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Dr.Raphael Lustchevsky

Raphael Lustchevsky is a Polish award-winning pianist, listed as Steinway Artist on the Steinway & Sons Artists Roster in New York since 2001, featuring the world's finest pianists.

He debuted at the age of 16 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, his talents taking him around the globe for more than two decades. Today he is one of the most accomplished artists of his generation, performing with leading orchestras, in prestigious festivals and concert halls. He won numerous top awards at the national and international piano competitions, such as the Grand Prix at Dinu Lipatti Competition in Bucharest. Raphael holds the Master's Degree from the Szymanowski Music University in Katowice, Poland as well as Konzert Exam en Diploma from Liszt University of Music in Weimar, Germany. As a sought out visiting professor and successful music educator he delivers master courses for young pianists in many tertiary education institutions; most recently at La Salle College of Music in Singapore. He designed and developed two regional Chopin piano competitions in South America.

“I am avoiding any comparisons as, I go along with Sviatoslav Richter who famously said, either a pianist can play or can’t; Luszczewski, emphatically can.” - MusicWeb International, U.S.

“a musician who approaches music with intelligent understanding (…) the performances were carefully developed and fastidiously delivered” - Houston Chronicle, Houston TX, U.S.

“one of the finest performers of Chopin's repertoire in the world and one of the greatest pianists of his generation” - LongPlay CD reviews, Warsaw, Poland

“He has got the paws of a keyboard’s lion” - Göttinger Tageblatt, Göttingen, Germany

“Luszczewski is one of those pianists with whom one always has the impression of experiencing something immediate (...) For a very long time, at least since 1995, I haven't heard such a good First Chopin Ballad.” -'Pizzicato' Journal about Classical Music, Luxembourg

“With powerful accents and soft, fine-cut cantilenas, he gave these two dozen miniatures plasticity and radiance (Chopin Preludes)” - 'Ground jewels' Berner Zeitung, Berne, Switzerland

“A soulful performance by international concert pianist from Poland, who charmed the people present with his magical fingers and left the audience asking for more” - The Times of India, New Delhi, India

“The most defining feature of Lustchevsky's artistic personality is a clear discursive clarity” - Granvalparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

“An artist whose technical purity of performance is perfectly blended with inteligence, temperament and rich musical imagination” - Prof. Andrzej Jasiński

“A wonderful pianist and distinct artistic personality” - Eugene Indjic

“I had the impression that there was nothing he could not do on the piano. If you have the chance to listen to this remarkable young man play I am sure you will be as I was, spellbound.” - Sir James Galway, OBE

Shotaro Nishimura

Born and raised in Kyoto, Luthier Shotaro developed a keen interest in handcrafts and music which inspired his career choices. During his early years, he travelled to Italy on several occasions to learn and hone his craft. In 2002, he was admitted to the Milan City Violin Production School under various instructors such as Galin Belt, Paola Vecchio, Giorgio Cassani and Marco Emer Puccinotti where he studied about various aspects of violin production and varnishing. He then moved to Cremona in 2006 and has continued to live there since then.

He participated in the Concorso Nazionale di Liuteria Pisogne and has won awards for Violin, Viola and Cello-making between the years 2009 and 2011. He also participated in several other luthierie competitions where he accomplished several achievements.

Aside from his career as a luthier, he also directed the Quartet for Stradivari Concert conducted in Singapore back in 2014 where a violin he had constructed was used by Mr Alexander Suptel, who was the concertmaster of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra until 2012. Some of the many noteworthy users of his instruments include Mr. Koji Morishita, the concertmaster and soloist of the Osaka Symphony Orchestra, as well as Mr. Shigeru Tachiki who serves as the president of the Viola andStrings Leaders association. He also contributed to the academic aspects of music by serving as a principal researcher at the ANIMA project by the Cremona Violin Museum and the Institute of Acoustics and Chemistry.

Simon Kong 江赐良





Stephen Johnson-Tseu

Stephen Johnson-Tseu received his MMus in Performance Studies (with a focus in Chamber Music Performance) at the UCSI Institute of Music. He has established himself as a well sought-after chamber musician/sessionist in Kuala Lumpur, and has performed across three continents with numerous ensembles, most recently a North China tour with the American Festival Orchestra (2019).

Stephen is currently a lecturer cum string faculty coordinator at the UCSI Institute of Music, where he teaches music theory, chamber music, string pedagogy, and literature courses. His areas of interest include cello pedagogy, string quartet literature, and Neo-Riemannian theory.

