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Hong Tee

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Malaysia’s premier classical guitarist, Hong Tee, performs extensively throughout Malaysia as a solo artist as well as chamber musician. She has performed around the world as well as conducted masterclasses and adjudicated competitions. Hong has released several albums and recently commissioned six works inspired by Malaysia. In 2022, she founded the Peninsular Guitar Ensemble, in which she is the artistic director and conductor for a group of young guitar players from across peninsular Malaysia. As an active performer, Hong participates in the major concert series and international music festivals held in Malaysia. Hong is the first Malaysian female guitarist to obtain the FTCL (Fellow of Trinity College of London) qualifications and also a Master degree in classical guitar performance. She has been awarded the Award of Excellence by Trinity College of London for her achievement in FTCL music diploma. She received her Master of Music (MMus) with Distinction at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (the National Conservatoire of Wales), UK. Born in Kuala Pilah, a small town in Negeri Sembilan, Hong began teaching herself guitar at the age of 13. She learned classical guitar and electric guitar with several teachers before meeting her music mentor, Mdm Malgorzata Skrodzka. In year 2005, she resided in London for a year to study privately with Mr Timothy Walker, guitar professor at the Royal Academy of Music. As an admirer of the British legendary classical guitarist John Mills, she then decided to move to Cardiff in year 2010, studying with two leading British guitarists, Professor John Mills and Professor Graham Anthony Devine, at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Hong's experience has been enriched by attending master classes by the most renowned teachers and musicians, such as Pavel Steidl, Roland Dyens, Ana Vidovic, Philip Hii, Kai Nieminen, Sven Lundestadt, Heiki Mätlik, Edoardo Catemario, Eleftheria Kotzia, Julian Byzantine and others. Maestro Roland Dyens commented on her playing: "very very musical......incredible!" Hong is also a sought-after educator in classical guitar performance as well as an adjudicator for competitions. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience and produce a number of award winners of the international/local guitar competitions. Her career has been reflected in a number of her pupils successfully following career as musicians. Currently, she is the guitar lecturer at the UCSI University and teacher at the Sunway Conservatoire of Music. Besides, she gives master classes and workshops in various states of Malaysia and abroad. Hong is currently playing a Rohan Lowe's guitar