Welcome to The Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy (OMWPA) December 2016
on the premises of theYehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, UK
The Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy (OMWPA) www.omwpa.com, was established in December 2010 by Malaysian concert pianist Bobby Chen, and takes place every two years at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England, one of the very top musical schools in the world. Bobby was a former student at the Yehudi Menuhin School (1991-1998).
OMWPA course participants receive individual piano lessons, group classes, lectures, evening recitals given by some of the tutors, and a 'London' experience which visits to famous London museums and music shops, and tickets for concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. At their graduation, each student performs at the Gala Concert on a full size handmade concert grand piano from Italy. Course tutors are all music professors attached professionally to the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Trinity Laban, Chetham's School of Music, and the Yehudi Menuhin School. As well as receiving allocated lessons, each student can also attend lessons given to other students.
For past OMWPA, The British Malaysian Society (BMS) has provided 2 Partial Scholarships to the two youngest selected Malaysian Students, and the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) has provided 2 Partial Scholarships to two selected Malaysian Students.
********************************** Dear Students,
Your interest in wishing to attend the Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy (OMWPA) at the Yehudi Menuhin School this coming December is greatly appreciated, and I wish in return that at the end of the immersive musical learning and creating that you will have absorbed something which will be of help to you in your further musical studies, either abroad or back at home. You may wish to use OMWPA in two broad sense: a) to broaden your individual musical horizons, to explore musical possibilities which you had not realised existed, to imbibe a concentrated potion of learning which exists abroad, or b) to make contacts with other talents from back home, to ask questions of the outstanding tutors, to investigate the suitability of London/UK for your musical future.
Many major Classical composers were highly competent keyboard players, and most were also excellent improvisers, composers and educators, in some cases utilizing musical elements from their own respective countries. At this course, you can learn not just about playing the piano, but also about composing, conducting, improvising, chamber music and something about the Baoque. You listen to performances and lectures from international artists, and experience London culturally. We also encourage you to explore the often contradictory musical traditions of East and West. So it is with much appreciation that these ideas have been collected together to form the Academy/Course which will take place this coming December.
There is no doubt that after the 23rd December, after your have performed to the public at the wonderful Menuhin Hall, and after you have recieved a signed Certificate of attendance, you will hopefully have gained a glimpse of future possibilities. I am delighted that you wish to benefit from this opportunity.
Thank you very much.
All best wishes, OMWPA TEAM
Searching for talents OMWPA 2012, NST
Selected media coverage
Breakfast Show, NTV 7, 10 January 2011
Creating Musical Prodigies', Malay Mail, 14th January 2011
Yehudi Menuhin founded his famous school in England to provide the environment and tuition for musically gifted children from all over the world to pursue their love of music, develop their musical potential, and achieve standards of performance on stringed instruments and piano at the highest level.
Lord Menuhin had seen, during thirty years of travelling the world, the difficulties which children often face when studying music and having to attend normal schooling. He recognised the need to provide musically gifted children with excellent instrumental teachers, adequate time for practice, frequent opportunities for performance, ensemble work with other gifted children, a broad range of other music study and activity, together with a stimulating and creative academic programme. All this was to be undertaken within a family community in which every individual could fully develop musical, intellectual, artistic and social skills.
Since 1963 the School has expanded and now educates more than sixty musically gifted boys and girls between 8 and 19.
In 1973 the School was accorded special status as a Centre of Excellence for the Performing Arts, and since then has been supported by the Department for Education. All UK pupils are supported by the Music and Dance Scheme and parents pay a contribution to the cost of their child's education according to their ability to pay.