20th Anniversary HKSAR Concert – “From Hong Kong with Love”
- July 4, 2017
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Wong Sze Yuen has won top prizes in many prestigious competitions including First Prize in the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia, the Asian Youth Music Competition and the International Competition Hamburg Composers – ICoM Piano Award in Germany. He also won Second Prize in the Korea International Competition for Young Pianists and Grand Prize in the 2016 HKGNA Music Competition.
He was invited to perform in the Paris Salle Cortot Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall and as soloist with the Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra.
Wong Sze Yuen graduated the junior division at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at HKAPA under the tutelage of Professor Gabriel Kwok with full scholarship.
sadasAlex Kwok-Wai Yu is a versatile musician who embraces a career as a clarinetist, recorder player and conductor. He has given solo performances in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, among others. Currently based in New York City, Mr. Yu has been featured in the 92nd Street Y Concert Series, Forte New York Chamber Music Series, Lex54 Concerts Series, Long Island Composers’ Alliance Concerts and the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival.
Mr. Yu holds degrees in clarinet performance from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. His major teachers include Charles Neidich, Andrew Simon and Deborah Chodacki. Mr. Yu was twice awarded the Bernard van Zuiden Music Scholarship from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, and was the first-prize winner of the 2012 American Protégé International Romantic Music Competition. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Yu was appointed as an adjunct faculty in clarinet at Queens College, CUNY.
Mr. Yu is currently an assistant conductor of the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra. He has recently guest conducted the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and St. Michel Strings in Mikkeli, Finland. He received his advanced diploma in orchestral conducting from Aaron Copland School of Music, where he studied under Maurice Peress. A sought-after recorder player, Mr. Yu has given concerto performances with the Queens College Baroque Ensemble and performed in the Midtown Concerts series administered by Gotham Early Music Scene with the Baroque ensembles Emericus and Concentus New York.
Hailed as “brilliant” by Fanfare Magazine, multi-award winning pianist Zhen Chen has performed as a soloist and chamber music artist at prominent music venues in USA and China, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Chicago Cultural Center, and China National Centre for Performing Arts. His performances have been featured on live radio broadcast across the US.
His debut recording FAURÉ, SCHUMANN, BARTÓK Sonatas for Violin and Piano by “MSR Classics” has received plaudits from listeners and critics of Fanfare, American Record Guide, Audiophile Audition and ClassicalNet. Also, American music label Navona Records released Zhen’s album “ERGO-for piano and Chinese folk instruments” in 2017. Zhen Chen has been honored with Silver Medals in 2016 Global Music Award for outstanding achievement duo and album.
He also collaborates extensively with top-notch Chinese folk music artists to contribute to the lively and diverse ethnic music scene in New York City. In a cross-culture and cross-genre endeavor, Zhen wears another hat as a composer to create new music that mixes Eastern and Western sensibilities. Zhen’s music explores new possibilities by embroidering traditional Chinese music instruments and folk tone with piano and Western style chamber music collaboration. He takes a minimalistic, modern approach in composition with emphasis on story-telling and emotional appeal defined by seamless melodic lines and exquisite tonality.
Violinist CheHo Lam was invited by NY Senator Charles Schumer and the Joint Congressional Committee to perform at former President Obama’s second Inaugural Luncheon at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. as First Violinist of the Eastman String Quartet, with the attendance of former First Lady Michelle Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, the Cabinet and Members of Congress.
Winner of the 2013 New York International Artists Violin Competition, CheHo has recently appeared as soloist in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, The United Nations, Merkin Hall, Harvard Club and Yale Club.
