Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy
The Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy (OMWPA) www.omwpa.com, was established in December 2010 by 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 OMWPAs, The British Malaysian Society (BMS) has provided 2 Partial Scholarships to the two youngest selected Malaysian Students, the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) has provided 2 Partial Scholarships to two selected Malaysian Students, the Corby Foundation Award has provided 1 Partial Scholarship to one selected Singaporean Student.
OMWPA gratefully receives extensive publicity and supportive sponsorship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.