Artists in Recital with Friends
Gus Tredwell is a British pianist who lives, teaches and works in London.
He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an MA with Distinction in 2019, where he studied piano accompaniment with James Baillieu and Malcolm Martineau.
During his time there he won several awards for his playing, including the Rex Stephens prize for Lieder accompaniment and the pianist's award in the grand final of the RAM Club Prize, one of the Academy's most prestigious internal competitions.
He is now active in London as a specialist in song accompaniment and chamber music. He has performed in the Wigmore Hall and the UK Treasury, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Kenneth Lim is a Master’s Degree graduate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and was the first prize winner of the Birmingham Conservatoire Piano Prize in 2017, the first prize winner of the Delia Hall Accompaniment Prize in 2016 and the second prize winner of the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Prize in 2015. During his studies abroad, Kenneth studied piano with John Thwaites and Anthony Hewitt, composition with Fumiko Miyachi, in addition to masterclasses with Katherine Stott, Orit Wolf, Andrew West, Jerome Reed, Leslie Howard, Barry Douglas, Peter Donohoe, Alasdair Beatson, Vasily Lobanov and Ingolf Wunder. As a concerto soloist, he has played with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra led by Michael Lloyd and the Strafford Sinfonia conducted by Jack Lovell. Kenneth is also an international student academic mentor and was awarded the BCU Student of the Month in October 2017.
After graduating from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Kenneth was offered a position to teach bilingual piano lessons in international schools in Beijing, China. He was also invited to play solo recitals across Malaysia, Cambodia and most recently at Steinway Hall, Beijing. The valuable working experience he gathered in this one year led to his first entrepreneurial journey - the opening of The Monument Music Academy in Melaka, Malaysia. He is now the CEO of The Monument Music Academy, where their flagship online theory course has enrolled over 200 students, and the Music Director of Melaka Youth String Orchestra.
Tung Khng Chua
Despite not having his first piano lesson until 15 and completing a Diploma in Engineering, Tung Khng’s late start in music did not deter him from completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at LASALLE College of the Arts, under Arkadiusz Bialak. He was then awarded his Master of Music with Distinction from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire studying with Mark Bebbington, Philip Martin and Robert Markham, focusing on repertoire by English Composers of the 20th Century. He was also actively involved in accompaniment, chamber music, music festival performances and lunchtime concerts while in Birmingham, and is now a teacher and accompanist based in Singapore.
An Indonesian pianist, Sebastian Suhardi began his piano studies at the age of eleven. He received his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (teaching practice) from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK) with Distinction and Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) from UCSI (Malaysia). He was awarded MMUS P&P Course Prize for graduating with the highest mark in the Conservatoire and also a recipient of Denis Matthews Memorial Trust Award. During his undergraduate studies, Sebastian received the Dean’s List award from the Faculty of Music for his achievement on the course. He was awarded Silver Prize in the Asia Piano Competition 2013 and becomes Licentiate from Trinity College London. He has performed in the UK, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In 2019, Sebastian was invited to be one of the presenters on UCSI University Piano Pedagogy Conference in Malaysia; giving a seminar about ‘Memorization Techniques’. His primary teachers include Mark Bebbington, Anthony Hewitt, and Yong Sue Yi. He has participated in masterclasses from Pascal Nemirovski, Howard Shelley, Ian Jones, Ng Chong Lim and many more. Sebastian is very passionate in music education, ‘Teaching holistically’ is his teaching philosophy. He is now a full-time teacher based in Medan, Indonesia.
Born in Taiwan, I-Hsuan Peng started her musical journey at the age of 6. After
graduating from the University of Taipei under the tutelage of Professor Pei-
Chun Liao, I-Hsuan pursued her music education at Royal Birmingham
conservatoire with Professors Julian Jacobson and Philip Martin. She has
completed her Master’s Degree in Music with distinction and Conservatoire’s
flagship Advanced Postgraduate Diploma.
I-Hsuan has also participated in many competitions, and successes include first
prize in Taiwan Music Competition in Hsinchu (2009), top awards in the National
Student Music Competition in Taiwan, as a finalist in Donohoe Gold Medal from
UK(2017), Religion winner of Osaka International Music Competition in Kuala
I-Hsuan is now settled down in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is one of faculty in
Bentley Music Academy and Malausia Institute of Arts.
As a pianist, Fu-Min Tseng is keen on both solo and collaborative music. She has performed in the concerts including various Showcases, Festivals, Composers’ Platform which presents new pieces by the creative talent of composers at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Among them are the project ‘Piano All-Nighter’ alongside Simon Callow, Alistair McGowan, and the Hungarian pianist Gergely Boganyi, organized by the Conservatoire, in Town Hall in 2017, and Debussy’s first and last songs in Debussy The Miniaturist, one of CBSO’s Debussy Festival in 2018.
