Malaysian live performance pianist Phang Lee Jae finds pleasure in performing and educating

At 15, Phang Lee Jae gave a public efficiency which made a big impact on him.

“It was my efficiency in London on the prestigious St Martin-in-the-Fields in Might 2009 after profitable a prize on the 13th EPTA (UK) Piano Competitors. That was actually a really special day for me, ” he mentioned.

Then in 2015, he gained the Royal Northern School of Music (RNCM) Concerto Auditions and was chosen to carry out Mendelssohn’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra and Scottish conductor Mark Heron in Manchester, England.

“I used to be delighted by the extraordinarily constructive response from the viewers once I completed enjoying. They had been applauding, cheering and I heard shouts of bravo too!” he recalled.

In the present day, the 25-year-old Phang is a seasoned live performance pianist. He was named Most Excellent Younger Pianist of the 12 months on the Mid-Somerset Aggressive Competition in 2009 held in Bathtub, England.

Throughout his research, he gained the RNCM Mark Ray Recital Prize (2017), the RNCM Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize with violinist Oliver Baily (2015), and was additionally awarded the Hilda Anderson Dean Award (for solo work) and Musicales Prize (for Trio Lazuli), each in July 2015.

He additionally gained the Viewers Prize and the “1st Beethoven Efficiency Award of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe & Beethoven in Altaussee Competition 2016” prize.

Phang at the start of his studies at the Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, England, in 2007. — PHANG LEE JAEPhang in the beginning of his research on the Wells Cathedral College in Somerset, England, in 2007. — PHANG LEE JAE

In January 2014, he earned a Guinness World File with 15 different musicians for the most important variety of folks enjoying the identical piano concurrently.

Phang mentioned the occasion passed off as a part of the RNCM’s £3mil (RM16.2mil) marketing campaign to rework its 40-year-old live performance corridor right into a state-of-the-art venue.

“It was fairly a rare expertise. I’ve by no means felt so cramped up on the piano. Anybody hoping to beat the document we set that day would both have to make use of dwarfs or dangle pianists the other way up from the ceiling!” he quipped, including that a few of them had been sitting on the ground and studying off stands on both aspect of the piano.

(Word: In 2018, a brand new world document was set by 21 college students and lecturers in The Netherlands.)

An early begin

Phang comes from a music-loving household, so it was a pure development for him to decide on a profession in music.

“My youthful sister and I play the violin and piano however I’m the one skilled musician in my household, ” mentioned Phang, who began enjoying piano on the age of 4. He additionally learnt to play the violin and clarinet.

“On the age of 5, I realised that I might choose up advanced piano music by ear. A yr later, I obtained a distinction for my Grade 5 sensible piano examination, ” he mentioned.

Phang’s early years of training was spent at SJK (C) Damansara and SJK (C) Puay Chai 2, each in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, and Sri Cempaka, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (from 12 months 5 to the center of Type 1).

Phang at Austrian composer Franz Schubert's birth house in Vienna, Austria, in March this year. — PHANG LEE JOANPhang at Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s beginning home in Vienna, Austria, in March this yr. — PHANG LEE JOAN

When he was 13, the UK Division for Training’s Music and Dance Scheme gave him a full scholarship to review on the Wells Cathedral College in Somerset, England. Wells is a co-educational impartial faculty and considered one of 5 specialist musical faculties in Britain.

For 5 years (2007-2012), he was taught as a specialist pianist by John Byrne, a Professor of Piano on the Royal School of Music in London.

Phang then continued his research on the RNCM in Manchester for an additional 5 years till 2017, graduating with a Bachelor of Music and a Masters in Music with Distinction. His research on the RNCM had been totally lined by varied scholarships and bursaries. He was later admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Music with Distinction.

Phang’s idols embrace Martha Argerich (Argentine classical live performance pianist), Murray Perahia (American pianist and conductor), Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (French classical pianist) and Stephen Hough (British-born classical pianist, composer and author who turned an Australian citizen in 2005).Phang received a full scholarship to study music at the Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, England, at the age of 13. — YAP CHEE HONG/The StarPhang obtained a full scholarship to review music on the Wells Cathedral College in Somerset, England, on the age of 13. — YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

“Lately, I had the great fortune of lastly listening to Evgeny Kissin (Russian classical pianist) dwell in Munich. He was a recurring theme in my musical childhood, ” Phang enthused.

“I additionally admire Daniil Trifonov (Russian pianist and composer), who performed probably the most superb Second Piano Concerto by Chopin on the Bridgewater Corridor in Manchester.”

Primarily based in Malaysia, Phang travels to the place his performances and collaborations take him.

“I’ve one of the best of each worlds; I carry out abroad and I carry my experience dwelling once I educate. I additionally imagine that when you’re a live performance pianist, you additionally must be a chamber musician. There’s a lot to take pleasure in whether or not or not you’re performing alone on stage or with different colleagues in a chamber music group or orchestra, ” he mentioned.

Along with performing, Phang additionally provides non-public piano classes. “My objective is to see my college students become expert and fulfilled musicians, ” he mentioned, including that sometime, he hopes to ask world-class musicians to Malaysia to carry out and educate.

“That, I really feel, could be of huge profit to Malaysians.”

Phang additionally lauded music’s therapeutic values.

“It positively produces good results in a person’s physique and thoughts; for instance, one can get the eye of a crying baby just by enjoying a bit tune to her or him, ” he mentioned.

He additionally sees music as “a option to develop oneself into extra healthful human beings”, and one thing that “teaches empathy and has the power to attach folks”.

“Music provides us a glimpse into the ideas and experiences of individuals from different cultures and historic intervals. It communicates to us their emotions, beliefs and far, rather more, ” he enthused.

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