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Dr. Paul Liang Wei Chung

Part-Time Lecturer (Piano)

Music

Qualification

Doctor of Musical Arts,
Boston University, USA

Master of Music,
The Juilliard School, USA

Bachelor of Music,
Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Licentiate of The Royal Schools of Music in Piano

Biography

Dr. Liang started his piano studies at the age of seven, and was soon winning first prize at the Singapore Piano Festival and National Music Competition. In 1990, he enrolled at LASALLE College of the Arts to pursue a diploma in piano performance under the celebrated Singapore pianist Ong Lip Tat. Subsequently, he continued his music education in the United States with a study grant awarded by the National Arts Council of Singapore.

While studying under famed pianist Marian Hahn at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Liang won both the Azalia H. Thomas Prize for being the top student in Music Theory, and the Lillian Gutman Prize in Piano. In 1994, he moved to New York to continue his graduate studies at the prestigious Juilliard School under the tutelage of distinguished pianist, Joseph Kalichstein; during his years at Juilliard, he was awarded both the Gluck Fellowship and the Michael & Ethel L. Cohen Scholarship for excellence in piano performance.

In 2002, he completed his post graduate studies at Boston University, where he studied with the renowned Korean-American pianist, Tong-Il Han, and was awarded the Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree. While at Boston, he was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship, First Prize in the Anne and Aaron Richmond Piano Competition, and the Dean’s Honors Award upon graduation, for exceptional work in academics (3.81 G.P.A) and piano performance.

Dr. Liang has concertized throughout the United States, Paris, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea, and has spent many summers teaching piano at summer music festivals in South Korea and Japan, including the Tong-Il Han Piano Institute. He was Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music of the National University of Singapore, and he currently serves in the piano faculty of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Raffles College of Music, as well as teaches piano privately. Apart from his teaching responsibilities, he has also developed syllabi for keyboard studies and ear training in close collaboration with Peabody Conservatory of Music.

His concert performances included two piano recitals with duo piano partner Ong Lip Tat, as well as Rena Phua and Thomas Hecht; Mozart Triple Piano Concerto with the NAFA Orchestra; vocal collaborations with international artistes; and John Sharpley's opera 'Fences of the Heart'.

During the course of his career, Dr. Liang has been tutored by notable pianists such as Alwin Lee, Ong Lip Tat, Marian Hahn, Joseph Kalichstein, Tong-Il Han, Robert Weirich, Julian Martin, Oxana Yablonskaya, Margaret Leng Tan, Vladimir Feltsman, John Perry, Russell Sherman, Claude Frank and Richard Goode.