Piano & Keyboard

 

Shuenda Wong - Masterclass

Malaysian Pianist Shuenda Wong, graduated from the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany with high distinction and completed his Masters degree under full scholarship from the Kobler Trust and a Barbara Stringer Scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama UK. He won the HSBC Classics Bursary, the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation Scholarship and the Raymond Fox Bursary from Making Music Association UK.

Shuenda won international piano competitions in the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Thailand and National Piano Competitions as well. He was nominated for the Malaysian BOH Cameronian Arts Award , Kenneth Loveland Award, UK and Prestige Magazine Top 40 Young Talents Award. He has performed across Asia and Europe in notable venues.

His experience spans from being an adjunct lecturer at UPM, and has been invited by Trinity Guildhall to tour South East Asia to present the piano pieces 2015-2017. His recent student successes include: 2nd Prize at the 2016 American Protégé International Competition for Piano and Strings (with Carnegie Hall debut, New York), 1st Prize at the Thailand International Chopin Competition, Gold Medal at the Asia International Piano Competition 2014 at Seoul Korea, 1st Prize at the Young Person Piano Competition 2014, 2nd Prize at UCSI International Piano Competition, Prizes at the Hong Kong Tchaikovsky Kabalevsky Competition, Silver Medal at the Asia International Piano Competition 2013 Taipei Taiwan, as well as Top Scorers of Trinity Diploma Exams in 2015 and 2016.

 

Son Hui Ling

Hui Ling pursued much of her advanced music study at West Virginia University in the United States. Receiving a performance grant award from WVU to hone her piano skills, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor?s degree in Music Performance and continued on to receive her Master of Music Degree. She also holds a Diploma in Piano Performance from UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur. She credits her skills as a pianist and a teacher to Dr. Peter Amstutz and Mr. Loo Bang Hean.

In addition to teaching piano at UCSI University, Ms. Son teaches music theory and other music courses at several different colleges and music institutions in Kuala Lumpur. She also accompanies other musicians for performances within the city.

 

 

 

 

Chong Chooi Foong

Chooi Foong graduated from the prestigious Goldsmith's College in London, UK in 2005 with Masters of Music Degree in Performance and Related Studies. Both a skilful researcher and performer, she studied piano under Ng Chong Lim and Cheong Yew Boon in Kuala Lumpur in addition to Andrew Zolinsky in London.

Having taught piano since 1999, her teaching experience extends from teaching beginners to advanced performers, tutoring iGCSE music students, lecturing, coaching chamber music ensembles, and musicianship skills training. Currently, Chooi Foong is a member of the senior piano faculty at Bentley Music Academy and an adjunct lecturer at Institute of Music, UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur.

Apart from being one of the adjudicators of the 2nd International Piano Festival and Competition at Institute of Music in 2016; she also co-founded Malaysian Piano Quartet, a quartet specialising in 2-pianos 8-hands music. Her recent performances with the quartet includes their debut recital ‘Christmas Showcase’ in Dec 2016 and ‘Masquerade’ in Mar 2017.

 

Felicity Thong

Felicity Thong graduated with her Bachelors in Classical Music from UCSI University in 2009 and obtained her Masters in Performance from Leeds College of Music last year in the United Kingdom. She also completed her Yamaha Music Education as well as the ABRSM graded examinations by the age of fourteen. In Malaysia, she studied under Geneviene Wong and Tan Siew Ghee. She plays the cello too and has performed as a cellist with the UCSI Orchestra and Yamaha Youth Orchestra. Besides giving recitals as a solo pianist, Felicity has been part of various ensemble groups and an active accompanist.

In the UK, she had the privilege to have studied under the tutelage of the renowned Julian Cima as her principal piano tutor. During her Masters degree course, she was a prominent feature in recitals and concerts as a solo pianist and with her ensembles. Apart from that, Felicity also had the honour of being chosen to perform at the National Gallery in London and was featured in an open rehearsal with the Leeds College of Music Sinfonietta performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. Having returned to Malaysia, Felicity is looking to establish herself as a performer whilst excelling in her teaching career. She strongly believes that music has the ability to inspire and touch lives.

