Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, Bang Hean’s teachers in Malaysia include Serena Chow and Rickie Oui. He was the 1st prize winner of the First National Mozart Piano Competition in 1987, and following his success in the LRSM performing diploma in that same year the ABRSM awarded him a four-year scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London.
In England Bang Hean studied with Yonty Solomon, John Blakely and Dennis Lee. He won numerous prizes at the RCM and awards from the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled him to undergo a year of postgraduate studies with the Hungarian teacher Professor Ilonka Deckers in Milan, Italy.
Back in Malaysia since 1995, Bang Hean regularly appears in solo recitals, chamber concerts as well as concerto performances with various orchestras. He has appeared in most major concert venues in Malaysia. He is an active chamber musician, performing frequently with various instrumentalists including members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances abroad include appearances in England, Italy, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Korea.
Bang Hean is also very much involved in music education, being an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Music, UCSI University as well as a frequent seminar presenter and competition adjudicator around this region. He works closely with the ABRSM examination board, and has been invited to present their seminars in various countries in the South East Asia.