Acclaimed by the New York Times as, “a force to be reckoned with…” Miclen LaiPang 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 for the University of Redlands, the ASTA Competition, 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, Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, Laura Bossert and Terry King’s Lyricafest, and the Castleman Quartet Program. Other festivals he has appeared in include the Spectrum New Music Festival, Port City Music Festival, Montecito International Music Festival, and Boston Music Institute Masterclasses. This year, he will be participating in IMS Prussia Cove and Rome Chamber Music Festival. 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 LGT Young Soloists; described by Fanfare as “one of the finest youth orchestras in Europe”. He recently finished working with the group on a CD which will be released in June 2019 on the RCA Red Seal Sony Music label. 2019 performances with LGTYS include: Musikverein in Vienna, Rheingau Musik Festival, Mattsee Festival, Neues Schloss in Stuttgart, Berlin Philharmonic, Ahauser Schlosskonzerte, Victoria Hall in Singapore, and Musikwoche Braunwald in Switzerland.
In July 2019, he will take part in the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates, now in its 22nd season where it features iPalpiti & Soloists (a touring consortium of 22-30 prize-winning young professional musicians from around the world).
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 the 1714 Giuseppe Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ “Sue Miller” violin generously donated by the Miller family and on loan by the Frost School of Music.