Wayne Frederic Teo – Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris

‘His methodology is very personal, taking a different approach with students to cater to their specific needs. However in every instance he never fails to emphasise the importance of respecting the composer and the score.’

Full of energy and passion for teaching, Michael is a wonderful pedagogue whose love for music is evident to any student who has encountered him. It was through a master class in Singapore that I first met Michael, and what immediately struck me about him was his personality. Warm, animated and someone so easy to talk to, he always does his best to make his students feel at ease when at the piano.

Something I found exceptional about Michael is that, while ever eager to impart his wealth of knowledge, he never once imposes his ideas on any of his students. In fact, he often encourages them to participate in the thought process essential to learning music and overcoming technical challenges. His methodology is very personal, taking a different approach with students to cater to their specific needs. However in every instance he never fails to emphasise the importance of respecting the composer and the score.

Michael is a formidable technician whose attention to details and nuances sets him apart from other musicians, but more importantly it is the love for music, which he imparts to his students that distinguishes him from the crowd.