 

Zeela Zaharudin - Contemporary Vocal and Piano

Zeela obtained her Bachelor Degree in Music and Popular Music from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom in 2006 under the tutelage of Prof. Darren Sproston (Composition), Mr Stuart Trotman (Keys) and Miss Karen Radcliffe (Voice). She also holds a Diploma in Music (Performance) from Yamaha Academy of Arts and Music and a certificate in Music Pedagogy from Rock School.

With the experience of teaching professionally for almost 10 years, Zeela has developed a resourceful, imaginative approach to inspire her students' interest towards music and performing.

A passionate performer as well as teacher, she has sung and played in numerous bands from rock to jazz to pop to even classical in both the UK and Malaysia. She is currently a freelance session musician, a keyboardist in a progressive band – Paid in Fiction, and in a couple of work-in-progress bands whilst working on her own upcoming solo EP.

 

 

Robin Lee

Pianist Robin Lee’s active career encompasses both performing and teaching. As a performer, he has participated in major festivals in the country, including the George Town Festival, Chin Yong Music Festival, Piano Gala, the JB Arts Festival and, most recently, the Epsom Edge. His contribution in a non-performing role include the roles of co-ordinator in the Euroasia Youth Music Festival in 2013 and 2014, and adjudicator in Short+Sweet at the KL Performing Arts Festival in 2015 and in the 13th Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition in 2013.

Behind each great singer is a supportive pianist, and Robin has developed a particular interest in the voice repertoire. Having established himself as one of the few Malaysian professional vocal accompanists, he has shared the stage with Cha Seng Tiang, Cecilia Yap, Ang Mei Foong, Yeoh Ker Ker, Ranko Kurano and Tan Wei Han. In 2015, Robin ventured outside the vocal repertoire and presented a full recital with violinist Goh Chia Chien. Future plans include collaboration with flutists Keiko Nakagawa and Noriko Osman.

Taking his quest of collaborative performance further, Robin has joined forces with two distinguished colleagues – violinist Mabel Wong and violist Andrew Filmer – in forming a trio with a focus in education. Together they have presented lecture recitals and workshops for both students and teachers that have been very well received. Also a notable achievement by the trio is their published peer-reviewed article in the Australian and New Zealand Viola Society Journal.

Highly regarded by colleagues as a piano pedagogue, Robin gives students an all-rounded education with an emphasis on fundamentals. With an understanding of the mechanics of movements, he has managed to re-train many experienced pianists with bad habits. Using his pianistic skills as well as his experience in collaborative playing, Robin is often engaged as a music coach for instrumental students. Robin maintains a private teaching studio and is also a senior teacher at Bentley Music Academy.

Robin graduated with an honours degree in music performance and pedagogy from Universiti Sains Malaysia, and has a string of licentiate diplomas from The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College London and The London College of Music. Not contented with only a musical education, Robin has undertaken online courses in marketing and the psychology of criminal justice.

As a founding member and vice secretary of the Penang Hokkien Society, Robin passionately supports the preservation of local Chinese culture and heritage. During his free time, Robin enjoys believing that his Olympian house chores act as a substitute for working out in the gym.

 

 

Jeslin Lam (Classical & Contemporary)

Graduated with a Bachelors in Music from UCSI University, Jeslin majored in playing the piano alongside played the violin. She started her music lessons at the tender age of seven, obtained her Associated Trinity College London Diploma in Piano Performance and completed her Grade 8 Music Theory certificate by the time she turned sixteen. She participated in several piano performances as a child and was actively performing with the Dithyrambic Singers—a leading choral ensemble in Malaysia. Jeslin has appeared in several piano performances such as gala dinner awards, weddings and participated in the Guinness World Book of Records. She was under the tutelage of Geneviene Wong; a well-reputable Canadian pianist who was actively seen in the musical and drama scene.

