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Big & Warm Welcome To Our 1st South East Asia Piano Competition!

A festive event and a message to all young musicians and pianist, the first Southeast Asia Piano Competition will be held on March 2020 in Malaysia as a great opportunity to expand your musical knowledge and exposure! Take this opportunity to shine on stage whether by performing solo or collaborative partnership with other musicians and pianist as an ensemble team. 

In order to elevate the musical understanding of performing arts, more masterclasses and recitals by notable and well-experienced piano around the world will be offered for the young pianists to experience and start their musical path to success. 

Join this first Southeast Asia Piano Competition and take this as a step for young artists to begin their music career and experience the challenges and joy of of performing in this esteem international stage. The stage is set, now come and take it!

COMPETITION IMPORTANT DATES 2020 (Extended!)

10 March*

Closing Date for Online Preliminary Round Registration

10 March*

Closing Date for Kuala Lumpur Live Preliminary Round Registration

21 & 22 March

Kuala Lumpur Live Preliminary Round 

19 & 20 June

Final Round

21 June**

Grand Final Concert

21 June**

Award Ceremony

21 & 22 June

Juries Piano Recital Concert

23 June

Individual Masterclass

* The competition will consist of two separate preliminary rounds. Participants may choose to participate in the Kuala Lumpur live preliminary round or submit a recorded video via emailing before the stated due date.

Venue : Ammonite Acoustic Auditorium, L3-21, Da Men Mall, USJ Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
** Venue for the Grand Final Concert : Dominus Art Venue, 4178 Jalan 1/27D,  Section 6, 53300 Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

CATEGORIES & REPERTOIRES

PIANO GRADED CLASS CATEGORY

Repertoire Based on ABRSM (2017-2020) & Trinity syllabus (2018-2020)

SOLO CATEGORY

AWARDS & PRIZES 

  • All participants will receive a certificate of participation and an evaluation mark on their performance for the Preliminary Round.
  • ​The finalists to the Final Round will receive a finalist certificate.
  • ​In the Final Round, the jury will announce 3 winners (Gold, Silver, Bronze) for each entry of categories, plus 3 additional winners at all categories if necessary except for Open Age division which will only have 3 winners.
  • ​Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners of the Piano Graded Class Category will receive a trophy and a certificate.
  • ​Gold winners of the Solo Category will receive a trophy, certificate, and cash prize award, whereas silver and bronze winners will be awarded a trophy and a certificate.
  • ​Teachers of the gold winners from Solo Division, Young Children to Senior category will receive a cash prize award and certificate as a token of appreciation, Young Artist and Open Age category are not included.
  • There will be 6 awards in the Grand Final Round given out as listed on the table below.

Final Round Cash Prizes for Solo Category

Grand Final Concert Prizes

JUDGE ADJUDICATORS

Dr. Raul M. Sunico (Philippines)

Chief Adjudicator

Raul M. Sunico obtained his degrees in Music, Mathematics and Statistics from the University of the Philippines. He went on to finish his Master of Music degree from the  Juilliard School in New York, Ph.D in Piano Performance from the New York University, and a Doctor of Humanities degree (honoris causa) by the Far Eastern University. An international piano competition  awardee in Italy (Silver Medal in Viotti and Finalist Diploma in  Busoni) and the United States (Henry Cowell Prize at the University of Maryland), a recording artist with more than 50 CDs of classical,  Philippine, popular, original and collaborative music, and an author of elementary and high school music textbooks used by the Department of Education, he has performed in more than 20 countries representing North America, Europe, Asia, India, Australia, and the Middle East and was featured soloist of the Moscow, Szczecin (Poland), Transylvania (Romania), Towson (Maryland), Vietnam, Taipei, Tokyo, Ottawa, and most Philippine orchestras.

