Sonny Chua (1967-2020) : Represented Artist
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Born on 2 November 1967 in Penang, Malaysia, as the eldest of four children, Sonny Chua also lived in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Malacca before the family immigrated to Australia. He continued his piano studies in Melbourne, attended the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, later completing a Bachelor of Music degree at University of Melbourne, Conservatorium of Music, specialising in piano performance. Primarily self-taught as a composer, he also conducted studies in composition with Peter Tahourdin, Barry Conyngham and Brenton Broadstock.
Sonny Chua's music is characterised by its playfulness with styles and musical techniques. His music strives for the beauty of simplicity and brevity, and speaks in an accessible and lively language. As most of his published music was written as educational works for his students, there was a particular emphasis, in these works, in developing performance techniques.
Chua's music is listed on all Australian examination syllabi and published by Hal Leonard and Midnight Editions. His piano works are regularly heard in competitions for young musicians and on the radio. He was sought after as a speaker on piano teaching and music education at workshops, festivals and conferences. His papers on these topics have been published in conferences and educational publications.
From 2002 to 2007 he taught at Melbourne High School, was the last Director of Music at the MacRobertson Girls' High School, and later the Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Melbourne.
Sonny Chua died on 9 September 2020 following a stroke.