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Explore, experience and discover with ABRSM
  • Explore music from the new 2019 & 2020 Piano syllabus
  • Experience live performances of the new repertoire from a concert pianist and examiner who'll demonstrate their own approaches to teaching, including tonal balancing, rhythmic shaping, melodic shaping and musical characterisation
  • Discover new ways to help you achieve even better results and develop a deeper understanding of the marking criteria and how to use it to prepare your students for their exams

What to expect

PianoAt each event, professional pianist Loo Bang Hean and ABRSM examiner Ann Martin-Davis will explain how our examiners use ABRSM’s marking criteria to assess different aspects of playing, and how to get the most from the examiner’s mark form comments.

To complement this, the presenters will perform a range of pieces across all eight grades to demonstrate the vital musical ingredients that make for more characterful, stylistic and communicative playing.

Come away with fresh ideas and practical resources to help develop your students’ awareness and control of pitch, time, tone, shape and performance. Each conference includes lunch and refreshments.


Ann Martin-Davis

Ann Martin-Davis is an internationally acclaimed pianist, teacher and researcher. She performs, coaches and conducts seminars in continued professional development for piano teachers around the world.

Ann's touring and ongoing research (she was recently the Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford Faculty of Music) have enabled her to offer students practical, empathic and inspirational classes, as well as coaching supervision and direction.

Her students have won the European Piano Teachers Association Competition and the Oxford Philomusica Concerto Competition, and have also enjoyed success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the CIPC Young Artists Competition in Cleveland. They regularly win scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate study at leading conservatoires and universities, both in the UK and abroad.

Ann teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department as well as undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students at the University of Oxford. An experienced presenter, she's given numerous lecture recitals and full-day teacher training seminars for ABRSM throughout Southeast Asia. She's also an examiner and trainer for ABRSM, and has worked extensively in Southern China.

Her innovative recital programmes have "reinvigorated chamber music" (The Times) and her work in this area was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when her touring programme 'Sound Bites' was nominated alongside Glyndebourne Opera for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Audience Development Award, who described her as "a compelling ambassador for music".

Loo Bang Hean

Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, Bang Hean’s teachers include Serena Chow and Rickie Oui. He was the first-prize winner of the First National Mozart Piano Competition in 1987. Following his success in the LRSM Music Performance diploma in that same year, ABRSM awarded him a four-year scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London.

There, Bang Hean studied with Yonty Solomon, John Blakely and Dennis Lee. He won numerous prizes at the RCM, and awards from the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled him to undergo a year of postgraduate studies with Professor Ilonka Deckers in Milan, Italy.

After returning to Malaysia in 1995, Bang Hean has regularly appeared in solo recitals, chamber concerts and concerto performances with various orchestras. He's appeared in most major concert venues in Malaysia and is an active chamber musician, performing frequently with various instrumentalists including members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances abroad include appearances in the UK, Italy, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia and South Korea.

Bang Hean is also very much involved in music education and is an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Music, UCSI University, as well as a frequent seminar presenter and competition adjudicator around the region.

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