Profile Adjudicators ICMF 2017


Originally from South Korea, Dr. Kwon began studying piano at age five. She won second prize winner at the International Youth Music Competition in Seoul, South Korea at the age of eight and contiuingly received several awards and honors after. She also studied privately in Germany before she graduated from Chugye University for the Arts with Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance.

Dr. Kwon earned Master of Music and Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. She received many awards: Wayne Polly McNeely Piano Award, James McKinney Outstanding Performer Award, Academic Achievement Awards and Melba Justice International Student Award.

In 2009, she performed Mozart piano concerto for two pianos with Dr. Robert Smith with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall for the annual Southwestern Seminary’s Gala.

After graduating the seminary, Dr. Kwon worked as an adjunct piano professor at Southwestern Seminary and extensively toured for concerts in United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Germany, France, Czech and South Korea. And most recently, in January 2016, she made her debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Currently, she resides in Fort Worth, Texas, as a church pianist and actively perfoms professionally throughout the United States and abroad.



From Ireland, Dr. Armstrong studied piano and read music at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland before pursuing postgraduate work in North America. This culminated with a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her teachers have included Marek Jablonski, Mabel Swainson and Kyoko Hashimoto.

While Dr. Armstrong enjoys playing a wide range of repertoire, she especially enjoys early twentieth century French music which brought her several times to France where she worked with leading French pianists Pascal Rogé, Jacques Rouvier, Philippe Entremont and Fredéric Aguessy. Additionally, the teaching of Gyorgy Sebok, Joyce Rathbone, Mabel Swainson, Pierre Boulez and Gyorgy Kurtag has influenced her greatly.

Pedagogical pursuits have included a six-month sojourn at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, as well as instruction at McGill University and the New England Conservatory. Her lecture recitals have been concerned with the music of Liszt, Satie, Wagner, Fleischmann, Ravel and Debussy, and presented at colloquia in Canada as well as conferences in Ireland and the U.K.

Various awards from Culture Ireland, An Foras Feasa and Louth County Council have previously enabled Dr. Armstrong to premier a specially commissioned programme of duo piano music by Irish and Canadian composers in London's South Bank, U.K. with Naomi Edemariam; present a solo recital of Irish music at the American Irish Historical Society in New York, Concerto performances in Argentina and solo recitals in China. She has performed a wide range of repertoire to great acclaim as soloist and chamber musician on five continents and received notable awards for her playing in the U.S., Ireland and Canada, including second prize at the Knezkova-Hussey International Piano Competition in New Brunswick.

Dr. Armstrong previously taught musicianship and piano at the Qatar Music Academy and has also lectured in music at the Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland before coming to Singapore where she is presently on the faculty of SOTA.



With the expertise in Guitar Performance, Mr. Nadapdap graduated from the Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta in 1997 and earned his Master Degree in Universitas Indonesia (UI) in 2013. His first Guitar Lesson is with Tono Rachmat from Yayasan Pendidikan Musik [YPM] and later with Andre Indrawan dan Royke B. Koapaha at ISI, Yogaykarta.

Among his travelling experience, he regularly attended many Workshop, Music Clinics dan Guitar Seminar with many Guitar Maestro such as Martin Kaaij [Holland, 1988, 1992], Leo Witosjinski [Austria, 1990], Frederick Hand [England, 1993], Erik Westerhoff [Holland, 2000], Iwan Tanzil [Jerman, 2005, 2008], Maud Laforest [France, 2010], Aniello Desiderio [Italy, 2012], and Shin-Ichi Fukuda [Japan, 2014].

Mr. Nadadap has over 15 years of teaching experience as Music Lecturer and Guitar Instructor at and currently is the Academic Associate Dean in Cantata Institute of Arts.



