Date: 7 March 2014, Friday
Venue: Recital Hall, South wing campus
Congratulations to the nominated candidates for the masterclass! They are (in random order):
- Wendy Lim- Kabalevsky: Piano Sonata no. 3 in F Major op. 46 (1st mvt)
- Seo Yan Yee- Debussy: Feux d’artifice
- Lim Hong Zhi – Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No. 12
Milan Franek’s dedication to the piano started at the age of five in the class of Marie Kotrčová at the music school in České Budějovice (CZ). Five years later at this same school he began learning his second instrument, the trombone. This led to further studies of the trombone in the class of Vlastimil Eichler at the Conservatory in Plzeň (CZ) and with Zdeněk Pulec and Miloslav Hejda at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
In the year 1994 Milan decided to complete his piano education and began studying with professor Peter Barcaba at the University of Music in Vienna. These studies in piano and piano pedagogy were completed at the University of Music in Graz (A) with professor Walter Groppenberger, previously president of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) – Austria.
In the year 1984 Milan won with his piano trio the 3. prize at the International Radio Competition “Concertino Praga” and in the year 1988 the 3. prize at the National wind instrument competition of music conservatories in trombone playing in Brno, Czech Republic.
Milan Franek also participated in several international piano master classes with renowned pianists (Eva Solar-Kindermann, Williard Schultz, Pierre Jasmin – Canada, Peter Roggenkamp – Germany, Avo Kouyoumdian – Austria, Eugene Indjic and Livia Rév – France).
M. Franek tought at the Conservatory of České Budějovice (1990 – 1993), Faculty of pedagogy in Hradec Králové (2002 – 2003), International music school in Prague (2002 – 2003) and at the Conservatory and college of J. Ježek in Prague (2003 – 2012). In the years 2003 – 2008 he tought also at the Faculty of pedagogy of the Charles University in Prague, where he completed his doctoral studies in Music theory and pedagogy.
In the year 2006 Milan participated with his students of the Faculty of pedagogy of the Charles University in the international project of seven universities MUSTUFE – master classes and festival of chamber music at the University of Klaipeda, Lithuania. One year later he led a piano master class at the Cukurova University in Adana, Turkey.
In September 2008 was Milan Franek invited as a jury member to the International piano competition “Concours Grieg” in Oslo, where he also led a master class with the students of the Norwegian Academy of Music and performed a lecture – recital with the Jazz etudes by Milan Dvořák.
Milan made several recordings of classical music for the Czech Radio and performed concerts in the Czech Republic, Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Norway, Lithuania, Serbia and Malaysia.
Since the year 2010 is Milan Franek the President of the European Piano Teachers Association for the Czech Republic.
Since March 2012 he has been teaching the principal piano as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Music of the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Shah Alam,. Malaysia.
In the year 2013 conducted Milan Franek a piano master class at the College of music of the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and at the Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong and in February 2014 at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.