Ernest specialises in jazz performance and graduated with a BA(Hons) Music
from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2022. He first picked up the guitar at the age of 12,
and has since developed a strong passion for creating and sharing the joy of music.
At the age of 17, Ernest enrolled in Singapore Polytechnic to pursue a Diploma in Music and
Audio Technology. During his time at the polytechnic, Ernest discovered the genre of jazz
and felt an immediate connection with the music due to its cultural history and the humanity
inherent in the genre. He was placed under the mentorship and guidance of industry veteran,
pianist-bassist-composer-producer Joshua Wan. With the latter’s guidance, Ernest has since
performed at numerous venues such as The Esplanade and Blu Jaz Cafe.
American jazz guitarists Peter Bernstein and Bobby Broom were two of the biggest influences
in Ernest’s development as a guitarist. Bernstein’s ability to tell a story with the
complexity of his melodies captivated Ernest and brought him closer to jazz, while Broom’s
raw and soulful lyricism resonated with Ernest.
He has performed with bands including the Jazz Association Singapore Youth Orchestra, and is
a recipient of the Jazz Association (Singapore) Scholarship.