Tan Chee Shen 陳志軒

男高音陳志軒來自馬來西亞柔佛州居鑾市, 啟蒙老師為余秀梅. 志軒曾師從馬來西亞著名男高音陳容. 後赴台北隨義大利男高音 Angelo Marenzi 學習. 2001 年代表馬來西亞參加新馬聲樂大賽, 成為開賽以來最年輕的冠軍得主.

2004 年赴美深造, 同年參加於泰國舉行的東南亞聲樂大賽, 獲全場總冠軍. 2005 年考入紐約 Mannes College of Music. 師從 Arthur Levy 與 Tony Manoli. 2005 年夏天考入著名音樂營 Music Academy of the West, 獲全免獎學金隨美國女中音名伶 Marilyn Horne 學習.

志軒回國後曾獲邀於印尼, 新加坡, 泰國 Mahidol 大學舉行獨唱音樂會,也曾應台灣東海大學, 高雄中山大學, 新加坡南洋藝術學院, 邀請舉行大師班, 並於 2018 年九月參與台南市交響樂團夏日歌劇, 莫札特 Cosi fan tutte 飾演 Ferrando 一角. 2019 年於吉隆坡城市歌劇茶花女飾演 Alfredo 一角.

志軒現定居於吉隆坡任 UCSI 大學音樂學院專任講師.

Dr. Tham Horng Kent

Dr. Tham Horng Kent was one of the recipients of the Asia Yamaha Music Scholarship in 2007 and graduated from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow with distinction in Master of Music (Performance) degree in 2011. In 2012-2016, he was awarded a full scholarship by the Malaysian Higher Education Ministry and Sultan Idris Education University at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where he was graduated with a Doctor in Music Performance degree, under Dr. Denise Neary, Peter Tuite, and Prof. Hugh Tinney. In 2015, he has been chosen as an Erasmus Doctoral Student at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, in the classes of Prof. Margit Rahkonen and Prof. Lauri Suurpaa. In 2016, he was invited by the European Academic Artists Association to give a piano recital in the Tallinn Town Hall, Estonia, and won the First Prize in the 26th Young Musician International Competition Citta di Barletta (Duo and Ensemble category) in Italy.

Academically, he was selected to present a lecture-recital in the Ninth Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Musicology, UCSI University Piano Pedagogy Conference 2017, the Second Doctors in Music Performance festival conference at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Third Doctors in Music Performance festival conference at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, as well as the Performers (‘) Present International Artistic Research Symposium 2019 at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.

He was invited to be one of the juries of the 1st as well as 2nd WPTA Finland International Piano Competition, 3rd ODIN International Youth Piano Festival in Estonia, Kingsburg International Piano Competition in China as well as Kota Kinabalu Music Festival in Malaysia. Most recently, he was honoured to be one of the recipients of the Emerging Artist Incubation Funding Programme awarded by the Malaysian Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA), in promoting Malaysian Contemporary Art Music.

Currently, he is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

William Lim 林偉林

Singapore born William Lim studied locally before advancing his studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Upon returning to Singapore, he sings for the Singapore Lyric Opera and among the productions he has sung in are ‘Die Zauberflöte’, ‘Don Giovanni’, Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, ‘Madama Butterfly’, ‘Manon Lescaut’, ‘Turandot’, Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ and ‘La Traviata’

He has also sung in oratorios and concert works. Among them are Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah.

林偉林生長於新加坡。 早年師從新加坡男中音前輩朱慧琳門下學習聲樂。以後再相繼於香港演藝學院與英國倫敦市政廳音樂與戲劇學院學習與畢業。

歸國後參演新加坡多個藝術團體的演出。新加坡歌劇院多部歌劇的演出,包括 「卡門」,「魔笛」,「茶花女」,弄臣」,「蝴蝶夫人」,「波希米亞人」等。演唱的神曲及室內音樂有「貝多芬第九交響曲」,「莫札特安魂曲」,「韓德爾彌賽亞」等作品。

Wong Siew Ngan

Wong Siew Ngan received her Bachelor's Degree of Music Performance with the Violin at the University of North Texas, USA and then went on to pursue her Masters in Education at Deakin University, Australia. Since then, she has lectured and tutored at various Universities in Malaysia namely Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Sedaya College (formerly known as University College Sedaya International) as well as the Malaysian Institution of Art. She currently holds a lecturer position at Segi University.

