Composer-conductor Albert Tay is in demand internationally as a musician, educator and adjudicator. Apart from guest conducting, he has delivered keynote lectures and professional development courses for musicians and educators, and has given workshops for choral and instrumental ensembles. His work has taken him to numerous cities in Croatia, Indonesia, Hungary, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the UK and the USA on invitation by award-winning choirs as well as various national institutions, associations or foundations for choirs and/or education.
As founding director of the Kodaly Academy of Music (Singapore), Albert oversees the arts company that has been spearheading the Asia Kodaly Symposium (AKS) in collaboration with his alma mater, the Kodaly Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music. The AKS has contributed to the continuing education of music professionals, as well as provide a platform for young artists and the best international choirs and instrumentalists since 2014.
Apart from running courses in conducting, pedagogy and choral masterclasses under KAM’s local “Studiorum Series”, Albert taught various classes at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and helped train Ministry of Education (MOE) music teachers at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST).
Albert was conductor for the premieres of Dr. John Sharpley’s (U.S.A.-Singapore) chamber opera “The Tanglin Tree” and Luo Mai Shuo’s (People’s Republic of China) “Fighter Writer Yu” for soloist, Chinese orchestra and chorus. Albert was chorus master for the live-to-screen projection of “Lord of the Rings”, Richard Wagner’s opera “The Flying Dutchman”, Disney-Square Enix’s “Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour”, Esplanade’s “A Tapestry of Sacred Music” Arvo Pärt PASSIO – St John Passion in the Dark, and has commissioned and/or premiered numerous Singaporean works ranging from opera, choral to solo voice.
Nurturing fine character and sound values, empowering singers with the musical tools for self-directed learning and discovery, creative expression, disciplined and joyful music-making – Albert’s philosophy and choral education programme has led to many of his choirs garnering top reviews and prizes internationally.
The NAFA alumnus credits his teachers Professor Peter Erdei, Leong Yoon Pin, Professor Laszlo Nemes, Dr. Kelly Tang, Jennifer Tham and Dr. Zechariah Goh as major influences in his journey as a musician, and is grateful to the International Kodaly Society, National Arts Council (Singapore) and NAFA for scholarships that supported his degree and post-graduate studies. Albert was awarded the professional title of Magister Chori for significant contribution to professional education of choirmasters and outstanding artistic work and is an honorary member of The Association of Croatian Choral Directors.
For more information, visit his website: tayalbert.com