Piano prodigy Tengku Irfan conducting debut at MPYO
Tengku Ahmad Irfan Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal

Malaysian prodigy and piano virtuoso Tengku Ahmad Irfan Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal returns to the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) for the third time this year.

When he takes the stage on Sunday (Dec 10), it will be his conducting debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO). He will be joined by Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) resident conductor Naohisa Furusawa.

The concert, themed “Elixir of Youth”, is part of MPYO’s 10th anniversary this year.

Low Zi Yang

The concert will also feature 13-year-old violinist Low

The concert will also feature the 13-year-old violinist, Low Zi Yang, who won a prize at the Singapore Raffles International Music Festival.

Tengku Irfan first enthralled the audience with his improvisation of cadenzas in his debut concerts with MPO in 2009, according to a statement from MPO.

His performance keeps soaring. Among others, he won the Aspen Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2 Competition, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Charlotte Bergen, and ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards.

He has also collaborated with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony, Sao Paulo State Youth Orchestra and Juilliard Orchestra.

Classical music luminaries that have performed with him include Neeme Järvi, Nikolai Alexeev, Claudio Cruz and Darrell Ang.

Besides his collaborations with MPO in Kuala Lumpur, Tengku Irfan has also toured Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in 2013.

His award-winning composition “Sahibul Hikayat Fantasy Overture” was premiered by MPO at DFP, while his orchestral piece “Keraian” was premiered by the New York Philharmonic, according to a statement.

It added that his choral piece “Tragedi Dewi Suria” was premiered by the New York Virtuoso Singers.

In 2015, Tengku Irfan made his conducting debut with the MusicaNova

In 2015, Tengku Irfan made his conducting debut with the MusicaNova Orchestra

Orchestra for the premiere of his string orchestral work “Nocturne” and conducted the premiere of “Pengem- baraan Minda dan Kenyataan” at the Lincoln Centre in New York.

The MPYO will perform at the Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay, in Singapore on Dec 13. — TMR