Sunico received the TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men) Award for Music, PAMANA Presidential Award for Outstanding Overseas Filipinos, University of the Philippines (UP) Alumni Award, Aliw Award for Best Male Classical Performer, Awit Award for Best Instrumental Performer, Katha Award for Children’s Books, Phi Kappa Phi Diamond Jubilee Award, University of Santo Tomas (UST) Dangal Award, Outstanding Bulakeno Award, SM Global Pinoy Award, Quezon City Diamond Jubillee Award, FCCP Artistic Excellence Award, Commendatore Award (Order of the Star of Italy) from the Italian Government and was recently conferred as a Steinway Artist. He was a jury member of the Bergen (USA) Piano Concerto Competition, Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia, Piyabhand Sanitwongse Competition in Bangkok, Thailand, and most local piano competitions in Manila. He had served as the President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines from 2010-17 and Dean of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Conservatory of Music from 2002-16. He is presently the Chair of the Doctoral of Musical Arts Program of St Paul University College of Music and the Performing Arts in Manila, and continues as a Faculty member at the UST.

Lee Yin Hwa (Malaysia)

Artistic Director & Adjudicator

A native of Malaysia, Lee Yin Hwa, obtained his Bachelors and Masters from Western Illinois University, and a one year post-graduate study at Boston University under the Dean’s scholarship. Yin Hwa was the 3rd prize winner at the 1st Brevard Music Festival piano competition in North Carolina, and concerto competition winner at Western Illinois University. Among his principal teachers include Prof. Anthony Di Bonaventura, Prof. Dr Michael Campbell, James Magsig, Rickie Oui and Serena Chow.

Yin Hwa has worked with international musicians such as Andre Watts, Aldo Mancinelli, Jerome Rose, Bruce Murray, Florence Kirsch and the Ying quartet. He has collaborated with the WIU concert choir, University Orchestra and WIU wind ensemble. He has also been invited to perform in the Asia Grand Piano Concert held in Seoul, Korea. 

In Malaysia, Yin Hwa appeared regularly as a soloist on music festivals and concerts. He is also an avid chamber musician and has collaborated with MPO chamber groups. Together with two other distinguished local musicians Dr Joanne Yeoh and Dr Yew Yoong Chong they have founded the Mutiara Piano Trio. Besides, Yin Hwa collaborates regularly with his wife Hee Jung Choi as a piano duo in concerts. He is also a well sought after clinician and adjudicator. Most recently, he was invited to adjudicate regional and international competitions such as The Asia Music Competition (Taiwan) and HKYPAF; The Symphonia’s and Star Quarto’s Music competitions in Indonesia. Currently, Yin Hwa serves as a member of the piano faculty of UCSI.

Dr.Sylvia Wang (US / Malaysia)

Adjudicator

Sylvia Wang has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist across the U. S., Europe, Asia, Central America, Australia and Argentina. She has also recorded for the Newport Classic, CRI, Boston Records and Northeastern labels and been a winner and finalist for numerous awards and competitions. These include the Royal Overseas Music Festival in London, the AVANTI award leading to a debut in London's Purcell Room, Chamber Music Yellow Springs in Ohio and the J. S. Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, D. C. 

Ms. Wang is currently on the faculty at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and has served as adjudicator, guest teacher or clinician for such organisations as the Music Teachers National Association in the U. S., the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, the Centre for Young Musicians in London, the Chautauqua Institution in New York and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. She has also taught at the Vianden International Festival in Luxembourg. Her students and former students have won prizes and awards at competitions such as the Tokyo International Piano Duo Competition (Grand Prize and bronze medal) the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Shostakovich Piano Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Carnegie Millennium Book Project and the Concert Artists Guild. Her former students also occupy teaching and accompanying positions at many institutions across the United States. 

Her educational background spans 3 continents, starting in Penang, Malaysia, where she was born. At the age of 17, she embarked on formal studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a recipient of the prestigious Associated Board scholarship. At the Academy, she earned the highest award in solo performance, the Recital Diploma. Thereafter, she attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she graduated with the M. M. and D. M. A. degrees with top honours.

