Vivienne learnt the piano at 3 years old. And as for the violin, in two short years of classes, obtained a Distinction at the grade 8 ABRSM examinations where she was offered a scholarship to study the violin at the University of Manchester but declined to pursue her ambition of becoming a lawyer.
Performing the violin is a love of hers and played in the Leicester Symphony Orchestra, Leicester University Orchestra and led few chamber ensembles and appeared in many other solo performances. On one Occasion even had a chance to play for the former Singapore President, the late SR Nathan.
She accepted a scholarship to read law in England to fulfill her childhood ambition and during that time did not neglect in furthering her skills with the violin under Philip Gallaway of Warwick University (Coull Quartet). After being called to the Bar in Singapore, practicing as a Lawyer had its long hours and it was a difficult struggle to keep up with violin teaching and practise. And so it was after quitting legal practice in 2006, that she decided to pursue music as her focus.
In 2010, she was accepted to understudy Professor Zhao Weijian (赵惟俭). He was one of the the founding members whose roles include being the Dean of Faculty of Strings/Secretary General/Chief of Examinations of the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (Notable alumni Ning Feng, Lang Lang and Yuja Wang and at some point, Vanessa-Mae)
Professor Zhao was handpicked during the Soviet regime by the Chinese Government to study in Romania in the 1950s. He graduated from the National University of Music Bucharest as a performing Artiste as well as a degree in Russian studies. He was under extremely strict learning regime from Barabet Avakian in Romania (under the same teacher is his classmate violinist Daniel Podlovski). It was with this intensity and strictness he developed a Violin Method in a Class of his own. All music syllabus for any musical instrument that is examined in the People’s Republic of China is vetted by him, he has a vast musical knowledge and is an author of numerous best selling music books and curriculum centered around the violin. Under his mentoring, Vivienne has learnt a tremendously about both performing and teaching the violin effectively.
After completing her exam preparations for the Fellowship of the Royal School of Music in violin performance with Professor Zhao, as she loves to write, she has taken up a project on co-authoring with him a comprehensive manual for learning the Violin entitled “All About the Violin Volumes 1 & 2” in the English Language which encapsulates her methodology of teaching and learning the violin efficiently and effectively.
In the past 20 over years of teaching (since 1996) she has developed an effective and efficient methodology that has seen through countless of students playing for concerts, examinations and competitions across Singapore, United Kingdom, Beijing, Slovenia and New York, Carnegie Hall. She specializes at training very young children and the youngest to have attained a Grade 8 Distinction was at 7 years old in 2018.
She frequently performs and collaborates with others as much as opportunity permits. She also encourages all her own students to do the same to make music that has been taught in the classroom relevant in society.
As part of the learning journey as a musician, Belcanto Violins Music Studio will endeavor to nurture each student similarly with a certain merit, as only alumni and current students with a minimum of 2 years of training under Prinicipal Vivienne Eio are teachers at the Studio.
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Belcanto Violins is a Singapore brand that was founded in 2015 by our Principal, Vivienne Eio. Vivienne has had more than 30 years of experience in music as a student, teacher, performer and a specialist of instruments.
Belcanto Violins was born out of a desire to provide high quality instruments in Singapore, Southeast Asia and the rest of the world at competitive and affordable prices. This is achieved by using European sourced materials for the construction of our instruments from organically sourced tonewoods like maple, spruce, ebony, walnut and rosewood to even the glues and varnish. Our bows are of excellent quality made with woods from sustainable brazilwood farms to even the horsehair on our bows that is sourced from humanely run farms in Mongolia. All our instruments are constructed at our boutique workshop and then each one individually tuned and tested by Vivienne herself in Singapore before being packaged for sale.
At Belcanto Violins, we assure the distinct crisp and expressive signature tone quality of each violin model as heard in the audio samples. These recordings are a testament to the readiness of our instruments to meet the challenges of the present digital age of recording examinations, competitions and performances over a media stream.
We pride ourselves not only on the excellent quality of our instruments, but also a before and after customer service process that looks to ensure that we can find an instrument that meets your needs. Our customer service team has years of experience and is on hand to speak with you whether its to find an instrument for your child just starting to learn or to a full-size instrument for a musician getting reacquainted with their voice, we are happy to help.
We also have a full range of accessories to assist every musician with their instrument needs, including instrument care kits, shoulder rests, our own exclusive chin-pad design, rosins, musical stands and a wide range of strings. These accessories are sourced from Europe, the United States and Asia to deliver a quality at a reliable price.
Operating primarily as an online store, we are able to keep prices manageable.
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Belcanto is the name of an Italian style of singing that was popular in late 17th century; at Belcanto Violins, we hope to help you unlock your violin singing voice.
---We teach, We learn, We love---
Playing At Victoria Concert Hall Singapore, 2020
With Professor Zhao at Central Conservatory of Music Beijing, 2019
Performing for Singapore President SR Nathan Singapore, 2008
Playing at the Opening of Bechstein World Singapore with Miki Arimura, 2019
Sponsoring Prizes for Winners at the Singapore Performers' Festival and Chamber Competition 2018
Leading as Principal 2nd Violinist at Josephine Koh Academy Concert, 2019
Student Freya, 7 years old Playing Live at Carnegie Hall New York, 2019