‘s The Flying Dutchman (2016), as well as Orchestra of the Music Makers‘ Hansel and Gretel (2017). He also frequently takes up music director/pianist role for chamber opera company L’ Arietta, having done performances with the group such as Zombie Operacalypse! (2016) and The Four Note Opera (2017) with praising reviews.
He also is actively performing with choirs in Singapore, due to his growing love for choral music. He is frequently accompanying school choirs for the annual Singapore Youth Festival Choir Competition, including Henry Park Primary School, Victoria Secondary School, Catholic High Secondary School and Tanjong Katong Secondary School, all acquiring the Distinction award. He is the resident pianist for Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir, under the baton of Ms Rose Loh.
Aloysius currently works as a lecturer at his alma mater LASALLE College of the Arts, Faculty of Performing Arts – Music Department developing music students in the Classical Diploma programme to great heights, as well as Musical Theatre Department as a music director/piano accompanist hoping to groom the next generation of theatre singers/actors to be ready for the performing industry in Singapore. Although teaching has become a large part of his life, performing remains his passion.