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ACCOMPANIST - WHAT TO EXPECT?
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Join us in the next brand new 2022 Explorer Series. This year we shall start off with accompanying a performance, the most common is supporting a violinist in their performance, may it be in recital or examination settings. In this edition, our presenter shall explore the common questions and issues faced by the performers and even their parents/teachers in engaging a suitable accompanist to support their child/students.
Main Areas that will be covered:
- FINDING the right accompanist - Factors to consider
- ROLE of the piano accompanist - Expectations and Boundaries
- WORKING TOGETHER with the piano accompanist - suggestion to improve communications between performers and accompanist
- NEW NORMAL - strategies in working with the digital format
- Q & A
This is a sharing session, trainers, candidates and parents are all welcome to join us!
About the presenter
Kong Kar Mun
Kar Mun Kong, a native of Perak, Malaysia studied at University of Malaya under the tutelage of Miss Choi Hee-Jung. Kar Mun was awarded a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music) with first-class honours. Her passion towards music led her to continue her postgraduate studies and had been offered scholarships to pursue postgraduate studies in both the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire. Kar Mun chose to continue her postgraduate in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and completed her Master Degree under scholarship majoring in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, UK, studying under Zoe Smith and Benjamin Frith.
Doing her degree studies, Kar Mun was an active performer and accompanist. She is the accompanist for the faculty's choir and accompanies students across the departments. Kar Mun accompanies a broad range of repertoire for both singers and instrumentalists. She had given recitals and accompanies in various recital halls, which include Experimental Theatre of University of Malaya, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, St.Davids Hall, Wales Millennium Centre and more. Following the outstanding achievement of her final recital during her Master’s studies, she had been selected to perform in Steinway Hall, London.
Kar Mun was the first prize winner of piano solo in The Malaysian Youth Music Festival 2013. She was awarded a Licentiate (LTCL) with distinction in performance from Trinity College London in 2013. A certificate of excellence was awarded to her during the Trinity Awards and Concert 2014 prior to her outstanding achievement in the LTCL performance. She was given an opportunity to perform during the award concert. Besides majoring in piano, Kar Mun developed a great interest in violin playing and ballet. She obtained a Grade 8 in violin from Associated Board of Royal School of Music and a Grade 8 in ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance.
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