M A L A Y S I A
Kian has played regularly in Malaysia as well as abroad. Some highlights of his performance experience were L’Orchestra Giovanile Collegium Philharmonicum in Naples, Italy and multiple concerts for the Royalties of Malaysia and Cambodia. His musical ventures included many teaching/learning and performing opportunities in many parts of Asia (Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong) and Europe (Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland).
He graduated magna cum laude from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver (Colorado, U.S.A.) with a Master’s degree in Music, studied violin performance under Prof. Mark Rush and Suzuki pedagogy under Prof. Kathleen Spring.
A passionate teacher with more than a decade of teaching experience, Kian has run his own studio and served as a faculty member of several music academies in Malaysia from 2005-2012, and in the Denver metro area upon his arrival in 2012. His studio comprised of students as young as 3 years old to adult violinists, encompassing the very beginners to advanced players. As a SAA registered Suzuki teacher, Kian often appears as a clinician at summer institutes; teaching repertoire classes, chamber classes, individual masterclasses and note reading/musicianship classes. Spring studio (now Primavera Place), Suzuki Strings of Denver, CO. USA, Suzuki Institute of Indonesia and Albyrd Violin Studio Suzuki Camp (Bangkok, Thailand) are among the institutes that he has been involved in.
In the summer of 2015, Kian relocated back to Malaysia to run his own Violin studio and teaches workshops in the Southeast Asia region. Apart from teaching, chamber and orchestral performances are a staple of Kian’s musical diet. When he is not busy teaching or performing, Kian savours tea, drinks coffee, runs, hikes or practises yoga.