Neecia Majolly

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Neecia Majolly
Origin Brunei Darussalam
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano, Voice
Majolly Music Trust First Anniversary Feb 11th 2012

Neecia Majolly [1][2][3] is a leading Indian concert pianist,[4][5] conductor, singer, teacher and composer.

Biography[edit]

Neecia Majolly’s development as a musician included piano studies with her parents in Brunei Darussalam, with Vivien Ngo (Singapore), Dr. John Roberts (Perth, Australia), and vocal studies with Shelagh Molyneax (Singapore). Giving her first public performance at the age of 6, Neecia has several successful solo performances to her credit in Malaysia, Singapore, Western Australia, Brunei, Sweden and India, and was an accompanist to Russian-American violinist Galina Heifetz in India. She has recorded for radio and television.[6]

In 1992, Neecia was awarded the Stephanie Coleman Prize for Best Graduating Pianist from the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, Perth, the Rex Hobcroft Award in 1991 for Best Pianist at the Inaugural Chamber Music Competition (Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, Perth), and in 2001, the Edgar Fewkes Memorial Award for outstanding musician (voice) in the southern Indian region. In addition, she holds an ALS (Associate of La Salle - SIA College of the Arts, Singapore) in both performance and principles of teaching, ALCM (Associate of the London College of Music) in music theatre, LTCL (Licentiate of the Trinity College, London) in piano, voice and principles of teaching, LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London) in piano, and the FTCL (Fellowship of the Trinity College, London) in piano.[7]

As a music educator, Neecia has taught at the Delhi School of Music, the Bangalore School of Music, Technics Music School (Sabah, Malaysia), and is teaching piano and vocal studies privately in Bangalore (including vocal training and interpretative workshops), where she has been living since 1995. Neecia was the Founder-Director and President of the Bangalore Society of Performing Arts (BSPA), and was the artistic adviser to the National Philharmonic of India.[7][8] She also worked as radio presenter of Western Classical Music in New Delhi during the period 1993-94, as well as critiquing for two major newspapers, Deccan Herald as well as the Indian Express, during the period 1995-96. She is ex-All-Karnataka representative of the London College of Music Examinations(LCME).[9]

Neecia is the Founder-Trustee of the Majolly Music Trust[10][11] which aims to raise the standard of Western Classical Music in India and has the unique distinction of having created a pension fund for aged and infirm musicians due to absence of any framework of social security in India.[12]

Under her baton, two choirs, Madrigals, Etc which specialises in music from the Renaissance period [6] and the Camerata, have earned a firm reputation in India for being unique in their choice of repertoire and quality of presentation. The year 2001 saw the historic performance of Handel’s “Messiah” for choir, soloists and full-fledged orchestra, the likes of which had never been experienced in India before.[13] The former choir launched, in October 2009, the first ever western classical music album in India The Renaissance Begins.[14] She now has a piano album Gold Spa by Universal Audio, USA [15]

Neecia has recently been empaneled in the Indian Council for Cultural Relations panel of musicians for Western Classical Piano.

Awards[edit]

Neecia's band 'The Majolly Project' won two Global Music Awards for their debut single 'Dark Room' in the 'Emerging Global Artist' and 'Best Song' categories.[16] It has also been nominated for the IMEA Awards in the Rock Song of the Year category for Dark Room.[17] The second single 'Whitebone' on the disturbing but urgent issue of ivory poaching, bagged the GMA silver medals for 'Best Song' and 'Best Video' in 2015.The third single 'The Other Side' was nominated at the IMEA for Rock Song of the Year and Rock Artist of the Year in 2016. May 2017 saw the release of The Majolly Project's debut album 'Please'.

Reviews[edit]

  • “A brilliant virtuoso, her choice of the Waldstein Sonata in C Op.53 of Beethoven showed the clarity and command she has over the keyboard”. – The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 18 September 1998
  • “Neecia Majolly’s recital reached a high level. If expressed briefly, it was the performer’s natural flair for the instrument and also her utter clarity of conception and expression that was her most impressive quality”. – The Hindu, Chennai, 2 October 1998
  • “’Madrigals, Etc.’ …..is one of the best vocal combos….” – Deccan Herald, Bangalore, 6 September 1999
  • “….the vocal and chamber ensemble, Madrigals, Etc., once again claimed kudos as one of the city’s most polished performing groups of Western art music….Majolly held her audience throughout the two-hour recital by carefully varying the moods, textures, and tempo of successive selection of the 15 – item programme…..Her playing emphasized dynamics, technical virtuosity, sheer speed and stamina, impressive as it was, this type of brio only exhibits a small part of the expressive range she showed as a singer and accompanist”. – Deccan Herald, Bamgalore, 3 July 2000
  • “Neecia Majolly, known for her virtuosity at the piano and as the conductor of the Madrigals Choir, must be congratulated for her effort in bringing forth this production (‘Messiah’) The choir was truly magnificent” – The Sunday Times of India, Bangalore, 5 August 2001
  • “Musical history was made in Bangalore recently. One of the masterpieces in western classical music – Handel’s Messiah – was performed in full by a 45 strong group here.” - The Economic Times, Bangalore, 12 August 2001
  • “Opening the evening with a very positive performance of the Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in e minor, she established herself effortlessly in perfect control…with the two Brahms Rhapsodies…., the performer was in her element….the performance was a treat for the listener.” – The Hindu, Chennai, 15 November 2002
  • “Most people are unaware of Renaissance music, but now, thanks to the work done by Neecia and Madrigals, Etc., people are learning to appreciate and understand it.” – The Times of India, Bangalore, 28 June 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moses R, Allan. "Music divine". newspaper. The Hindu. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Ramakrishna, S.R. "ನೀಸಿಯ ಮೆಜೋಲಿ ಎಂಬ ಅಭಿಜಾತ ಪ್ರತಿಭೆ". Prajavani. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Aravind, Indulekha (3 June 2012). "On a musical mission". Business Standard. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ White, Malini (1 August 2013). "A melodic sweep". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Abraham, Anna (15 November 2002). "Treat for piano lovers". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Govindarajan, Nirmala. "Classical Piano Festival in Bangalore". Times of India. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b K, Satyamurty. "An enchanting concert in the offing". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Govind, Ranjani (24 April 2012). "A first for India: a Western classical choral competition". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "LCM overseas centre". website. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Budding artistes steal the show". Deccan Herald. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "A medley of classical pieces". Deccan Herald. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "About us". Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Dasgupta, Ipsita Basu. "Historical notes". epaper. Times of India. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Moses R, Allan. "Pushing boundaries". newspaper. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Pure Spa Gold Coast". Amazon.com. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Govind, Ranjani (28 July 2015). "Rick Kej's mentor wins award for debut single". Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "IMEA awards". Retrieved 11 August 2015. 

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