Tengku Irfan

Collaborative Artist

Tengku Irfan

Teaching Fellow

The Juilliard School

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Musical Exchange Programme


Tengku Irfan, Malaysian pianist, conductor and composer, praised by the New York Times as “eminently cultured” and possessing “sheer incisiveness and power,” made his debut at eleven with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto WoO 4 and improvised his own cadenzas under Claus Peter Flor with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist under many conductors around the world, including Neeme Järvi, Osmo Vänskä, David Robertson, and Robert Spano. As a composer, he received the 2012 ASCAP Charlotte Bergen Award for his String Quartet and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in 2012, 2014 and 2017. His compositions have been premiered by orchestras and ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester, New York Virtuoso Singers, Peoria, and Singapore Symphony orchestras. Irfan is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he is also a teaching fellow. He is appointed as Youth Ambassador of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.


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