Since childhood, Ms. Djunaedi has shown love and talent for singing as she continued to be involved in many church choir performance. At first, she studied under the guidance of Aida Swenson Simanjuntak. In 1997, she finished her Bachelor of Computer at STMIK Bina Nusantara, but then she realized her true calling in music and decided to pursue a another degree in Vocal Performance & Music Ministry in Singapore Bible College (SBC). In SBC, she studied under DR. Samuel Cheung, DMA and Mr. Lee Chong Min. Ms. Djunaedi also had the opportunity to attend in several master classes under guidance of professionals Dr. Angela Coffer, Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, and Dr. James C. McKinney and many more.

She teaches various levels of Choirs starts from children, youth, adults, seniors, and mixes. She has been performing in many concerts as the Mezzo Soprano Soloist. In 2012 Ms. Djunaedi continued to finish a Higher Degree in Master studies with the same concentration at SBC under the guidance of Ms. Leona Queck. Currently she is the Head of Music Department in one of the local churches in Jakarta.



Ms. Santoso is Introduced to the piano since the age of 4 through the Yamaha Music School then continued her study to the Yayasan Pendidikan Musik (YPM) until she completed Pre-Conservatory Level III under the guidance of Priscilla Dianawati and Poly Hidajat (†).

She received many awards such as Award for Achievement, Prizes in competitions, and were recognized as the top 3 when graduating Pre-Conservatory level VI. Then she continued her bachelor studies at Pelita Harapan University in music composition in 2008.

Other than piano teaching experience at Gloriamus Music School for 7 years, Ms. Santoso had prior engagements performance experience with various orchestra, because she is able to play other woodwind instruments like Oboe and string instruments like Violin.

She was also an active accompanist for Paduan Suara Anak Indonesia (PSAI) led by Aida Swenson in 2001-2005. Then in 2006, Ms. Santoso were representing Indonesia along with Nusantara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Asia Orchestra Week in Tokyo and Osaka performing Balinese gamelan.

Ms. Santoso continuingly pursue her passion in orchestration as she had become the assistant conductor in the GKI Samanhudi Orchestra Jakarta from 1999 to 2012. Currently, she is happily involved as a music arranger in the Serpong Community Orchestra.



Mr. Suganda was introduced to the violin since the age of 4 by his grandfather. He was accepted to study at YMJ Music School up to level VI, then continued his violin lesson at Mr. Adidharma. In addition he also studied “The art of conducting” with Mr. Jonathan Tanujaya, Mrs. Helen Hosana, and Mr. Adidharma, as well as attending various conducting seminars such as Mr. Jonathan Velasco.

Mr. Suganda taught violin in several music schools such as at the YPM Music School and the Gloriamus Music School. In 2007 he was once the Concert Master for Gloriamus orchestra as a in the opening concert of "The 3rd Choral Symposium" in Bandung which was conducted by Prof. Andre de Quadros and in the concluding concert, conducted by the Maestro Wolfgang Seeliger bringing the work of G.F. Handel - Dettingen "Te Deum". In the same year, he became the conductor for the concert “Piano Concerto in A minor” (Grieg) and “Zigeunerweisen” (Sarasate). Then in 2009, Mr. Suganda started to become a Lecturer in Universitas Pelita Harapan, Karawaci for Major and Minor Violin.

Mr. Suganda were the music director at Gloriamus Junior String Ensemble and The Gloriamus Philharmonia, who have trained Ensemble Galilea (GKI Samanhudi - Jakarta), and became the principal viola for Jakarta Concert Orchestra (JCO) led by Bpk. Avip Priatna.

Starting 2016, Mr. Suganda involved as a Seminar Speaker for Indonesia Orchestra & Ensamble Festival (IOEF) in Jakarta, which were attended by various music groups from all over the country. In early 2017 Ferdinand teamed up with Matana University to set up a classical music group called Serpong Community Orchestra (SCO), which consists of talented young amateur musicians residing in Serpong (Tangerang, Banten) and surrounding areas, to polish up their individual skills and performance in unity as an orchestra.