Adventurous and passionate, Jeslin is fun-loving, bubbly and bring a lot of energy to the table. She is diversified, inspiring, motivating and has a flair for working with children. Over the last eight years of her teaching experience, Jeslin has worked with young beginners, teens and adults in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Melbourne. Driven by her passion in instilling the love for learning, Jeslin tailors her teaching style to encourage creativity making her music lessons fun and, through improvisation, branches out into many styles and genres, and covers all aspects of musicality in the process.

 

 

Patricia Law Jack Foon

Patricia has been teaching with Roland Music School (now known as Bentley Music Academy). She obtained ALCM (TD), LLCM (TD), ATCL and Hon. LCM qualification.

She has been a representative for the London College of Music a faculty of University of West London (In Kuala Lumpur) for the past 20 years.

In year 2009 received an Hon. LCM from the London College of Music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaclyn Tan

Born and raised in Penang, Jaclyn has been involved with music since she was a child. She obtained her Diploma in Piano (Diploma of the London College of Music) in Pianoforte Performance and Pianoforte Teaching ALCM in Teaching with high distinction. She has been teaching children and adults in performing arts and music school ever since. She has 8 years teaching experiences in various music schools and international schools.

Aside from her usual involvement, she has also been actively involved in teaching children program, 'Kinderbeat' by the award winning Encore Music Education from Australia. Being a teacher and mentor for children has always been her passion. ‘With passion and proper guidance, anything can be done’ is a principle Jaclyn holds dear of which drives her strong motivation to teach. She’s always inspired to share her own enthusiasm for music with her students, to guide them to achieve their musical goals.

 

 

 

Beh Kah Peh - Piano and Classical Vocal

With a Bachelor of Music degree from Monash University, Melbourne, majoring in Piano Performance and Musicology, Kah Peh returned to Malaysia to undertake a position with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) as part of their education team, 'ENCOUNTER' and remained there until 2007, whereupon she founded her own music consultancy and freelanced as a performer and teacher.

Whilst in Australia, Kah Peh studied with Professor Max Cooke, Darryl Coote, Robert Chamberlaine, Joan Earle and Susan Lai. With a minor in voice performance, Kah Peh developed a genuine interest in Music Education and Pedagogy.

Kah Peh's work with the MPO involved the initiation of numerous projects including the Instrumental Lessons Programme; the Junior Violin Course; The Apprenticeship Programme, and helped create various chamber ensembles, notably the Sartori Quartet and the High Winds Ensemble and presenting workshops with the Philadelphia Orchestra and violinist, Vadim Repin; trumpeter, Hakan Hardenberger, The Mingus Big Band, Count Basie Orchestra and Rhythm in Bronze, to name but a few.

Kah Peh is highly regarded as a recitalist and collaborative pianist, performing in numerous concerts at the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS as well as the Monash's Robert Blackwood Hall and the Melba Hall at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

 

Misa Yamamoto - Piano and Violin

Japanese-born pianist Misa Yamamoto is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she is widely sought after as a performer and teacher. Misa travels extensively and has performed in Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, Malaysia and Switzerland. In recent years, she has toured the UK giving recitals in London and Cambridge and appeared as Guest Principal Piano and Celeste with the Macau Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Misa gave a recital Chopin in Red on the Steinway Red D piano on its first tour of South-East Asia.

Misa’s musical career began in Australia, where she spent her childhood and received the majority of her musical training, having migrated from Japan aged nine. Misa holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance with Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, where she studied under Leah Horwitz and graduated with both the Conservatorium and University Medals as the highest achieving graduate in her year. Enjoying numerous successes in competitions throughout Australia during her student years, Misa was a finalist in the prestigious Symphony Australia Young Performers Award in 2007, performing Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas Braithwaite. Other highlights include being the recipient of the Brisbane Club Award and the Sydney May Memorial Scholarship, finalist in the National Music Award, Shepparton, and the Kawai Australasian Concerto Competition.

