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Michael Loh

Michael Loh

18, Jan 19

We are pleased to announced our partnership with Mr Michael Loh, Associate Principal (Violin) of Singapore Symphony Orchestra. With an outstanding music pedigree background, Mr Loh is well respected in the music community. Please see his full profile here.

Do contact us at +65-98137769 to enquire about violin lessons and master classes under Mr Michael Loh

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  • I am an adult cello student with piano background. My buddy and I were looking to start cello lessons and found Stradivari Strings. I was impressed with the patience and knowledge Rita has in helping me to select the cello and bow most suited for me. Her specialized shop has a range of cellos and bows that caters to students with different budget in mind. Group cello lessons under Rita has also helped me to transit from piano playing to cello playing effectively. She teaches in a way that engages me at my level of playing and I find myself improving in ways I didnt expect. She also identifies my strength and weaknesses and teaches me the technique to hold, bow and play the cello. I enjoy playing music with the cello more now.
    Mark Anson
    Mark Anson
    Cello student
  • I had a great experience selecting my first cello at Stradivari Strings. Rita had made the process so comfortable and pleasant. She encouraged me to “connect” with the instrument and bow and did not rush me into selecting one. She was patient and provided me with lots of information on the different cello and bows. Cello lessons with Rita are nothing short of fun. She is very enthusiastic, encouraging and approachable. I have progressed immensely under her guidance. She is sharp and makes sure the foundation is done right. With her easy-going nature, it is effortless to start a conversation with Rita. I love to chat with her after lessons. I am also thankful that Rita is always kind enough to re-schedule my cello lessons whenever I need to. These have made my learning journey an amazing and encouraging one!
    Rachel
    Rachel
    Cello student
  • I started violin lessons for the first time with almost zero music background at Stradivari Strings. Violin classes very helpful and fun! My violin teacher Rita is really patient and understanding towards me and is always willing to help me whenever I have any questions or difficulties. The learning environment is very nice and comfortable and even sells violin at an affordable price. I had help from my violin teacher when selecting a violin. Really look forward to more violin lessons! 🙂
    Chin Jing
    Chin Jing
    Violin student
  • We walked into Rita’s shop that day despite in searching for a 1/2 size violin for our 6-year old boy. Despite of no appointment made, Rita was very patient in understanding our needs. She recommended Mr. Yeo Teow Meng knowing the boy was having some violin posture problems. Glad we followed her recommendation. The boy has been enjoying every single lesson with Mr. Yeo, and made lots of improvements since enrolled at Stradivari Strings. The classes are engaging and fun. Thank to Mr. Yeo and Rita, the boy also found his new violin he treasures as his baby.
    Zhen Gu
    Zhen Gu
    Violin student
  • I have always like the sound of the violin and finally took my first step in Nov 2020 to take violin lessons & contacted Rita from Stradivari Strings. Rita selected some violins and bows for me to shortlist by listening to their sound. I’m glad to have chosen a violin that I feel a connection with. During my weekly violin classes, Rita is very encouraging and reassures me that I’m progressing well. Her confidence in me is my motivation to practice & improve. I look forward to taking my first exam next year.
    Shirleen Teh
    Shirleen Teh
    Violin student
  • I have been playing Chinese musical instrument for many years and one of my dreams is to pick up a western musical instrument – the violin. I decided to start violin classes during this pandemic period so as to make full use of the stay home time. I came across Stradivari Strings and made inquiries for adult violin lessons. As someone who knows nothing about the violin, Rita from Stradivari Strings guided me through the violin and bow selection patiently and the process was very informative. I’m also a student of Mr Yeo, a professional-level violin teacher. He is very professional, passionate, encouraging and inspiring. He makes every violin lesson interesting and worthwhile and I am always looking forward to attend his violin classes. I will be aiming for grade 3 ABRSM exams in 2021. So happy to have Mr Yeo as my teacher.
    Vesta Soh
    Vesta Soh
    Violin student
  • I’ve always wanted to learn the violin so after doing some research, I came across Stradivari Strings. I decided to contact Rita cos the plenty of positive reviews convinced me to give Stradivari Strings a try. Teacher Rita is very prompt with answering questions on WhatsApp. The violin and bow selection process was very insightful. Teacher Rita let me try out some violins and bows to find the perfect match for me. I initially wanted a factory-made violin but after the selection process I went for a 100% handcrafted violin and I don’t have any regrets. A handcrafted violin produces a more beautiful sound than a factory-made one. For violin lessons, Teacher Rita was patient, stern, and encouraging at the same time. I like how she’s stern when she needs to be for us to perform better, yet very encouraging at things done right. I highly recommend Stradivari Strings. I’m an adult beginner so it’s really never too late to pick up a new instrument and enjoy it with the right teacher.
