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Free Hand 2023
Composers and Performers

Join us for the Composers' Forum before the concert where composers and performers discuss their creative process through composition and performance. ​

Event Agenda

3:30 - 5:30 PM Composers' Forum

8:00 - 10:00 PM Concert



Lim Yu Yao: Sun Dance 

Performed by:  Chiew Zhi Hong 


Sayyid Shafiee: The Woman in Blue

Performed by: Yee Jian Hao 


Tai Yun Ming: Interealmezzo

Performed by:  Princess Maxwin 


Wan Azlan: Piano Berat No. 1

Performed by:  Ho Su Han 


Jellal Koay: Dreaming

Performed by:  Nyoman Vicki Riana


Zhiyong Tan: 9 Etudes for piano

Performed by:  Artur Grigoryan


Sean Gan: L'Etoile

Performed by:  Lim Kwan Yee 


Fairuz Zamani: Phrygian Fantasy

Performed by:  Hou Yao 


Tan Jay Tze: At the Eleventh Hour

Performed by:  Heah Zi Ling


Sebastian Ooi : Ombak

Performed by:  Chong Wei Qi


Special Feature:

Michael Ellison:  Interlude on Todi 

Performed by:  Cheong Yew Choong



UCSI University Recital Hall, LG Floor, Block G, 1, Jalan Puncak Menara Gading, Taman Connaught,

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia


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MCC is proud to partner with UCSI Institute of Music for the 3rd Free Hand Contemporary Composers Piano Festival in September 2023. During the festival, two composers will be commissioned to write a new piano work which will be the set piece for Senior and Young Artist Categories for the UCSI University International Piano Festival & Competition in 2024. 


This festival/competition is opened to all Malaysians both local and overseas. Hurry and submit your scores by 20 June 2023!



1. Malaysian composers aged 18 years and above are invited to submit solo piano works.

2. Compositions should be between 4 to 6 minutes.

3. The composition can be a new work or a work written after January 1, 2018.

4. The composition is written for one pianist.

5. The composition may include electronics. The electronics must be straightforward and only involves playback.

6. Prepared piano works are possible but will be performed on a smaller grand piano.

7. Composers can only submit one work.

8. Handwritten scores are only accepted if it's clearly written and neatly presented.

9. Previous prize-winning and commissioned works are not eligible for this festival.

10. Submit your PDF scores and mp3 recording (if available) to with the subject 'Submission Free Hand 2023' by June 20, 2023.

11. Include a cover letter with your name, email address and a short biography of not more than 200 words. All information must fit into 1 page only.

12. Proof of citizenship and age either Malaysian Passport or Malaysian Identification Card.

13. There is an entry fee of RM50. Kindly transfer your payment to:

Persatuan Komposer Kolektif
Maybank Berhad
Account Number: 574280616386

14. For Malaysian Composers Collective (MCC) members, there is no entry free.

Free Hand Festival 2022 'making of' videos.

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