Bio

About Lily Chiam

Lily Chiam, Musical Talent, Composer, Educator, Entrepreneur and Event Producer, brings passion, energy & excitement to all her projects. An accomplished Pianist, Lily has performed in Canada, United States, UK, China, Japan, India, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. She is a music composer of 4 albums, and the author of the highly effective EMGenius&Fun Fast-Track Toddlers Development Programs.

Lily is a representative of the South East Asia Directors of Music (SEADOM) and a Music Consultant to many music institutions. She has also served as an adjudicator for many international music festivals and is often invited by Corporate Firms as an Event Producer and Motivational Speaker. Currently, she is the Director and founder of Expression Music Academy in Brunei (3 branches: Kiulap, Airport Mall and Kuala Belait) and Expression Music Inc at Makati, the Philippines as well as License Provider to another music establishment in Serangoon Gardens in Singapore.

She is also the Manager of Shian Li Chiam, ‘Junior Grand Champion Instrumentalist of the World’ at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California in 2014) and Eden Chiam (Top 1st Place of the Pop Adult Voice at the 4th Hong Kong International Music Festival).

Lily was born in Kuala Belait, Brunei Darussalam. Having been caught on camera as early as 6 months old playing on a toy piano, Lily’s love for music has grown into a great passion for life and the expression of the arts for all.

As a young girl, her parents disagree of her learning piano because they think it’s just a luxury expense. But Lily did not give up, at the age of 10, she was helping her mom to do side work so she can earn and save money to sustain her love for music. Later on, she purchased her first keyboard where she started learning on her own.

Lily’s childhood reflected a sound and somewhat conservative approach to learning but she always harbored her dream to further her musical passion, but it wasn’t until she was 16 that her English teacher recommended she take her first formal piano lesson, she was to learn fast as the power of her passion was given opportunity to live out loud. In an almost unheard of speed Lily finished five Grades in less than 2 years.

01

02

In 1992 Lily went to Canada to North America Baptist College. She became one of personal students of the famous late pianist Dr Lejano in Edmonton and did her Bachelor of Arts in Music at University of Alberta, Canada.

She successfully obtained a double degree in AAR Music and BA. Lily started performing tours in both North America (Canada and USA) as well as Asia.

In 1996, Lily returned to Brunei and founded Expression Music Academy. An academy that has now become a premier musical establishment in Brunei with 3 different branches. Expression Music Academy has also expanded overseas with 1 branch in Philippines (2016) and 1 franchisee in Singapore (MidiWorld). Lily’s vision is to nurture music students and music lovers in Brunei Darussalam through providing quality music teaching, learning resources, instruments supplies and services. With over 1,000 students weekly Lily and her staff of highly qualified professionals make fulfilling the dreams of many young musicians to bring out the best in each of them, through lessons, performances as well as concerts.

 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the amazing talents of Lily Chiam. She is fast becoming one of the brightest artist composers in her region. Her music rings with clarity that places the album is a collaboration spanning over one year. We had the pleasure of recording in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Los Angeles and New York. TOGETHER is a labour of love intended for your pleasure. Enjoy it many times over.

Richard Fowler

Her powerful inspiration and imagination are reflected in her bold, driving and colorful paintings employing interesting range of concepts and mediums.

Lily enjoys poetry and writes a lot of poems and inspiration quotes on facebook and twitter.

Through her music, poetry and paint brushes, she found her “freedom of expression” …

05

Events & Activities

2004–2014 Archive of Events & Activities

2015

Feb 7, 2015 – Speaker for Pecha Kucha

Mar 26-29, 2015 – Southeast Asia Directors of Music Meeting (SEADOM)

Apr 18, 2015 – Shell Emblem Night with Shian Li Chiam and Aziz Harun @Empire Hotel Grand Hall

Apr 19, 2015 – 30th Expression Music Academy Recital

Apr 21, 2015 – Special Visitation to meet Rob “Bumblefoot” Thal

May 12, 2015 – EMG/EMF briefing at MusicLoft, Singapore

May 17, 2015 – Trinity Awards, Radisson Hotel, Brunei Darussalam

May 17, 2015 – Performance for She Runs with Eden Chiam, Brunei Darussalam

May 18, 2015 – Vocal Rockschool Seminar, Brunei Darussalam

May 20-22, 2015 – Dr. Krystion Tkaczewski at Steinway Manila Boutique, Philippines

