“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 has worked as a freelance percussionist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He teaches percussion at the Mount Royal University Conservatory of Music and is the current musical director of the Calysto Steelband. Malcolm has taught courses at the University of Lethbridge and led master classes at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He was the musical director for the Calgary Escola de Samba from 2002 to 2012 and has also worked as a creativity facilitator at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Malcolm holds a Bachelor 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 published in Percussive Notes, the Percussive Arts Society periodical. He has studied with Trichy Sankaran (S. Indian percussion), Glen Velez (frame drumming), Boca Rum (Afro-Brazilian percussion), and Michel Mirhige (Arabic percussion). He has received Canada Council for the Arts grants to study in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

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

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