Starting a business is frequently an indication of enthusiasm, tenacity, and inventiveness. I’m Helen Lin, the founder of Helen Lin Piano Pte Ltd., and I’m here to tell you about my entrepreneurial journey. It is a symphony of intercultural encounters, creative inspiration, and steadfast commitment to the music and business industries.
Background and Inspiration
Born to Taiwanese parents and educated in Russia, Europe, and the United States, my journey is a fusion of diverse influences. My mother, a Chinese calligraphy artist, recognized my musical talent at the age of three. Her unwavering support and search for the best mentors with limited resources sparked my lifelong love of music.
In the midst of my career, I became known as the pianist with “hammer” fingers. Breaking 15 strings during a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in Philadelphia became a humorous anecdote that defined my resilience and ability to turn challenges into moments of levity.
In the face of criticism, my approach is pragmatic. I choose to ignore negativity and, when necessary, address falsehoods with facts and grace. My focus remains on my passion for music and education.
For me, work is life, and my work is my ultimate passion. Balancing a life filled with world travel, business, and pleasure, I consider myself fortunate to seamlessly integrate my personal and professional worlds.
Establishing Helen Lin Piano Pte Ltd
My entrepreneurial journey with Helen Lin Piano Pte Ltd. began in Singapore in 2018. Faced challenges, especially during the global pandemic. However, my perseverance and commitment led to the institution’s recognition as the number one educational institution in Asia by the Asia Award Media in 2023.
What made me successful was my training at the Juilliard School of Music and the Moscow Conservatory. My unique teaching formula has produced 80+ international competition winners within just five years, solidifying my reputation as a leading educator.
Recognition and Impact
My entrepreneurial spirit is evident in my non-traditional teaching methods, which I developed over decades of experience. I empower my students to become leaders in their own right, contributing to the distinctiveness and success of my institution.
Consecutive wins of the Singapore Entrepreneur 100 Award in 2022 and 2023 underscore the undeniable impact of my teaching methods. My students consistently emerge as competition winners. It’s a testament to the effectiveness and innovation I bring to the field of music education.