P’ng Tean Hwa 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 Ars Nova Competition in Singapore, the Asia International Piano Competition in Taiwan and in South Korea, and the 5th German Irmler (Qingdao) International Piano Competition in Qingdao, China. Closer to home, he is the organizing chairman and the head of the final-round jury of the UCSI University International Piano Festival and Competition, held biennially since 2014.
Dr. P’ng is Professor and Director of the Institute of Music at UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur. At UCSI University, he is a long-standing member of the University Examination Board, has served as the Chair of the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee in 2007–2010, and is a member of the University Council and the Student Disciplinary Board. He has also been invited to contribute as a blind peer reviewer for several journals.
Tean Hwa holds a doctoral degree in piano performance and literature from West Virginia University, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in piano performance from Western Illinois University, FTCL and LTCL diplomas in piano performance from Trinity College of Music, and a chemical engineering degree from Universiti Malaya. His principal piano teachers include Mdm. Lucy Loong, Mr. Eric Leong, Dr. James Vadiveloo, Mdm. Margaret Yoong, Prof. Emeritus Dr. Michael Campbell and Prof. Dr. Peter Amstutz. Tean Hwa is a life member of the national scholastic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi in the USA.