As well as solo repertoire, she enjoys collaborating with other musicians and finds it inspiring and is interested in different combinations of chamber music. Fu-Min has had chamber coaching with Daniel Tong, John Thwaites, Schubert Ensemble, and with Robin Bowman and Paul Wingfield for songs.
Fu-Min had been in the classes of Katharine Lam, David Quigley and Mikhail Kazakevich at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire from 2015 to 2018. In recent years, she has participated in master classes with Fali Paveri, Anna Scott, Martino Tirimo, James Brawn, and Mark Latimer. Fu-Min got her Masters at RBC and she got her degree from National Taipei University of Education in Taiwan, and her previous teachers include Chunshu Liu and Ita Wang.
Darrel Chan has completed his Bachelor (Honours) in Piano Performance,
Master and Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Choral Conducting at the Royal
Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, having studied with Philip Martin and David
Quigley (piano), Paul Spicer (conducting) and Julian Pike (vocal).
Darrel has worked with established choirs such as the Birmingham Bach Choir,
Ex Cathedra and Junior Guildhall Chamber Choir, London. During his studies at
the conservatoire, Darrel has been awarded the Guy Woolfenden Prize on
behalf of the Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, a prize for young conducting
students in 2017, and the Michael Beech Conducting Award, an award for
distinction in conducting in 2018.
Darrel was the chorus master for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Official
Royal Opening Gala Concert in March 2018, and he also conducted the
“Venite” from Byrd’s The Great Service in a concert with the Birmingham Bach
Choir, as a conducting scholar the same year.
In the years 2013 to 2016, Darrel has participated as a choir member, pianist
(four hands piano) and choral conductor for “Bar 4”, a choir based in the UK
that holds concerts to raise funds for charity. He was also conductor of the
Aston University Choir for six years.
Darrel is also an active collaborative pianist and vocal coach, working
extensively with singers and instrumentalists in the UK and Malaysia. He was
the harpsichordist for Ensemble Sonora, a Baroque chamber group based in
Birmingham. In 2018, Darrel won the accompanist prize of the “Stuart
Cameron Smith American Song Prize” and was also assistant conductor/
répétiteur/harpsichordist for the conservatoire’s production of Monteverdi’s
Madrigals of War and Love.
Darrel is currently teaching classical piano and voice, as well as directing
various choirs in Malaysia.
Wing-chi Li is a classical pianist, specialising in chamber music, duo playing and songs
As a duo partner she is in great demand, working with musicians from different parts
of the world including European countries, North America and Asia for recordings,
masterclasses, competitions and concerts. Her repertoires ranging from Baroque to
contemporary, and vocal to instrumental. She participated in masterclasses and lessons by Helmut Deutsch, Robert Cohen, Mark David and Richard Stokes to name a few.
Wing-chi obtained a Masters degree with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London, majoring in piano accompaniment, under the tutelage of Professor Ian Brown, alongside the LRAM.
Concert engagements have included a trumpet and piano recital, a vocal recital and two chamber performances all in Hong Kong in 2021.
Taiwanese flautist Yu-Syuan Li completed her Master's degree at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under Jonathan Rimmer, Marie-Christine Zupancic and Andrew Lane(piccolo). Yu-Syuan has taken part in a variety of famous flute masterclasses, such as William Bennett, Lorna McGhee, Denis Bouriakov, James Galway, Emily Beynon, Amy Porter, Karen Jones, Alena Walentin. In 2014, Yu-Syuan participated in 5th Singapore Flute Festival, winning the 1st Prize of the open category and Audience Award. In 2017, she won the 3rd Prize in Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Prize and as a solo flautist played André Jolivet's Flute Concerto with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra. Yu-Syuan played in a number of concerts, recently, she was the principal flute in Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra for Royal Gala Opening Concert under conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast. Currently, she is active in Singapore, and teaches at Aureus Academy.
Man Chun Yu graduated from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Master’s degree in Violin Performance. His solo performance experience include public masterclasses with Linus Roth, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Jennifer Pike, Marina Chiche, etc., plus awards in local and national competitions. Notable chamber music performances include performing with eminent artists such as Robin Ireland, Pierre Doumenge, etc. And he participated in all major orchestral projects in conservatoire, including multiple performances that were livestreamed and recorded by BBC Radio 3.
