Jury Dr. Tham Horng Kent, pianist

One of the recipients of Asia Yamaha Music Scholarship in 2007 and was graduated from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (previously the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in 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. He was chosen as Boyne Music Festival Young Associated Artists Programme 2014 (piano duo) as well as awarded a scholarship to participate in the 2014 British Isles Music Festival.

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, Dr. Tham 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 paper in the Ninth Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Musicology in the Trinity College Dublin as well as the Second Doctors in Music Performance festival conference at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Most recently, he was invited to be one of the juries of Kingsburg International Piano Competition as well as Kota Kinabalu Music Festival in Malaysia. He is currently a senior lecturer at Sultan Idris Education University in Malaysia.