From 2003-2005, Misa was a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, one of only a handful of pianists selected Australia-wide to study under the prestigious Advanced Performance Program, receiving valuable performance training with distinguished pianists and pedagogues including Frank Wibaut, Max Olding, Piers Lane, John Perry and the late legendary Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer. Misa also enjoyed many highlights during her time as an Academy Musician, appearing as soloist with the ANAM Orchestra and the Melbourne Youth Orchestra.

Being a passionate chamber musician, Misa has collaborated with numerous artists, including a recording project with cellist Mats Lidström at the Royal Academy of Music in London and a performance with the Henschel Quartet. She was also a member of the contemporary music ensemble Mercury, and also of the Banksia Trio, winners of the Primus Telecom Audience Prize in the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition. Misa has also appeared in numerous chamber music concerts at the BMW Edge, Federation Square, the 2005 Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Bangalow Festival, recital series at the Urrbrae House (Adelaide), the Musica Viva Menage series, ABC Sunday Live and the Firm. Her performances are regularly heard on the ABC Classic FM and the MBS radio network (Australia).

As a sought-after associate artist, Misa has worked with many institutions throughout Australia, including the Canberra School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, Australian National Academy of Music, the Universities of Adelaide, Queensland, Melbourne and Griffith University. Misa was also the official accompanist for the Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition in 2006-2008 as well as the KL International Music Festival in 2011.

Relocating to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2010, Misa now dedicates most of her time to teaching young children. She has judged at the Macau Piano Competition and the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation (MYOF) Festival, and 2015 will see her return to the MYOF Festival as well as joining the Kota Kinabalu Music Festival. Misa also teaches the violin, having studied violin pedagogy under Australian violinst Graeme Norris, as well as being a trained group music teacher with the Yamaha Music Education Centre (Australia). Misa is an examiner for the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Limited (ANZCA) music examinations, and is currently the only ANZCA examiner to be based in South-East Asia.

 

 

 

Kelly Yeoh

After more than 10 years of teaching in music schools and privately in the UK, Kelly has recently returned to Kuala Lumpur to settle permanently with her young family. With years of experience teaching locally and abroad, alongside raising 2 young children, she has found pleasure in learning to teach, adapt and learn from children with different cultures and backgrounds. She strongly believes that children’s lives can be genuinely enriched with a balance of help and guidance from both parents and teachers.

Kelly obtained her BA (Hons) Music degree from Middlesex University, UK and prior to that, she completed 2 years of Advanced Diploma in Yamaha Academy of Arts & Music in Kelana Jaya. She credits her music career to her tutors, Anne Chung and Chong Kok Ting in Kuala Lumpur, and Kate Ryder in London. In the UK she was awarded first prize for performing Oliver Messiaen’s, ‘Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus II’ in the Modern Category and 2nd prize for her performance of Beethoven's,  Sonata in F# Major, Op. 78 No. 24 at the North London Music Festival.

 

Ee Ching

As a native of Penang, and now based in Kuala Lumpur, Ee Ching studied in Trinity College during her early years in Melbourne, Australia. She was an active band member in her college as a percussionist and flutist. She then pursued her Bachelor degree in classical music at UCSI University under the tutelage of Dr. Lim Pei Sien, Dr. Christine Tan and Ms Carolyn Lo for her major in piano. For flute, she was under the tutelage of Mr Ho Chee Kiang. Under the external examining and accrediting board, The Royal College of Music equivalence of a degree program, her LTCL piano performance scored a remarkable distinction.

