Jessie M.

Young Steinway Artist

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Biography

Jessie took to the ivories at the tender age of four under the tutelage of Ms Winnie Tay at Song without Words Music Studio and has never looked back since.

 

Jessie has won a significant number of top prizes since her first competition when she was 5 years old.

 

Most recently in 2022 and 2021, Jessie was awarded the 3rd Prize and Best Etude Award in the 6th UCSI International Piano Festival and Competition Young Artist Category, and also clinched numerous top prizes which include the first prize of the Intermediate category in the 2021 National Piano and Violin Competition, first in the 2021 UCSI International Piano Festival and Competition Senior category where she was awarded a scholarship to the Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy in Yehudi Menuhin School.

 

In 2020, Jessie was one of the prize winners of the 2020 Taiwan International Maestro Piano Festival and Competition and the 2020 Singapore International Piano Competition Young Artist Class.

 

In 2019 and 2018, Jessie won 1st prize at the International Piano Island Competition who is the only participant with 100/100 perfect score. In addition, Jessie emerged as the grand prize winner of 4th Steinway Youth Piano Competition (SYPC) 2018 and represented Singapore to compete in the Steinway Regional Finals Asia Pacific in Taiwan where she placed 3rd amongst all representatives. She has also clinched the top award and Best Etude Award in UCSI International Piano Festival and Competition 2018 Intermediate category in which she was awarded a full scholarship 2-week study in Wells Cathedral School UK. Next, she won the Platinum award with Scholarship at the SMTA Piano festival and she got a chance to perform a concerto with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. Jessie also achieved the 1st prize in Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition where she got to perform in the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

 

In 2017, Jessie was awarded the 1st Prize (Junior) in the National Piano and Violin Competition. She also won the 1st prize in both the age group category and specific sonata category in the Singapore International Classical Piano Competition 2017 and was awarded the Overall Winner of the competition with a scholarship. In addition, Jessie was the Young Talents Project finalist. She then received the 1st prize together with the Best Romantic and Russian Music Award at the Brilliant Talent Discovery in 2017.

 

In 2015, Jessie won the 1st prize (100/100 Absolute Prize) and the Best Mozart Performance Special Prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition in Paris and made her debut performance at the Paris Opera Bastille.

 

Past year awards include eight 1st prizes at the Kota Kinabalu Music Festival (2014-2016), 2nd prize at the Steinway Youth Piano Competition 2014 and 3rd Prize at the UCSI International Piano Festival and Competition 2014. Additionally, she has also clinched the top award, Platinum honour at the SMTA Performers Festival 2014 with scholarship and was awarded the Young Prodigies Award in the Young Talents project organised by 92.4FM.

 

Jessie has also performed for charitable events such as “Music from the Heart Charity Concert 2013 “alongside Adelyn Koh to raise funds for the less fortunate. She was also part of Child Aid 2013, organised by Singapore Press Holdings. She performed at the President Star Charity 2014 broadcast live on Channel 5 and was also one of the pianists in SG50 performing alongside Lang Lang. Most recently, Jessie was back on the stage of ChildAid 2021.

 

Jessie is also involved in international festivals such as the prestigious Adam Gyorgy Island Academy in Bali 2013, the Adam Gyorgy Castle Academy 2015 in Hungary and Music Festival Perugia 2016.

I have had the privilege of working with Jessie in several masterclasses. Her playing is artistic, mature, and thoughtful, and her technical brilliance is something I have rarely seen with any young pianist.
Dr. Josh Wright
She is a very gifted young pianist, intelligent, sensitive and mature, with a thoroughly grounded technique. It was a great pleasure to work with her on major compositions of Liszt and Busoni, and I shall follow her progress with interest and enthusiasm!
Mr. Leslie Howard
Jessie is a prodigious talent who shows a deep, sincere and inspiring love of music in every phrase she plays.
Prof. Murray McLachlan

Repertoires, Concertizing Experience & Masterclass

J.S. BACH
  • Italian Concerto BWV 971 3rd Movement
  • Prelude and Fugue in C Minor BWV 847
  • Prelude and Fugue in F Minor BWV 881
  • Prelude and Fugue in G-Sharp Minor BWV 887
  • Toccata in G minor BWV 916
  • Partita No. 2 in C minor BWV 826
  • Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
  • Bach-Busoni Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne
 
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
  • 12 Variations "ah, vous dirai-je maman" KV 265
  • Sonata No. 9  in D, K.311
  • Sonata No. 10 in C, K.330
  • Sonata No. 13 in B-flat, K.333
 
