“I have never felt completely at home in “the West” nor in “the East”.

Photo Courtesy of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 2020

Malcolm Lim is a Canadian Percussionist, Teacher, and Composer.

Malcolm Lim serves as the Acting Principal Percussionist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches percussion at the Mount Royal University Conservatory of Music. He is the current musical director of the Calysto Steelband and was the musical director of the Afro-Brazilian dance and drum ensemble, Calgary Escola de Samba, from 2002 to 2012. Malcolm has taught courses at the University of Lethbridge, led master classes at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and worked as a creativity facilitator at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He has published in Percussive Notes, the journal for the Percussive Arts Society, and his compositions, “Two South Indian – American Rudimental Solos”, will be published by Bachovich Music Publications.

Malcolm has a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from McGill University where he studied with Pierre Beluse and D’Arcy Gray. His graduate studies were at University of Montreal where he worked with Louis Charbonneau of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Malcolm has also studied with Trichy Sankaran (S. Indian percussion), Glen Velez (frame drumming), Boca Rum (Afro-Brazilian percussion), Michel Mirhige (Arabic percussion), and Alessandra Belloni (S. Italian Percussion). He has received Canada Council for the Arts grants to study in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Malcolm has shared the stage with Jesse Cook, Amir Amiri, Iskwe, Jamey Haddad, Glen Velez, Sarah Slean, the samba bateria of G.R.E.S. Estação Primeira de Mangueira (Rio de Janeiro), and the Canadian National Jazz Orchestra.

Malcolm was born in Singapore and grew up in Taber, southern Alberta.

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