Aside from playing piano, Ee Ching also participated actively in UCSI's chamber choir where she and her choir won the gold medal in Orientale Concentus IV in Taiwan. Ee Ching then completed her Masters of Music (Performance & Pedagogy) at Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. Whilst in UK, Ee Ching studied under renowned performers – Victor Sangiorgio, Simon Nicholls and Katherine Lam.

She also performed in master classes conducted by William Fung and Peter Donohoe. Even while studying in the UK,  Ee Ching had the opportunity to teach in local schools from Key Stage 1 to 4, gaining tremendous amount of knowledge, experiences and cultural diversity. She also had the privilege to work with other senior experienced teachers to teach students with special needs, preparing students for their examinations and performances in the UK.

 

Soon Kun Ming

Kun Ming was awarded the Brian Gilbert Instrumental Prize as one of the top scorers in the year. He graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) with distinction after completing his Masters degree, MA Music Performance, in Cardiff, UK. Prior to this, he had completed his Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons.) at UCSI University. At UCSI, Kun Ming contributed as The President of School of Music Student Association (SMSA) between 2011 and 2012. His teachers include Richard Ormrod, Loo Bang Hean and Peter Ngu.

During his time at RWCMD, Kun Ming was actively performing solo, chamber, choral and orchestral works with the Royal Welsh Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, the foyer of RWCMD and St. David's Hall. He has had masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Llŷr Williams, Christian Ihle Hadland, Richard McMahon, Peter Hill and Graham Caskie.

Upon returning to Malaysia in July 2015, he was frequently seen performing, both as a soloist and an accompanist. This includes The Piano Gala at the end of 2015 and early 2016 as a soloist; The Square in Publika as a choral and vocal accompanist; Debut recitals in Ipoh, Malacca and KL; Solo and Ensemble Performance in Titi, Seremban and many more. He has currently accepted the offer to be a resident pianist in The Kuala Lumpur City Opera, KLCO (formally known as Eat, Sing, Travel, EST) for the year of 2017.

Apart from the piano, since 2010, Kun Ming participated both as a choir member and a pianist, with the group, Dithyrambic Singers. In 2012 & 2014, they have performed the works of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy. In 2013, they worked with Andrea Bocelli, Live in Kuala Lumpur, together with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

Jazz / Contemporary Piano

 

Muhammad Shahwalnaz

Muhammad Shahwalnaz has been teaching at BMA since the school was launched in 2011. He holds a diploma in Music, a Bachelor in Music Composition and a Masters in Music - all from UitM - and is very much sort after as a teacher of keyboard, theory and ensemble performance.

Active in the national music scene Shahwalnaz's freelance career has included performances on TV and radio, concerts at Istana Budaya for 'Analoque: Ana Rafalli & Monoloque', a live recording for 'INDIE MICE' band for TV3 Muzik-muzik 24, as composer for Theater Musical Kampung Baru held at DBKL and as keyboardist for singer Dato' Siti Nurhaliza in conjunction with the 1st anniversary 'Simply Siti Gala Night', among other notable events.

 

 

 

 

Lim Lee Peng

Lim Lee Peng (24) received her first class honour in Bachelor of Music (Music Performance) from University Putra Malaysia. She had chosen jazz piano as her major studies under Dr. Chan Cheong Jan and Mr Tay Cher Siang, and flute as her minor studies under Dr. Jennifer Teng. She was the champion of pop and jazz category in Roland Piano Festival in 2012, and then was involved in the "fringe stage" performance as a member of a band named DUST in the 9th Penang Island Jazz Festival. She has been active in performing at UPM Jazz Live House and jamming in jazz clubs. She gave a recital in UPM with the famed WVC Trio in June 2014. After graduation, she formed her own jazz trio to perform monthly in Saxon Conservertoire with wedding gigs and also hotel gigs. She is one of the members of an active band called SKAZZ. In 2014, she contributed to "Dr Chan's Jazz Clinic", a jazz workshop conducted in several places in KL, Kuantan and Terengganu with the passion to work fan up the pop and jazz pedagogy in Malaysia.