Dr. Wang I Ta
|Music Department, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA|
Born in Taiwan, Dr. Wang I Ta started his piano study at the age of ten, and received his formal training in the National Taiwan Normal University (BA) with prof. Lina Yeh, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University (MM) with prof. Boris Slutsky, and University of Minnesota (DMA) with prof. Alexander Braginsky. His teaching and performing ideologies are greatly influenced and inspired by his teachers who were under tutelage of great pianists/pedagogues such as Alexander Goldenweiser, Kurt Leimer, Hans Leygraf, and Anna Kantor.
He was the recipient of the Young Artist Award in 2008, the most prestigious audition of National Theater and Concert Hall of National Performing Arts Center in Taipei, Taiwan. His other awards also include: 1st prize, the Schubert Club Music Competition, 2nd prize Eleanor Bell Watson Competition, Hutchinson Scholarship (University of Minnesota) and Rosenberg Scholarship (Peabody Conservatory), etc. Besides his formal education, he also attended and performed in renowned festivals such as TCU/Cliburn Piano institute (now Piano Texas), International New York Keyboard Festival and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory-The International Summer School.
As a soloist, he performed concertos with Hunan Symphony Orchestra (China) and Longwood Symphony Orchestra (USA) etc. As a collaborator, he worked with New Music Ensemble of University of Minnesota (USA) to promote contemporary music, and was the appointed accompanist of Association of Vocal Artists of R.O.C., frequently collaborating with professional vocalists in Taiwan. He is a multiple time grant recipient of the National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taiwan and has performed in several prominent venues throughout the country.
Prior coming to Malaysia, he taught at the Music Department of the National Donghua University and the Music Department of Tainan University of Technology. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Cultural Centre of University of Malaya, and also serve as the program director of the International Piano Academy program.