Field(s) of study : Piano, Aural & Theory
Born : Indonesia
Degrees : Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, NUS (Singapore); Masters of Music Performance, Trinity College of Music (London); Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (Distinction); Fellowship Diploma in Piano, Trinity College London; Fellowship Diploma in Piano, London College of Music; Licentiate in Music Theory (Distinction)
Biography : Ms Christine Octaviani graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, and subsequently from Trinity College of Music (London) with a Master degree in Piano Performance.
During her undergraduate years, Ms Christine was a member of the NUS Piano Ensemble, frequently appearing in duo performances. Her passion for the piano led her to achieve the Licentiate (with distinction) and Fellowship diplomas from Trinity while pursuing the engineering degree.
In her postgraduate years, Ms Christine collaborated extensively with various singers and instrumentalists, performing in London and France. Upon returning to Singapore, Ms Christine joined Mandeville as a piano instructor; her students thus far has ranged between 3-60. An experienced and dedicated teacher, her students have done well in graded practical and theory examinations, mainly scoring merits and distinctions. She is also well-versed with diploma examinations, having prepared students for diplomas from Trinity, ABRSM and London College of Music, again with distinctions. Her students have gained success in international competitions such as the American Protege Competition and local festivals, as well as successful auditions to conservatories on scholarship.
Ms Christine’s teaching interests lie in advanced repertoire and theory; she pioneered the Advanced Music Theory Course (Grade 6) in 2016.
As the associate consultant of the piano department since 2016, Ms Christine has been involved in developing the syllabus for Creative Musicianship Classes. She is also in demand as a masterclass teacher and internal mock examination teacher for examination preparations.
Aside from teaching, Ms Christine is highly sought-after as an accompanist, frequently performing for concerts and examinations.
A firm believer of continuous learning, Ms Christine actively involves herself with academic research and repertoire study. She attained the LMusTCL (theory diploma) with distinction in 2014, and was awarded the Fellowship by London College of Music in 2018. In 2019, she was awarded the Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music with distinction.
Ms Christine believes that the journey of musical pursuit is a life-long one, and under the right guidance, it can be both enjoyable and rewarding. The process of learning teaches one about discipline, hard work and determination, elements which would strengthen one’s character in the long run. In her free time, Ms Christine enjoys reading, going to the gym, and spending time with her 3 young children.
Faculty : Faculty since September 2011. Head of Department for Piano Studies.