Meet Adrian Wee Kuan Chieh, a strict and serious Erhu teacher who makes sure all his students are playing to the best of their abilities.
However, don’t be intimidated by his serious teaching style, Adrian also likes to keep his lessons fun, making sure that learning is an enjoyable experience for his students. He has a great balance of discipline and fun in his class, ensuring that all his students not only improve their skills but also enjoy the learning process.
Adrian is also bilingual, able to conduct lessons in both English and Mandarin, making him the perfect fit for students of either language background.
Whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your Erhu skills to the next level, Adrian Wee Kuan Chieh is the teacher for you!
Adrian is a musician hailing from Singapore. Not only is he an experienced Erhu player, he is also a composer. He has been representing Singapore in the Asia Traditional Orchestra since 2008 and is a regular performer at major concert halls in South Korea.
His long list of achievements includes earning the National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Overseas Undergraduate) in 2012, the Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities of the Tan Kah Kee Foundation in 2016, and the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts and Cultural Award for his undergraduate and graduate studies in Erhu Performance. He graduated with top honours from the China Conservatory of Music, studying under the tutelage of Professor Zhang Zunlian, the Head of Department.
During his time as a student in China, Adrian was fortunate enough to attend masterclasses with renowned erhu professors and performers, including Wang Guotong, Min Huifen, Shen Cheng, Liu Changfu, Wang Yongde, Xue Ke, and Jiang Kemei. He also received teachings from esteemed teachers in Singapore, including Wang Fangliang and Zhang Yuming.
Adrian is always looking for new ways to push the boundaries and experiment with the sonic textures of the erhu, participating in interdisciplinary collaborative projects with local artists like dance choreographer Angela Liong and composer Dr Joyce Bee Tuan Koh. In addition to performing in concert halls, he also plays at hospitals and schools for a wide range of audiences.
Adrian Wee Kuan Chieh has won numerous awards for his incredible talent, including a silver medal in the open category of the 2009 International Chinese Music Competition in Hong Kong and first place prizes as erhu principal in the National Chinese Music Competition in Singapore and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod instrumental folk music competition in Wales, UK in 2008.
His skills on the Erhu have taken him to concert halls all across Europe and Asia. In Singapore, he has performed solo recitals at the Esplanade Recital Studio, including the Singapore premiere of Wang Jian Min’s Erhu Rhapsody No. 2. He also had the opportunity to perform with renowned Chinese musicians such as Chen Leiji and Du Cong at the Huayi Festival in 2010.