Chan Kiat Lim is active both as a private and group instructor. Grounded in the curriculum of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), London and eventually receiving his conservatory training in the USA, Lim’s particular expertise and teaching approach is the fusion of these diverse musical worlds.
A pedagogue and clinician, Lim has presented at the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, Phi Kappa Phi National Conference, MTA State Conventions, MTNA National Conference, and the Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum on various pedagogical and performance topics. His interests include WEB-based instruction in group piano, music by Contemporary American composers, performance interpretation through visual imagery, and composition as a tool in enhancing sight reading.
Lim has won several piano competitions and is active as a recitalist. He was the 2007 WVMTA State Convention Artist with an appearance with WVU Symphony Orchestra. Lim has also performed solo and chamber recitals in Italy, Greece, Romania, and throughout the United States including solo performances at Music At Penn Alps Concert Series in Maryland and twice Steinway Hall, New York City. Lim’s interest in new music has resulted in a release of a CD under Centaur Records Label with bass-baritone Shawn Roy entitled An American Kaleidoscopefeaturing song cycles by William Bolcom, John Duke, Thomas Pasatieri, and Ned Rorem, of which the Bolcom and Rorem are world premieres.
A native of Malaysia, Lim received his music certifications in piano, violin, and theory from the ABRSM and the Trinity College of Music, London. Awarded the College of Creative Arts Performance Grant from West Virginia University, Lim came to the U.S.A. in 1995 to study with Dr. James Miltenberger. He later received his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music as a scholarship student of Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff. Lim has also worked with other esteemed artists and pedagogues such as Dorothy Delay, Masao Kawasaki, Peter Oundjian, Sandra Rivers, and James Tocco. With a secondary degree emphasis on teaching, he studied pedagogy with Connie Arrau Sturm and Michelle Conda.
At present, Lim is Associate Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he holds the Steen-Villemez Professorship. He teaches applied piano, piano literature, and class piano and lectures on “Music of the World Wars” in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program. He also maintains a private studio of students ranging from beginning to high school levels. His students have won top prizes and awards at regional, national, and international competitions. Lim is an MTNA Certified Teacher of Music. In 2015, he was named a University of Louisiana at Lafayette Distinguished Professor.