Malaysian collaborative pianist and vocal coach currently residing in Michigan, USA.



Birmingham & London

Bernard spent two weeks in the UK, reuniting with Luke Newby and Yu-Mien Sun as Verbunkos Trio again after a year, performing in Acocks Green, Goodenough College (London) and Birmingham Town Hall. Also spent some time doing coaching works with singers of Opera Emporio on romantic operatic arias, and performing with them in Opera a Tavolo. Besides, he also performed in Bournville Lunchtime Recital organised by Robin Bowman.

Veneto Opera Summer School 2018

Bernard is involved for the first time as part of the music coaches faculty of Veneto Opera Summer School 2018, organised by Melofonetica, led by Italian coach Matteo Dalle Fratte.

International Lyric Academy

Bernard has been accepted into International Lyric Academy as one of their pianists/coaches for their summer programme in 2018. The Academy will be producing two operas through the programme: “The Magic Flute” by Mozart and “Suor Angelica” by Puccini.

Opera on the Avalon

From May to June 2018, Bernard will be involved in the summer festival of Opera on the Avalon as a Coaching Fellow, for the operas Tosca and As One. This programme will take place at Saint John’s, Canada.

Future Engagements


International Lyric Academy

July 10-31 – Vicenza, Italy – Pianist/Coach

Veneto Opera Summer School

August 5-20 – Bassano del Grappa, Italy – Music Faculty

Second Pre-Candidate Doctoral Recital

TBC – University of Michigan – Programme of Italian music to be announced

Winter Opera Production

School of Music, Theatre and Dance, University of Michigan – Repetiteur

“His playing combines secure reliability with an inquisitive imagination which manifests itself most sharply in matters of tone-colour, sensitivity of micro-timing in matching the singer, and an ability to maintain a sense of energy and flow without ever seeming mechanistic and unyielding.”

~ Robin Bowman

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