Meet Shunta Goh, a young and award-winning Singaporean musician and conductor who is not only a pro at playing the Erhu, but also a great teacher. He’s got the perfect balance of patience, enthusiasm, and friendliness to make learning the erhu a fun and enjoyable experience for all his students. Plus, he’s multilingual and can teach in English, Mandarin, and Japanese, so no matter what your language preference is, you’ll be able to understand and learn from him easily. So if you’re looking for a fun and engaging erhu teacher, look no further than Shunta Goh
Shunta started learning the Erhu at just 9 years old under the guidance of the famous Huqin master, Mr. Zhang Yu Ming. Later on, he first made his mark by winning first prize in the Erhu Open category of the National Chinese Music Competition (NCMC) in 2010 and making his performance debut with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra with the Erhu Concerto “Red Plum Capriccio”, receiving rave reviews. In 2014, he also won first prize in the NAFA-GTAR Chinese Concerto Competition. In 2016, he led the Toa Payoh West Community Club Chinese Orchestra to first prize in the Ensemble Category of the NCMC.
But that’s not all, Shunta has been invited as a guest Erhu musician and soloist by the Singapore Wind Symphony, Jiyin Youth Wind Symphony (Taiwan), Bridges Collective (Australia), Temple of Fine Arts (Singapore) and Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble (USA) and has performed extensively in countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and the USA. He’s also a founding member of the award-winning local Huqin ensemble, StringWerkz.
In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate) to pursue a Master of Music degree majoring in orchestral conducting at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, under the tutelage of Professor Ye Jin, graduating with top honours in July 2020. During the course of his conducting education and career, Shunta also had the privilege of receiving tutelage from world-renowned conductors such as Maestro Tsung Yeh, Ye Jin, Lim Yau, Darrell Ang, Alexander Polishchuk, Xincao Li, Viktor Akulovich, Ulrich Windfuhr, and Yongyan Hu.
Shunta had formerly held the position of conductor of the Tsinghua University Traditional Orchestra, Beijing University of Science and Technology Traditional Chamber Orchestra, China Youth Traditional Orchestra, and the China International Youth Chamber Orchestra. He currently serves as the conductor of River Valley High School Chinese Orchestra and Elias Park Primary School Chinese Orchestra.
Shunta considers it his calling to share his knowledge and passion towards nurturing and inspiring the next generation of music enthusiasts, and dedicates himself to developing the traditional Chinese music scene in Singapore.
Shunta has received many accolades and awards, having received the prestigious National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Undergraduate), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Scholarship and Ngee Ann Kongsi Arts Scholarship. He also graduated with First Class Honors from the Royal College of Music – Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Bachelor of Music programme in 2015 and was awarded the Best Graduate Award (Music) during his Diploma in Music programme at NAFA.
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