    Gen Narciso
    Gen Narciso
    Violin student
  • As an adult learner with no musical background, I am so glad to have chosen Stradivari Strings to kickstart my violin lessons with. The experience was a pleasant one from the very beginning: Ms Rita took great care in helping me select a suitable violin and violin bow, guiding me on what to look out for in an instrument. We also listened to several violins closely before settling down on one that I liked. A patient and encouraging violin teacher, Ms Rita tailors each violin class in a way that would maximize my learning. Her pedagogy made sense, and she always explains her intents clearly. Importantly, every lesson made me feel like I was actively progressing—despite my own doubts—and what a wonderful feeling that is. Already this short experience with Stradivari Strings has helped me to discover a new horizon to music, and I couldn’t be more delighted.
    Zeng Hao
    Zeng Hao
    Violin student
  • I started my violin lesson with Stradivari Strings after a 10 years break. Without any proper knowledge on how to choose my instrument, I was glad to have walk into this place where I was educated on the different violin choices as well as the separate bow pairing for each violin. I was given the opportunity to try the violins and the different bow pairings to hear and see for myself which is the best for me. Learning under Rita allowed me to build stronger basic skills as she made sure that every single lesson was efficient and every small bad habit was brought to light. I am glad to have started my second round journey in learning my violin here as i can see myself progressing and loving my instrument more every day.
    Pearlin
    Pearlin
    Violin student
  • I’ve been playing the viola for about 5 years having learnt the violin prior to switching instruments. I haven’t had any formal viola lessons before this year, and as the viola is not as popular an instrument as the violin or cello, finding a viola teacher proved difficult, and finding a GOOD viola teacher was almost impossible. As an adult with autism, just finding a teacher who could connect with me on my wavelength is a challenging task, and I’ve gone through numerous music teachers in the past, and many could not break down the barrier that is autism. On meeting Mr Yeo, my worries dissipated. Mr Yeo is very patient and encouraging during lessons, and explains things in a way that is both easy to grasp and fun! Mr Yeo also further motivates me in my practice by giving me feedback on video recordings of my practice sessions when I send them to him so that I can make the most out of my viola practice. Since starting viola lessons, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds. I’ve only had 4 adult viola lessons with him and yet I feel like I’ve had many more because of my progress. I am looking forward to learning more from him!
    Lydia Tay
    Lydia Tay
    Violin student
  • I have a strong desire to learn to play the violin and started adult beginner violin lessons with Stradivari Strings. As I did not have any music background before starting adult violin classes, Rita patiently coached me rhythmic training, note reading and music theory in addition to the tips of playing the violin. Rita is a passionate, encouraging and enthusiastic violin teacher. She uses different teaching methods during violin lessons. This helps me to easily understand the concepts during my violin classes. My very first violin selection would not be smooth without her reliable advice and opinion. She also, helped me figure out my needs based on my budget.
    Sharon Lee
    Sharon Lee
    Violin student
  • I have been always eager to perform violin someday after years of experience in playing the piano. The first time when I fell in love with the violin was after enjoying the duet performance by pianists and violinists. And my journey with the violin finally started at Stradivari Strings. With Rita’s detailed guidance, I chose my favourite violin and violin bow. Thanks to Rita also for helping me choose Mr.Yeo as my violin teacher. Every violin lesson to me is informative and Mr Yeo has been so supportive that he could appreciate every single improvement I have made. I was not confident when the sound was out of tone or too sharp. Howeverwith,Mr Yeo’s expertise, friendly personality and passion when playing the violin, I have received lots of courage and motivation to practice more. When struggling between pursuing my master’s degree and work, Mr Yeo and Rita has helped me re-arrange the classes to fit my schedule. Thank you Mr Yeo for your patience and encouragement, I will give the Grade 4 ABRSM exams my best shot!
    Xin Ping
    Xin Ping
    Violin student
  • Violin and Bow selection was a unique experience curated by Rita. As a beginner, I have a minimal musical background and only knew how to play the piano but at a beginner level. During the selection process, Rita provides insightful nuggets of information about the instrument, luthier, etc. Most importantly, she advise me to choose the violin and bow based on feel. This allows me to appreciate and selecting it objectively. This experience allows me to understand more of the instrument. I’ve learned a lot through this experience on the violin’s characteristics and the tone it produces that I prefer and finding my perfect violin and bow within my budget.
