Composer. Educator. Performer.
John holds a Diploma in Licentiate of the London College of Music (LLCM) and Diploma in Music Literacy (DipMusLCM).
He has been performing for more than 39 years and teaching piano for more than 15 years to students in both piano performances and ABRSM exams.
He completed his Grade 8 Associate Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Examinations in both Piano and Theory by 15 years of age.
At the tender age of 7, John began his musical journey, performing his first recital at then Victoria Memorial Hall, Singapore. At the turn of the 21st Century, he made his mark in the local scene when he performed for the then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. It was an instant success, which led to another invitation to perform for the then late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew where he played his original composition Four Seasons, accompanied by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO).
In 2007, he founded John Monteiro International Music School which focuses on grooming students to perform in front of a live audience. Instruments taught include piano/keyboard, vocals, guitar and violin. Students represent a rich assortment of cultures from the four corners of the world, including students from far away countries like Mongolia, Israel, Iran and Finland.
In 2012, he arranged Four Seasons for ACS Junior's Honours Day as part of the school's Parent Volunteer Music Committee. Over the years, he has performed widely in Singapore, as well as, Mexico, USA, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
He comes from a family of well known musicians including Jeremy Monterio and Claressa Monteiro. He has worked with local celebrities including Gurmit Singh and Vernetta Lopez. His late father was Emeritus Professor Ernest Steven Monteiro, Singapore's ambassador to the United States of America, Cambodia, Argentina and Brazil.
John volunteers at the Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped and is a Board Member of Rare Diseases Society of Singapore.
He also organises children specific charities to increase social awareness.
John organises Annual Recitals performed by his students to raise funds and awareness for children charities. To date the school has raise approximately S$200,000 benefiting children specific charities including Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home, Make a Wish Foundation International, Singapore's Pertapis Children's Home, Rare Diseases Society of Singapore, Pathlight School for Autism Children and the Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped.
He seeks to eventually groom children and teens in Singapore's 21 Children and Young Persons Homes, in the area of music.