Baylor Student Places At International Music CompetitionAug. 29, 2014
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WACO, Texas (Aug. 29, 2014) – Baylor University has its very own Piano Man. His name is Jie Fang Goh. He goes by “Jeff.”
Goh, a junior Piano Performance major, was awarded second prize in the 2014 International Josef Dichler Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria. Each year, between 10 and 20 international students are invited to study under expert musicians in a series of group and private lessons preceding a series of competitive judging. These Master Classes culminated in the 44th year of the prestigious competition on Aug. 7.
Goh’s most enjoyable moments were during his one-on-one lessons with the Masters.
“I like when we are both in the moment of creating something special in the music, like a great experience we share. I feel very happy when I learn something new,” Goh said.
Goh has dedicated his past two summers to attending international piano programs and master classes in Innsbruck and Vienna. This past summer he was accompanied by Krassimira Jordan professor and artist-in-residence in the School of Music.
“We are so lucky to have him,” Jordan said. “He is so expressive and so passionate.”
Goh began private lessons at 7 in his homeland of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For 10 years, he remained under the tutelage of his private instructor Michelle Tan, receiving the Advanced Performer’s Certificate for Piano with distinction by Trinity College of London at 17.
His education brought him to Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, where he graduated summa cum laude with an associate degree in mathematics. Despite his academic pursuits, Goh never stopped his study of music. During those two years, he practiced under the instruction of 2001 Baylor graduate Christina Mims, frequently performing on campus and within the Waco community. In September 2013, Goh transferred to Baylor University, switching his major to Piano Performance.
Though he is still concentrating on his role as a music student, Goh has greater aspirations.
“Ideally, I want a mix of teaching and performing. I wish to become a world-class pianist as well as a university professor,” Goh said.
For now, Goh is focusing on next month’s recital where he will be playing the same pieces from his winning performance in Vienna.
by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6895
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