June 20-21, 2015 – Expression Music 30th Recital at Kiulap, Brunei Darussalam

July 12, 2015 – Brunei Semi-Finals Trinity UK Pop & Soul Contest, Brunei Darussalam

July 27, 2015 – Brunei Finals Trinity UK Pop & Soul Contest, Brunei Darussalam

Aug 5, 2015 – Adjudicator for Semi-Finals of National Secondary School Choir Competition at Sekolah Sukan, Brunei Darussalam

Aug 7, 2015 – SG50 with Lang Lang in Singapore Stadium coordinated by Steinway Gallery, Singapore

Aug 10-11, 2015 – EM Genius and Fun Training at Serangoon Gardens Midi World Music School, Singapore

Aug 22, 2015 – Adjudicator for Finals of National Secondary School Choir Competition, Brunei Darussalam

Aug 29, 2015 – Zubaidah’s Wedding Ceremony, Brunei Darussalam

Aug 31, 2015 – Trinity Diploma Graduation, Hotel Dorset Subang, Malaysia

Aug 31, 2015 – Shian Li Chiam’s Trinity Diploma Graduation, Hotel Dorset Subang, Malaysia

Sep 7, 2015 – Regional Finals Trinity UK Pop & Soul Contest, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Sep 19-21, 2015 – 22nd Kota Kinabalu Music Festival, Malyaysia

Oct 2-4, 2015 – Expression Music Recital 2 at Kiulap, Brunei Darussalam

Oct 14-19, 2015 – Shanghai Fest, China

Oct 24, 2015 – Gian & Carem’s Wedding, Orchid Garden Hotel, Brunei Darussalam

Feb 26-27, 2016 – Baiduri Bank Annual Chinese New Year Celebration, Pusat Insani (Seria) & Empire Grand Hall Brunei Darussalam

Feb 27, 2016 – Judge for Persatuan Warganegara Malaysia Lunar New Year Gala Dinner, Brunei Darussalam

Mar 20, 2016 – Francophonie Week at Jubilee Park, Brunei Darussalam

Mar 24-26, 2016 – SEADOM (Southeast Asia Directors of Music), Laos

Apr 23, 2016 – Adjudicator for Semi-Finals of the 3rd Singapore Steinway Youth Piano Competition 2016, Singapore

Apr 29-May 1, 2016 – Expression Music 31st Recital, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Apr 30, 2016 – BMS Membership Dinner at Lanesborough, Brunei Darussalam

May 14, 2016 – Borneo Jazz Festival, Miri, Malaysia

May 22, 2016 – Expression Music 31st Recital, Kuala Belait, Brunei Darussalam

May 29, 2016 – Michael Lu and Camile Wedding, Sofitel Hotel, Manila, Philippines

June 7-9, 2016 – Music Education Festival, Hong Kong

Jun 7-9, 2016 – Worldidac Asia 2016, Hong Kong

Jul 14-15, 2016 – Global Business Network (GBN), Singapore

Sep 10-11, 2016 – Malaysia Youth Music Festival (MYOF), Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Sep 13, 2016 – Elim Chew’s Book Launch, Singapore

Sep 17-18, 2016 – 23rd KK Music & Dance Festival, Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort, KK, Malaysia

Oct 14-16,2016 – Expression Music Recital Part Ⅱ, Kiulap, Brunei Darussalam

Oct 15, 2016 – Peter Pan, Jigsaw School, Brunei Darussalam

Oct 22, 2016 – NBT Toyota Choir Concert, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Oct 24-28, 2016- Steinway Shanghai Music

Nov 12, 2016 – Brunei Shell Marketing, Pondok Terindak Hall, Kota Batu, Brunei Darussalam

Nov 17, 2016 – Tree Lighting Ceremony Launch at Century Mall, Makati, Philippines

Dec 6, 2016 – Grand Launch of DIO Navi, Marriot Grand Ballroom VIP West, Manila, Philippines

Dec 18, 2016 – Expression Music Philippines Grand Opening Launch @ Century Mall, Makati, Philippines

