Professor Dr P’ng Tean Hwa

Professor of Piano


Academic Qualifications

PG. Dip (Tertiary Teaching)
DMA (Piano)
MA (Piano)
BA (Piano)
FTCL (Piano)
BE (Hons) Chemical Engineering
LTCL (Piano)

Areas of Interest
Piano & chamber music performance
Performance practice
Piano Literature
Piano pedagogy
Problem-based learning

Prof. Dr. P’ng Tean Hwa is Professor and Director of the Institute of Music at UCSI University. He has played an active role in establishing UCSI University’s International Piano Festival and Competition (serving as the chair of the judging panel for the Finals round) as well as the Piano Pedagogy Conference, which are held biennially in alternate years since 2014.

Alongside his teaching duties and leadership roles at the university, Tean Hwa has been actively involved with performances, both locally and abroad. Over the years, he has appeared in numerous public concerts as a soloist as well as collaborative pianist in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Hungary, and the USA. As a clinician, he has presented numerous lectures, workshops, and seminars to both piano teachers and the general audience, and conducted many piano masterclasses nationally and internationally. He is frequently invited to serve as a guest examiner and also to adjudicate competitions, including the 2nd Thailand Mozart International Competition, the Asia International Piano Competition in Taiwan and in South Korea, and the 5th German Irmler (Qingdao) International Piano Competition in Qingdao, China, and the HarmoniumOnlinePlus International Piano Competition. He has also been invited to contribute as a blind peer reviewer for several music journals.

Prof. P’ng holds doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees and the FTCL and LTCL diplomas in piano performance, a chemical engineering degree, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching. He is a life member of the national scholastic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi in the USA.


Research / Conference Publications, Presentations, Performances / Recordings

Soloist for Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the Malaysian, Philharmonic Orchestra, 2019.

Networks / Industry Linkages / Memberships

1. National representative for Malaysia, SEADOM
2. Life member, Malaysian Association for Music Education (MAME)