Brian Low Rhung Wei

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Website: brianlowrw.com

Brian Low Rhung Wei will be starting his Master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in September 2020, aided by the generous support of a Guildhall scholarship and Help Musicians. Brian is currently completing his BMus degree with a scholarship at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), under the tutelage of Prof. Helen Krizos.

At the RNCM, Brian was a recipient of the Contemporary Piano Prize, the Patricia Cunliffe, and Marjorie Clementi Memorial Awards for Keyboard Studies for achieving the highest mark in his end-of-year recitals in both his first and second year. Brian was also a Finalist of the Chopin Prize at RNCM in 2017. He was also awarded Runner-Up in the Pendle Young Musicians' Bursary 2018 and a discretionary 'Best Beethoven Performance' award and 3rd Prize at the II Future Stars International Competition 2018.

Brian successfully auditioned for a role as a Songsters pianist at RNCM, accompanying singers in college concerts throughout the year, as well as doing chamber concerts around England. He has also been involved with performing solo works by contemporary composer, Mark-Anthony Turnage both in Manchester and Wigmore Hall in 2018. Brian was recently invited to perform in the XXIV Chopin Festival in Busko-Zdrój, Poland, and to perform the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in Exeter with the Exeter Symphony Orchestra, and doing a Lunchtime Concert Series in the Buxton Festival Fringe 2019.

Originally from Malaysia, Brian was awarded a full scholarship to study at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset as a specialist musician, with Head of Keyboard, Prof. John Byrne from the age of 10 in 2008 to 2016, and performed the Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 with renowned conductor Jac van Steen in Wells Cathedral in the Summer of 2016, for winning the school's concerto auditions. Brian was involved in numerous notable competitions beforehand, including being awarded a Jury Prize at the Bromsgrove International Competition at the age of 17.

With Help Musicians' support, it will help with my tuition fees at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

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