The Happy Music Festival 2021 

Following the success of our inaugural festival in 2020, we are proud to announce a bigger, and better festival this year, jointly organised by The Happy Pianist and The Happy Violinist…

The Happy Music Festival 2021

How To Participate


Piano or Violin? Classical or Pop? You decide! Find out more about the criteria and eligibility of each category below.


Send us your performance for evaluation by our panel of judges. Top performers progress to the Grand Finals.


All contestants will receive a gift with a Certificate Of Recognition. Winners will be awarded with trophies and cash prizes too!

Schedule Of Festival



Now to 15th Sept 2021. 

Semi Final Submission

Submit by 22nd October 2021


Announcement Of Finalists

On 5th November 2021

Grand Final Submission

Submit by 3rd December 2021

Announcement Of Winners

On 10th December 2021

Post-Festival LIVE Concert!

We will also have a Post-Festival LIVE Concert as a finale of The Happy Music Festival 2021.

This will be a Live Concert, at a Live Recital Hall, with a Live Audience!

The Post-Festival Live Concert will be held in accordance to the current safe distancing measures.

Venue: Bechstein World Music at Singapore Conference Hall
Date: A weekend after 10th December (Exact date to be confirmed)
Duration: 2 hours (Exact time to be confirmed)

Due to limited hall capacity, the first and second-placed winner of each category, and selected contestants will be invited to perform.

The live concert will also be streamed live on our social media platforms for all to enjoy. Further details to be announced on a later date.


Ms Vivian Reiko Chan

Mr Chin Ying Soong

Dr Stephen Lim

Ms Masako Tsugeno 告野雅子, Japan

Ms Liew Jie Ying

Mr Wayne Neo

Mr Nicholas Scott, United Kingdom

Ms Vivienne Eio

Mr Toh Meng Wan

Ms Vivian Reiko Chan

Ms Masako Tsugeno 告野雅子, Japan

Mr Nicholas Scott, United Kingdom

Mr Chin Ying Soong

Ms Liew Jie Ying

Ms Vivienne Eio

Dr Stephen Lim

Mr Wayne Neo

Mr Toh Meng Wan

Ms Vivian Reiko Chan

Nemoto concert 2018 at Yumeria hall, Tokyo

Ms Vivian Reiko Chan graduated from Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi, Japan with a Bachelor Degree in Music (Hons), majoring in Performance and Composition. She also obtained a Full Diploma (practical and theory) from the Trinity College of Music London, and full ABRSM Grade 8 (practical and theory). She also has a Yamaha performance Grade 5.

Her teachers include Endo Naoko, Maruyama Kazunori, Maeda Yuukei, Sato Mutsuo and Shiokawa sensei. She also had electone training with the famous Saezaki Kenichi sensei .She was chosen among hundreds of students during her uni days and obtained a scholarship for her 2nd year during her studies in Japan.

After graduating, she started to work in Yamaha teaching composition to gifted students in the Special Advanced Course and also taught the diploma course at the Yamaha Academy.

Ms Vivian started performing from the age of 5, and she was and is no stranger to recitals and concerts. She specialises in piano performance and composition and has won numerous piano and electone competitions, Yamaha piano competitions, and Yamaha Electone Festivals.

She also bagged 2nd prize for Best Animation Composition in the prestigious Shobi competition held in Shobi Conservatoire Tokyo. She was invited to hold a solo concert in YWCA Tokyo and was invited to perform in Nemoto Concert at the Yumeria Hall Tokyo in 2018.

She wrote 2 books: Piano “Blue without you” and Electone top hits which was used for exam purposes. She was also invited as a judge for Piara Piano Competition 2018, Kayserburg Piano Competition 2021 and Chief Judge for The Happy Pianist Festival 2020.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Ms Vivian has trained students from beginner to Diploma levels in all ages with some of her students became piano teachers too. Many piano teachers upgrade themselves with Ms Vivian’s mentoring.

She also trains students for competitions, with some of them emerged top winners in various piano competitions, such as the Singapore National Piano Competition, Singapore Asia Youth Piano Festival, Dynamicworkz and more.

Ms Vivian believes performing motivates one to practise and to seek deeper in music. That is why she organises annual recitals and concerts for her students. The more you connect with music, the more you understand, and the more you will fall in love with it.