JOSEPH HAYDN
  • Sonata in C Hob XVI:50
 
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
  • Sonata in C Op. 2 No. 2
  • Sonata in A Op. 2 No. 3
  • Sonata in C minor Op. 13 "Pathetique"
  • Sonata in B-flat Op. 22
  • Sonata in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"
  • Sonata in G Op. 31 No. 1
  • Sonata in D minor Op. 31 No. 2 "Tempest"
  • Sonata in C Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80
 
FRANZ SCHUBERT
  • 4 Impromptus, Op. 90 No. 2 in E-flat D. 899
  • Fantasy in C, Op. 15 D. 760 "Wanderer"
 
CARL MARIA VON WEBER
  • Rondo Brilliante in E-flat Op. 62
 
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN
  • Waltz in B minor Op. 69 No. 2
  • Nocturne in E-flat Op. 9 No. 2
  • Nocturne in D-flat Op. 27 No. 2
  • Nocturne in E-flat Op. 55 No. 2
  • Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. Posth
  • Etudes Op. 10 & 25
  • Ballade in G minor Op. 23 No. 1
  • Scherzo in B-flat minor Op. 31 No. 2
 
GLINKA-BALAKIREV
  • The Lark
 
FELIX MENDELSSOHN
  • Songs Without Words Op. 85 No. 4 in D
  • Rondo Capriccioso in E Op. 14
  • Variation Serieuses in D minor Op. 54
 
CLAUDE DEBUSSY
  • Deux Arabesque No. 1 & 2
  • Children's Corner, L.113 1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
 
MAURICE RAVEL
  • La Valse, M.72
 
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
  • Etude-tableaux Op. 33 No. 4
  • 6 Moment Musicaux Op. 16 No. 4
 
MORITZ MOSZKOWSKI
  • Etude in G minor Op. 72 No. 2
 
JOHANNES BRAHMS
  • Rhapsody in G Minor Op. 79 No. 2
 
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
  • Dumka, Op. 59
 
FRANZ LISZT
  • Grandes Études de Paganini S.141: No. 3 "La Campanella"
  • Grandes Études de Paganini S.141: No. 6
  • 2 Études de Concert, S. 145 No. 2 "Gnomenreigen"
  • Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
  • Transcendental Etude No. 8 "Wilde Jagd"
  • Hungarian Rhapsody in D-flat No. 6
  • Rhapsodie Espagnole, S. 254
  • Valse de l'opĂ©ra Faust de Ch. Gounod, S407
 
ALEXANDER SCRIABIN
  • Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand Op. 9
 
FAZIL SAY
  • Alla Turca Jazz by Fazil Say
 
DMITRY KABALEVSKY
  • Sonatina in C Op. 13 No. 1
  • Sonata in F Op. 46 No. 3
 
IGOR STRAVINSKY
  • Petrushka: Three Movements for Piano
 
SERGEI PROKOFIEV
  • Toccata in D minor Op. 11
  • Sonata in D minor Op. 14 No. 2
 
ALBERTO GINASTERA
  • Danzas Argentinas Op. 2
  • Suite de Danzas Criollas Op. 15
 
BIZET-HOROWITZ
  • Variations on a Theme from Carmen
 
PHILIP GLASS
  • Étude No. 6
 
WILLIAM BOLCOM
  • Last Rag
  • The Garden of Eden: III. The Serpent’s Kiss
 
PETERIS VASKS
  • The Seasons: No. 1, White Scenery
 
LOWELL LIEBERMANN
  • Nocturne No. 4, Op. 38
  • Gargoyles, Op. 29
 
CHINESE PIECES
  • Sunflower by Ling Er Yao (Wang Yu Shi)
  • Spring Dance by Sun Yiqiang
 
CONCERTOS
  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466
  • Haydn Piano Concerto in D Hob XVIII: 11
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 25
  • Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43
  • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18

2023
  • 6th Overseas Performers’ Festival Star Awards Gala Concert at Sala Sudasiri Sobha in Bangkok, Thailand
  • STEP Conferment Ceremony in conjunction with Steinway’s 170th Anniversary
  • Charity Concert Astria organised by Project Shooting Star
  • Raffles Girls’ School Music Elective Programme Concert
 
2022
  • Rising Star Series Concert with Song Without Words Music Studio
  • Edumentum Dare to Dream, Live your Dream Concert Guest Appearance at Esplanade Recital Studio
  • 5th Overseas Performers’ Festival Star Awards Gala Concert at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
  • 9th Asia Arts Festival Gala Concert at University Cultural Centre Theatre
  • Christmas Live Music with Dexibell at Tangs Plaza
  • Resound Charity Concert organised by The Resonance Project
  • Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy Recital at The Menuhin Hall
 
