A graduate from the Malaysian Institute of Art, Bernard Goh is the founder and artistic director of Hands Percussion (HANDS) which has been a major part of the Malaysian performing arts.
He was among the first batch of students studying under master Tan Hooi Song who was the founder of ’24 Festive Drumming’ troupe — each drum represents one of the 24 solar terms of the agricultural seasons in the Chinese calendar.
Bernard founded Hands Percussion with Eric Ch’ng in 1997, and later started travelling internationally with the team members. He brought in the group’s first deaf member in 2007 and has since taught and coached several hearing-impaired students who have performed in numerous shows with the group.
He further promoted the drumming culture when he was appointed chairman of the ’24 festive drumming’ promotions department in the cultural consultative committee of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong).