Kevin Thompson was the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra's Trombone Section Principal since the orchestra's inception in 1998 until August 2012. Although born and raised in Canada, Kevin has spent most of his professional life overseas, living and working in England, the US, South Africa, Norway, and Malaysia. He was trained at the University of Victoria and the University of Toronto, and did post-graduate work in England, with Denis Wick (former Principal Trombone of the London Symphony).
He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic (London), the Vancouver and Victoria Symphonies, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Macau Symphony, and the Singapore Symphony. During the 2007-08 concert season Kevin took a sabbatical from the MPO to be the guest Trombone Principal of the Bergen Philharmonic, in Norway. With them he toured the US and Europe, and played in some of the great concert halls of the world.
In addition to his work as a trombonist, Kevin has always remained dedicated to promoting the euphonium as a solo instrument. He has recorded two critically-acclaimed solo euphonium recordings and has shared the beauty of this wonderful instrument with people around the world at recitals and masterclasses.
Fareed started playing trumpet when he joined St. John Cadet Band during his time in secondary school. Right after school he quickly enrolled for the NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, CULTURE and HERITAGE (ASWARA) and graduated in 2006 in Classical Performance in Trumpet. He gained further experience performing with National Symphony Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the National University of Malaysia (UKM) conducted by Dato, Johari Salleh. Fareed also trained in the art of several traditional instruments.
Noriko Osman was born in Japan. Her love for music began at the age of 4 when she started picking up her favorite cartoon melody by ear and immediately played on the piano by herself. Her love for music grew even stronger as she began playing the flute at the age of 10 with her mother, Keiko Nakagawa who is the principal flautist of the National Symphony Orchestra.
In 1998, she moved to Singapore with her family and studied the flute and piano under Evgueni Brokmiller, Associate Principal Flutist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Ever since she relocated to Malaysia in 2000, her music journey began to develop widely. She continued playing the flute throughout her high school life at the International School of Kuala Lumpur where she was selected to be the participant for the International School Cultural Convention held in Singapore, Manila, KL and Jakarta (2002-2005). She was also chosen to perform in the Honor’s Concert at the International School Cultural Convention in Manila (2003) and Jakarta (2005).
Noriko had the opportunity to play the opera “Turandot” by Puccini as the guest member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Penang and Kuala Lumpur in 2003.She had been positively participating in music educational opportunities such as the Trevor Wye master class in Kyoto, Japan in 2004, and the National Symphony Orchestra workshop in 2005. She participated in the first Flute Festival in Malaysia in 2007 as one of the organizing committee and performer.
She went on to further study at The University of Melbourne (the Conservatorium of Music) Australia where she studied flute under Mardi McSullea, the head of woodwind. Noriko was also a performing member of the Melbourne University Orchestra.
She obtained the Licentiate diploma of Trinity College London (LTCL) with distinction in 2009, and the Fellowship diploma of Trinity College London (FTCL) in 2013 with award of excellence.
Noriko moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and had been teaching flute and piano privately for 4 years since 2011.
Back in Kuala Lumpur in June 2016, she has been a member of DOUX FLUTE ENSEMBLE, which was formed by 5 flautists and produced a successful concert at the Bentley Music Academy Damansara in September 2016. The DOUX FLUTE ENSEMBLE was invited to perform in William Bennett 80th Anniversary Tour at the 7TH Flute Festival Singapore 2016.
Faliq Auri is a 'Multi-Wind Instrumentalist' based in the city of Kuala Lumpur. He started as a Flute and Recorder player when he was 8, and used to play the Scottish Bagpipe in high School. He picked up the Tenor Saxophone during his University life and it had become one of his most passionate main instrument since; along the Flute, Tin Whistle and Uilleann Pipes.
2007 onwards saw Faliq actively performing in the local and international music scene. In 2008-2010 Faliq was posted as the Principal Flute player at Mara University of Technology's Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Symphony Orchestra. He held this post whilst still performing extensively on the Saxophone for the National University of Malaysia Orchestra and University of Malaya Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2014, he toured USA with his fellow bandmates from the Diplomats of Drum. The tour took them right through 5 major cities in the United States of America: Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Gainesville, Memphis, and Atlanta. They rendered cultural performances, fostering ties amongst art lovers.
With his versatility in various genres such as Jazz, Pop, Celtic, R&B, Classical, World Music, and Fusion; Faliq can't wait to share his experience and knowledge with his students. Faliq is setting up the BMA Penny Whistle group for children/ adults. This group will have the potential to venture into becoming the BMA Wind Ensemble. Do enquire within.
Kenny Yong Jia Lim started to learn the clarinet at the age of 14, and retrieved his Trinity Guildhall Grade 8 certificate by the age of 18. He then went on to study Foundation in Music in UCSI University Malaysia majoring clarinet under Lawrence Fong. After finishing his foundation studies, he continued his degree studies in Middlesex University London and majoring clarinet under Janet Hilton.
Being an ex-school band clarinettist, Yong Jia has huge interests in chamber and orchestral work. He had the chance to perform with various school orchestra and public amateur orchestra back in Malaysia. In 2012 Yong Jia toured with the Imperial College Sinfonietta to Poděbrady (Czech Republic) performing under conductor Daniel Capps. Even though being trained as a classical musician, Yong Jia has huge interests in other genres of music as well. He is always searching for ideas and presents them in his performance.
Yong Jia also won the Malaysian ABRSM Winds Music Prize (previously named Borneo Reeds ABRSM Professional Development Prize) in 2015.