2021
  • 4th Overseas Performers’ Festival Star Awards Gala Concert at CHIJMES Hall
  • ChildAid Concert organised by Singapore Press Holdings, Straits Times and Business Times
  • 8th Asia Arts Festival Gala Concert at Gateway Theatre
 
2020
  • On a Base Note Charity E-Concert
  • Taiwan International Maestro Piano Festival
  • Holiday Music Rendezvous at Sun Plaza
 
2019
  • Living Dreams
  • In Youthful Company @ Esplanade Concourse
  • 3rd Overseas Performers’ Festival Star Awards Gala Concert in Taipei KHS Concert Hall, Taiwan
 
2018
  • HSBC Jade Private Function @ Sinfonia Ristorante
  • Moving Hands, Overflowing Hearts Charity Concert
  • Youth4Climate Fest @ Botanical Gardens
  • Sunburst: The Business Times - CapitaLand Fundraising Concert
  • 2nd Overseas Performers’ Festival Star Awards Gala Concert in Chengdu Bradshaw and Buono Gala Concert at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall
 
2017
  • 1st Overseas Performers’ Festival Star Awards Gala Concert at Expression Music in Brunei
 
2016
  • Apex Music Recital
 
2015
  • SG50
 
2014
  • Steinway @ Julius Baer Classical Series
  • Steinway No. 1 Historical Exhibition
  • President's Star Charity Concert
 
2013
  • Music from the Heart Charity Concert
  • ChildAid Concert organised by Singapore Press Holdings, Straits Times and Business Times
 
Others:
  • Selected to participate in Adam Gyorgy Island Academy in Bali  (2013) and (2015) Adam Gyorgy Castle Academy in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Represented Singapore to participate in Allianz Global Investors Junior Music Excursion Asia Pacific (2015)
  • Debut Performance in Paris Opera Bastille (2015)
  • Grade 8 Practical ABRSM: Distinction (2016)
  • Perugia Music Festival (2016)
  • Debut performance in Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall (2018)
  • Performed in KHS Hall in Taiwan (2019)
  • LTCL Diploma in Music Performance: Distinction (2021)
  • Participated in Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy (2022)
  • Participated in International Steinway Festival & Steinway Factory Tour (2023)

  1. Dr. Josh Wright
  2. Dr. Orsolya Szabo
  3. Dr. Steven Spooner
  4. Dr. Sasha Starcevich
  5. Prof. Daniel Paul Horn
  6. Prof. Jay Hershberger
  7. Prof. John Perry
  8. Prof. Julian Jacobson
  9. Prof. Leslie Howard
  10. Prof. Mikhail Kazakevich
  11. Prof. Murray Mclachlan
  12. Prof. Tamas Ungar
  13. Prof. Vitaly Pisarenko
  14. Prof. Yen Chun-Chieh
  15. Prof. Zhen Ai
  16. Mr. Adam Gyorgy
  17. Mr. Aimo Pagin
  18. Mr. Alexandre Tharaud
  19. Ms. Ana Maria Orduz
  20. Mr. Andrei Yeh
  21. Mr. Anthony Hewitt
  22. Mr. Balazs Reti
  23. Mr. Chen Yung-jen
  24. Mr. Clarence Lee
  25. Mr. David Quigley
  26. Mr. Gabriel Kwok
  27. Ms. Gabrielè Sutkutè
  28. Ms. Grace Chung
  29. Mr. Henning Vauth
  30. Ms. Hui Ling
  31. Ms. Ingrid Fliter
  32. Ms. Irina Gorin
  33. Ms. Irina Vokhmyanina
  34. Mr. Jan Loeffler
  35. Mr. Jean-Marc Luisada
  36. Mr. John Byrne
  37. Mr. Kim Jin Ho
  38. Ms. Kim Youmei
  39. Mr. Krystian Tkaczewski
  40. Mr. Lang Lang
  41. Mr. Nazareno Ferruggio
  42. Mr. Niccolo Ronchi
  43. Mr. Pascal Rogé
  44. Mr. Richard Ormrod
  45. Mr. Rickie Oui
  46. Mr. Rolf-Peter Wille
  47. Mr. San Jittakarn
  48. Mdm. Toh Chee Hung
  49. Mr. Wang Congyu
  50. Mr. Yaron Kohlberg
  51. Ms. Zhao Ling

YOUNG STEINWAY ARTISTS

“Steinway & Sons has always taken pride in its role of nurturing talent and promoting the art of piano playing. In that spirit, Steinway has developed a new program in an effort to reach out to young pianists at an early point in burgeoning careers.”

