- October 14, 2019
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Consistently praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty, and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country’s national treasures. In addition to regular guest appearances with virtually every orchestra in Canada, she has performed with the symphonies of Alabama, Annapolis, Colorado, Flint, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Saint Louis, San Diego, Syracuse, and Utah, as well as the philharmonic orchestras of Buffalo, Louisiana, London, Minas Gerais/Brazil, and Israel. In June 2016, she returned to Virtuosi Concerts Winnipeg as “Poet of the Piano,” in celebration of their 25th anniversary season.
Angela Cheng’s made her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut with the Edmonton Symphony in the spring of 2012. That summer, she also appeared at the prestigious Salzburg Festival in a recital with Pinchas Zukerman. Her collaborations with Pinchas Zukerman began in 2009, when, at his invitation, she toured both Europe and China as a member of the Zukerman Chamber Players, and as Mr. Zukerman’s collaborative pianist. Subsequent seasons have seen multiple tours of Europe and South America, including performances at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and at the Schleswig-Holstein and Ravinia festivals. During the 2017/2018 season, Ms. Cheng performed with Mr. Zukerman and the Zukerman Trio throughout the U.S., and in Australia, the Canary Islands, Germany, and South America.
An avid recitalist, Ms. Cheng appears regularly on recital series throughout the United States and Canada and has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles including the Takács, Colorado, and Vogler quartets.
Ms. Cheng has been Gold Medalist of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, as well as the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition. Other awards include the Canada Council’s coveted Career Development Grant and the Medal of Excellence for outstanding interpretations of Mozart from the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Yeol Eum Son’s graceful and timeless interpretations, crystalline touch and versatile, thrilling performances have caught the attention of audiences worldwide. Praised for her widely eclectic concerti repertoire, ranging from Bach and all-Mozart to Shchedrin and Gershwin, her recent concerto highlights include appearances with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Dresdner Philharmoniker, The Tonkunstler Orchestra at the Grafenegg Festival and Bergen Philharmonic (Dmitrij Kitajenko and Pablo González); a debut Paris date with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Mikko Franck); Swiss concerto debut with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Susanna Mälkki and Jonathan Nott) amongst many others.
A distinguished Mozart interpreter, across the 17/18 season Yeol Eum made major UK debuts with the CBSO in Birmingham (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 with Omer Meir Wellber) and at London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mozart’s Piano Concerti No’s 8 & 21). Her London debut coincided with Onyx CD release of a highly acclaimed all-Mozart recording featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner for whom it was the very last recording. According to The Times Yeol Eum Son is a model of clarity and fleetness whilst Gramophone called the recording an uncommonly fine debut.
Strengthening her UK presence, in the 18/19 season Yeol Eum makes her BBC Prom debut with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber interpreting Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15. Most recently Yeol Eum also made her debut at King’s Place with Aurora Orchestra (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 with Nicholas Collon) and appeared at the Wigmore Hall for a chamber collaboration with the cellist Natalie Klein. In the 19/20 Yeol Eum makes her debut with Liverpool Philharmonic (Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Andrew Manze) and tours the UK with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand with Yan Pascal Tortelier).
Further recent and future distinguished concerti appearances include collaborations with Moscow Virtuosi (Mozart Piano Concerti No’s 13 & 21 with Vladimir Spivakov); St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand with Alexander Dimitriev); Budapest Festival Orchestra (Rachmaninov No. 2 with Dmitrij Kitajenko); Singapore and West Australian Symphony Orchestras (Mozart’s Piano Concerti No’s 27 & 21 with Vasily Petrenko) and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne interpreting Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 arranged for Piano and String Quintet.
A sensitive, emotional and powerful pianist, Yeol Eum gives frequent solo and chamber music performances across the globe. Most recent recitals include debuts with San Francisco Chamber Music Society, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Helsingborg Piano Festival, International Piano Series in Switzerland, Welsh debut at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Scottish recital debut at the East Neuk Festival for which The Scotsman presides Yeol Eum for having found that vital emotional connection with the music and physically embracing its raw energy and dynamic extremes with ferocious virtuosity. Further significant recital debuts include appearances in Luzerne (KKL Saal), Istanbul (Istanbul Recitalleri), Porto (Casa da Música), Moscow (House of Music) and Belgrade (Kolarac Concert Hall).
