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© 2017 by Brian Low

 

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Brian Low Rhung Wei is a Malaysian-born pianist, and currently studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, and undergoes principle study tutelage from tutor in piano and pedagogy, and former Deputy Head of Keyboard, Prof. Helen Krizos. Having taken formal piano lessons from the age of 7, Brian went on to further his music studies at Wells Cathedral School, Somerset, at age 10 with a full scholarship as a specialist musician, where he studied piano with Head of Keyboard, Prof. John Byrne.

 

Brian has had recent successes in music competitions. At the Royal Northern College of Music, Brian was awarded the Fund Prize, the Patricia Cunliffe, and the Marjorie Clementi Memorial Awards for Keyboard Studies for achieving the highest mark in his end-of-year recitals in both Year 1 and 2. Brian was also awarded Runner-Up in the Pendle Young Musicians' Bursary 2018, and 'Best Beethoven Performance' and 3rd prize at the II Future Stars International Competition. During his first year at RNCM, Brian was a Finalist in the Chopin Prize. Brian had the opportunity of performing the Mendelssohn Concerto at Wells Cathedral, Somerset in July 2016 alongside the Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra with renowned Dutch conductor, Jac van Steen, having won the Concerto Competition at Wells Cathedral School the year prior. The year 2015 saw Brian receiving two discretionary 'Most Outstanding Pianist' prizes, having won the top two categories of the Mid-Somerset Festival in Bath, and for being the youngest pianist selected for the semi-finals of the Bromsgrove International Competition in Worcestershire at the age of 17.

 

In 2018, Brian made his debut in Wigmore Hall, working with renowned British contemporary composer, Mark Anthony-Turnage, whereby he performed Turnage’s piano solo composition of 'True Life Stories'. Contemporary music has become part of Brian’s repertoire, and he was awarded the Contemporary Piano Prize at RNCM. Brian has since featured in the RNCM Composer In-Focus: Kaija Saariaho, where he performed her new piano composition ‘Arabesque et Adages’ that was commissioned by the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition. Brian’s recent performances include performing the Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 with the Exeter Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing solo and chamber concerts around England, and internationally where he was invited to perform in the XXIV International Chopin Festival held in Poland. Having successfully auditioned for the role of a Songsters accompanist at RNCM, Brian also features in piano-singer concerts throughout the year.

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