Acclaimed by the New York Times as, “a force to be reckoned with…” Miclen LaiPang has earned global recognition as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. Miclen started his first violin lesson at the age of three, inspired by the work of his brother, a violinist in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. By the age of 9, he went on to win numerous competitions, including the grand-prize of the Merit Award Competition, the ASTA Competition, MTNA, and Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition. Since then, Miclen has performed in over 40 countries and has won multiple awards.
As an avid chamber and orchestral musician, he has participated in numerous programs including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, IMS Prussia Cove, Rome Chamber Music Festival, iPalpiti, Tanglewood, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, Lyricafest, and the Castleman Quartet Program. Other festivals he has appeared in include the Verbier Academy, Spectrum New Music Festival, Port City Music Festival, Montecito International Music Festival, and Boston Music Institute Masterclasses. With a wide range of standard violin repertoire, he is also an advocate for the music of contemporary composers. He has performed and premiered pieces by Steve Reich, John Harbison, György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Lansing McLoskey, Augusta Read Thomas, Christopher Theofanidis, and Thomas Sleeper. In addition to his classical career, Miclen has also enjoyed collaborations with artists such as Shelly Berg, James Newton Howard, Bruce Hornsby, Andy Farber, and Arturo Sandoval.
In 2018, Miclen became one of the violinists for the Echo Klassik nominated LGT Young Soloists; described by Fanfare as “one of the finest orchestras in Europe”. He recently finished working with the group on a CD which will be released in mid-2019 on the RCA Red Seal Sony Music label featuring virtuosic souvenir works. Their next CD is an all Beethoven album featuring Miclen on the premiere recording of the Kreutzer Violin Sonata for chamber orchestra and solo violin.
2019 performances include the Musikverein in Vienna, Elbphlharmonie in Hamburg, Rheingau Musik Festival, Berlin Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Victoria Hall in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Dubai, and more.
His primary mentors include Ida Bieler, Charles Castleman, Ruggiero Ricci, and Alice Schoenfeld. His previous institutions are the Colburn School, Eastman School of Music, and University of Miami.
Currently, he is doing his Konzertexamen at the Robert Schumann Hochschule with Ida Bieler.
Miclen performs on a violin made by Stefan-Peter Greiner and Mark Jennings c. 2017 on generous loan by IMS Prussia Cove.