Throughout her years, Wong Siew Ngan has dedicated herself to serving the community both locally and on an international scale. Since 2004, she has strived to merge the realm of music with social work, organizing various outreach programmes ranging from music camps to providing free music education to refugee children and children from welfare homes. Back in 2007, she founded the H.E.A.R.T. Foundation of Cambodia.

In addition to this, she has collaborated with many musical bodies ranging from orchestras to solo musicians, maestros and amateurs alike to pursue her endeavors. Alongside these musicians, they have conducted outreach programmes to 14 countries namely Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Lesotho, China, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, Laos & Malaysia. These programmes have conducted activities such as building learning facilities in Thailand and Cambodia, organised educational programmes and hygiene projects in South East Asia, spearheading the manufacturing of clothing items for children as well as contributing significantly to the Pandemic Relief effort.

Yau Yann Zhe

Yau Yann Zhe graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016. Having returned to Malaysia he started off as a brass tutor in Garden International, before eventually entering into other international schools such as Marlborough College Malaysia, St Joseph Institution and the Alice Smith School.

While remembering his roots in the Chinese private school, Yann Zhe has worked alongside local school band conductors, assisting with conducting rehearsals. Whilst keeping up with his love for performing Yann Zhe can be found freelancing for Orchestras, Wind Bands, Jazz Bands, Brass ensembles as well as other smaller ensembles.

Alongside Lance Yann Zhe formed the KL Brass Project as a means to promote brass education as well as the art of brass playing. The formation of the GSG trumpet trio has led to the finals of a local competition as well as an international competition in Taiwan.

Dr. Yeoh Li Zhi

Li Yeoh, Director of Piano Technology, joined the faculty at the Florida State University College of Music in academic year 2017/18. Dr. Yeoh directs the graduate degree program in piano technology, together with a series of piano technology courses for pianists, instrumentalists and piano technicians. The Master of Arts in Piano Technology is a premier program worldwide and provides a real-world artistic collaboration between emerging students, world-class faculty and guest artists.

A regular guest speaker and national clinician of the Piano Technician Guild and the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Yeoh has appeared internationally as one of the premiere guest speakers at the 1st Mid Pacific Piano Technicians Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii and the 2019 Australasian Piano Tuners and Technicians Association Bi-Annual Convention and Piano Expo in Melbourne, Australia. He has received the C. F. Theodore Steinway Technical Academy certificates at the New York Steinway & Son piano factory, the PianoDisc installer certificate at the Mason & Hamlin piano factory in Haverhill, Massachusetts and attended the Little Red Schoolhouse Academy at Yamaha Piano in Anaheim, California.

Dr. Yeoh earned his bachelor degree (hon.) from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, and both his masters and doctorate in horn performance at the University of North Texas and was awarded 5-year teaching fellowship at the College of Music. He won the Concerto Competition, led the horn quartet performing Robert Schumann’s Konzertstück with symphony orchestra and consequently awarded by the Brass Faculty as the 2011-12 Outstanding Graduate Student in Brass Performance at the College of Music, followed by the Toulouse Graduate School’s Award as the Outstanding International Graduate Student from the College of Music.

Dr. Yeoh was the principal horn of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Opera, the Tulsa Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Plano Symphony, the Irving Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony, the Tallahassee Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia, the Orchestra of New Spain (Baroque), the Imperial Brass and the Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas, TX. He was the Malaysian Representative of the International Horn Society, with publications on the Horn Call - International Horn Society Journal.

Yii Kah Hoe 余家和

余家和是馬來西亞活躍作曲家,余氏是2007年馬來西亞愛樂交響樂團「馬來西亞作曲家論壇2」得獎人,第11屆BOH Cameronian 藝術獎得主(最佳音樂), 2006年獲新加坡華樂團主辦國際作曲大賽創作獎第三名。 2010年,(學院)。

余氏的音樂作品在國際上重要的音樂節上演出,其作品獲選入圍意大利 Città di Udine 國際作曲家賽決賽。在2018年,余氏獲得國家最佳教育家得主與許多著名的演奏家與樂團合作。2015年受邀作為美國克萊蒙學院聯盟(Claremont Colleges)的短期特聘教授。余氏也在2013 與2014年被英國伯明翰音樂學院邀請作為短期訪問學者。余氏是馬來西亞現代作曲家協會會長(2014 – 2016),現為馬來西亞世紀學院音樂系高級講師