The Straits Times
Published on Feb 28, 2013

'Godfather of piano' Ong Lip Tat dies of multiple organ failure at age 57


Noted pianist Ong Lip Tat, who taught the who's who of Singapore's music-makers, died yesterday, aged 57.

He had been admitted to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital five weeks earlier on Jan 23 and died of multiple organ failure, complicated by past diabetes, says a family member. A bachelor, he was the youngest of eight siblings.

The wake is being held at Mount Vernon Parlour One and the funeral cortege leaves at 9am on Sunday for Mandai Crematorium.

Musicians and arts writers hail Ong as the "godfather of piano" here for having taught music-makers from Young Artist Award-winner Zechariah Goh to prize-winning conductor Wang Ya Hui.