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Chopin and His Cantabile Pieces (Recording)

SG $80.00SG $150.00

Being essentially a percussion instrument, the piano cannot technically produce a true legato. How does one then create the illusion of seamless, cantabile lines on the piano? In this seminar, Bang Hean explores the cantabile style of playing in selected Chopin works, drawing from his Nocturnes and other lyrical pieces as illustration. Aspects discussed include pedalling, touch, rubato, playing Chopin’s fioritura passages and others.

Since his return to Malaysia after studying at the Royal College of Music, London under an ABRSM scholarship as well as postgraduate studies in Italy, Bang Hean has made regular appearances in solo recitals, chamber concerts as well as concerto performances. He has appeared in most major
concert venues in Malaysia and has been featured as a soloist with various local orchestras, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). An active chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with various instrumentalists and vocalists, and is a frequent guest pianist at the MPO chamber concert series. Bang Hean has performed abroad in countries such as England, Italy, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Korea. Bang Hean has frequently been invited to adjudicate, examine, and conduct masterclasses and in various countries. A frequent presenter for ABRSM, he has presented seminars around South East Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and China, India and the Middle East.

Works to be featured and discussed (with the approximate levels indicated in the brackets):

Active participants are welcome to bring along their choice of piece for discussion during the relevant sessions

1. John Field – Nocturne no.4 in A (Gr.8)
2. Nocturne B.108 in C minor (Gr.7)
3. Nocturne Op. posth. In C sharp min (Gr.7 & Advanced Certificate)
4. Nocturne Op.9 no.1 in B flat min (ATCL)
5. Nocturne Op.9 no.2 in E flat (Gr.8)
6. Nocturne Op.15 no.1 in F (LTCL)
7. Nocturne Op.15 no.2 in F sharp (ATCL)
8. Nocturne Op.27 no.2 in D flat (LTCL)
9. Nocturne Op.32 no.2 in A flat (ATCL)
10. Nocturne Op.37 no.1 in G min (Gr.8)
11. Nocturne Op.48 no.1 in C min (LTCL)
12. Nocturne Op.48 no.2 in F sharp min (ATCL)
13. Nocturne Op.55 no.1 in F min (AC)
14. Nocturne Op.62 no.2 in E (ARSM & ATCL)
15. Berceuse Op.57 (ARSM)
16. Prelude in D flat Op.28 no.15 ‘Raindrop’ (Gr.8)
17. Impromptu no.3 in G flat Op.51 (ARSM & ATCL)


Yes, they will be made available for participants until 6 months after the completion of each course.

E-certificates will be issued on course completion to Active Participants.

Active Participants will be involved in class participation: interacting with course instructors, receiving feedback on class assignments/submissions, and they will have playing opportunities in class etc. Observers will be observing these segments of the class.

Active Participants will receive an E-certificate of participation, and Observers will receive a certificate of attendance.

5 days before the course commences.

Yes, simply get your friends together and send us an email to request for a second round of the course! If we receive sufficient signups we will repeat the course.

We do not conduct make-up classes. Learners who miss a session can catch up on the class content by watching the session recording thereafter. If there are any class assignments, learners are to contact the instructor directly.

We at the Academy do our utmost to make courses proceed as planned. However, there are times when unforeseen circumstances force a class to be cancelled. When this happens, we are committed to refunding the total amount, in an efficient manner, including any costs of using third-party payment gateways.

Should a participant need to cancel, we will make efforts to accommodate refunds, though costs of using third-party payment gateways will be borne by the participant.

Late cancellations may not be able to be refunded, as they will have been factored into the confirmation of running the course. We will provide a full refund for cancellations up to 2 weeks before the start of a course, following this a 50% refund with up to 1 week of notice. Notifications of fewer than 7 days will most likely not be eligible for a refund. We thank you for your understanding.