Biography

Composer Conductor Albert Tay

Award-winning composer, conductor, educator Albert TAY is a global citizen and “playaholic” for whom “work” is play! When not composing, the thinker-innovator can be found guest-conducting, giving lectures, masterclasses for choral and instrumental ensembles and adjudicating choral/singing competitions in various cities in Asia, Europe and USA on invitation by top choirs and various national institutions, associations and foundations for choirs and/or education.

Albert is founding director of the Kodaly Academy of Music (Singapore) (KAM) where he leads diverse and dynamic teams of artists, administrators and volunteers from different countries in spear-heading the biennial Asia Kodaly Symposium, an international event that is held in collaboration with his alma mater, the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy for Music. KAM provides multi-disciplinary direction and training of hundreds of choristers in numerous school and community choirs encompassing the full gamut of voicing, age groups, genres and skill levels. As a result of sound processes and a values-based education, many of his choirs have won top awards and reviews in international and local festivals. Albert is Artistic Director of Schola Cantorum Singapore Ltd. a non-profit choir collective that also seeks to bring Art and Art-making of the highest quality to the masses and has been featured in operas, music festivals and various for-hire corporate events. He has taught various classes at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and trained Ministry of Education (MOE) music teachers at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST).

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 and an honorary membership by the Association of Croatian Choral Directors. He is the first Singaporean musician to receive the Hungarian Gold Cross of Merit, a state decoration conferred by the President of Hungary in 2021 for his efforts in promoting classical music and the Kodaly Concept in Asia.

Correct as of 26 August 2021