Ms Vena Goh
Ms Vena Goh, an Associate Lecturer with a local renown University, is also a professional trainer in sales and marketing. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to be the principal of a missionary music school where she introduced new learning methods and tools to boost the examination results for the students.
She started learning the piano at the age of 6 and had accompaniment engagements from the age of 15 allowing her to travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan for performance exposures.
Her passion for music continued despite spending numerous years in the corporate world. Even with the busy travelling schedule in the demanding corporate world, she would make time for her music passion by learning the flute during lunch hours.
MR GLADWIN PANTASTICO
Mr Gladwin Pantastico obtained his Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar at the Conservatory of Music in University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He studied under the tutelage of Professor Ruben F. Reyes and performed as a member of the UST Guitar Quartet and Ensemble.
During his studies at the conservatory, he participated in classical guitar competitions and received awards including the top prize at the University of the Philippines “Gitara” Competition in 1999 by the Spanish Embassy in Manila and 2nd prize in the Cultural Center of the Philippines National Music Competition for Young Artists 2002. In 2004, he was appointed as memeber of the guitar faculty at the UST Conservatory.
As a soloist, he has performed extensively and participated in various music festivals including the annual “UST Summer Music Camp” and International Guitar Festivals in the Philippines and in Thailand. He has performed with the University of the Philippines Chamber Orchestra and the UST Symphony Orchestra featuring Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Concerto in D” for guitar and orchestra and Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concerto Madrigal” for two guitars.
His featured performances include the premiere of Dr Robert Casteels’ Chiaroscuro for two guitars, with classical guitarist Manuel Cabrera II at the Esplanade Recital Studio in July 2012 and solo guitar music by Filipino composer Danny Imson, “On Taking Changes”, at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music ConcertHall.
Mr Gladwin is currently teaching classical guitar at Tanglewood Music School.
DR IRYNA VOKHMYANINA
Head, Piano Department
Dr Iryna Vokhmyanina graduated from the Moscow State Music-Pedagogical University with Masters’ Degree specializing in Music Pedagogy (piano). After completing postgraduate studies, she obtained a PhD specializing in Music Theory and Methodology of Professional Education.
Equipped with more than 25 years or professional teaching experience, many of her students became winners of international music competitions including the 1st Singapore Steinway Youth Piano Competition in 2013.
MS ELZA NARTADJIEVA
Head, Strings Department
Ms Elza Nartadjieva discovered her passion for teaching since she was young. She graduated from the Uzbekistan Conservatory named after Mukhtar Ashrafi where she received her Masters Degree in Violin Performance and Teaching.