About the Show
Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
César Franck's Piano Quintet in F minor
Performing artist Bio
Dr. Poom Prommachart piano, UCF Assistant Professor
Steinway Artist, Dr. Poom Prommachart was born in Thailand and is now residing in Malaysia. Besides being an international pianist, Dr. Poom is currently an Assistant Professor at the University College of Fairview in Malaysia, an Artistic Director of Steinway Youth Piano Competition, Thailand.
In 2022, Dr. Prommachart received the ‘Rector’s List of Honour for the Most Exceptional Graduates’ from the University of Montreal’s Doctor of Music programme, where he studied under Prof. Dang Thai Son and Prof. Jean Saulnier. He received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London (RCM) in 2014 on a full scholarship sponsored by H.R.H Princess Galyani Vadhana of Thailand and the RCM. He obtained the most coveted Tagore Gold Medal during his time in London, which was handed to him by His Majesty King Charles III, King of the United Kingdom, upon graduation. He also studied at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia.
The lyrical passion and virtuosity of Dr. Prommachart’s performances are highly regarded. After his performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor with the London Musician Symphony Orchestra in 2010, he was applauded by critics who referred to him as “a youthful Ashkenazy” in Seen and Heard UK Concert Review.
Dr. Prommachart’s international performing career began in 2010, when he won the gold medal in Serbia’s Fifth Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition. In addition, he won First Prize in the Thailand International Piano Competition in 2011, and extended his success in 2013 by earning First Prize in the Sussex International Piano Competition. The notable orchestras he has recently worked with include Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra, London Musician Symphony Orchestra, Timisoara Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania, National Symphony Orchestra of Serbia, Worthing Symphony Orchestra, Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and forthcoming tour with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
His recent major concert engagements included piano recitals at Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow, Belgrade Kolarac Hall in Serbia, Seoul Arts Center in Seoul and Busan, South Korea, Esplanade Hall in Singapore, South Bank and Royal Albert Hall in the U.K., Music Festival Perugia in Italy and Suntory Hall in Japan.
Dr. Prommachart has commercially released albums in the UK, Australia, and Canada that have garnered rave reviews. Dr. Prommachart won the Grand Prize at the 2020 Orford Music Awards, Canada and 2022 University Malaya’s Elite Fellow, Malaysia.
Mayya Musaeva violin
Born in Uzbekistan, Mayya graduated with Honors from Hamzinski Tashkent State Music School, Hamzinski Tashkent State College of Music, and Ashrafi Tashkent State Conservatory of Music with a Master's in violin performance, teaching, chamber and orchestra performance. After graduation, Mayya worked at The Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tashkent and at the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra, where she has held the position of the Concertmaster for 15 years. In 2012, Mayya joined Sultan Idris Educational University as Senior Lecturer, where she worked until 2018. Mayya is currently pursuing doctorate studies at the abovementioned university. In Malaysia, Mayya Musaeva made numerous performances and recitals as a soloist, chamber player, and youth orchestra conductor within the last twenty years. Many of her concerts were held at Istana Budaya (National Theatre), Kuala Lumpur, and other places around Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Mayya's research interest in promoting violin music and violin art has led her to co author the book"Riang Ria Biola" and lead research on the implementation of I. Galamian's method in the book "Malaysian Folk Tunes for Violin Beginners." She is also the author of "P.Ramlee Musing I" for the string quartet and a few academic papers.
Ling Yun Zhi violin, UCF Artist Faculty
Ling Yunzhi is member of YZR Chamber Music, an adjunct lecturer of University College Fairview and a violin artist at Dominus Arts Venue.
Prior to her engagement with the University College Fairview, she was a member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for over 11 years. During this tenure, she participated in several concert tours including the MPO’s Japan tour in 2009. Before joining the MPO, Yunzhi worked as a freelancer in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and was also invited to perform in their China concert tour.
Yunzhi studied with renowned violinist Professor Qian Zhou, Head of Strings of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. Under Professir Qian Zhou’s tutelage, Yunzhi won the Gisborne international Music Competition in 2006 and the Yong Siew Toh Concerto Competition (Second Prize). During her studies there, she assisted Prof Qian Zhou as a Teacher Assistant.
Yunzhi is well experienced in orchestra playing, chamber music, solo performance, teaching, outreach programmes and took part in many music festivals. In year 2021, she founded the YZR Chamber Music and was selected to perform a chamber concert with Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Faculty in 2009. As a soloist, she has performed with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Her talent in violin playing has also brought her to solo recitals in New Zealand as a soloist with Christ Church Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, she attended the Aspen Music Festival, under fellowship of world renowned violinist Mr Cho-liang Lin and Masao Kawasaki. She has also performed with the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra. In 2007, Yunzhi gave her chamber trip to Royal Northern College of Music and performed chamber concerts and solo performances in Cambridge. Yunzhi was awarded a two-year Dean’s list from NUS National University of Singapore and Student Achievement Award in 2007.
Born in Chengdu China, Yunzhi started to learn the violin when she was 3 and half years old and was educated in Shanghai Conservatory of Music from 1993.
Fan Ran Viola
Fan Ran has been working as a viola member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) for over 11 years. Prior to this, she worked as a freelance with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and was invited to join the SSO tour to Germany, UK and China. Fan Ran has extensive experience in orchestra playing, chamber music, solo performance and teaching. During her time with the MPO for 11 years, she has performed in many concerts, participated in outreach programmes and conducted teaching and coaching.
Fan Ran was a graduate under full scholarship from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, and studied under Professor Zhang Manqin. During her time at the Conservatory, she was the principal viola for the school orchestra performance at the Singapore Olympic Games and also participated in an exchange performance with the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in the United States with a chamber music performance at the Carnegie Hall.
Born in He Nan Zheng Zhou of China, Fan Ran started to learn the violin when she was 4 years old. She entered the WuHan Conservatory of Music at the age of 9 and studied under
Professional Zhang Jin Zhou. She was educated in the Central Conservatory of Music later on and studied viola under Professor Wing Ho. Fan Ran also participated in the China Viola
Competition in 2003 and won Third Prize.
Stephen Tseu Tze Jie Cello
Described as an "avid storyteller", Stephen has extensive experience in ensemble- and orchestral performance, and has performed with various musical ensembles in France, Russia, Japan, Thailand, etc. for the past 15 years. His performance with the YPHIL in Carnegie Hall was released on major streaming platforms in 2017, featuring the world premiere of Sean Kennedy’s "Kaku, kupala | Fear in natural bouyancy".
Stephen is also a versatile cellist and has worked with many singers and musicians in the contemporary music scene. Among them are Tarakucha!, Dennis Law, Dayang Nurfaizah, Siti Nurhaliza, among many others. He is currently the Head of Diploma Programmes at the UCSI Institute of Music. Stephen performs on a 2014 Han Zhao-Sheng cello.