Yu-Mien Sun, violinist, was born in Taiwan. She moved to the UK at the age of 12, and is now currently based in Manchester, working as a permanent member of the Hallé Orchestra. She graduated from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with First-Class Honours Music Degree in 2017, where she received the Principal’s Prize awarded by Julian Lloyd Webber, and won a number of internal solo and chamber music competitions. Sun later went on to study with Jack Liebeck at Royal Academy of Music, and received a Distinction in Master of Arts and DipRAM (for outstanding final recital). While studying, Sun had the privilege of playing in the masterclasses given by the likes of maestro Pinchas Zukerman and Leonidas Kavakos. Other highlights of her career include the release of her CD ‘Reverie’ by Naxos Records (collaboration with composer Tamara Konstantin) and performing for HRH Prince Charles in 2019. Yu-Mien’s interest in music ranges from solo compositions to symphonic works, crossing genres from classical to contemporary. She sees music as a channel that can deliver the power to heal, to give hope in the hearts of those who listen.
Yu-Mien is grateful for the loan of a violin made by Hieronymus Amati c1710
Malaysian Violinist, Tek Yi Ooi studied under the tutelage of Nathaniel Vallois and Nic Fallowfield during his years pursuing his Bachelor's in Classical Music in Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He performed in masterclasses with Bartosz Woroch, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Robin Ireland, Kevin Lefohn and Edward Pople. Tek Yi took up jazz violin as his second study in the conservatoire during his final year under the guidance of visiting tutor Rebecca Nash.
During his years of study in the UK, Tekyi performed regularly and was part of Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Seal, Daniel Rosina and more. As a member of a string quartet, the quartet premiered a piece (Forester) written by Anna Vienna Ho and the live recording was broadcast on Radio Hong Kong. Tek Yi also joined the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert tour in 2014 and performed in Penang and Shatin, Hong Kong.
Tek Yi is now a violin tutor in Malaysia and is still waiting for Vivaldi to drop his next album.
Kelly Leong started learning the piano at age 5 under the tutelage of Kang Hong Ai and Loo Bang Hean and then violin at the age of 10 under the tutelage of Yeong Chin Phang and Andrew Chye. She obtained ATCL and LTCL certifications for both violin and piano before completing her BMus Hons and Mmus in violin performance under Simon Smith and Susanne Stanzeleit. Kelly also won second prize in the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation competition and has appeared as a soloist with SKOC orchestra. She is also an active orchestral musician, having been a member of CBSO Youth and often performed with the Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra in prestigious venues like Symphony Hall and Town Hall under the baton of Michael Seal and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla- the most recent project being the RBC Royal Opening Gala which was broadcasted on BBC Radio 3. Other orchestras she has participated in include the Selangor Kuala Lumpur Orchestra and Choir and the Selangor Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a versatile chamber musician, Kelly has formed various chamber music groups and organised concerts at various venues in Birmingham such as the Alexandra Theatre and Cardiff Canton Uniting Church. Recent performances include Brahms horn trio, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons for string trio and Faure’s Piano Quartet No.2 and has performed in masterclasses conducted by Leland Chen, Tamsin Wales-Cohen and the Schubert Ensemble. She is also passionate in community engagement, and conducted workshops for the residents at Sunrise Care Home and stroke patients as well as paediatric patients at Derby Hospital.
Ying Yin Chia has recently returned from her studies abroad, having completed her Masters in Music at Yale University under the tutelage of Professor Donald Palma. Prior to this, she completed her BMus(Hons) at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, under the tutelage of double bass virtuoso Thomas Martin. Ying Yin first picked up the double bass in her school string ensemble when she was 13, and subsequently studied with Karen Yeo, the fixed chair double bassist in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Actively competing during her school years, some of Ying Yin’s accolades include emerging as finalist in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Prize in 2017, finalist in the Yale School of Music Woolsey Concerto Competition 2019 and a semi-finalist in the International Socjety of Bassists Solo Competition in the same year. Ying Yin has also had the privilege to participate in a variety of masterclasses conducted by some of the most highly regarded bassists in the industry, a few of which include Giuseppe Ettore, Tim Cobb, Miloslav Gajdos and Hiroshi Ikematsu.
Guest Artists Artists in Live Recitals
- Chu-Yu Yang - Founder
- Yung-Li Chen
- Irene Loh
- Gus Tredwell
- Ken Lim Min Chyh
- Tung Khng Chua
- Sebastian Suhardi Jiang
- I-Hsuan Peng
- Fu-Min Tseng
- Darrel Chen
- Wing-Chi Li
- Yu-Syuan Li
- Man Chun Yu
- Yu-Mien Sun
- Tek Yi Ooi
- Kelly Leong Hui
- Ying Yin Chia