Loo Bang Hean
Visiting guest artists
was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1972 and began his piano studies at the age of four. He represented Malaysia in the 1986 & 1988 International Junior original concert in Japan with his own original compositions. In 1993, He won the 1st Prize of the Malaysian National Piano Competition.
In 1994, financial assistance from the Royal College of Music, London enabled him to study with Professor Frank Wibaut at the Royal College of Music.(Postgraduate Diploma) During his stay in London ( 1994 -1997), he won numerous awards and prizes such as : Winner of the Philip Crashaw memorial Prize for Outstanding Overseas musician in the Royal overseas League Competition, 2nd prize in the AT&T Istel Young Musician Award Piano Competition, prize winner of the International Newport Piano Competition, scholarship awarded by the Countess of Munster and Anthony Saltmarsch Junior fellowship by the Royal College of Music. Beside this, he was the RCM representative in the Royal Northern College of music Festival, "Glories of the Keyboard" in Manchester, England and selected to perform the Tchaikovsky 1st concerto with the RCM Symphony Orchestra.
In 1997, he continued his piano studies in the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Austria with Professor Elza Kolodin. He was awarded the “Streifstipendiem” and the representative Graz Musikhochschule in the International Music Festival Graz. Later that year, he was invited to perform the Schumann concerto with the Kharkov Youth Symphony orchestra in the Kharkov Opera House. Ukraine. In 1999, he was awarded full scholarship to attend the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Japan. In 2000, he performed the Tchaikovsky 1st concerto with the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra in the National Theater, Kuala Lumpur for the International Piano Festival. During the same year, his ‘Two Preludes’ for piano solo was commissioned for the National Piano Festival, Malaysia.
Since 2000, he studies composition with Professor Beat Furrer in the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz, Austria. His works “Khatulistiwa” (for 2 pianos and 2 percussionists) and “Sonata for cello solo” was premiered in Graz and Kuala Lumpur respectively. He was also awarded the Begabtenstipendiem from the Graz University of Music and Art. His compositions includes: string Quartet, 4 klavierstiicke, Klavierstiicke...... “Wama”......,Khatulistiwa for 2 pianos and 2 percussionists, Sonata for cello solo, “Daun” for solo piano and several works for piano and orchestra.
He has given recitals both as a soloist and chamber musician in England, Austria, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Holland, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.