Ko Sherman

Sherman’s music and performing persona spread over a broad range of influences. The mentorship of Chinese Master Flautist, Mr Zhan Yongming, and the Violinists of the Sui Family had provided a discipline to seriously engage in the practice of musical performance. This passion of music making found a contemporary relevance through the pedagogy of renowned drummer and teacher Mr Darren Moore during his tenure at Lasalle College of the Arts. It was then through the influence and guidance of Former 1st Assistant Conductor to the SBC Orchestra, Mr Tan Cheng Boo during his tenure at the Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and Ocean Butterflies Chief-Producer Mr Zennon Goh that gave his training a holistic identity, enabling him to communicate music which is relevant to the people of the times. The versatility in his repertoire is a testament to his love and understanding of popular music, and how it can bridge people of different backgrounds and preferences. This is the core of his musical ideal, which is also the ultimate purpose and motivation for all his performances and pedagogical approaches.

Participation Highlights:

• “Disobedient Heart” (不聽話的心)
Singapore – 1996
Artiste and Composers. Hit Single of compilation, “The Nobodys” (無名小族).
Nomination for “Best Local Newcomer” in the 1st Singapore Music Awards.

• Music From The Heart (心的樂章)
Kallang Theatre (Singapore) – 1998
Performer and Composer.
Biggest charity concert ever organised by a local pop-folk ensemble.

• “Chikusei Rakugo” (竹聲樂語)
Ishizaki Hamasou (Miyazaki, Japan) – 2001
Lecturer and demonstrator for the 3-hour Japanese language seminar and recital.

• “Jaga Jaga Tengoku” (じゃがじゃが天国)
UMK Fuji Television (Miyazaki, Japan) – 2001
“Artiste of the Week” for inaugural week of the 2001 season.

• “A Date With Nick Shen”
Esplanade (Singapore) – 2005
Performed with local artiste Nick Shen throughout his debut concert.

• “Lasalle New Direction Music Festival”
Lasalle-SIA Auditorium (Singapore) – 2006
Debuted J-rock number “TEARS ~ Inside My Heart”, alongside newly-formed local J-pop Ensemble, “SECRETS”.

• “Black Ancient” (Debut)
Friendship Theatre (Guangzhou, China) – 2006
Guest artiste for Provincial English Speaking Contest. Member of local electro ethnic group 9FPS.
Sponsored by Lasalle College of the Arts.


Composers & Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) – 1996
Elected as youngest Associate Member (as of February 1996)

1st Singapore Music Awards – 1996
Nominee for Best Local Newcomer
Youngest Nominee in Award History (as of September 1996)

Trinity College of London, UK – 1997
Distinction ~ Grade 8: Speech & Drama

Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore – 2000
Diploma in Film, Sound & Video
Distinction in Japanese Language Studies

Central Conservatory of Music, China – 2002
Grade 9: Chinese Flute Performance

Associated Board for the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), UK – 2003
Grade 8: Violin Performance

Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore – 2007
Diploma in Popular Music Studies

Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore – 2008
Bachelor’s Degree in Music

Goldsmiths College, University of London – 2013
Masters in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (Music & Film)