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Local & International Awards

2012 – 2024

2023

  • Lang Lang Futian International Piano Competition: 3rd Prize
  • Harmony Hour Piano Festival: Platinum Award, Most Outstanding Award and Audience Choice
  • 7th Overseas Performers’ Festival: Platinum Award, Most Outstanding Award and Star Award
 

2022

  • 9th Asia Arts Festival: Gold and 2nd Prize
  • 5th UCSI International Piano Festival and Competition Young Artist Category: 3rd Prize and Best Etude Award
  • 6th Overseas Performers’ Festival: Platinum Award, Most Outstanding Award and Star Award
 

2021

  • 8th Asia Arts Festival: 1st Prize
  • 4th UCSI International Piano Festival and Competition Senior Category: 1st Prize and Best Commissioned Piece Award
  • National Piano and Violin Competition Intermediate Category: 1st Prize
  • 5th Overseas Performers’ Festival: Platinum Award, Most Outstanding Award and Star Award
 

2020

  • Taiwan International Maestro Piano Festival and Competition: 2nd Prize
  • Singapore International Piano Competition Young Artist Class: 2nd Prize
  • 4th Overseas Performers’ Festival: Platinum Award, Most Outstanding Award and Star Award
 

2019

  • Singapore Raffles Cultural & Arts Festival: Gold Award
  • International Piano Island Competition: 1st Prize 100/100 perfect score
  • La Pianista Piano Competition: 1st Prizes
  • 3rd Overseas Performers’ Festival: Platinum Award
  • 7th Asia Arts Festival: Gold Award
 

2018

  • 4th Steinway Youth Piano Competition Junior Category: 1st Prize, Grand Prize Winner, Singapore Representative in Regional Finals Asia Pacific Taiwan
  • 4th Steinway Youth Piano Competition Regional Finals: 3rd Place
  • 3rd UCSI International Piano Festival and Competition Intermediate category: Top Prize and Best Etude Award, including a 2-week full scholarship study in Wells Cathedral School UK
  • Singapore’s Performers’ Festival & Chamber Music Competition: 2 Platinum Awards with a concerto prize
  • Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition: 1st Prize
  • XingHai Cup International Piano Competition Junior category A: 3rd Prize
  • Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition Solo Intermediate A Group: 1st Prize
  • 20th Hong Kong Asia Piano Competition: 1st Prizes
  • 6th Asia Arts Festival: Gold Award
  • La Pianista Piano Competition: 1st Prizes
  • 2nd Overseas Performers’ Festival: Gold Award
 

2017

  • National Piano and Violin Competition Junior Category: 1st Prize
  • Singapore International Youth Piano Competition Junior Class A: 2nd Prize
  • Singapore International Classical Piano Competition age group and specific sonata category: 1st Prize and Overall Winner
  • Brilliant Talent Discovery: 1st Prize, Best Romantic Award and Best Russian Music Award
  • 1st Overseas Performers’ Festival: Platinum Award
  • Young Talents Project Finalist
 

2016

  • Zhong Xin International Piano Competition sonata and age group category: 1st Prizes
  • 4th Asia Arts Festival: Gold Award
  • Kota Kinabalu Festival: 1st Prize
 

2015

  • Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition: 1st Prize and 100/100 absolute prize, Best Mozart Performance Special Prize
  • 3rd Asia Arts Festival: Gold Award
  • Kota Kinabalu Music Festival: 1st Prize
 

2014

  • 1st UCSI International Piano Festival and Competition Junior Category: 3rd Prize
  • 3rd Ars Nova Fest: Gold Award
  • Singapore’s Performers’ Festival & Chamber Music Competition: Platinum Award
  • 2nd Steinway Youth Piano Competition: 2nd Prize
  • Kota Kinabalu Music Festival: 1st Prize
  • Young Talents Project: Young Prodigies Award
 

2013

  • Young Talents Project: Certificate of Excellence
 

2012

  • Singapore’s Performers’ Festival & Chamber Music Competition: Gold Award
To me, a virtuoso is someone who not only excels at their instrument but also connects to it on an emotional level. It is someone who is able to express their sentiments and thoughts and can influence people solely based on their craft. To many artists, it is also, I think, what we strive toward.
My aspiration is to become a concert pianist
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Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op.9