Welcome to our 2nd UCSI University International Piano Festival and Competition 2016!

In 2014, our Institute of Music became an independent unit within UCSI University, with the vision and aspiration of becoming a leading music institute within the region. To advance the music education in Malaysia and the region, we wish to create a platform for young and budding musicians to showcase their talents and celebrate their accomplishments, as well as to meet fellow musicians who share the same passion and commitment for music. Hence this festival and competition, through which we hope all participants will be inspired and benefit from the process of preparing, competing and receiving constructive comments from the judges. This experience will build their character and prepare them for the many challenges in real life as they mature and develop into the next generation of leaders in all fields, not just music. To enrich the experience for all, IPFC2016 will also feature a number of concerts, masterclasses and seminars by the final-round judges during the week when we hold our semi-final and final rounds of the competition in June 2016.

As the leading tertiary educational institution for music in Malaysia, UCSI University is grateful to have Graceful Piano as the major sponsor for this event. We are a praxis university, and thus we are constantly looking for opportunities to collaborate with industry partners to bring the boardroom to the classroom and to bring the market place to our students. In IPFC2014, we learned much from the constructive feedback from fellow musicians, teachers, and parents, and we have implemented many of these ideas in IPFC 2016. As we continue to work with Graceful Piano towards the common goal of promoting and raising the standard of music performance in Malaysia and the region in the long run, we welcome suggestions from all of you on how we might do this better, so please talk with us throughout the festival and competition about this.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the judges for taking time off their busy schedules to give their professional views and comments for the contestants. I would also like to thank Mr. David Ng of Graceful Piano for his generous sponsorship and all my Institute of Music Staff - especially Asst. Prof. Dr. Christine Tan and Asst. Prof. Yong Sue Yi - and student helpers, as well as other colleagues at UCSI University who helped make this festival and competition a success.

To all parents and music teachers: thank you for your support and investment in the future of your children and students. To all contestants: play well, enjoy the music making, and have fun meeting old and new friends. Let's all have a fabulous experience in IPFC2016!

Prof. Dr. P'ng Tean Hwa
Director, Institute of Music, UCSI University

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