Hong Tee

Classical Guitarist


Malaysian leading classical guitarist, Hong Tee, performs extensively throughout Malaysia as a solo artist as well as chamber musician. She also performed in Wales, England, Singapore and has been invited as Professor to conduct masterclasses and adjudicating competitions at the prestigious XVIII International Guitar Art Festival in Serbia. In year 2017, she released her debut solo album <Evocation> . At the same year, she presented the world premier of a new work, Fantasia over a Borneo Folksong , written for Malaysia and dedicated to her by the Italian composer, Carlo Domeniconi.

As an active performer, Hong participates in the major concert series and international music festivals held in Malaysia. She was the soloist at the 3rd International Festival of Classical Music 2014, artist and juror of the Tarrega Malaysia International Classical Guitar Festival 2015 and 2016, Philharmoniker Classical Guitar Festival Johor 2016. She was also the artist of the Bel Canto Concert Series 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, organized by the Classical Music Society KL/Selangor. She has been invited three times by CMS to conduct master classes, workshops and playing concerts at the Pluck & Bow Music Retreat 2013, 2014 and 2015, alongside with other international artists. Her recital for the Bel Canto Concert Series 2014 <Hong Tee Plays Brouwer> was the first of its kind in Malaysia to play a full concert of a single composer's works on the classical guitar. Since 2013, she initiated a classical guitar charity concert series, Love Music, which aims to extend the outreach of the classical guitar music to the local community. Love Music presented both the classical guitar solo recital and chamber music recital. This series has gained great support from the media and public.

Hong is the first Malaysian female guitarist to obtain the FTCL (Fellow of Trinity College of London) qualifications and also a Master degree in classical guitar performance. She has been awarded the Award of Excellence by Trinity College of London for her achievement in FTCL music diploma. She received her Master of Music (MMus) with Distinction at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (the National Conservatoire of Wales), UK. Both of her master's public recitals were graded as distinction with the final one commented as outstanding performance by renown musicians. Her achievement during the master's study has gained her a scholarship from the college. 

Born in Kuala Pilah, a small town in Negeri Sembilan, Hong began teaching herself guitar at the age of 13. She learned classical guitar and electric guitar with several teachers before meeting her music mentor, Mdm Malgorzata Skrodzka. In year 2005, she resided in London for a year to study privately with Mr Timothy Walker, guitar professor at the Royal Academy of Music. In year 2009, she has been offered to study the Master of Music by both the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. As an admirer of the British legendary classical guitarist John Mills, she then decided to move to Cardiff  in year 2010, studying with two leading British guitarists, Professor John Mills and Professor Graham Anthony Devine, at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. 

Hong's experience has been enriched by attending master classes by the most renowned teachers and musicians, such as Pavel Steidl, Roland Dyens, Ana Vidovic, Philip Hii, Kai Nieminen, Sven Lundestadt, Heiki M├Ątlik, Edoardo Catemario, Eleftheria Kotzia, Julian Byzantine and others. Maestro Roland Dyens commented on her playing: "very very musical......incredible!"  

While active as a soloist, she plays guitar duet with Belarusian guitarist, Anastasiya Kryvanos, in UK. She joined American guitarist, Dr Nathan Fischer, playing guitar duet and played chamber music with Dr Andrew Filmer (violist), Alice Ching (mezzo-soprano), Kenneth Teh (pianist) and Mireia Frutos Fernadez (pianist). She also giving concerts with Duo Ostinato and Quartet Brio, consisting of guitarists, Mr Fung Tong Sen, Mr Tan Chee Kian and Mr Lee Thiam Foo. 

Hong is also a sought-after educator in classical guitar performance as well as an adjudicator for competitions. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience and produce a number of award winners of the international/local guitar competitions. Her career has been reflected in a number of her pupils successfully following career as musicians. 

Currently, she is the guitar lecturer at the UCSI University and Malaysian Institute of Art. Besides, she gives master classes and workshops in various states of Malaysia and abroad.

Hong is currently playing a Rohan Lowe's guitar