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Pelican International Music Competition for Young Artists

Anthony Tam

Anthony Tam, pianist, examiner, competition juror, pedagogue, clinician holds the
Fellowship Diploma in Piano Performance from the National College of Music,
London and the Fellowship Diploma in Piano Teaching from the Victoria College of
Music, London. At the same time, he is also the holder of the piano performance
diplomas from the Australian Music Examinations Board and the University of West
London. He is appointed as a member of the Academical Board of the National
College of Music and becomes the first non-British to be chosen to join as a
member in the College's history of more than 120 years. He is also the first
Chinese to be appointed as a music examiner for both the National College of
Music and the Victoria College of Music. In 2012, he was further appointed as a
senior examiner for the National College of Music, London and will be responsible
for further administration of the College. He was the past examiner of the British
Columbia Conservatory of Music, Canada. In 2017, he joins as a music
examiner for the Con Brio Examination Board. He is the first and only one
worldwide to hold the position as a music examiner for four different examination
boards at the same time. He has wide experience in assessing piano examination
candidates. On top of being as a music examiner, he is appointed by National
College of Music to be the piano duet examination syllabus coordinator and from
2014, he was also responsible for coordinating and rewriting the piano syllabus. He
is a member of the American Liszt Society and through some contribution, he has
earned the title as a 'Lisztian". He is also a member in good standing of the
Australian Guild of Music and Speech. He is an associate member of the European
Piano Teachers Association. In 2018, he is named as the Hong Kong President of
the World Piano Teachers Association. He is also invited to join as the juror in
piano competition and composition competition organised by the World Piano
Teachers Association.. In 2020, he is named as the Chief Examiner of the Italian
Music Assessment Board System which is an examination board based in Italy.
Born, raised and totally trained in Hong Kong, he started to take up piano lessons
when he was at the age of 5. He appeared on television one year later performing
a whole programme of Beethoven. His teachers included Madam Kam-Mui Deng
and Madam Wo-Ping Law who were famous pedagogues in Hong Kong. He also
studied briefly with Mr. Colin Kingsley. He has played in masterclasses given by the
American pianist Malcolm Frager and the great Shura Cherkassky. Under the full
recommendation from Madam Law, he has got a chance to learn under
Cherkassky for some time.
He is a pianist, teacher, juror and clinician and has been on the jury of some local
and international competitions. He was the Jury Chairman of the Steinway PIano
Competition in 2014 and was the President of Jury of the Mozart International
Piano Competition. He has also judged the World Piano Pedagogy Conference
Competition in USA and last year, he was the President of Jury of the Euterpe
Competition in Italy and in 2018, he has judged an international piano competition
in Venice organised by the Debussy Society. This year, he will judge the Merci
Maestro Competition in Belgium. He is also the Artistic Director of the Neapolitan
Masters Competition in Asia. He has concertised in many countries including UK,
Canada, USA and some countries in Europe.
Since obtaining the Doctorate degree in Music Education, he has taught in many
countries. He is a sought-after teacher in many Asian countries and is a teacher
with many award-winning students. He has given lectures, masterclasses,

workshops for different organisers on different occasions. He is keen on presenting
teacher training programmes for music teachers worldwide. Years ago, he was
appointed as a representative of the Victoria Piano Summer School in Canada. In
2015, he was appointed as the Director of International Studies (Pedagogy and
Masterclasses) of the Ultimate Music Theory of Canada. UMT will issue a series
called "Masterclasses by Anthony Tam' in the near future.
He is also the Hong Kong Director of the Cambodia Support Group (Canada)
which promotes music education in Cambodia. He travels to Cambodia on a
regular basis to give intensive courses to teachers and students.
Right now, he is on the way to create a new piano summer school programme in
the city of Kimberley, Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Brahms specialist
Arne Sahlen. He is now the Artistic Director of the PianoFocus Summer Camp in
Canada. He is also a column writer in music education and music learning for
some child-related publications and is interviewed widely on different occasions
by the press. He is also a writer writing on subjects about piano education in
different magazines. His book about music study has been published by Dynamic
Publications in 2020

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Meet the Judges
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