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LIM, Voon Chong AM

LIM, Voon Chong AM

Chong Lim.

Chong Lim.

Voon Chong Lim, musician, composer and director, has been a prominent and talented member of the music industry in Australia and internationally. Lim is also a consultant for the musical instrument company Roland Corporation.

For many years Lim was the well-known Musical Director with Seven Network’s television series Dancing with the Stars. He has worked with many media entertainers including Tommy Emmanuel, John Farnham, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Tina Arena, Paul Kelly, Dame Edna Everage, Sir George Martin, Boz Scaggs, Delta Goodrem and Christine Anu.

Both the Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Sydney 2000 benefitted from his involvement and he both composed music and directed the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. For many years he was the Musical Director of the Logie Awards. In 2006, he composed music for the 2006 Asian Games in Dohar, Qatar. More recently, he was Musical Director and composer for Citrawarna in Kuala Lumpur.

He was also musical director for the stage version of 'Dirty Dancing', 'Don't Forget Your Toothbrush' and Kylie Minogue's 'Intimate and Live Tour'. In 2011, Lim was the music producer for 'Australia's Got Talent winner', Jack Vidgen's debut album. On 9 January, Lim directed the opening ceremony of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup

Lim was born at Ipoh, Malaysia and after attending St Michael’s School was educated at Geelong College in 1977. That same year he won the College Music Prize. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Melbourne University but rapidly embarked on a successful music career.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 2018, Voon Chong Lim was awarded Membership (AM) in the Order of Australia 'for significant service to the performing arts as a musician, composer, producer and musical director, and to the community' . His award cited the following:

Music Director, Victorian State Schools Spectacular, since 2011.
Musician, Composer and Producer, Ipoh Music Pty Ltd, since 1989.
Musical Director and Composer, 'Dancing With the Stars' TV program, Seven Network, 2004-2015.
Consultant, Synthesizer Programmer, 1980s, Roland Corporation, Japan.
Music Director and Composer, Opening Ceremony, Asian Football Cup, 2015.
Music Director and Composer, International Cricket World Cup, 2015.
Music Director and Composer, Closing Ceremony, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 2006.
Composer and Music Producer, Asian Games, Doha, Qatar, 2006.
Composer and Music Producer, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Sydney Olympic Games, 2000.
Music Director, and Composer, 'It Takes Two', TV Series, 29 episodes, Seven Network, 2008.
Music Director, TV Week Logie Awards, 2001-2008.
Music Director, Producer and Performer, John Farnham, since 1994.
Music Director, Producer and Performer, Olivia Newton-John, since 1998.
Music Director, Producer and Performer, Kylie Minogue 'Kylie: Intimate and Live' Tour, 1998.
Music Director and Performer, Tour of Duty - Concert for Dili, Timor Leste, 1998.

Sources: Ad Astra December 1997 p21. Publicity Biography; Ad Astra December 2018 p48.
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