She is also the recent author of Memorisation and Music, published through iTunes, as well as its Kindle counterpart, Memorisation and the Pianist. In recognition of "distinction in the field," she was conferred an honorary Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Aryo Wicaksono (US / Indonesia)

Adjudicator

Hailed by the SF Examiner after his San Francisco recital debut as a "virtuoso talent, offering an excellent combination of solid technique and sensitive expressiveness," pianist Aryo Wicaksono has performed as a featured soloist and chamber musician in venues and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe - and was the first Western classical music artist to hold a visiting artist-in-residence position at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Recent highlights include the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto with Indonesia’s Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, under Hikotaro Yazaki; Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto with United Arab Emirates Philharmonic Orchestra, under Philipp Maier; Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto with ISI Yogyakarta Symphony and Kanako Abe; Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto, in a sold-out orchestral debut with Russia’s St. Petersburg State Symphony; Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto in Tucson with Civic Orchestra of Tucson; Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with QUO Orchestra NYC under Julie Desbordes; Liszt’s Totentanz S. 126 for piano and orchestra with Surabaya Symphony Orchestra and Litha Symphony of New York; and a 10-city tour of the U.S. East Coast with Dance Theatre of Harlem.

He was recently invited on a panel at the World Bank (Washington DC) to speak to emerging leaders, thinkers, and diplomats about the role and relevance of arts-education in the sustainable 21st century society. 

He served on the jury for the 2nd Thailand Mozart International Piano Competition (June 2012), 20th Serbia International Competition for Young Pianists (March 2016), and Bali Open International Piano Competition (September 2019). As an educator, his former students have been accepted with full scholarships into prestigious institutions such as the Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory - Johns Hopkins University, Yong-Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, and University of British Columbia Vancouver. As a US State Department Artist Grant Recipient, he performed concerts – masterclasses – lectures in four cities in Serbia (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sremska Mitrovica, and Sabac), in collaboration with Multikultivator Serbia and various conservatories. 

A grateful and thankful graduate of the Colburn School and the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and Dance, he recently received the 2016-2017 Honors Excellence in the Arts Award and also a New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow Recipient. He was the Music Director of Improv Asylum NYC, and also worked in the corporate law world, as part of Morgan Lewis.

Lily Chiam (Brunei)

Adjudicator

Lily Chiam, Musical Talent, Composer, Educator, Entrepreneur and Event Producer, brings passion, energy & excitement to all her projects. An accomplished Pianist, Lily has performed in Canada, United States, UK, China, Japan, India, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. She is a music composer of 4 albums, and the author of the highly effective EMGenius&Fun Fast-Track Toddlers Development Programs.

Lily is the regional representative of the South East Asia Directors of Music (SEADOM) and a Music Consultant to many music institutions. She has also served as an adjudicator for many international music festivals and is often invited by Corporate Firms as an Event Producer and Motivational Speaker. Currently, she is the Director and founder of Expression Music Academy in Brunei (3 branches: Kiulap, Airport Mall and Kuala Belait) and Expression Music Inc at Makati, the Philippines as well as License Provider to another music establishment in Serangoon Gardens in Singapore. 

She is also the Manager of Shian Li Chiam, ‘Junior Grand Champion Instrumentalist of the World’ at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California in 2014) and Eden Chiam (Top First Place of the Pop Adult Voice at the 4th Hong Kong International Music Festival). 

In 1992 Lily went to Canada to North America Baptist College. She became one of personal students of the famous late pianist Dr Lejano in Edmonton and did her Bachelor of Arts in Music at University of Alberta, Canada. She successfully obtained a double degree in AAR Music and BA. Lily started performing tours in both North America (Canada and USA) as well as Asia.

Hee Jung Choi (Republic of Korea)

Adjudicator

Hee Jung Choi, a Korean pianist residing in Malaysia, obtained her Master Degree from Western Illinois University where she was awarded with the Graduate Assistant Award. While at WIU, Hee Jung has won the concerto competition as a soloist one year and as a trio ensemble in the year after. Subsequently, she was admitted into the University of Iowa post-graduate program as a recipient of the prestigious John Simms Piano Award and Graduate Assistantship. Prior to that, Miss Choi also has extensive performing experience as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. While studying at WIU, Hee Jung was chosen to go on tour with the University Wind Ensemble performances. She was also the official Suzuki collaborative pianist for the Western Illinois area in its Centennial Celebration Concert.

In Malaysia, Hee Jung has collaborated with many local musicians and participated in the 1st Asia Grand Piano Concert held at KL Convention Center and UMIMC Concert. She has also been invited to adjudicate many regional piano competitions namely The Asia Music Competition, Hong Kong Youth Performing Arts Festival held in Malaysia; The Symphonia's, Star Quarto’s and Elyon’s Music Competitions in Surabaya, Indonesia. 