CheHo is the founder and director of The Quintessential · The Q. A native of Hong Kong, he has performed as both soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Asia and Europe, and performed in venues namely the Tchaikovsky State House-Museum Concert Hall, Rachmaninoff Hall and concert halls in Helsinki, Frankfurt, Prague, St Petersburg, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Feifei Yang, Huqin (Erhu and Banhu) virtuoso and accomplished vocalist in traditional and contemporary styles. She has performed in notable venues and institutions including The Time Square New Year’s Eve Countdown Stage, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Barclays Center, the United Nations, Summer Stage and New York Fashion Week, among others. She has served as a judge for the China Central Television’s (CCTV) China Youth Talent Show Contests and the Fifth Annual American Youth Talent and Art Contests. Her releases include Dance of the String (2015), Vermillion Bird (2016), Tug of War (2017), Ergo (2017) and The Edge of Heaven (2017).
Jiaju Shen is an award-winning musician and a celebrated expert in traditional Chinese music instrument performance. Shen is the founder of GONG MUSIC, a professional music service agency based in New York City. It provides a dynamic platform for Chinese music performance and education, to promote Chinese traditional music and develop modern elements in folk music to serve a diverse audience. As innovator and pioneer in pipa revitalization, shen brings contemporary interpretation and jazz/funk/reggae flairs to traditional Chinese music. In 2015, she released the EP “Black Silk”, showcasing a strong Chinese flavor in a modern Western pop music shell. Shen has been invited to perform at Beijing Olympics, Shanghai EXPO Closing Ceremony, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Metropolitan Museum, Barclay’s Center and other prestigious concert halls.
Na-Young Baek made her American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2000 as winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition. Since then she has appeared as soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and Macau-Hong Kong-Taipei Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. She was First Prize winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Competition, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and Holland-America Music Society Competition.
She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall and her Dame Myra Hess concert series recital was broadcast live in Chicago. An avid chamber musician, she was invited to play at the Marlboro Music Festival for three summers and will be playing in the “Musicians From Marlboro” tour in December 2008.
Na-Young holds a B.A. from the Curtis Institute of Music, M.A. from Yale University, A.D. from the Juilliard School, and a D.M.A. from Stony Brook University. She is a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Sejong Soloists.
An internationally acclaimed pianist, educator and ambassador for the arts, Michelle Kim has performed in concert halls throughout the US, Europe and Asia including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Caramoor, New Jersey Performing Art Center, Sejong Cultural Center, Hong Kong Cultural Center, LACMA and Chicago Cultural Center, among others. She has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras across the world including the New Jersey Symphony, the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Xiamen Philharmonic, the Bergen Philharmonic, Bangor Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, Reading Symphony, Brooklyn Symphony, the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Catania, and many others. Her performances have been televised in the US, Europe and South Korea and broadcast on radio stations throughout the US and abroad.
An advocate for young artists and disadvantaged youth, Michelle is motivated by a profound belief in music’s power to transform lives. In 2009, she founded Hong Kong Generation Next Arts (HKGNA), a Hong Kong Charity dedicated to nurturing artistic excellence and personal success in young artists and changing lives through music. In 2011, she was awarded ‘a Hong Kong & Shenzhen Lifestyle Award’ by the Southern Metropolis Daily for being an ambassador for culture and performing arts and promoting youth development in Hong Kong. Featured as one of the “Inspiring Women of Hong Kong” in the October 2013 Anniversary Issue of Marie Claire, she has performed numerous concerts to raise money for Hong Kong Charities including performances with violinist Lu Siqing at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and “Concert of Power” with renowned evangelist and motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic. Michelle was invited to speak at TEDxWanchai and shared a talk “Finding the True Gift of Music.” She was also invited by Humanitarian Affairs, UK, in partnership with the Hong Kong Government to speak at the 6th University Scholars Leadership Symposium, which was attended by over 700 student leaders representing 69 different countries.
Born in Seoul Korea, Ms. Kim began her musical training at age four. At age ten, she gave her orchestral debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She went on to graduate from The Juilliard School earning both a Bachelors and Masters of Music. She was also the recipient of the prestigious Arthur Rubinstein Award and garnered top prizes in numerous international competitions. Ms. Kim makes her home in New York and Hong Kong with her husband Thomas and son Max.