    Nicholas Tan
    Nicholas Tan
    Violin student
  • One of the best things that happened to me this year is getting in touch with my cello teacher Ms Rita. I started lessons since January and have come to enjoy my Singapore cello lessons for a variety of reasons: First, for effective learning to occur, it’s important that there is a personal student-teacher fit. This is the first consideration in learning an instrument on a 1-1 basis. Right from the get-go, I found Rita to have an excellent social and communication skills and a winsome sense of humour, a prerequisite for me. This has made cello classes for me really enjoyable. Second, very early in our pre-lesson discussion, Rita impressed me as a very knowledgeable person about the art and manufacture of the cello and cello bow. Her intimate historical and technical knowledge of how the instrument is crafted and it’s impact on its sound quality (and intrinsic value) persuaded me that I have made a good decision to take beginner cello lessons from her. A third reason why I eagerly look forward coming to Stradivari Strings each week is no less because of her unusual pedagogical approach – fun, supportive, encouraging, and pertinently informative. More delightful for me is her use of taking live videos of parts of my lesson for me to view as personal feedback based on the laudable principle of “seeing yourself play as
    Tian Rui
    Tian Rui
    (72 year old cello student)
  • I had an amazing experience with Stradivari Strings, beginning with my first cello and cello bow purchase and subsequent cello lessons. The owner, Rita, is knowledgeable on all matters pertaining to string instruments. Rita is must-see for anyone interested in purchasing quality string instruments (violin, viola, cello and bows). Cello lessons with Rita is challenging yet enjoyable. I always look forward to our next lesson. Thanks a lot, Rita.
    Wei Yang
    Wei Yang
    Cello student
  • With any learning curve, Stradivari Strings focuses and emphasizes a good foundation through a fine selection of top tier teachers. In my case, Mr. Yeo has an exceptional approach to teaching and learning through his methodology which allows for a true understanding of the violin instrument and technique. His utmost faith in me has led me to immediately jump the hoops to prepare for Grade 5 within a short time frame, and I’m truly excited to undertake the ABRSM Grade 5 Practice Exam soon! I’d personally recommend Mr. Yeo’s teaching capabilities to anyone who would seriously consider learning the violin or for someone to sharpen their prowess on the violin! Always inspired, always focussed and always fun!
    Hans
    Hans
    Adult violin student
  • I have been taking violin classes from Mr Yeo for since 2016, and each lesson has been very enjoyable and fun. Mr Yeo is always smiling and very happy which puts me at ease while learning difficult passages or techniques. He is also very happy to explain to me the reasoning behind certain playing techniques which helps me appreciate playing the violin even more. I can confidently say that my progress is largely due to Mr Yeo’s dedication and professionalism as a teacher. I would strongly recommend Mr Yeo to anyone who would wish to start violin lessons!
    Kenneth Zhang
    Kenneth Zhang
    Adult violin student
  • When I first walked into Stradivari Strings to re-string my violin, I didn’t know I’ve walked into a whole new world of experience. Rita could tell I have a lot of interest in picking up violin. And with her sharp eyes, she could tell my old violin was factory made and of low quality. She then proceeded to set up an appointment with me for a new violin since I was so interested. During the appointment, Rita made sure to let me play and emote with each violin and bow, it was a hands on session of playing on a range of violin and bow. She also shared her vast knowledge and experience on violin with me. Throughout the 2 hour appointment on selecting violin and bow, I was taking in all the teachings she had to offer. Alas, I found one that I really loved, although a little out of my budget, Rita took the time and offered to help with financial planning. The class afterwards with Mr Yeo was also amazing. I had learnt so much in 45 mins that I could play twinkle twinkle little star within that session. Thank you Rita and thank you Stradivari Strings for the immersing experience! Highly recommended!
    Terence
    Terence
    Student
  • I have been learning violin for over 5 years. While visiting Singapore, I went to all the violin shops in town. I found my dream violin at Stradivari strings. The owner, Rita, helped me to select violin. She is so knowledgeable in this field! Each violin has its own character and tone quality. While selecting my violin, I also had detailed coaching from Mr Yeo, a very experienced violin coach. He pointed out my bow hold issues and gave me pointers on shifting and executing vibrato. My tone and intonation improved a lot after I learnt these important tips from Mr Yeo. He is an inspiring teacher. Just one class from him improved my playing. With that, I was able to attain distinction in ABRSM Violin grade 5. When I return to Singapore this year, I will take more masterclasses with Mr Yeo. Thank you Stradivari Strings! You are wonderful.
