Specialisation: Pop, Classical, Contemporary Worship
Master of Arts in Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Classical Performance, LASALLE College of the Arts
Associate (ATCL) Piano Recital, Trinity Guildhall
Valerie Tjota is a classically trained Singaporean pianist, improviser and music educator. Beginning her musical journey from the age of 5, she is fluent in a variety of musical styles ranging from Classical, Pop, and contemporary worship music. Valerie has an innate gift in interpreting lyrical works, and was greatly commended for her heart-rending performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K488 at the prestigious Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree at LASALLE College of the Arts under the tutelage of Frank DeMeglio, she was crowned the winner of the 2nd Annual LASALLE Concerto Competition in 2017 and the annual Improvisation Battle at Piano Voyage: The Awakening 2018. She is an active performer and has performed in Masterclasses with renowned concert pianists John Perry and Steven Spooner. Valerie is currently completing the final semester of her postgraduate degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and in her time there has participated actively in competitions and received a commendation for her performance of Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor for the Peter Lindsay Miller Prize for Piano Duo. She was also involved in a student-initiated Film Concert and Recording, led by Stuart Bramwell, and was the principal pianist for the project.
A regular accompanist to the De Vita Christi Youth Choir of the Catholic Church of St Ignatius, Valerie believes that her faith is a cornerstone of her musicianship. She plans to continue developing her unique identity as a musician, in addition to exploring interesting or unconventional pedagogical methods or practices that might be fruitful especially to aspiring music students who hail from similar musical backgrounds to her.