Yeol Eum’s new releases include two DECCA albums: recital CD Modern Times- featuring solo piano music written between 1910-1920 by Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel, and Schumann and Brahms CD with violinist Clara-Jumi Kang. Previous albums include debut CD of complete Chopin Etudes (2004); Chopin Nocturnes for Piano and Strings (2008); prize-winning Cliburn Competition live performance (2009) and a multi-channel SACD O’ New World Music (2012).
In 2018, Yeol Eum was appointed Artistic Director of PyeongChang Music Festival & School in her native Korea where she is responsible for programming both summer and winter festivals at the Olympic site in PyeongChang. Yeol Eum is Honorary Ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center and her home city of Wonju. A double Second Prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 2011 and at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Yeol Eum Son was a student of Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, where she now lives. She holds a degree from the Korean National University of Arts.
Thomas Beijer (1988) is a young pianist and composer praised for his excellent technique and artistic integrity. A clear and profound musical insight is evident in his performances and compositions.
Born and based in The Netherlands, Thomas Beijer enrolled at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he studied with Jan Wijn. He took masterclasses with Jorge Luis Prats, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Murray Perahia, Pascal Devoyon, Jacques Rouvier and Elza Kolodin. Thomas Beijer concluded his Master’s study in 2011 by graduating with the Highest Distinction.
By winning the prestigious Young Pianist Foundation National Piano Competition in 2007, Thomas Beijer positioned himself at the top of a new generation of pianists in The Netherlands. The international jury characterized Beijer as a ‘ very interesting musical personality, with distinctive ideas about music. A true artist ‘.
From the age of ten Thomas Beijer performed recitals in Europe and Asia. As a soloist he played piano concertos by among others Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Brahms, Franck, Ravel, Gershwin and Adams, with orchestras such as The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, The Brabants Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Netherlands Student Orchestra. He worked with conductors like Neeme Järvi, Nicholas Milton, Ed Spanjaard and Bas Wiegers.
His repertoire ranges from seventeenth-century music to contemporary compositions. Thomas has a special affinity with Spanish music; works by Albéniz, Granados and De Falla are often part of his recital programmes.
Thomas Beijer is a multitalented musician. Besides his performances as a concert pianist he is also a composer and a passionate chamber musician.Thomas is a member of the Amsterdam Chamber Soloists and a regular guest of Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Thomas Beijer’s debut CD with compositions by Johannes Brahms was released in 2008. In 2012 he presented his second CD with works by Rachmaninoff. Thomas was signed by Lyrone Records in 2013 which resulted in the release of Canción y Danza and the preparations for his fourth CD. His recordings are available in over 40 countries worldwide. Thomas receives support from a trust provided by the Young Pianist Foundation.
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.
Recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award 1978, Ms. Nancy Loo is one of Hong Kong’s most versatile artists. She currently teaches piano at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is often invited to host music talks and masterclasses, and to serve as a juror for piano competitions.
Loo attended the Juilliard School on scholarship, where she studied with Adele Marcus. After graduating with a Master’s degree, she studied with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Guido Agosti in Italy. She was First Prize winner at the Fourth Rina Sala Gallo International Competition in Monza, and has won awards in many other international competitions, including the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris.
As a pianist, Loo has given solo recitals and performed with orchestras in England, Europe, North America and Asia. Locally, she has appeared in the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
An artist of impeccable elegance and poise, Clara-Jumi Kang has carved an international career performing with the leading orchestras and conductors across Asia and Europe. Winner of the 2010 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Kang’s other accolades include 1st prizes at the Seoul Violin Competition (2009) and the Sendai Violin Competition (2010).
