Ian Goh Bin Wei, a native of Malaysia, has appeared in recitals as soloist and chamber musician in United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia. He made his piano concerto debut at Juanita K. Hammons Hall (USA) after winning the Missouri State University Concerto Competition in 2008, and premiered Fantasy Variations for Piano and Orchestra by Patrick Brown under the baton of Dr. Robert Quebbeman at the Original Composition Festival in the same year. He has also worked with other orchestras and ensembles including Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Orchestra, Sixteen Strings String Quartet, DSCH String Quartet, Debonair (multi-piano ensemble), etc. He was a recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Missouri State University Music Department Performance Award for four consecutive years, Peter Collins Piano Scholarship, Keifer-Young Memorial Keyboard Scholarship and Missouri Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition for two consecutive years. In 2008, he was featured in the recital series at Bowdoin International Music Festival in Boston, USA.
He is frequently invited to serve as an adjudicator for international piano competitions and music festivals, including the Macao Piano Competition (Macau), the La Pianista International Piano Competition (Indonesia), the International Classical and Traditional Music Compeition (Taiwan), the Putra International Piano Competition (Malaysia), Malaysian Piano Competition (Malaysia), the HKYPAF Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival (Hong Kong), GMC Music Festival (Hong Kong), Asia Pacific Arts Festival (Singapore), SunMusic Piano Festival (Vietnam), and many other music competitions held in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia. He is also a juror of World Piano Teachers Association – International Piano Competition (Serbia) for both Piano Performance and Piano Composition categories. Other than his involvement as an adjudicator, he is also very much in demand as a teacher, and has given lectures, workshops and piano masterclasses throughout Asia. He is also regularly invited as a guest examiner by music institutes and universities.
As a versatile composer, he has composed works of different genres, from classical to contemporary. His most recent commissioned work include “Loving Life” for Choir and String Orchestra (premiered at opening ceremony of Asia Pacific Arts Festival 2018, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; this work has also been performed in USA, Vietnam and Cambodia), and “Wind Gust(s)” for Piano Solo (specially commissioned by the Kingsburg International Piano Competition 2018, Yantai, China).
His principal mentors include Ng Chong Lim and Dr. Wei-Han Su. He also studied with renowned pianists including Julian Martin, Barry Synder, Enrico Elisi, etc. He graduated from Missouri State University in Piano Performance, and also holds the Fellowship Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music, the Licentiate and the Recital Diplomas from Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Ian Goh is the President of World Piano Teachers Association Malaysia (WPTA Malaysia), the Founder and Artistic Director of The Fathomage Project (a project that organises recitals and masterclasses internationally), the founding member of Debonair (a multi-piano ensemble), the Artistic Director of Putra International Piano Competition, the Artistic Advisor of Island Music Festival, and the Chairman of Jury for Asia Pacific Arts Festival. Ian Goh is also the Vice-principal and Head of Piano at Clavier Music Studio (Malaysia).