Feb 18, 2017 – Brunei Young Musicians Night, Brunei Music Society

March 27-29, 2017 – EM Festival in Manila, Philippines

Apr 7-14, 2017 – Chang Chun, Dalian, Hangzhou, Ningbo & Shanghai, China

May 5-7, 2017 – Expression Music BSB 33rd Recital, Brunei

May 21, 2017 – Expression Music KB 32nd Recital, Brunei

May 24, 2017  Adjudicator for Radio Television Brunei (RTB) Composition Contest

May 29-Jun 1, 2017 – Music+Talks, Chang Chun & Shanghai, China

June 12, 2017 – Expression Music Manila Recital, Philippines

July 14-26, 2017 – Almafi Course Music Festival, Italy

October 10-15, 2017 – Shanghai Music Festival, China

08

Music educator

  • Co founder of Expression Music Sdn. Bhd., Expression Music Academy and Expression Music Inc.
  • Regional Representative for Rockschool, UK.

Music Composer

  • In you I found, sung by Eden Chiam, achieved Youth Pop Vocal #1 at 4th Hong Kong International Music Festival, 2017.
  • Triumphant Leap, performed by Shian Li Chiam on the Violin, became Junior World Grand Champion at the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) at LA, USA, 2014.
  • Manaku Pergi, sung by Zul Faden (Zulf), was awarded #1 at the Pelangi Awards 2010-2011 at Radio Television Brunei.
  • Together, 1st International Album, release was televised on National TV, Brunei and World TV, Europe, also aired on National Radio, Hotels, Shopping Malls, events, etc, May 11, 2008.
  • Your Presence, EP, launch was televised on National TV, Brunei, also aired on National Radio, Hotels, Shopping Malls, Events, etc, Jun 05, 2010.
  • Expression Music Genius Sing Along Album, 2011.
  • Expression Music Fun Sing Along Album, 2011.

Event Producer

For private and government functions:

  • Apr 10, 2004 “The Dream Begins” Mega concert at Empire Theater, Brunei Darussalam.
  • Apr 30, 2006 “The Dream Expands” Mega concert at Empire Theater, Brunei Darussalam.
  • May 11, 2008 “The Dream Ascends” Mega concert at International Convention Centre, Brunei Darussalam.
  • Jun 05, 2010 “Leap of Creation” at Jerudong Amphitheater, Brunei Darussalam.
  • Nov 25, 2012 “Where The Heart Sings” at AirportMall, Brunei Darussalam.
  • Oct 19, 2014 “Leap of Creation 2” at Pusat Insani, Seria, Brunei Darussalam.
  • Mar 27-29, 2017 “EM Festival” at Manila, Philippines.

And lots more including performances at functions for Royal Birthdays, National Days events for various Embassies, Weddings, Launching New Products, Malls, Jerudong Parks, Brunei Shell, Royal Brunei Airlines, International Events and etc…

Competition Judge

  • Adjudicator for 1st Overseas Performance Festival by Musique Loft, Singapore, Sep 2017,
  • Judge for Composition Writing, RTB, Brunei Darussalam, Sep 2017,
  • Asia Pacific Arts Festival at Hong Kong Academy of Performance, Jul 2017,
  • Steinway Youth Piano Competition in Singapore, Apr 2016,
  • Choral Speech Judge for Primary and Secondary School,
  • National Choir for Government Primary School Competitions,
  • National Choir for Government Secondary School Competitions,
  • RTB Chinese Talent Shows for Youths,
  • RTB Battle of the Bands, RTB Talent Shows,
  • HSBC Sing star Competition,
  • Philippines Independence’s Day Talent Shows and etc.

Author

  • Expression Music Genius (age 3-4) 44 week course;
  • Expression Music Fun (age 4-5) 44 week course;
[Fast Track Remarkable Prodigy Development Courses for young beginners]

Public speaker

  • Public speaker,
  • Motivational speaker (Philippines & London)
  • Asia Inc,
  • Woman Business Forum,
  • BEDB,
  • Brunei Country Town Planning and Development,
  • BTN Business Forum,
  • Career Days Talk at ISB and JIS
  • SEADOM (South East Asia Director of Music) in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia.

Artist

  • Acrylic and oil: exhibit with Art Forum & Rainforest
  • Galleries, Empire Hotels and etc …

Interior Designer

  • Office & Home Design since 2009