Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Dato Mokhzani Ismail , a Perlis native is a celebrated composer, arranger, conductor and a jazz pianist in Malaysia. He studied classical music at a very young age until he finished his Licentiate in Piano performance from the Royal School of Music (London). He graduated from the prestigous Berklee College of Music Boston majoring in Jazz Piano and Orchestration in 1990 . Currently he is pursuing his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from University of Central Oklahoma . He is the Music Director of Radio Television of Malaysia Orchestra since 1999.Started career in RTM since 1990 as a orchestra pianist, arranger and the orchestral manager he was promoted as the Music Director until today.

He conducted RTM Orchestra at various prestigous royal and gala concert in Asean exchange programme alongside with Singapore Broadcasting Orchestra,Jakarta TV Orchestra in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam,Singapore, Philippines and Brunei. He conducted 76 piece orchestra for the Malaysian Record’s Putrajaya Symphony and produced finest overtures such as Tuah and Jebat Overture, Makan Sirih Overture, Di atas Runtuhan Kota Melaka and composed theme songs for National Day from 1994 till today, corporate songs and writing jingles.

Apart from the success of Symphony Putrajaya, he is main key behind the Malam simfoni Irama Malaysia 2006 and Jazz Tribute To Malaysian songs concert. He is well known for the setting up of the RTM Jazz Orchestra.He wrote commercial songs for top Malaysian artists such as Jamal Abdillah, Saleem, Azharina ,Adibah Noor and Mawi.He lectures and supervises music students at various universities and colleges . In 2002 he presented a paper in ethnic music at a Music Seminar in Lyon, France. In 2006, he wrote the fim scoring of ‘Embun’ and awarded the best music scoring in the 16th Malaysian Film Festival. At the age of 37 , his success and contribution towards the nation has brought him to receive several numerous awards from the Government of Malaysia such as the 2 highest ranking title of Dato’ from Perlis and Pahang( DPPJ -1999, DIMP-2001) and also other awards such as J.S.M (2004 - Johan Setia Mahkota) and KSD (1999- Kesatria Setia di Raja) and Tokoh Budaya Perlis 2008.

His musical journey including leading the RTM Jazz Orchestra in prestigous Jazz Festival such as Bangkok World Jazz Festival and Asian Music workshops. He is widely involved as juries in national and regional festivals such as Hanoi Asean Golden Song in 1998, ABU Theme song, Sea Games, Asean Theme Song, Commonwealth Theme song and the Asean 2008 Golden Melodies Festival in Ho Chin Minh.

Currently, Mokhzani is still actively involved as a pianist in jazz clubs and functions . He has produced more than 20 albums of the orchestral music from traditional to contemporary and Mokhzani also has cut his first jazz trio album plus orchestra, one of its kind in Malaysia – Mjazz Trio and also the CD of RTM Jazz Orchetra – Jazz Tribute to Malaysian Music with the music score . His website is available at and also in you tube under Mokhzani Ismail.

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