Besides teaching, Ms Vivian enjoys uploading her performances onto Youtube, composing and collaborating with students and friends performing duet and duo. She also has a soft spot for animals, especially dogs and cats.

Piano Potpourri Concert 2019 at Japanese Association

Ms Vivian is the Chief Judge of The Happy Music Festival.

Ms Masako Tsugeno

Masako Tsugeno is the founder of Andante Music School, located in Miki City, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The school is known for their music educational programmes, music therapy and eurhythmics classes, and annual family concerts.

As a qualified music therapist, keyboard and harmonica instructor, Ms Tsugeno also conducts music lessons in junior high and high schools in Japan.

With her extensive music knowledge and teaching experience, Ms Tsugeno is also invited to lecture at concerts and classes organised by Agency for Cultural Affairs, a special body of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology (MEXT). She was also invited  to organise concerts and lessons for professors at the Moscow Conservatory.

As a pianist, Ms Tsugeno was a silver medalist in the National Bach Competition in Japan, and also received the NHK National School Competition Silver Award, and Mainichi Competition Excellence Award for her piano solo and chorus accompaniment performances.

Ms Tsugeno’s immense contribution to arts and culture was recognized by the local government, and was presented with the Miki City Culture and Arts Award.

Mr Nicholas Scott

Nicholas Scott qualified with a Masters of Music (MMus) with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) in London.

Previously, he completed a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), also with distinction, and a Bachelor of Music (BMus) with First Class Honours, both from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (previously known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), Glasgow. At each level, Nicholas was awarded a scholarship.

Nicholas started learning piano at the age of 5, studying at the Junior RSAMD in Glasgow and the North East of Scotland Music School (NESMS) in Aberdeen.

After graduating, he taught piano privately in Edinburgh before starting to teach piano at Fettes College, Edinburgh. Nicholas has over 10 years experience, teaching a wide variety of students from all ages, from beginners to Diploma level, with many winning distinctions in exams and top prizes in competitions.

Mr Chin Ying Soong

Mr Chin Ying Soong holds an Advanced Performance Study Certificate in Music from Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, FTCL Diploma in Piano, LTCL Diploma in Piano, and LRSM Diploma in Piano (Distinction).

A teacher to many young and aspiring musicians, Mr Chin has over 25 years of teaching experience, mostly in tertiary institutions and music colleges in Malaysia and Singapore. His students range from private piano students, undergraduates, to music teachers completing their diploma certifications.

In his earlier years, he participated and won in several piano competitions, such as the Yamaha Malaysia Grand Prix 1990, Mozart Competition in Penang 1991, and few competitions during his time in Birmingham Conservatoire. He also won a few awards for best accompanist for vocal and violin competitions.

Ms Liew Jie Ying

Local pianist Jie Ying currently holds a Masters Degree with Distinction from University of Otago, Bachelors Degree with First Class from RCM, Diploma in Music Performance with Distinction from NAFA along with a Distinction for both her ATCL and LTCL Trinity Guildhall.

She started learning the piano at the age of 5 with her father and transferred to Ms Alice Yap and Mr James Yap. She was involved in many solos and performances with the Musikinder Ensemble by the time she was 7.

During her studies in NAFA, her mentors included Dr Paul Liang and Prof Boris Kraljevic. Other mentors include Ms Rena Phua, Toh Chee Hung, Dennis Lee, Yaron Kohlberg, Julian Jacobson, Dina Parakhina, Tong-II Han, Gordon Fergus Thompson and John Blakely.
She continued to further her Masters of Music studies with Prof Terence Dennis, one of the most well- sought pianists in New Zealand.

Jie Ying with Terence Dennis, a highly sought after pianist in New Zealand

Jie Ying has received multiple awards and won various competitions both locally and abroad. Highlights from Jie Ying’s extensive list of performances include performances of Beethoven’s Concerto no. 3 with the Central Otago Orchestra, Mozart’s Piano Concerto K488 with the Colleagiate Orchestra and various Marama Hall Concerts.

She has collaborated with internationally acclaimed instrumental soloists from the University of Otago including Heleen Du Plessis, Peter Adams and Terence Dennis. Jie Ying also had the honour of performing Dvorak’s Solvanic Dance Op. 46 no. 5 for Four Hands with her Piano Professor Terence Dennis at the second ceremony just after her Masters Graduation.

