An active recitalist, Chan Kiat Lim has performed solo and chamber recitals in Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Romania, Malaysia, and throughout the United States including solo performances at Music at Penn Alps Concert Series in Maryland and a return to Steinway Hall, New York City, in 2011.
Lim’s interest and research in Twentieth-century music, particularly by American composers, have resulted in invitations for presentations and masterclasses at regional and national levels. A recipient of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Grant, Lim collaborated with bass-baritone Shawn Roy in 2011 to release a CD with Centaur Records label entitled An American Kaleidoscope: Song Cycles Through the Lenses of William Bolcom, John Duke, Thomas Pasatieri, and Ned Rorem. This CD features two world-premiere recordings of works by musical giants Bolcom and Rorem. Endorsing Lim’s performance on this CD, Pulitzer Prize winner Rorem writes that “His aims are rare and high, and his means are perfect.”
A pedagogue and clinician, Lim and colleague Susanna Garcia authored an online multimedia curriculum eNovativePiano: Multimedia Resources for Developing Musicianship Skills. Suitable for eLearning and distance learning, this one-of-its-kind curriculum points towards a new direction in piano instruction. In 2021, eNovativePiano received the MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award Lim has presented at numerous international and national conferences including the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, MTNA National Conferences, and the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum on various pedagogical and performance topics.
In 2015, Lim was awarded the Louisiana Music Teachers Association Outstanding Teacher Award. In the same year, Lim also received the Distinguished Professor Award from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he also holds the Margaret Chauvin Steen Villemez Professorship in Music. He teaches piano performance, keyboard literature, class piano, and lectures in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy. In 2020, he was honored as a MTNA Foundation Fellow.
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 music education in the USA, Lim’s particular expertise and teaching approach is the fusion of these diverse musical worlds. Dedicated as a teacher, his students have captured top prizes and awards at regional, national, and international piano competitions.