Welcome to the 4th UCSI University International Piano Festival and Competition 2020!
Launched in 2014 and in line with our Institute of Music (IMus) vision, the IPFC continues to play a leading role in this region in providing a platform for young musicians to develop and showcase their artistry, and for the music community to come together to recognize the achievements of these young pianists and for networking.
As a festival, we continue to celebrate the art of piano playing, teaching and learning through the performances, masterclasses and other presentations by invited artists. This time, apart from the cash prizes, we are also pleased to be able to include further study opportunities for the top winners of each category in our IPFC2020. I wish to record our gratitude to Prof. Chun-Chieh Yen of the International Maestro Piano Festival (IMPF), Mr. Bobby Chen of the Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy (OMWPA), Mr. Mark Stringer of Wells Cathedral School, and Professor Murray McLachlan of Chetham's International Piano Summer School for their partnership with IPFC.
Another most exciting development in IPFC2020 is the commissioning of original works by Malaysian composers, compulsory for the final round of the Senior and Young Artist categories. UCSI is pleased to collaborate with the Malaysian Composers Collective (MCC) in this initiative: in August 2019, MCC held its first Free Hand Festival at UCSI, which saw the showcase of original piano works by nine Malaysian composers. From these, we selected and commissioned two composers who demonstrated great potential and creativity—Mr. Samuel Cho and Mr. Lee Chie Tsang—to write the set pieces for our IPFC. For this, I wish to acknowledge and thank Ms. Adeline Wong, the MCC president and well-established Malaysian composer, for her shared vision and passion in advancing music education and development in Malaysia.
To all parents, teachers, judges, performers, and the community for your support of our IPFC (and other events such as our biennial Piano Pedagogy Conference), I thank you for believing in UCSI. With your support, you make it possible for UCSI to continue playing a leading role in music education and culture by advocating for and spearheading the growth of music making and creativity, thus making a positive difference in all our lives. Please continue to engage with us; your feedback—and especially criticisms—in the past have helped us grow and improve. I would also like to thank all sponsors and supporters of our IPFC, especially Mr. David Ng, the owner of Graceful Piano for his unwavering support from day one of IPFC and other IMus events, as well as Ms. Carolyn Lo, the owner of Family Piano Home for sponsoring the Best Etudes and Best Malaysian Piece Awards.
Finally, to the IPFC 2020 organising committee—especially Assistant Professor Dr. Christine Tan and Ms. Nur Lina Anuar, the Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively—all IMus staff, and all student helpers: thank you for your contributions in making IPFC a success. All of you continue to be my dream team.
Ladies and gentlemen: let’s have a great time in IPFC!