Founder & Director

Nelson Kwei

Nelson Kwei, the premier choral director of Singapore, is an international acclaimed conductor, conservatorium lecturer, editorial advisor, international adjudicator, music arranger and vocal clinician in the music scene. He is a Fellow from the London College of Music, has a Licentiate in singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Advance Post-Graduate in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music (London). In 2013, Nelson was specially selected to receive the Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music for his outstanding achievements in choral music.

 

Nelson was the first conductor to lead a Singapore school choir in an overseas competition. Under his guidance, Victoria Junior College choir won the youth choir category in the Cardigan Eisteddfod, Wales in 1990. From then on, Nelson continues to lead numerous Singapore choirs to compete in the world's most prestigious competitions. He currently holds the record in Singapore of garnering an unprecedented 181 gold or distinction awards and 75 champion titles for our country.

 

In 1993, Nelson was honoured with the “National Youth Service Award”, the highest Youth Award in Singapore, in recognition of his significant contribution in the field of choral art. In 1999, he was awarded with the “Culture Award” by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and in 2001, the Rotary Club honoured him as the “Ambassador of the Arts” for Singapore. In 2011, COMPASS Singapore has awarded Nelson with the prestigious "Meritorious Award" in view of his outstanding artistic achievement and contribution to the nation.

 

On the international level, Nelson won the prestigious “Outstanding Choral Director Award” two years in a row at the International Choral Competition in Germany, 1998 & 1999 and also the “Best Conductor Award” at the Petr Eben International Choral Competition in 2002 and 2004 in Prague. Between 2006 and 2008, he has led his choirs to 8 Gold Medals including 3 Choir Olympic Champions in the World Choir Games held in Bremen, Germany & Xiamen, China. His choir was also the first Asian choir to win the Grand Prize & Audience Prize at the prestigious Concorso Corale Internazionale held in Riva Del Garda, Italy. In 2008, he was also conferred the “Conductor Prize” in the 10th edition of the internationally-acclaimed choral competition. In 2012, Nelson was once again presented with his 6th conducting prize in the 28th Franz-Schubert Choir Competition held in Vienna, Austria where he led Victoria Junior College Choir to attain 4 Gold awards and 2 Category Champion prizes. In 2013, he led the National University of Singapore Choir to achieve an unprecedented result of three 1st Prizes in the oldest choral competition in the world, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod held in Wales, UK.

 

Presently, he is an executive member of the National Arts Council’s Advisory Board for Choral Development in Singapore and the NAC external assessor for music. Internationally, he is the First Vice-Chairman of the Asian Youth Choir Council, an international federation for choirs & conductors, as well as the Artistic Director of “A Voyage of Songs” and “Asia Canatae”, both are prominent international choral competitions and "Jubilate, Festival of Choirs". Nelson is also invited as both clinician and adjudicator in many top international choral festivals and competitions including the  World Choir Games Series. Currently, he is the conductor of 9 secondary schools, junior colleges, university and semi-professional choirs in Singapore that has won numerous national and international accolades.