Artistic Advisor Mr Ng Chong Lim STM, pianist
Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pianist–composer Ng Chong Lim studied at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London under the tutelage of Professor Frank Wibaut. He continued his piano studies with Professor Elza Kolodin and subsequently with Professor Beat Furrer at the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Austria for music composition. Chong Lim was the Winner of Malaysian National Piano Competition 1993, Prize winner of the Royal Overseas League Competition and The Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellowship (RCM).
Chong Lim has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician in many international venues, with recent appearances at ‘Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Project’ in Singapore and The 3rd Asian Grand Piano Concert in Seoul, Korea. In 2013, he was invited to “Evmelia” International Music Festival, Greece, “Opusfest” Antipolo 2013- International Piano and Chamber Music Festival, Philippines. In 2014, he performed at “21st New Music Festival”held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Chong Lim has served as juror of international competitions, including The 5th & 6th ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition in Malaysia, The jakarta International Piano Competition held in Indonesia and National Music Competitions for Young Artists in Manila, Philippines.
A keen composer, Chong Lim has had his works commissioned by and premiered in various countries. Notable works include “Three Sketches for two pianos” (premiered in Taiwan 2004), “Rimba”, “Window” and “Xiang”(premiered by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006-7), “Amorphous” for String Orchestra (premiered at “Streams” New Music Festival in Brauweiler, Germany, 2010), “Footprints” for Piano Solo (premiered at “John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium, New Mexico, USA, 2011), “Shadows” for Piano and Malay Traditional Instruments (premiered at “International Festival Of Classical Music” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2011), “Three Sketches” for Oboe, Cello and Piano (commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation for Chambre d’écoute, Germany, 2012), “Dragonfly(s)” (specially commissioned for the 5th ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2012)
A committed pedagogue, Chong Lim was a faculty member of Universiti Malaya (Malaysia) and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore). Many of his students have won major prizes at both local and international competitions.
For his great contribution to the Malaysian music scene, Chong Lim was awarded STM (Pingat Setiawan Tuanku Mukhriz – Associate-Order of Loyalty to Tuanku Mukhriz) by the Yamtuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia in 2011.