Jie Ying is a recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi Merit Award, Yamaha Scholarship and Ida G White Memorial Prize in Music. She also clinched Third place in the NAFA Concerto Competition Piano Category and was placed both First and Second place in the Dunedin Performing Arts Society Music Competition Recital Classes in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Jie Ying was invited back in NAFA to perform for the BMus High Scorers Concert in Aug 2013 and was the official piano accompanist from 2013-2014. During her time in New Zealand, she also played for The Melrose Singers and taught at Able Music Studio, Auckland’s largest music academy. Besides being an experienced performer, Jie Ying is also an active accompanist and teacher.

In 2020, She founded Musik Artz Studio, which specialises in individually tailored Music and Art Courses to all ages.

Ms Vivienne Eio

Vivienne Eio is a lawyer by profession and completed her training in both the UK and in Singapore. However, she continued to pursue her passion in the arts with the violin.

She is a student of Professor Weijian Zhao, the Dean and Chief Examiner of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing whom she has spent the past decade with him, understudying him in violin pedagogy and music education.

She enjoys writing on topics about teaching music effectively and is co-authoring a Violin Teaching Manual with Professor Zhao. She has been a teacher for 20 over years and her expertise are teaching very young children seeing them through competitions worldwide.

She is enthusiastic always in collaborating with other fellow musicians and playing for concerts both locally and abroad. 

As every true violin lover, she is fascinated with violin making and is the founder of the instrument workshop Belcanto Violins and Principal of Belcanto Violins Music Studio.

Dr Stephen Lim

Born and raised in Singapore, and an old boy of Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College, Dr. Stephen Lim earned his Ph.D. degree in Music Psychology from the National University of Singapore in 2010.

Concurrently, he holds a Licentiate Diploma (LLCM) with Distinction (Approved, Upper Level) in Piano Duet Performance from the London College of Music, Associate Diplomas from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) and Trinity College London (ATCL) in Piano Performance, and a “triple-four” instructor qualification (in Electone, Fundamentals, and Piano) from Yamaha Music Foundation Japan.

Most recently, he completed a Professional Certificate in General Music Studies—Creative Strategies for Composition Beyond Style; Jazz Improvisation; Jazz Piano; Reharmonization Techniques—at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music with a perfect GPA of 4.0.

In terms of music performance, Dr. Lim is a competitive musician, having won the Grand Prix Award (First Prize) at the 2017 Singapore Electone Festival (Senior Section), the Silver Prize at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Electone Festival (Senior Section), and a Finalist Award at the international-level 2017 Yamaha Electone Concours (Open Category).

Most recently, he bagged an aggregate 95.9 out of 100 marks as awarded by a panel of seven adjudicators to emerge as Best Pianist at the 2020 Happy Pianist Festival (Pop Piano Category).

Of note, Dr. Lim possesses strong abilities to improvise by ear and from lead sheets, as well as a deep working knowledge of melody and harmony, including chord formations and substitutions.

In terms of music education, Dr. Lim actively conducts cognitive-educational research at the University which, in turn, informs and guides his practice. Dr. Lim teaches the way he does not because he “feels” it is effective, but because empirical evidence suggests it truly is. Dr. Lim remarked:

“Today, there is an ever-rising need to improve music education. Cognitive educational psychologists have discovered strategies that may significantly boost music teaching and learning, yet these approaches are not usually announced in music education nor implemented in music schools. In fact, music teachers often subscribe to educational practices which psychologists have established to be wrong, for instance, subjecting learners to Bach, Beethoven, or Brahms repeatedly in expecting them to master each respective composer when, in fact, teachers should be interweaving Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms (see, for instance, Wong, Low, Kang, & Lim, 2020; Wong, Chen, & Lim, 2020). I use psychological science to enhance music education, and to help musicians and music lovers succeed—derive purpose, meaning, and fulfilment—in their musical journeys.”

Dr. Lim was nationally lauded as a life-transforming educator in 2020. He warmly welcomes all aspiring musicians to connect with him.

If your musical dreams don’t scare you, they are too small. —Dr. Stephen Lim

Mr Wayne Neo

Mr Wayne Neo is a pianist for over 20 years, since the age of 3. He completed his Grade 8 practical at age of 10, ATCL Diploma at age of 12.

