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LMTA OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD FOR 2015

 Chan Kiat Lim accepting the LMTA Outstanding Teacher Award at the 2015 LMTA Convention in Lafayette

An active recitalist, Chan Kiat Lim has performed solo recitals in Italy, Romania, Greece, Malaysia, and throughout the United States including performances at Music at Penn Alps Concert Series in Maryland and a return to Steinway Hall, New York City, in December 2011. He was the Convention Artist at the West Virginia Music Teachers Association (WVMTA) State Convention where he performed Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto.

 Lim’s interest and research in Twentieth-century music—particularly by American composers—and piano pedagogy have resulted in invitations for presentations and masterclasses at regional and national levels. A recipient of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Grant, Lim collaborated with bass-baritone Shawn Roy in 2011 to release a CD with Centaur Records label entitled An American Kaleidoscope: Song Cycles Through the Lenses of William Bolcom, John Duke, Thomas Pasatieri, and Ned Rorem. This CD features two world-premiere recordings of works by musical giants Bolcom and Rorem. Endorsing Lim’s performance on this CD, Pulitzer Prize winner Rorem writes that “His aims are rare and high, and his means are perfect.”

A pedagogue and clinician, Lim has co-authored, with colleague Susanna Garcia, the online curriculum eNovativePiano: Multimedia Resources for Developing Musicianship Skills. Suitable for eLearning and distance learning, this one-of-its-kind curriculum points towards a new direction in private and group piano instruction. Lim has presented at the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, Phi Beta Delta National Conference, MTA State Conventions, MTNA National Conferences, and the Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum on various pedagogical and performance topics.

A native of Malaysia, Lim received his music certifications in piano, violin, and theory from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Trinity College of Music, London. Awarded the College of Creative Arts Performance Grant from West Virginia University, Lim came to the U.S.A. in 1995 to study with Dr. James Miltenberger. He received his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music as a scholarship student of Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. Lim has also worked with other esteemed artists and pedagogues such as Dorothy Delay, Masao Kawasaki, Peter Oundjian, Sandra Rivers, and James Tocco. Grounded in the curriculum of the ABRSM and having received his conservatory training in the USA, Lim’s particular expertise and teaching approach is the fusion of these diverse musical worlds.

Most recently, Lim received the 2015 Distinguished Professor Award from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he also holds the Margaret Chauvin Steen Villemez Professorship in Music. He teaches applied piano, piano literature, and class piano. Lim also lectures in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and Study Abroad Program - Florence, Italy. Dedicated as a teacher, his students have captured top prizes and awards at regional, national, and international piano competitions.


 

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