Since 2013, Euroasia has organised the Euroasia Youth Music Festival and Competition Series with the aim to celebrate and identify young talent at various stages of their musical development on various instruments. These events provide a platform for young musicians to perform and compete at a high level, giving them invaluable experience and exposure. Over the years, the Festival has featured a plethora of workshops, masterclasses and concerts facilitated by an international faculty, including performers and educators from China, France, Italy, Philippines, Malaysia, Venezuela, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the UK.
In our effort to encourage music making of the highest level at various parts of Malaysia, the inaugural Piano Festival was introduced in Kuching, Sarawak in 2016 – directed by one of Malaysia’s most reputable performers and educators – Loo Bang Hean. The success of the first festival has encouraged us to follow on with two new regions in 2017: Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur, in partnership with two dynamic organisations, the JB:IFC and the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation. The response for the piano festivals were most encouraging and has propelled us to follow with three more venues in 2018 – Penang, Kuantan and Negeri Sembilan.
The Euroasia Association of Performing Arts is an independent non-profit organisation which is self-funded and under the Royal Patronage of Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz. The Association is dedicated to the education, promotion and development of the performing arts in Malaysia, and seeks to do so by providing a wide variety of highly regarded programmes which are intercultural and internationally collaborative. In fulfilling its mission to educate, enhance and enrich the cultural vitality of the arts, Euroasia is supported by two of the world’s leading music education institutions, Trinity College London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
The Euroasia Competition Series seeks to provide a platform and opportunity for aspiring musicians to be exposed to international standards of music competition. In this regard, the Euroasia Competition Series hopes to recognise talents at various stages of their musical development, and to identify those who can best project a balance of creativity, imagination in choice of repertoire, and overall artistic excellence. Euroasia firmly believes that performance is a vital part of music development. As such, the Euroasia Competition Series is not about identifying the “best” musician, but about bringing together youths bound by the same passion for music to perform before a wider audience in a concert setting. Euroasia is proud to share that the Euroasia Competition Series has extended beyond Malaysian shores to attract participants from Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan and China in recent years.