St Bride's: Music - Mitra Alice Tham – piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Mitra Alice Tham – piano

Friday, 18 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Mitra Alice Tham – piano

J S Bach

Toccata in G major BWV 916

F Chopin

Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor, op. 35

Grave - Doppio movimento

Scherzo

Marche funèbre - Lento

Finale - Presto

Mitra Alice Tham

Hong Bao Special
(Piano duet with Alice Chua)

Mitra Alice Tham (MA, MM, PGDipRAM, B Mus.Hons, FLCM, LLCM, LRAM, LMusA, ATCL) gave her first public performance aged three, and her international debut at eight, in Japan. Originally from Malaysia, she has won many prizes at international competitions, including the Rosario-Marciano Preis for the most eminent artist personality, the Russischer Musikpreis for 'Best interpretation of Russian music', the coveted 'Excellent Player Award' at the prestigious Asia Oceania Festival in Thailand and 'Young Millennium Pianist' of Singapore.

She received scholarships from the Purcell School, Singapore Lee Foundation, Singapore National Arts Council, Shaw Foundation, Chiron Trust and also the 'Gifted Young Musician' Bursary. Mitra attended the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Patsy Toh. She obtained her Master's degree in Performance at Mannes School of Music, New York where she studied with the distinguished late Cuban-American pianist Jacob Lateiner. Mitra was awarded the Blüthner scholarship to study at the International Sommer Musikakademie in Leipzig, performing at the Gohliser Schlösschen and Gewandhaus. For two consecutive years, she was awarded a scholarship by the Mozarteum Universität for their Musicakademie, and was awarded a full scholarship to attend the 33rd International Workshop of the America Institute of Music Society (Graz, Austria).

Her performances in Asia, Europe, United States and Great Britain include solo, chamber music and concerto 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 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 - commissions have included a transcription of 'The Entertainer' and various famous works for piano quintet, choirs and other ensembles. She gave the London premiere of Leroy Anderson's Piano Concerto where Classical Music wrote of '...Tham's flying about the piano with great bounce and gusto'. Mitra has performed the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas in a 3-concert series in London. She was specially invited to be a guest at a Reception celebrating 'Young People in the Performing Arts' given by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Mitra 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. She was commissioned to compose the anthem for a Malaysia national project: Melaka Gateway. This launch was presided over by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, with Mitra on the podium conducting. She was also invited to give a recital in conjunction with the Ecuador Embassy in the UK. Mitra is currently giving a series of concerts and lecture recitals focusing on the research of Prokofiev and the 19th century Toccata style in South East Asia and the United Kingdom.  www.mitraalicetham.com

Mitra Alice Tham, a prizewinner at International competitions, has performed to luminary dignitaries including HRH, The Prince of Wales, where Prince Charles described the performance as 'brilliant and excellent'. She gave the London premiere of Leroy Anderson's Piano Concerto and was invited to a Reception 'A Celebration of Young People in the Performing Arts' given by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Mitra was commissioned to compose an anthem for Malaysia's national project: Melaka Gateway. This launch was presided by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, with Mitra on the podium conducting. She regularly gives recitals, masterclasses, lecture recitals focusing on Prokofiev, seminars on piano pedagogy and composition and adjudication in South East Asia and United Kingdom.
www.mitraalicetham.com