Friday, August 31, 2012

New Space to Artists

Looking for a Recital Room ?

Conveniently located at SS2 , PJ --- our recital room is well equipped with Warm yellow lighting, perfect acoustic, finely tuned grand piano, fully carpeted flooring, mirror mirror on the wall... Toccata Studio do rent out spaces for music recitals.

We now offer a special two hours and/or four hours rate for recitals. 
Please do not hesitate to contact Miss Tan @ 016-3618504 or 
email for further details.

You are always welcome to view the recital room in person at 
Toccata Studio, 19B, SS2/55, 
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
( please call 016-3618504 to arrange time for your visit. )

Performing Room

Installation Room

Reception Area

Toccata Studio
19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Cake Project #3
2nd September 2012, 3pm
THANKS to our cake sponsor: THIS & THAT CAFE, 
1-39, Jalan Puteri 4/6,  Bandar Puteri 
47100 Puchong, Selangor.

点子计划 :一项让创意点子揭开序幕的微资金计划

地址 19B, SS2/55, 
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
电话  0163618504


  • 我们欢迎画家、音乐家、作家、演艺家、电影制作人、舞蹈家、设计师摄影师等任何艺术领域从业者呈交简短的创新点子计划,以便从中考虑出席点子计划微资金实行日的候选人。

  • 在点子计划微资金实行日,我们邀请广大群众出席参与。所有出席者必须以至少十五零吉的最低捐款为入门通行价,所有款项将被收入捐款箱。每一位出席者都将获得一片自制蛋糕与咖啡或茶。与此同时,每一位出席者都将自动获得投一票的权利。

  • 候选人将受邀请分别介绍各自的创新点子计划。在介绍的休息时间,将会有简短的特别嘉宾演奏。聆听所有候选人的创新点子计划之后,所有出席者须决定投出手上的一票给于最欣赏的创新点子。

  • 点子计划微资金实行日的最后一个阶段,所有投出的票将被计算。得票最高的创新点子计划将获得捐款箱内的现款,作为该计划揭开序幕的第一笔微资金。获奖人也将受邀参与未来的微资金计划实行日,以便所有出席者能跟进该计划的进行,体验从零开始至完成一项创意艺术计划的整个过程。





  • 我们欢迎任何艺术领域任何形式的创新点子计划。所有参与的简短创新点子计划必须亲自呈交 TOCCATA 或电邮

  • 创新点子计划微资金的得主必须在获得微资金当日计算起一年之内首演该计划。

  • 已呈交的同一创新点子计划如果不成功成为候选人,必须等到相隔两个月之后才能再度呈交。(例:如果您在五月呈交创新点子计划而无法成为候选人,下一次再度呈交同一计划的月份将是七月或以后。)
  • 所有参与的简短创新点子计划必须在每个双数月份的最后一个星期日中午十二时之前呈交 TOCCATA STUDIO,以便参与下一个单数月份第一个星期日的点子计划微资金实行日。

Toccata Studio
19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Summer Exhibition

It's Summer at Toccata Studio

2012 Summer Art Exhibition at Toccata Studio 
Exhibition Period: 26/8/2012 to 07/09/2012
Opening Hours: 11am - 6pm daily

All are Welcome!!

Toccata Studio
19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Piano Recital

Young Malaysian Pianists Zhi Hong and Chyh Shen

Piano Recital by 

Zhi Hong on the piano

Chiew Zhi Hong 
Candidate for 13th Ettlingen International Piano competition for young pianists in GERMANY and
Low Chyh Shen 
Piano Competition candidate in Singapore

Chyh Shen on the piano

Chiew zhi Hong Bach  -- Prelude & Fugue in C major(B 1)
Haydn  -- Sonata no 52 in E flat major (1st mvt)
Chopin  -- Etude in C major op.10 no1

Granados   -- Allegro de concert
Low Chyh Shen Beethoven  -- Sonata no 23 in F minor op.57(complete)

