Andy Tay


Tay Wei Liang Andy started learning the dizi at the age of thirteen from dizi maestro Professor Zhan Yong Ming. Under the careful tutelage of Professor Zhan, Andy was awarded both as a soloist as well as an ensemble musician.

As a soloist, Andy was awarded the Gold Medal Award in the 21st Century International Chinese Music Festival held in Genting Highlands in 2004. The following year he won the Silver award in the East Zone Schools Chinese Music Competition. Andy also won the Gold award with his participation in the SYF Central Judging with Ngee Ann Secondary. His abilities as an ensemble musician were recognized as he was appointed sectional leader in the People's Association Youth Chinese Orchestra since 2007.

Andy has extended his knowledge by teaching the young budding musicians and also senior citizens passionate about music. His students in Holy Innocent Primary and Anglo Chinese School has made him proud by achieving Gold awards in the 2008 and 2011 SYF Central Judgings respectively.

Andy's patience in his teaching has allowed him to nurture many young talents. His numerous individual students have not let him down in their grading examinations, with all of them scoring merit and above.

Andy’s love for music grew over the years, from learning the Dizi, to perform, to teach, to compose music. Andy started learning composition at the age of twenty-two from cultural medallion recipient Mr Law Wai Lun. Andy have World Premiere pieces such as Princess Santubong, The Legend of Kusu, Colours of a little red dot, Water Lily, Piper’s Journey, Village of Stars and Winds of Sahara.

Andy spends his free time learning the Ukulele and extending his knowledge of music theory. He also participates as the treasurer of the Singapore Dizi Society. Besides devoting his time to music, Andy's favourite hobby is bowling.

Andy founded SUTD Chinese Orchestra (SUTDCO) in 2015 with the vision to promote the appreciation of Chinese music and bring people together through music. Since its inception, the EXCO members of the orchestra have been actively running the Fifth Row.

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