Besides performing, Miss Choi has a great passion in the area of teaching as well. In Malaysia, Hee Jung is a much in demand piano tutor where she has taught in UM and UPSI. Currently, she is an adjunct lecturer at UCSI University. Many of her students have been award winners in local as well as international competitions. Among Hee Jung’s principal teachers include Dr. Michael Campbell, Dr. Uriel Tsachor, Hyung Ja Kim, Joong Won Koh and Hyo Sil Kang.

Kok Kee Boon (Malaysia)

Adjudicator

Kok Kee Boon was known for his aptitude to collaborate well with other musicians. He has performed in recitals and music festivals in Malaysia, China, USA and many other countries. He was the winner of the 1999 Malaysia Top Ten Outstanding Youth Culture Awards, winner of the Sydney Conservatorium Piano Competition and the Governor of the Asian Cultural Promotion Association Malaysia. 

Kee Boon has 35 years of acting career in production, performance, artist brokerage, art management with extensive experience in production of opera, stage plays, concerts, art festivals, etc. He was the first Malaysian producer to premiere shows in Singapore Esplanade, Beijing Poly Theatre, Bangkok Siam Paragon, Kuala Lumpur National Theatre, Twin Towers Plenary Hall, Taipei Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Genting International Ballroom, Manila ALIW Grand Theatre, Indonesian Hailey Theatre, etc. These theatre projects have successfully presented a box office full of rave reviews.

In addition, Kee Boon has actively involved in performing arts for 35 years in Southeast Asia and won numerous awards. Production includes Carmen Opera, Butterfly Lady, Merry Widow, Bat Light Opera, Camellia, Tosca, Mozart DON GIOVANNI, etc. As he introduced Beijing Peking Opera, Jiangsu Kunqu District, Shanghai and Henan Acrobatics, Hebei Song and Dance Troupe and other Chinese performing arts to perform in Southeast Asia. Kee Boon has contributed on leading European and American art groups to tour Southeast Asia including the American Philadelphia Symphony, the Boys Choir, the Nordic Symphony, the Spanish Choir, the Portuguese Choir, the Czech Chamber Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Dance Group, the Broadway New York Men's Ballet, and the Broadway Musical Sisters, etc.

SEK THONGSUWAN
(Thailand)

Adjudicator

Sek Thongsuwan, a Thai pianist who grew up in Phayao, the northern province of Thailand, in the agricultural family. At the age of 17, he received a full scholarship from AFS Thailand to participate in a 1-year exchange programme in Russia. Before the completion of the program, he was given an audition opportunity for the Musical Institute that was named after Sobinova. Being able to pass through the audition, he went back to Russia for a month after his exchange programme to pursue his musical studies. Sek graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Piano 3 years later. After his degree programme, Sek went for the entrance competition of the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, the finest and oldest music academy in Russia named after Rimsky-Korsakov.

Under the tutor of his mentor, Professor Tatiana Mihailovna Zagorovskaya, a winner awarded pianist and honoured artist of Russia, Sek graduated from his postgraduate degree (SPECIALIST) in classical piano at Petersburg Conservatory N.A. Rimsky Korsakov, Russia. Sek was also awarded the best pathology in music and pianist award in Russia. He then returned to Thailand to visit his family and friends as well as giving performances in classical music concerts. He is the first Thai to be accepted at the illustrious music repository. 

His latest highlights include the performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 for Her Royal Highness, Princess Chulabhorn, the Princess Srisavagavadhana of Thailand with the invitation by Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Sek has also been invited to perform in a special concert in Auckland, A Tribute to the Golden Anniversary of KM King Rama 9, during Thailand's visit to New Zealand. Audiences from both Thailand and New Zealand were much impressed by Sek's performance and his interpretation of the Russian composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff's masterpiece, Piano Concerto No. 2, following by an encore of his improvisation on a New Zealand's traditional Theme, "Pokarekare Ana". 

