Chester started composing musicals when he joined NTU Hall 5, the only hostel in Singapore that produces original musicals every year since 1993. Between 1996 and 1999, he composed and arranged musical numbers, trained cast vocals, performed lead and supporting cast.
Chester also composes New Age piano-instrumental music and does song arrangements. His music albums receive enthusiastic compliments for his sensitive melodies and soothing arrangements. His 3-CD album, `Piano Spa', reached #6 on the local RIAS music chart. Subsequent Piano Spa albums also topped the retail sales charts across the island.
Besides composing music, Chester involves himself in song arrangement, mixing, mastering, as well as overall album production. During his free time, he indulges in photography and maintaining his web portals.
Started piano at the age of 5.
Played recorder, violin, sung in choir (Tenor, Bass), piano accompanist for Primary and Secondary schools
1993-94 : Temasek Junior College Choir (Bass) and Chamber Ensemble (Violin, Viola)
NTU Hall Five Quintsical Productions Music Director (1997-99), Choral Director (1996-99), Music Arranger (1996/97), Cast (1996/97, 1998/99)
NTU Hall Five Choir "Fivers' Chorale" Conductor (1996/97), Choir Head and Conductor (1997/98)
Feb 1999 : NUS CACS Jam and Jive - "Rubber Dollz" (3rd prize), "Non-Descript" (consolation)
Mar-Jul 1999 : StagePals "Shades of Love" Music Director
Jun 1999: Composed and arranged music for YMCA "Magic Moments" staged on 3&4 July 1999
Aug 1999: Signed a 2-year exclusive Talent Management Agreement with Griffen Productions under Christopher Calvin Khoong
Jan 2000 : DramaBox Production of "Mr Beng" Sound Effects Director
Feb 2000: NTU Hall Five Quintsical Productions 99/00 Guest Composer and Arranger
Jul 2000: Composed and arranged music for Bukit Panjang Sec. School 'Pupils' Creed' and school anthem
Feb 2001: Composed and arranged music for Woodlands Constituency Chinese New Year Dinner
May 2002: Music Director for "Put On Your Dancing Shoes" on 27 May 2002
May-Nov 2002: Bendemeer Secondary School 25th Anniversary Celebration "Les Miserables" minus-one orchestral soundtrack
Dec 2002: Composed and arranged music for Metropolitan YMCA "Dance Fantasea" staged on 7 Dec 2002
Feb 2003: Composed and arranged music for NTU Hall Five Quintsical Productions 02/03
May 2003: Music License to Treetops Executive Residences
July 2003: Sounds and Lighting Director for Joo Chiat CC Dance Performance
Aug 2003: Resident MIDI ringtone composer for Planet E-Village
Oct 2003: Music License to E-Book FlipAlbum range of products
Dec 2003: Music License to The Sunflower Boutique
Dec 2003: Sounds for Sylvia McCully School of Dancing production "Swing It For The Saints"
Jan 2004: Composed and arranged music for NTU Hall Five Quintsical Productions 03/04
31 Mar 2004: Signed an exclusive Artiste Agreement with Rhythmiz Music Production under Gilbert Ong
Feb-Jul 2004: Tanglin Secondary School production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", arranged minus-one orchestral soundtrack.
Jun 2004: Ballet Accompanist for The 8th Commonwealth Society of Teachers Dancing (CSTD) Singapore Summer School
Jun 2004: Soundtrack album co-producer for Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School musical production, "The Father's Hand". Arranged song accompaniment, engineered, mixed and mastered CD tracks.
25 Jun 2004: Live performance on keyboards and backing vocals for Van Fan Yi Chen at "Gen-Y" Charity Concert
Aug 2004: Jingles for MedicaCorp Radio Station, Capital 95.8FM
Sep 2004: 2 music projects commissioned by Woodgrove Primary School
13 Nov 2004: His debut album, Timeless, launches islandwide at music stores in Singapore.
Feb 2005: Writer Member of COMPASS
10 May 2005: Composed and arranged a 3-CD concept album, Piano Spa, for Music Street, now available at all music stores in Singapore and Malaysia.
Nov 2005: Capital Radio 95.8FM releases Mandarin pop classics album arranged and mixed by Chester
Nov 2005: Arrangement for Punggol Secondary School anthem
Nov 2005: Composition commissioned by Mr. Kevin Chong for his wedding banquet on 20 Nov 2005
25 Jan 2006: Piano Spa album launches in Japan.
15 May 2006: Piano Spa album releases in Korea.
11 Jun 2006: 'Victorian Days' the musical premieres at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Written by Stella Kon, music and arrangement by Chester.
28 Jul 2006: Piano Spa 2 releases in Singapore, distributed by Warner Music.
26 Jan 2007: Piano Spa 3 Bliss album releases in Singapore, distributed by Warner Music.
Mar 2007: Chester is a writer under Avex Taiwan Inc.
May 2007: Chester takes on a 12-month contract for ringtone music.
Jul 2007: "Little Girl", CD single by local songwriter-singer and radio deejay, Kevin Wong Dejiang, featuring Chester on piano
6 Dec 2007: Rock On Piano album releases in Singapore, distributed by Warner Music.
Apr 2008: Piano Spa 4 album releases in Singapore, distributed by Warner Music.
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