Arab States
South East Asia
Southern Asia

Hallmarks of distinction 2016

A conference for piano teachers (formerly known as PDP)

Explore, develop, experience and discover with ABRSM!

Explore music from the new 2017 & 2018 Piano syllabus.

Develop a deeper understanding of the marking criteria and how to use it to prepare your students for their exam.

Experience live performances of the new repertoire from two concert pianists who will demonstrate their own approaches to teaching, including:

  • tonal balancing
  • rhythmic shaping
  • melodic shaping
  • musical characterisation

Discover new ways to help you achieve even better results!

Piano conferences

What to expect

At each event, professional pianists Ann Martin-Davis and Loo Bang Hean will explain how our examiners use ABRSM’s marking criteria to assess different aspects of playing, and how to get the most from the examiner’s mark form comments.

To complement this, the presenters will perform a range of pieces across all eight grades to demonstrate the vital musical ingredients which make for more characterful, stylistic and communicative playing.

Come away with fresh ideas and practical resources that will help develop your students’ awareness and control of pitch, time, tone, shape and performance!


Ann Martin-Davis

Ann Martin-DavisAnn Martin-Davis’ passion for 20th century and contemporary art crosses all genres and this has led to a career in pursuit of new and appealing ways of presenting solo piano and chamber music.

Her innovative programmes have ‘reinvigorated chamber music’ (The Times) and her work in this area was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when Sound Bites was nominated alongside Glyndebourne Opera and BCMG for the prestigious Audience Development Award.

Her reputation in the world of chamber music is wide and varied; she has curated concerts at numerous venues and has performed twentieth century and contemporary repertoire throughout the world. This year, she will be touring her latest cross-genre programme Mr James’ Garden throughout Mexico and the UK, beginning with a premiere at the Henley Festival in the summer.

Ann studied at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick, where she won the College's premier piano prize, the Chappell Gold Medal. A series of awards led to a South Bank debut at the Purcell Room and she subsequently won scholarships to study with Arie Vardi in Hanover and Gyorgy Sebok in Canada.

In addition to her performing, Ann is a committed educator. She is a sought-after pedagogue (Ann is the professor of piano at the Royal College of Music JD and coaches undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Oxford), a frequent jury member and lecture-recitalist. More recently, she has been invited to the University of Oxford, where she will be a Visiting Scholar, researching communication techniques for pianists.

Loo Bang Hean

Loo Bang HeanBorn in Ipoh, Malaysia, Bang Hean’s teachers include Serena Chow and Rickie Oui. He was the first prize winner of the First National Mozart Piano Competition in 1987, and following his success in the LRSM Music Performance diploma in that same year ABRSM awarded him a four-year scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London.

In England Bang Hean studied with Yonty Solomon, John Blakely and Dennis Lee. He won numerous prizes at the RCM, and awards from the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled him to undergo a year of postgraduate studies with the Hungarian teacher Professor Ilonka Deckers in Milan, Italy.

After returning to Malaysia in 1995, Bang Hean has regularly appeared in solo recitals, chamber concerts and concerto performances with various orchestras. He has appeared in most major concert venues in Malaysia. He is an active chamber musician, performing frequently with various instrumentalists including members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances abroad include appearances in England, Italy, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia and South Korea.

Bang Hean is also very much involved in music education and is an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Music, UCSI University as well as a frequent seminar presenter and competition adjudicator around the region.

2017 & 2018 Piano Exam Pieces

Contact us

For further information about Hallmarks of distinction, please contact Joong Siow Chong.

Joong Siow Chong

T 6339 2624 Ext 109

ABRSM Representative Office
Singapore Symphonia Co Ltd
1 Coleman Street
#05-13 The Adelphi
Singapore 179803


This website uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our website, you are agreeing to our cookie policy and consent to our use of cookies. Find out more.

closer Close this message