Lawrence Holmefjord-Sarabi

Lawrence Holmefjord-Sarabi
On top of overseeing Aureus Academy — a music school with 90 teachers and 2,800 students across seven locations in Singapore — co-founder Lawrence Holmefjord-Sarabi still finds four hours every day for his piano. The concert pianist from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music stepped away from performance so he could offer music curricula that seek to engage students with lessons adapted to suit their abilities and interests. “It’s hugely inspiring that kids are getting a good education because of this idea,” Holmefjord-Sarabi says. “We hope to grow tens of thousands of students and contribute to building a strong musical foundation in them. That’s way more than I would ever have done as a solo performer.” A seven-figure investment deal put together by a student's parent in 2014 boosted Aureus' enrolment tenfold by 2016. Now the school is venturing into concerts with its Aureus Great Artist Series. It is also launching an e-commerce platform to offer 3,500 titles to 82 countries. In the bag, too, is a five-year partnership with NAFA for internship and employment opportunities. Look out as well for six new branches come end of 2018.