Founder & Directors
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FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, LRAM
Born in Lanzhou, China, Chinese-British concert pianist Bocheng Wang first began his career by winning Third Prize at The “Young Pianist of the North” International Piano Competition in 2012. In 2015, He went on to win Second Prize at the Liszt International Society Piano Competition and First Prize at the Croydon Concerto Competition. Three years later, he became a semifinalist at the Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. And recently, he became a winner at the both 2019 Grand Prize Virtuoso “Salzburg” International Music Competition and 2020 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarships Competition.
In June 2016, Bocheng was invited for a celebratory concert in honour of HM The Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday in the Fairfield Halls, where he performed Mozart’s D minor Piano Concerto K.466 with the London Mozart Players conducted by maestro Dominic Ellis-Peckham. In the same year, he also performed Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto with the Dulwich Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Leigh O’Hara, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Robin O’Neil. In January 2020, Bocheng had a chance to perform this challenging concerto again, and this time he collaborated with maestro John Wilson and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra at the Duke’s Hall.
Bocheng had toured North East England in 2017, where he performed seven recitals in five days in Manchester and Newcastle. He has also performed in many venues such as the FAZIOLI Hall, King’s Place, Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-fields, Fairfield Hall, Watford Colosseum and Duke’s Hall. Throughout his career so far, he appeared in many international festivals such as Konzertarbeitswochen Goslar, PianoTexas, Ferrara, Oxford and Dartington. He also participated in many masterclasses worldwide with maestros such as Professor Dmitri Bashkirov, Arie Vardi, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Andrzej Jasinski, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Pascal Rogé, Pascal Devoyon, and Dmitry Alexeev.
Most recently, Bocheng has been accepted as one of the participants at the prestigious XVIII Chopin International Piano Competition this September.
Hao Zi Yoh
Malaysian pianist Hao Zi Yoh was born in 1995 and began her music studies at the age of 3. By the age of 12, she already performed at Carnegie Hall as a gold medallist of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Most recently, Hao Zi is selected as participant in the Preliminary Round of Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw 2021.
In Malaysia, Hao Zi studied under Chong Lim Ng, who showed her the path into the classical music world. She explored composing and her composition “Bustling City and Peaceful Suburb” was selected to represent Malaysia at the Yamaha APJOC concert 2007. At the age of 14, she moved to Germany to study with Prof. Elza Kolodin at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. It was then she won top prizes in many international competitions including EPTA Belgium, Enschede, RNCM James Mottram (Manchester, 2012) and Concurso internacional de piano Rotary Club Palma Ramon LLull, Mallorca (Spain 2013). This led her to performing as soloist in festivals around Europe, USA, China, Japan and Malaysia. Besides, she also performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Nova Amadeus and Baleares Symphony Orchestra.
In 2014, she came under the tutelage of Prof. Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, London, generously supported by Lynn Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Countess of Munster and Craxton Memorial Trust. She received 3rdPrize at Roma International Piano Competition, the Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Musician from Overseas at the Royal Overseas League Competition. She was also recipient of prestigious Martin Musical Scholarship Trust Philharmonia Piano Fellowships on the Emerging Artists Programme 2017/18. During her studies, she explored her relationship with music and her interest in creating sound colours: her MMus Project 2016 involved collaborating with percussionist Daniel Gonzalez to create a version of Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit for Piano and Percussion. In her interpretation of “A Distant Voice of the Rainforest” by Chong Lim Ng, she included improvised extended piano techniques as well as improvised singing to draw the audience into the soundworld of a rainforest.
Apart from this, Hao Zi also participated in creative outreach projects led by the Open Academy for children and elderly with Dementia, where she performed in Music for Moment Concerts at the Wigmore Hall. She collaborated with author-illustrator David Litchfield and improvised to his storytelling of award-winning book “The Bear and the Piano”. Hao Zi remains in close contact with the music scene in Malaysia. She has given talks, performances and masterclasses to the students of University of Malaya, Bentley Music and Persatuan Chopin in hope to share her experiences and help the younger generation. During the Covid-19 lockdown, Hao Zi held online livestream and fundraiser for St. Nicholas’ Home for the Blind, Penang, Malaysia.
A Young Steinway Artist, Hao Zi is currently based in London and has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Southbank Royal Festival Hall, Salle Cortot, Steinway Hall London, St. Martin-in- the-Fields, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Malaysia) and Teatro Quirino (Italy). She is further developing her performing career being part of the Keyboard Trust London, Talent Unlimited. Hao Zi is also a piano tutor at King’s College London and gives masterclasses at Imperial College London.