He continue his music education and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, United Kingdom with a Bachelors Of Music in Piano Performance (First Class Honours).

He’s also a piano teacher to many kids and adults, ranging from leisure lessons to Grade 8 and Diploma certifications. He does piano accompaniment for other instrumentalist (singers, violinists, violists, cellists etc) taking exams and competitions.

Wayne is an accredited clinical hypnotherapist specializing in anxiety, pain removal, emotions, and self-confidence & self-esteem. He’s also a Certified Life Coach by the Manchester College of Clinical Hypnotherapy, United Kingdom.

As a pianist himself, he understands how exam anxiety and performance nerves can be crippling to the performer.

His deep knowledge in hypnotherapy and psychology allowed him to help his students improve their rate of learning, gaining confidence and resilience while minimising their performance and exam anxieties.

This allowed his student to achieve performances – a skill transferable to other areas in life.

Wayne was invited to lecture at the Kaunas Piano Festival in Lithuania in 2018 and 2019, coaching participants how to minimise stage anxiety and to boost confidence and trust in themselves.

He was also invited as a guest lecturer at Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Riga, Latvia, to share with participants how to overcome and unlearn performance anxiety.

Mr Toh Meng Wan

Mr Toh Meng Wan has more than 20 yrs of experience in teaching violin and conducting ensemble. His music qualifications include Diploma & Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM & LRSM), Licentiate & Fellowship of Trinity College London (LTCL & FTCL) in violin performance.

He also studied composition & conducting CET courses at NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Besides giving private violin lessons, Mr Toh is in charge of the Novice Violin and String Ensemble Program at Nanyang Primary School.

Under his dedicated guidance as Conductor, the school achieved a Gold & Distinction award in SYF Central Judging in 2010 & 2018.

His latest performance includes a two-day concert at The Asian Civilization Museum (2019) , as part of the Singapore Bicentennial Celebration.

In 2019, he performed Brahms challenging D minor violin sonata at Esplanade Recital Studio(ERS). From 2011 – 2016, he performed thrice at ERS, featuring piano, cello & violin trio and 2-violin duet. He has collaborated with well known local musicians; pianist Nicholas Loh and violinist Chin Chee Mee, in chamber concerts (2009 & 2011).

In 2008 and 2009, he was invited to play in the newly formed 90-members Symphony Orchestra, OMM, under Maestro Chan Tze Law.

In 2006, he performed in the orchestra for the USA based Broadway musical – West Side Story, for a 29-show run at Esplanade Theatre.

From 2004 – 2006 he was an active member of the chamber orchestra – CAMERATA, led by violin professor Ivan Peev, which performed for the Esplanade’s Chamber Music Series 2005.

In 2004, he co-founded THE CHAMBER MUSICIANS, and has presented 7 very successful concerts to date. In April 2001, Mr Toh played with the SSO in a three-night sold-out charity concert; East Meet West.

Prior to that, he led an Orchestra comprising members of the Singapore German School in a performance of Handel’s Messiah with NUSS choir at a Christmas concert in 2000.

Register Now


Registration Period

Now to 15th September 2021. 

Registration Gift

All contestants will receive a Festival Gift with a Certificate Of Recognition. 

Contestants based in Singapore will receive their festival gifts and physical copy of certificate delivered at no cost. Overseas contestants will have to pay additional fee for shipping. 

How To Register

1. Registration to be completed by the applicant. Applicant can be the teacher of the contestant, parent of the contestant, or the contestant (above 18 years old)

2. Select the number of contestants for each category.

3. Make payment via credit/debit card

4. Receive a confirmation email of registration for the festival. Fees paid are non-refundable.



Who can register and compete in The Happy Music Festival 2021?

The Happy Music Festival 2021 is open to all pianists and violinists, locals or foreigners, in Singapore and overseas. Registration fee is the same for all contestants. 

Contestants based in Singapore will receive their festival gift, physical copies of certificates, and any trophy won delivered to them at no cost.

Contestants based outside of Singapore will have to pay additional fee for shipping of festival gift, physical copies of certificates and any trophy won. 

Can I register first and decide my repertoire later?

Yes. You can submit your registration first. Registration ends on 13th September 2021. Register by 13th August 2021 to enjoy early-bird registration rates. The first round of submission is on 15th October 2021. You can register first and decide your repertoire later. 

