10 minutes with...
DR. WILSON GOH, founder & managing director, GPA Dental Group and Atelierz; founding partner & chairman, Amadeus International School Vienna
As a collector of antique violins and cellos, how many do you own?
There are approximately 30 stringed instruments in my collection, generally of soloist calibre. I have the 1709 Stradivari, 1698 Matteo Gofriller, 1780 Guadagnini, 1730 Teacher, 1760 Landolfi, 1789 Storioni, just to name a few. In my teens, I aspired to be a musician despite my mediocre talent, and even made it as a finalist in the violin section of a national music competition in 1986. While I travelled for conferences and meetings, I had opportunities to treasure hunt. Now, as part of my philanthropic initiatives, I frequently loan some of the instruments in my collection to top musicians to help advance their careers.
What sets Atelier Z apart from the competition?
Atelier Z is a reflection of me and my philosophy, not just a business. I believe in doing only the best when I work on something, and Atelier Z brings in only the best and latest technology. All our materials are completely biocompatible with the human body. Atelier Z is the only fully digitised Cadcam based solutions dental laboratory, and the only authorised 3M ESPE Lava milling centre in Singapore, a premium dental laboratory of the Amann Girrbach Ceramill system. It is also the sole co-ordinator of Institut Clinident Biopharma in the region.
If you weren’t a dentist, would music have been a natural career choice?
I’m not sure if a music career would be a natural career choice if not for dentistry, as I wouldn’t have the chance to be among the best with my talent. Music is my love and passion, but only the best can embark on the career. I had originally wanted to study medicine as a teenager given that I was a good student. However, dentistry came knocking, and what seemed like an obstacle then turned out to be a great opportunity in the making.
What has been your most memorable dining experience abroad?
It has to be Paul Bocuse in Lyon. During one of my visits a few years back, the late Bocuse himself was at the doorway greeting my guests and I. His passion and commitment to his art and his life were a huge inspiration for me. The entire experience was unforgettable.
Another would be Sino House in Vienna. It is run by a couple from Penang, who have been in Europe for the past 30 years. It is the only restaurant I know in Vienna that serves dishes close to home. Imagine being in Europe and eating satay, char kway teow, roti canal and ending with chendol. It was lovely.