    Franklin
    Franklin
    Student
  • My daughter wanted very much to learn cello as her second music instrument, but without any knowledge of cello, we searched online to find out where to buy cello. My daughter being concerned not to overspend her parent’s money, had wanted to buy a second hand cello online. However I managed to persuade her not to do so. We found Stradivari Strings and arranged an appointment with Ms Rita. We had such a wonderful experience — Rita spent a total of 3 hours with my daughter. During the selection process, she patiently explained the different wood qualities in making cello and bows, and guided my daughter to play on the range available so she can identify the tone quality she likes. With Ms Rita’s unhurried assistance, my daughter was allowed to test play the range of cello and bows. Finally she found the perfect cello and bow and will start with a professional level coach for lessons. My whole experience with Stradivari Strings is very positive. And I am very happy that we came to the right shop and enlisted the assistance of the right person to get the perfect cello and bow for my daughter.
    Lai Meng
    Lai Meng
    Parent
  • Introduced to Stradivari Strings by owner, Ms Rita. The service extended was bar none, and above all, highly informative, with immaculate violin selections of multiple price range. It was a pleasant surprise to have sat through 10-12 violins and the opportunity to try violins and bows of extensive range. The experience of a “violin & bow” fitting will be etched in memory as one of the memorable service rendered for me personally, especially for violin beginners, wanting to explore the different options in buying violins. Rita is patient and has a distinct sound knowledge of violins and the respective bows, and the pairing session truly made it more enjoyable. To me, her service is absolutely immaculate, with attention to detail and most of all, sincere. Thank you Rita, for being a catalyst to my musical journey, learning the violin. Never have I seen, an excellent service anywhere here, and it’s your service that inspires us to rid the procrastination and dive straight in! Highly recommended!
    Hans
    Hans
    Student
  • I moved from the United States to Singapore couple years back and brought my beloved old violin along. It has not acclimatized well and I had issues with the sound post dropping numerous times. Rita from Stradivari Strings assessed the violin and advised that I go for customized sound post cut from Italian wood. This would enhance the tone of the violin and the issue of sound post dropping will be solved. I am glad that I took her advice. My violin plays brilliantly now. I recommend any serious violin player to engage the services of Stradivari Strings’ luthier.
    Anita
    Anita
    Student
  • We come to Singapore during summer holidays to visit family annually. My children need to keep up with their violin and cello practice during this time period, and we rent the instruments from Stradivari Strings. They have fractional sizes all the way to full size violin and cello available for rent. We also managed to locate great cello and violin teachers from Stradivari Strings, to coach and practice with my children. This is excellent one-stop service from Stradivari Strings!
    Emma
    Emma
    Student
  • I have been learning the cello for one year. The lessons are practical focus and I find that I needed theory lessons to supplement the practical part, so that I get a total understanding of reading music. Stradivari Strings found me a music theory teacher who comes to my workplace for music theory lessons during my lunch break. This is a perfect arrangement and I have been progressing well.
    Lionel
    Lionel
    Music Theory Student
  • Technique is of paramount importance when it comes to playing music. I have been with teacher Joyce (bamboo flute) for 2 years. She has taught me the necessary fundamentals in the playing of the Chinese flute. Under her patient teaching and guidance, I achieved distinction in both grade 5 and 8 dizi examinations. I believe that her teaching is commendable and very suitable for students who are still grasping their basics in Chinese flute.
    Leslie Low
    Leslie Low
    Student
  • My son is at ABRSM grade 5 level and I was looking for a senior level coach to take him up to advance level. Stradivari Strings placed him under the guidance of piano teacher Matthew. Right from the first lessons, my son got on well with him and I am happy that we have engaged him to be our permanent piano coach.
    Mrs Joyce
    Mrs Joyce
    Mother of grade 5 level piano student
  • Teacher Hughes is an excellent cello teacher. He is fantastic and relates extremely well with my 10 year old daughter. He is ever so patient with her and offers words of encouragement during all cello lessons. I highly recommend him to any parent whose child wants to start cello classes. Thanks teacher Hughes for everything!
