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.
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.
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.
Yong Sue Yi received her Master of Music in Piano Performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Marian Hahn with full scholarship. Studying with Albert Tiu, she was awarded a full scholarship for her four years of studies in the Conservatory.
Throughout her studies, she has worked as a chamber musician under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Hecht, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, David Takeno, Zhang Jin Min, and Keng-Yuan Tseng. Sue Yi has also performed in master classes presented by international concert artists such as John O’Conor, Stephen Savage, and Ian Holtman. In 2006, Sue Yi attended a summer festival at Dong Hai University in Taiwan and studied with Marian Hahn and Logan Skelton.
In 2008, Sue Yi won the second prize of the HSBC Classic Solo Piano Competition. She has been active as a collaborative pianist in Malaysia and is one of the core members of Ensemble Virama. Her most recent performances include the Ensemble Virama “ Conversation in 5” in July 2017 and “Malaysian Music” in March 2017, KL Piano Gala 2017 in March 2017, Ensemble Virama “Unending Melody” in October 2016, Ensemble Virama debut performance in September 2015, One Piano Four Hands Piano Duet Concert, “The No.1 Steinway Historical Roadshow,” KL Piano Gala Concert 2013, Asia Grand Piano Concert (the Seoul Art Center Concert Hall), and several collaborative concerts with the Wind Ensemble of Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra.
Sue Yi is a much sought after adjudicator, having served for the 13th Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Schubert Piano Competition, the 14th Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Kabalevsky & Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, and the 21st Kota Kinabalu Music Festival 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SYLVIA LOH received the first feather in her musical cap in 1994, when she was awarded a prize for being the youngest finalist at the International Piano Competition in the Czech Republic. This was followed shortly after by an appearance at the “Bravo Bravissimo” concert in Milan, Italy. Her subsequent achievements in the competition arena went on to include her emergence as a prize winner at the 1st ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur and the 5th Arthur Lepthien Piano Competition in Germany, as well as a finalist at the 3rd Seiler International Piano Competition in Germany, and the 10th EPTA International Piano Competition in Belgium.
Being described as “a sensitive pianist with refined sound and emotional depth” by the Badische Zeitung, Sylvia has gained recognition on the international stage and performed in numerous concerts in Malaysia, Italy, China and Germany. As a soloist, she has collaborated with orchestras at home and abroad; namely the National Symphony Orchestra, with whom she made her orchestral debut in 1998; the Melbourne School Orchestra, the Freiburg University Orchestra and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, with whom she performed at the “Rising Stars!” Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Born in 1987, Sylvia started her professional piano education under the tutelage of Prof. Snezana Panovska. She later went on to study with Ng Chong Lim and drew inspiration from masterclasses by renowned pianists such as Vitaly Margulis, Jacques Rouvier, Piotr Paleczny, Kirill Gerstein, Anatol Ugorski and Dan Zhaoyi.
As a recipient of the HSBC Classics Bursary Award, Sylvia received her Master’s degree from the University of Music Freiburg, Germany, where she further completed Solistenexamen – the highest attainable degree in Germany. Sylvia studied with Prof. Elza Kolodin from 2005-2014, during which she was engaged as her professor’s assistant at the University and worked closely with students ranging from pre-university to postgraduate courses.
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 (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.