Meet Our Academic Staff
Our music college’s faculty team is made up of highly experienced and well-qualified Malaysian and foreign nationals who combine the passion for teaching with a broad range of industry experience in music performance, arranging, music production and music business. A number of faculty members are actively engaged in professional work and bring the wealth of the industry network and experience into classrooms. Faculty members play an active role in your student life at ICOM through mentoring and collaborative activities. Allow us to introduce you to your future mentors here.
Dr. Ravichandran Purushothaman, Dean of Academic AffairsDr. Ravichandran, an Indian national, is an author and researcher who presents papers in international conferences. He has a PhD in Pedagogical Leadership from UPSI, Malaysia and teaches research methodology and IT courses, and also conducts research involving students from the leading universities in Malaysia.
Nilesh Thomas, Course LeaderNilesh Thomas, Course Leader, is from India and he leads three programs at ICOM in the areas of curriculum development, student recruitment, teaching and learning and faculty administration. He lecturers in audio theory, acoustics, live sound, electronics & computer systems and supervises graduating seniors’ work placement. An audio engineer by training, he continues to play an active role as recording or FOH engineer in select live concerts in Kuala Lumpur. He has a Master of Music Technology degree from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and an Avid Certified Instructor for Pro Tools.
Samuel Tan Hsien Chih, Head of Music ProgramsSamuel Tan is a collaborative pianist devoted to the fields of teaching, opera, art song, chamber music, musical theatre, and contemporary music. He has a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Accompanying with Distinction and an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance (Level 8) with Distinction from Birmingham Conservatoire (UK). Samuel is a winner of the Delia Hall Accompanist Prize for Pianists, the John Ireland Piano and Chamber Prize as well as the grand AdvPgDip Course Prize and was received the Burke Trophy for Piano Playing. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology at University Malaya, focusing on the research of the sociocultural and historical background of the Southeast Asian art song, particularly the Malaysian Chinese art song.
Angelina Chong, Head of Diploma ProgramsAngelina Chong, is a global citizen who has resided in six countries for work, travel and studies in her lifetime. She leads three programs at ICOM and is currently working on developing new specialization courses in the music and performance. With over 15 years of experience in the education industry, both locally and abroad, she also carries an industry portfolio of the same significance. Her professional background covers design, advertising and new media, writing, and curatorship. She was a member of the BYUH University Choir in the USA, a performer for the Hawaii Contemporary Dance Theater and the Pacific Legends. For the love of the stage, she has worked on stage management for lighting, sound, recording, props and as stylist. As a Fine Artist and Art Historian by training, her contributions are exclusive towards projects which call upon her expertise and talents. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University having studied at both the Hawaii and Utah campuses in the USA.
Sze Kin Sun, Associate Course Leader for Online LearningMr. Sze is a pianist who trained in music synthesis at the Berklee College of Music (USA). He leads the College’s online learning initiative, a program that enables more students to study with ICOM. He serves on the Malaysian Qualification Agency’s (MQA) panel of experts for national performing arts program standards. He has over 15 years teaching experience in ear training, digital audio, music technology and audio for multimedia. He has a Master of Arts degree from Middlesex University (UK) and is also an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro and an Avid Certified Instructor for Pro Tools.
Akihito Fuse, FacultyMr. Fuse is a 7-string jazz guitarist from Japan. Formerly from Koyo Conservatory, a BIN partner school, he has over 30 years of teaching experience in classroom and individual instruction in guitar, ensembles, music theory, ear training, arranging and jazz history. His translation of George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization into Japanese was published in 1993. He has performed in symphony orchestras, big bands, guitar ensembles and small combos for TV, radios, recordings and jazz festivals. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music (USA).
Farid YahyaMr. Yahya plays the clarinet, alto saxophone and piano. He has over 15 years of teaching experience from school music program to tertiary education in music theory, contemporary harmony, arranging for rhythm section, horns & show band, ear training, performance labs and ensembles and individual instruction on piano, clarinet and saxophone. Currently, a resident pianist at the Ritz Carlton in Kuala Lumpur, he has performed in Malaysian orchestras in the woodwind section. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music (USA) and is currently reading for a Master of Arts degree at University Malaya.
Harvinder SinghMr. Singh plays the acoustic guitar and bouzouki and is a member of Diplomat of Drums, a famous band known for their high-level energetic percussion feature. Harvinder or Harvey as he’s fondly referred to is an ICOM alumni and has over 6 years of professional experience as content producer, recording and post-production engineer and digital consultant. He teaches audio theory as well as practical hands-on courses such as recording techniques, digital audio and mixing techniques. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Audio Production from SAE Institute Byron Bay (Australia), and is a Solid State Logic AWS 900 certified user.
Sarah Alia Ahmad JamalSarah plays the double bass and is also a classically trained pianist. She has performed in chamber music groups and symphony orchestras in the UK and Malaysia, and was the principal double bassist at her university. Sarah has a masters degree in music from the University of Salford (UK) and an undergraduate degree in music from UiTM (Malaysia). She currently teaches music theory, traditional harmony, counterpoint and music history at ICOM.
Aiman Bin Mohd MisriAiman Mohd Misri is an audio engineer by training and education. He owns Kelawar Records, an independent label and oversees all aspects from music production to marketing the album releases of artists under his label. He performs as a rapper in Malaysian Hip Hop and R&B music concerts and acts as mixing engineer for various artists. He has worked in live sound and also in post-production for animation. After lecturing at LimKokWing University, Aiman now teaches audio production at ICOM.
Ali Aiman Abdul HamidMr. Aiman plays the piano and trumpet. He is also a singer-songwriter who has written, arranged and produced his compositions for his own album, as well as for numerous original musicals, productions, A-list artists, and collaborative works domestically and overseas. He teaches classroom and individual instruction in piano, commercial composition, music and sound design for visuals, and commercial studio production. An ICOM alumni, he graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Writing and Production.
Ch’ng Wee LernMr. Ch’ng is a classically trained pianist who performs equally well in jazz and contemporary pop music styles. He performs extensively in clubs, festivals and concerts with Malaysia’s legendary and upcoming artists and is recognized readily for his virtuoso skills. He teaches classroom and individual instruction in piano, contemporary harmony, instrumental labs and ensembles and plays an active role in curriculum development. Wee Lern is an ICOM alumni who graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music, awarded by the University of Westminster, UK.