    Jacqueline Liew
    Jacqueline Liew
    Mother of 10 year old cello student
  • Stradivari Strings was very thorough in helping to select a viola which is suitable for my build. I received great advice and information including the type of wood, age of the maple spruce, to the quality of the rosin for my viola bow. I am very pleased with the viola and the lovely sound it produces.
    Mei Juan
    Mei Juan
    Viola Student

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TESTIMONIALS

  • I have been learning violin for over 5 years. While visiting Singapore, I went to all the violin shops in town. I found my dream violin at Stradivari strings. The owner, Rita, helped me to select violin. She is so knowledgeable in this field! Each violin has its own character and tone quality. While selecting my violin, I also had detailed coaching from Mr Yeo, a very experienced violin coach. He pointed out my bow hold issues and gave me pointers on shifting and executing vibrato. My tone and intonation improved a lot after I learnt these important tips from Mr Yeo. He is an inspiring teacher. Just one class from him improved my playing. With that, I was able to attain distinction in ABRSM Violin grade 5. When I return to Singapore this year, I will take more masterclasses with Mr Yeo. Thank you Stradivari Strings! You are wonderful.
    Franklin
    Franklin
    Student
  • Rita at Stradivari Strings is wonderful! I had to get my 6 year old daughter a cello. She was informative, honest and very helpful. She explained the different types of instruments and the prices. When I asked her about lessons for my girl, she offered to help with instructors she knew. My other daughter needs a ukulele and we are getting it from Stradivari Strings … all our best.
    Reham G
    Reham G
    Customer
  • I bought myself a cello from Stradivari Strings. Rita treats her customers like family and really makes them comfortable by understanding their needs and expectations. Her hand is like a magic wand which makes the right cello come to you. I believe the most important thing is you should get connected to the instrument you buy and I am really grateful to Rita for making it possible.
    Gaurav Harchwani
    Gaurav Harchwani
    Customer
  • My experience with Stradivari Strings in selecting my violin was awesome. The owner gave me a lot of information in order for me to make an informed decision in selecting my violin.
    Bao
    Bao
    Customer
  • I really enjoyed myself during my violin selection session with Stradivari Strings. Rita was very patient and guided me to try a wide range of violin. She educated me a lot of in terms of product knowledge about the violin and the violin bow, and explained to me how to pick a good violin. I spent eight hours over 2 days at Stradivari Strings and selected the violin and violin bow which I will own for life.
    Alyss
    Alyss
    Customer
  • Stradivari Strings is very detailed and professional during my violin selection process. They have a wide range of violins suited for the beginner all the way to the advanced player.
    Isaac Leong
    Isaac Leong
    Customer
  • The streamlined and personalized service I received from Stradivari Strings made my initial experience with the violin wonderful. Now, playing the violin has become my passion.
    Leonard Marion Provido
    Leonard Marion Provido
    Customer
  • Stradivari Strings is very friendly and knowledgeable about music instruments. During my violin selection session with Stradivari Strings, I was given a lot of information to make an informed choice on the violin I would eventually select, I was given a lot of time to decide on my violin and violin bow. They were not pushy at all. I am extremely happy with the Peter Racz violin I eventually selected at Stradivari Strings.
    William
    William
    Customer
  • My son loves the cello that we bought from Stradivari Strings. He refuses to practice on his previous cello, but spend hours playing on his new cello. I am so grateful that we found Stradivari Strings! Thanks!
    Mrs Wong
    Mrs Wong
    Customer
  • Stradivari Strings was very thorough in helping to select a viola which is suitable for my build. I received great advice and information including the type of wood, age of the maple spruce, to the quality of the rosin for my viola bow. I am very pleased with the viola and the lovely sound it produces.
    Mei Juan
    Mei Juan
    Customer
  • Last year, I decided to take up the violin. I found the contact for Stradivari Strings and gave Rita a call to set up an appointment to select a student level violin. Rita was very thorough in asking about my level of commitment to learning the violin as she wants to find an instrument and price range that is suitable for me. She was also very patient in answering all of my questions. Rita gave off a good vibe to me as a would-be customer in that she was not pushy at all, and she emphasized that I should take my time to consider that the violin is something that I like, and is within my budget. When I requested a second appointment to view other violins, she was happy to accommodate my request. To date, I have already purchased two violin and two bows from Stradivari Strings. Their professionalism and level of service is something that I would strongly recommend to anyone who is looking to purchase a string instrument.
    Kenneth
    Kenneth
    Customer