Dr. Tham Horng Kent

Dr. Tham Horng Kent was one of the recipients of the Asia Yamaha Music Scholarship (classical piano) in 2007 and graduated from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2009 with a first class honours Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree. Towards the end of his Undergraduate studies, he obtained the Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) followed by a Fellowship of Trinity College London (FTCL) in 2010.

In the same year, Horng Kent was awarded an RSAMD Trust Scholarship to pursue his Master of Music (MMus) in Piano Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (previously as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow, where he studied with Jonathan Plowright. In 2011, he was a recipient of the Hope Scott Trust Award and participated in PLUG, the Glasgow Piano Festival and in the International Summer Academy with Gottlieb Wallisch (Professor of Piano in Geneva University of Music) as well as contemporary improvisation classes with Mr. Anto Pett (Professor of Improvisation in Estonia Academy of Music and Theatre). Eventually, he was awarded his MMus (performance) with distinction.

In 2012, He has been awarded both, a full scholarship by the Malaysian Higher Education Ministry and Sultan Idris Education University, as well as a teaching assistantship at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where he was graduated with a Doctor in Music Performance degree. He was invited to participate in the Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy in 2013. In 2014, he was chosen as Boyne Music Festival Young Associated Artists Programme 2014 (piano duo) with his piano duo partner, You Yin Fen, as well as awarded a scholarship to participate in the 2014 British Isles Music Festival. In 2015, he has been chosen as an Erasmus Doctoral Student at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, in the class of Prof. Margit Rahkonen as well as Prof. Lauri Suurpää.

In 2016, Dr. Tham was invited by the European Academic Artists Association to give a piano recital in the Tallinn Town Hall, Estonia and won the First Prize in the 26th Young Musician International Competition Citta di Barletta (Duo and Ensemble category) in Italy.

Academically, he was selected to present a paper in the Ninth Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Musicology, UCSI University Piano Pedagogy Conference 2017, the Second Doctors in Music Performance festival conference at the Royal Irish Academy of Music as well as the Third Doctors in Music Performance festival conference at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

He was invited to be one of the juries of 1st WPTA Finland International Piano Competition, 3rd ODIN International Youth Piano Festival in Estonia, Kingsburg International Piano Competition in China as well as Kota Kinabalu Music Festival in Malaysia. Most recently, he was honored to be one of the recipients of the Emerging Artist Incubation Funding Programme awarded by the Malaysian Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA), in promoting Malaysian Contemporary Art Music.

Currently, he is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.