Sunway University Showcases Young Talents through the Virtual International Music Competition

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Sunway University and Persatuan Chopin Malaysia jointly organized the Virtual International Music Competition Malaysia. The competition showcased the talents from Malaysia as well as from other countries in the world. Persatuan Chopin Malaysia started the collaboration with Sunway University in 2018, jointly organizing the 7th ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition.

The recently held Virtual International Music Competition Malaysia involved an International Jury consisting of prominent Maestros and Professors from across 16 countries and a total of 600 participants from 44 countries.

The competition provided the opportunity to see, hear and acknowledge many young talented musicians from various parts of the world performing with a variety of instruments. The virtual competition has been the biggest ever event held for the Classical Music Competition in Malaysia and around the world.

Professor Snezana Panovska, the Piano Professor and Music Director and Founder of Persatuan Chopin Malaysia and the Director of Sunway Conservatoire of Music said, “The decision to organize the Virtual International Music Competition Malaysia 2020 has been the best event hosted by us. We achieved great success, with an overwhelming response all over the world. For the first time, we received such an overwhelming number of entries. The online platform has indeed been the paradigm shift for us.”

“Everything changed when the COVID-19 pandemic affected the way we live and work. Since March 2020, Malaysia was put under several control orders by the government. “The show must go on” kept them moving forward to hold the auspicious event despite the many unprecedented challenges,” Professor Snezana added.

“I am very happy that amongst many of the top prize winners are Malaysian young talents. They are “the cream of the crop” who have been under the tutelage of our excellent music teachers of the Sunway Conservatoire of Music at Sunway University.”

“The acknowledgement of the young talents and commendation to their teachers by the International Maestros is very encouraging. These young talents do us proud. Our teachers of the Sunway Conservatoire of Music were also the Chairpersons of the jury of the respective disciplines who presided over the adjudication process,” said Professor Snezana.

The Virtual International Music Competition Malaysia sets the tone of the mission ahead that is to promote Sunway University and Persatuan Chopin Malaysia as a competitive destination for music and culture-related activities and for Sunway University to be a world-renowned Institution for music education.

Sunway Conservatoire of Music under the School of Arts is the first music education institution in Malaysia. “Our newly established Conservatoire will give great recognition worldwide for our University as a great destination for this education from an early age up to University level. We strongly believe in our specialist teachers for their commitment and professionalism in realizing a higher level of professional training,” said Professor Snezana.