An effective use of the pedals can greatly enhance a musical performance, in its coloristic effects, creation of smoother, seamless lines and warmth of sonority. Indiscriminate use of pedals however, would negatively affect a performance, with clashing harmonies and muddied textures that could almost render the performance incoherent.
This course shines a spotlight onto the pedals, beginning with an introduction to the mechanism and effects of the various pedals. This will then be followed by sessions exploring the use of the pedals through different periods of classical music, from the Baroque to Modern repertoire. Active participants are also invited to bring musical excerpts of their choice for discussion.
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, including 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.
Attendees will be assigned a few short pieces to study and discuss interpretative and stylistic ideas in the next session.