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Drawing on their experiences in music performance and music education in Germany, Malaysia and the UK, Daphne Chook and Immanuel Voigt lead a strong team of 15 young instrumentalists. At their own Cardiff-based music school International Music School Cardiff, Daphne and Immanuel offer music tuition of the highest quality to young children, young adults and adults. They believe that music tuition must be available to anyone regardless of age and background, and that music tuition must be delivered by musicians who lead a professional performing career alongside their teaching.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, award-winning concert pianist Immanuel Voigt was awarded a scholarship in 2013 for two years of postgraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, which he completed with a Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance in 2015.
He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in venues across the UK and abroad, most recently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London’s St. Martin in the Fields; Haddo House, Scotland; Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man; Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre; in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, in the Penarth Pavilion and in the Swansea and Cardiff Mansion House.
As one of three ensembles he reached the Grand Final of the St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition in March 2016 with his piano trio, the Veiga Trio, after having succeeded in the first two rounds of this highly competitive annual competition. Their performance of Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Arensky was received with standing ovation.
He was a finalist of the 2015 Chopin Competition held at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and was a finalist and prize winner at the 2014 EPTA piano competition in Manchester. Other recent prizes include the 1st Prize at the Beethoven Sonata Competition of the Scotland Music Festival 2013 and the 1st Prize at the Ogston Music Prize in 2012.
Immanuel has worked in masterclasses with internationally renowned artists including Freddy Kempf, Nicolai Demidenko, Martin Roscoe, Steven Osborne, Nelson Gorner, Christian Ihle Hadland, Mikhail Kazakevich, Leslie Howard, Tamara Stefanovich, Louis Schwizgebel, Llyr Williams, Benjamin Frith and Peter Hill. An experienced solo pianist, he also regularly performs with the Veiga Piano Trio with whom he reached the semi-finals of the St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition in spring 2016, and also plays in orchestral settings and accompanies singers and instrumentalists.
Alongside his performing career he is a passionate and sought-after piano teacher and acts as Director of his own music school International Music School Cardiff, which he founded in 2015 together with his partner Daphne Chook. In 2015 they won the Bright Ideas Den Business Award for the most outstanding graduate start-up in South Wales, and in 2016 they were finalists at the Regional Awards Cardiff in both the Innovation Award and Small Business category.
Daphne Chook, Music Coordinator and co-founder of International Music School Cardiff, is a dedicated educator specialising in young children’s music development.
On a scholarship she was awarded in 2013, Daphne completed her Master of Arts degree in Music Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2015. Daphne was under the tutelage of Richard Ormrod during her two years of studies at the Royal Welsh College Music & Drama. Back in Malaysia, Daphne completed her Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music) degree at the University of Malaya in 2013. Under the tutelage of Dr Kim Bo-Kyung and Dr Nicholas Ong, Daphne won the Yamaha Music Scholarship Asia Award, being the youngest student ever to have won the prestigious award.
Daphne has performed as pianist and chamber musician around Asia and the UK and she has worked in masterclasses with internationally-renowned pianists Mahani Teave, Foo Mei Yi, Lim U-Jin, Tran Thu Ha, Benjamin Loh, and Gabriel Kwok during her studies in Malaysia, and Graham Caskie and Richard McMahon while she was a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Together with Immanuel Voigt she has given masterclasses and talks in Cardiff and Kuala Lumpur.
At International Music School Cardiff, Daphne acts as Music Coordinator and organises classes and events, teaches piano, music theory and musicianship classes. She also assists Alice Muzzioli in running International Music School Cardiff’s unique early-childhood music programme Music Foundation. In 2015 they won the Bright Ideas Den Business Award for the most outstanding graduate start-up in South Wales, and in 2016 they were finalists at the Regional Awards Cardiff in both the Innovation Award and Small Business category.