Welcome to UCSI University’s International Piano Festival and Competition 2018 (IPFC). Launched in 2014, the IPFC is designed to be a catalyst that advances music education, not only in Malaysia, but in the region. IPFC has received overwhelming support over the years and I’m happy to note that we have broken the participation record yet again with 130 contestants from 11 nations.This sets the stage for a dynamic meeting of minds and contestants can expand their network as they mingle with their fellow enthusiasts.

We hope that all participants will benefit immensely from IPFC as they prepare, compete and receive constructive feedback from the judges. This experience will build their character and prepare them for the many challenges in real life as they mature and take their place as the next generation of leaders in all fields, not just in music.

In many ways, IPFC is a microcosm of the rapid growth at UCSI and its Institute of Music. Spurred by a stellar 28-year track record in music, UCSI was recognised as a Global Top 100 university for performing arts by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. This builds on UCSI’s distinction as Asia’s fastest rising university after a meteoric 131-spot climb in the QS University Rankings: Asia 2018 to place in the top 1.8% of all universities in the region.

All of us at the Institute of Music are gratified by these milestones and we will continue coming up with new initiatives that impact the music scene. Existing endeavours will also be improved and in this light, I’d like to invite all of you to be inspired by the recitals and seminars that will be presented during the final week of this year’s IPFC. Also, do keep an eye out for future editions of UCSI’s Piano Pedagogy Conference, along with other initiatives featuring our academics and music experts from around the world.

At this juncture, I would be remiss if I did not record my thanks to everyone who has made this event possible – my fellow musicians, our ever-supportive industry partners, my colleagues and students of UCSI University. I would also like to record a special word of thanks to David Ng, the owner of Graceful Piano for his unwavering support from day one. I’d also like to thank all our other sponsors, our ardent supporters and advertisers for this year’s IPFC.

We are also grateful to the judges of all three stages of the competition for taking time off their busy schedules to commit to this endeavour. To the IPFC 2018 organising committee, especially Assistant Professor Dr Christine Tan and Nur Lina Anuar, thank you for the going the extra mile to make this competition a reality. All of you are my dream team.

To all parents and music teachers: thank you for your support and investment in the future of your children and students. And to all the contestants: Do your best and enjoy every moment. It’s your time to shine.

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

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