St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Mitra Alice Tham - piano

Tuesday, 23 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Mitra Alice Tham - piano

    Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 'Funeral March'
        Grave - Doppio movimento
        Marche funèbre: Lento
        Finale: Presto
Mitra Alice Tham's first public performance was at the age of three and her international debut at the age of eight in Japan. Originally from Malaysia, she has won prizes at a variety of international competitions, including the Rosario-Marciano Preis for the most eminent artist personality, the Russischer Musikpreis for the best interpretation of Russian music, the coveted title 'The Excellent Player Award' at the prestigious Asia Oceania Festival held in Thailand and won the 'Young Millennium Pianist' of Singapore.
She was the recipient of scholarships from the Purcell School, the Singapore Lee Foundation, the Singapore National Arts Council, the Shaw Foundation, and the Chiron Trust and received the 'Gifted Young Musician' Bursary. Mitra attended the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied under Patsy Toh. She went on to study at the Mannes School of Music, New York where she graduated with a Master's degree, studying with the distinguished Cuban-American pianist Jacob Lateiner.

Mitra was awarded the Blüthner scholarship to study at the International Sommer Musikakademie in Leipzig, during which she performed at the Göhliser Schloßer at the Gewandhaus, Leipzig. For two consecutive years she was awarded a scholarship by the Mozarteum Universität and was selected to perform at the Mozarteum Universität. Mitra was awarded a full scholarship to attend the 33rd International Workshop of the America Institute of Music Society - AIMS held at Graz, Austria.

Her performances in Asia, Europe, United States and Great Britain include solo and chamber music concerts. Her performances exhibit her special talent of composing live on stage, and she has been featured extensively on television throughout Asia. She has performed to luminary dignitaries such as the late President of Singapore in the Singapore President Charity Concert and HRH The Prince of Wales, in a performance at the Purcell School that was aired on national radio later that evening. Prince Charles in an interview described the performance as 'brilliant and excellent'.

Mitra is a skilled composer and arranger, and recent commissions have included a transcription of 'The Entertainer' and other famous works for piano quintet and choir and other various ensembles. She gave a London premiere of Leroy Anderson's Piano Concerto to a sold-out concert in 2005 with the Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra. The Classical Music wrote "...Tham's flying about the piano with great bounce and gusto". Mitra performed the complete Prokofiev Sonatas in a 3-concert series in London in 2010.

In May 2011, she was invited to a Reception "A Celebration of Young People in the Performing Arts" given by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. In 2012, Mitra performed Prokofiev Piano Concerto no.3 with Richmond Orchestra and in June, she was invited to Malaysia to give a Masterclass, Interview Forum and Concert where Malaysia's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, led a standing ovation. This spring and summer, Mitra has beent to Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia to give recitals, masterclasses and seminars.