Who are the composers from the 4 music periods?

For the Piano and Violin classical categories, you have to play a piece from any of the 4 music periods – Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century.

For Piano classical categories Grand Final, you have to play a piece from a different period from the Semi-Finals.

If you need ideas for repertoire, here’s a list of composers from each period. This list is not exhaustive. You can play piece from a composer not listed here too. If you’re unsure if your composer is allowed, you can contact us. 

I'm 12 years old before 9th August 2021. Can I still compete in the Classical Junior Category for Piano?

Yes. The age eligibility for Classical Junior Category (Piano) is for contestants aged 12 years old and below, as of 9th August 2021.

If you are 13 years old as of 9th August 2021, you can compete in Classical Intermediate (17 years old and below), or Classical Senior (No Age Limit), and Pop Piano (No Age Limit)

I'm 12 years old before 9th August 2021. I want to compete in higher age group categories. Can I do that?

Yes. You are welcomed to compete in categories of higher age group. There is no minimum age limit.

How many rounds are there in this music competition?

1 round:
Piano – Pop Piano, Little Stars
Violin – Classical Junior, Classical Intermediate, Classical Senior

2 rounds:
Piano – Classical Junior, Classical Intermediate, Classical Senior

Can I perform my ABRSM/Trinity/LCM or any exam pieces?

Yes. You can perform any piece as long as it fits the repertoire guideline of your chosen category.

I participated last year. Can I participate and perform the same piece for this year's competition?

You are welcomed to participate again this year, but you are highly encouraged to perform another piece.

How much time do I have to prepare my performance?

Once you’ve registered, you can choose and start preparing your performance piece.

First round of submission is on 15th October 2021.

Final round of submission is on 3rd December 2021 (Only for Piano Classical Categories)

Can I perform the piece with the music score, or do I have to play from memory?

You can perform with the music score and will not be penalised. The judging will be based on performance, not memory. You can also choose to play from memory if that helps you perform better.

Can I register for both Classical and Pop categories?

Yes. You can register for both Classical and Pop categories. Registration fees of two categories will apply. A participant is only allowed to register for a classical category – either Classical Junior, Classical Intermediate, or Classical Senior. If you compete in two categories, you’ll be presented with two sets of certificates, gifts, and also trophies if you win. 

Can I just use my phone to record my performance?

Yes. You can use a phone or camera to record, as long as the recording is raw, clear, and uninterrupted. The judging will be on the performance of the contestant, not the quality of the recording. Performance recording guidelines will be sent to every contestant upon registration. 

Can I record my performance at home or in a music studio?

Yes. Both are okay. 

What is the dress code for the performance?

No official dress code. You’re encouraged to dress well just like you’re performing for a live stage performance. You’re also encouraged to dress according to the piece you’re performing. Bonus marks may be awarded based on dress code and creativity. 

I’m a teacher and I plan to send my students to compete. How many students can I send?

There is no limit on the numbers of students. You are encouraged to send as many students as you deem fit. Your students will benefit greatly from this competition as it will motivate them and build up their stage performance experience. 

What will I receive as a participant?

All participants will receive a festival gift and a Certificate of Recognition. Written feedback of performance will not be provided, but can be requested with a fee. 


What will I receive as a winner?

If you come in top 3 of a category, you will be awarded with trophies and cash prizes.

I'm a teacher and if I register at least 3 students to compete in this festival, what will I receive?

If you register at least 3 students, you’ll receive a Teacher Certificate of Recognition. We appreciate you for your hard work and effort in preparing your students for this festival.

I'm a teacher and if my student come in Top 3 in a category, what will I receive?

You’ll also receive a Teacher’s trophy for nurturing an award-winning pianist! You’ll be recognised for your dedication and hard work!

How can I make the payment for registration fees?

Registration fees payment will be made online, via credit card or debit card payment. You’ll receive an email confirmation once you complete the registration

The Happy Pianist Festival 2020 Winners’ Performances

Little Shining Star Award

Rainie Loh

Best Pop Pianist

Stephen Lim

Best Classical Pianist (Junior)

Andrea Ong

Best Classical Pianist (Senior)

Trina Tan

Best Presentation Award

Anav See

Best Musicality Award

Paul Anthony Soh

Most Promising Award

Gabriel Sia


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