A life turning point of Sek's musical career begins here as his reputation spread across Thailand's classical music scene, as well as in the Jazz-Blues piano music field. He later received scholarships from different organisations in Thailand, seeing this as a chance to flaunt his talent to a broader range of audiences. Besides his performance career, Sek has a passion for music teaching. With all his experiences in performing and education, Sek is highly demanded in Thailand as a piano teacher where he had been teaching at Mahidol University.

Currently, Sek is a Yamaha artist who consults by giving masterclasses to the piano teachers in Thailand. He served as the jury for YTMF (Yamaha Thailand Music Festival 2015) and Preliminary Round for Hong Kong International Music Festival (2019). As an educator, his former students have been accepted with full scholarships into prestigious institutions such as The Mozarteum University, San Francisco Conservatory of music and Young Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore. In addition, many of Sek's pupils are winners awarded in local, as well as international competitions, for instance in America, Japan, China, England, Austria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, etc. 

KENNETH TEH KIEN HUAT
(Malaysia)

Adjudicator

Professor Kenneth Teh, A native of Malaysian graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky, where he studied under Professor Natalia Trull.

Whilst in Russia, he performed regularly in Moscow and St Petersburg. He collaborated in various ensembles with musicians from the Russian National Orchestra (RNO) and the chamber orchestra “Moskoviya”, and also made appearances on stage with singers and soloists from the Bolshoi Theatre, Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, Novaya Opera Theatre, and the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre.

After graduating in 2010, he made his Malaysian debut at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas where he performed with the Prima Vista String Quartet (Poland) at the Gala Opening Ceremony of the 4th ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition. Since then, he has been actively performing around the country as a soloist, chamber pianist, and accompanist. Kenneth is currently a part-time lecturer at UCSI University.

MORAG YONG
(Malaysia)

Adjudicator

Morag Yong was born in Kuching, Malaysia. She entered the Royal College of Music (RCM), London to study with Peter Element. After graduating with First Class and also obtaining the ARCM Teaching Diploma, Morag continued at RCM to obtain the Master of Music degree in Performance Studies. Whilst at college, she won numerous prizes including the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Prize for the most outstanding Graduation Recital. Her education in London has been made possible with the generous support of the Sarawak Foundation, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and The Charles Napper Trust.

Morag has considerable experience in solo, accompaniment and chamber music performance. Since returning to Malaysia, she has devoted her time to music education, having taught at Yamaha Academy of Arts & Music and University Malaya. She teaches privately, besides examining and conducting masterclasses. She has also been invited to adjudicate in competitions including the 2018 Yamaha Piano Prize, The 2018 Hong Kong Asia Pacific Piano Competition, and The 2019 Malaysian Piano Competition. Morag is currently an adjunct lecturer at UCSI University.

REGISTRATION FEES

PIANO GRADED CLASS CATEGORY

Repertoire Based on ABRSM (2017-2020) & Trinity syllabus (2018-2020)

SOLO CATEGORY

RULES & REGULATIONS

  • SEA Piano Competition is open to all nationalities.
  • All contestants may apply for one or more competition divisions.
  • ​Participants are only allowed to participate in categories where they meet the minimum age limit and entry requirements.
  • ​The scheduled competition time cannot be changed by any contestants for all competition rounds.
  • ​The organiser reserves the right of rescheduling the competition schedule and to make changes if circumstances required.
  • ​The committee will cancel the division in Preliminary Round and refund the application fee to each contestants if the entry of contestants are less than 10 pax.
  • ​The jury has the right to remove certain prizes if necessary.
  • ​Contestant that has been learning under any of the jury continuously within the past one year will not be graded by the respective jury.
  • ​The organiser has the right to release any recordings for publicity or commercial purposes without seeking approval from the participants or making any payments to them. All contestants agreed on the copyrights of any form of recording belonging to the organiser after signing the application form.
  • ​All winners of Final Round have to collect their awards in person in the Final Round Award Ceremony on 29 March 2020. Winners who are absent in the award ceremony have to bear the shipping charges if they wish to have the certificate and trophy posted to their given address with cash prize banked into the related bank account.
  • ​All contestants are expected to bear the expenses for own travel and accommodation fee in the participation throughout the competition.
  • ​Participants have to take charge on the acknowledgement of every email or text sent by the organiser regarding the competition.
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