Edwin

Pianist . Keyboardist

Edwin Toh embodies its namesake's pursuits in music performance, production, and

education. An active freelance musician based in Singapore, Edwin Toh brings to the table

a decade's worth of education and experience in the industry. Edwin graduated with top honors

from Berklee College of Music (USA), clinching his divisional Award for 'Creativity in Scoring for

Advertising' twice while on a Dean's Award scholarship. Back home, he topped the pioneer batch

of the Diploma in Music & Audio Technology (Singapore Polytechnic), achieving the Media

Development Authority Gold Medal and DBS Bank Award.

 

An avid performer, Edwin plays at weddings, corporate settings, lounges, and community events

throughout the year. He has accompanied or opened for singers such as Amirah Ali, Ila Damiaa,

Joe Flizzow, AJ Rafael, and SonaOne — touching crowds with his honest, sensitive

delivery of music. Taking on complementary roles as keyboardist/rehearsal pianist/baritone section

leader, Edwin was involved in musicals such as Berklee Musical Theater Club's 'Hairspray' (2012) ,

KLPAC's 'Paper Crane' (2012), Young NTUC's 'A Labour of Love' (2007), and Singapore

Polytechnic's 'Superstar: The Pop Musical' (2006). He has appeared in music festivals like

Indonesia's Ambon Jazz Plus Festival (2011) and Singapore Street Festival (2009), among others.

 

While maintaining versatility across the board, music production remains the key focus

amid Edwin's holistic freelance pursuits. He was recently involved in the post-production for

MediaCorp Radio/SunnyHills' Chinese New Year 2015 song; as well as Starhub's local

drama, 'Jump Class'. As a writer, Edwin co-arranged the song 'Kalau Aku Kaya' for

Anugerah Juara Lagu (2014), one of Malaysia's most prestigious annual song competitions. His

foray into scoring for visuals garnered finalist recognition in Taylor's Short Film Contest (2012),

earning praise from the panel of judges including Singaporean director Jack Neo. Edwin worked on

the sound design for 'An Inspector Calls', a drama production staged in support of the President's

Challenge (2008); and was a finalist in the NTU Music Express 14 National Songwriting

Competition that same year. His role as Music Producer/Arranger helped his team clinch the

championship in the National Inter-School Artiste & Repertoire Challenge 2007. Meanwhile, he

represented Singapore Polytechnic as an Audio Lead in the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game

Lab research initiative.

 

In his view, being a successful musician is more about one's capacity to inspire lives than fame or

fortune. Privileged to have undergone a thorough music education himself, imparting knowledge

and skills through teaching is one of the ways Edwin gives back to community. While at Boston, he

volunteered with the Berklee City Music Mentoring Program, and was a Student Ambassador with

the school's Admissions office, continuing in his present role as Alumni Representative. In

Singapore, he teaches in private and at government/music schools alike — providing music

consultation, private instruction, and group classes/workshops. Developing the passion for music

and holistic understanding are priorities in his pedagogical approach.

 

Edwin continues to freelance on a full-time basis, and is excited for upcoming gigs and projects in

the year ahead.

 

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