Chiew Zhi Hong Mozart  -- Sonata in C major K330 (complete)
Chopin  -- Ballade no 1 in G minor op 23
Ravel  -- Oiseaux Tristes & Alborada Del Gracioso
Low Chyh Shen Chopin  -- Etudes op 25 no 5 and 12
Liszt  -- Dante Sonata


Toccata Studio
19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Hub of Arts

Toccata Studio - The Hub of Arts 

Venue for music lovers

MUSICIANS and young talents find it hard to display their artistic skills in Malaysia as the country lacks platforms for them to turn their passion into a professional career.

The untapped potential of local musicians, especially those returning from overseas, who seek to venture into musical arts for a living can only bow reluctantly to reality and work in a more secure jobs.

However, Tan E-Jan and Ng Chor Guan, both 31, refused to give up on their passion for music and, eventually, started up Toccata Studio.

A toccata (from Italian toccare, ‘to touch’) is a virtuoso piece of music in which a musician’s skills will be exhibited in melding of of musical composition and artistic talent.

Ng Chor Guan 

Although the studio is located in the dense and mature area of SS2, Petaling Jaya, it is still seeking more exposure for musical culture and arts.

Sharing their background, Tan said she began learning piano when she was five but had never expected to become a piano performer then.
Majoring in piano performance and flute in the United Kingdom, she performed and taught piano lessons for several years there.

Meanwhile, Ng learnt to compose songs and brought together a combination of music and technology when he took up lessons on the least popular electronic musical instrument, the theremin.

“I once performed with a theremin and was invited to participate in a seminar on musical arts in England,” he said.“Among the 10 of us who got the invitation, I was the only Malaysian while others were from England, Japan, South Korea and Australia,” he said.
According to the duo, it is vital for the studio to create a platform to expose the community to the arts and music.

From time to time, Toccata Studio organises various activities such as musical performances, sharing sessions, seminars and art exhibitions.The studio also provides a venue for music recitals and also offers music lessons, art lessons and yoga classes for the public.

Tan E-Jan

Equipped with a 60-seat mini-concert hall, the studio is often packed with newcomers to support the events.

These days the studio organises music performances at least once a month and charges a nominal fees for those who want to use the concert hall. There is also a music room that can be rented to conduct music lessons.

The duo hopes to hold more performances as well as a offer more diverse displays of music and art.“Although Malaysia is a multiracial country with different cultures, languages, music and musical instruments, what we need most is a musical language that belongs to the country. However, the arts lack support and funding from the government,” Ng said.

“We devised a fundraising initiative call the ‘Cake Project’. The initiative is rather common in other countries and its contributions will help the musical community to start more projects for future development,” she said.The project also acts as a rendezvous point for artists and their audiences to meet up regularly as well as to create rapport among themselves.

This helps create more awareness about culture among the public
Under the project, artists such as musicians, writers, entertainers, filmmakers, dancers, designers and photographers can submit a short proposal of their innovative ideas to the studio.
Each participant who has submitted a proposal is required to make a brief presentation about their idea. It will then be voted on and be considered for funding.

Artists who fail to make it however, cannot re-submit their proposal in consecutive months.

Set up for only four months ago, the duo and the performers had received different response from locals and other countries.

They even received enquiries about their performances from Canada.

Once, a Frenchman deliberately made a trip to Penang just to see their performance there and stayed through the night with them.As the duo narrated the experience, they talked for the whole night about their passion and it was indeed an eye-opening experience for them.

This further became an affirmation that the effort they put into their cause had not gone to waste and became encouragement to continue to work for it.“In Malaysia, creativity might not be valuable but it is undeniable that it is part of our lives,” Tan said.

To-date, Toccata Studio has organised the Cake Project meetings twice and the next meeting will be held on the first Sunday of September at 3pm. Artists can submit their proposals to Toccata Studio personally or via email at by Aug 26 at noon.

interviewed by Meifen Wong

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