Having made her concerto debut at the age of five with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Kang has since performed with leading European orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
In the USA she has performed with orchestras including the Atlanta, New Jersey, Indianapolis and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras, whilst elsewhere highlights have included appearances with the Mariinsky Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, NCPA Beijing Orchestra, Macao Orchestra and the Taipei Symphony. A prominent figure in Korea, Clara-Jumi Kang has performed with all of the major Korean orchestras and in 2012 was selected as one of the top 100 “Most promising and influential people of Korea” by major Korean newspaper Dong-A Times. She returns annually to Korea for tours and was awarded the 2012 Daewon Music Award for her outstanding international achievements, as well as being names Kumho Musician of the Year in 2015.
She has collaborated with eminent conductors including Valery Gergiev, Lionel Briguier, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrey Boreyko, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, Gidon Kremer, Gilbert Varga, Lü Jia, Myun-Whun Chung, Heinz Holliger and Kazuki Yamada.
Clara-Jumi Kang’s first solo album entitled “Modern Solo” was released on Decca in 2011 and featured works including Schubert’s Erl König and Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas. Her second recording for the label of Brahms and Schumann Violin Sonatas with pianist Yeol-Eum Son was released in 2016.
A devoted chamber musician, Kang is a regular visitor to festivals across Asia and Europe, with recent highlights including the Pyeongchang, Hong Kong, Ishikawa and Marvao Chamber Music Festivals. She is also a member of the Berlin Spectrum Concerts series and has collaborated with artists including Boris Berezovsky, Boris Brovtsyn, Eldar Nebolsin, Gidon Kremer, Guy Braunstein, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Misha Maisky, Sunwook Kim, Vadim Repin and Yeol Eum Son.
European concerto highlights of the 2019/20 season include performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic/Boreyko, Cologne Chamber Orchestra/ Poppen and a tour of Portugal with the Macao Orchestra/Jia. Further afield, she returns to Japan to perform with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra/Vedernikov and performs in the USA with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra/Arming. In Korea she tours with the Mariinksy Orchestra/Gergiev and performs with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra/Chung. As a recitalist and chamber musician she returns to the Spectrum Concerts series for performances at the Berlin Phlharmonie, as well as taking part in the Clas Clas and Pyeongchang Chamber Music Festivals. With her regular duo partner Sunwook Kim she undertakes a complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle at the Marvao Festival.
Born in Germany to a musical family, Clara-Jumi Kang took up the violin at the age of three and a year later enrolled as the youngest ever student at the Mannheim Musikhochschuhle. She went on to study with Zakhar Bron at the Lübeck Musikhochschule and at the age of seven was awarded a full scholarship to the Julliard School to study with Dorothy Delay. She took her Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Korean National University of Arts under Nam-Yun Kim before completing her studies at the Munich Musikhochschule with Christoph Poppen.
Clara-Jumi Kang currently plays the 1708 “Ex-Strauss” Stradivarius, generously on loan to her from the Samsung Cultural Foundation Korea.
Catherine Cho is recognized for her remarkable virtuosity, combining technical mastery of her instrument with an extraordinary and distinctive musicality. Praised by The New York Times for her “sublime tone”, she has appeared worldwide as soloist with many orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as in recital. Her repertoire ranges from the traditional works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms to those of Bartók, Korngold and Berg, in addition to music of our time.
Catherine Cho’s orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Detroit, Montreal, and Washington DC’s National Symphony orchestras, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Edmonton Symphony, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Barcelona, Haifa, and New Zealand, the Het Gelders Orkest in Holland, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony performing with distinguished conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Spano, Sixten Ehrling, Hugh Wolff, and Franz-Paul Decker. A regular guest on tour with “Musicians from Marlboro”, Ms. Cho has also been a frequent participant in their summer Music Festival in Vermont since 1993.
She has performed as special guest soloist with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center for two ballets by renowned choreographer Peter Martins including the New York premiere of his ballet Viva Verdi. Her concert performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with the Buffalo Philharmonic under the baton of Jo-Ann Falletta, was taped live and broadcast nationwide on National Public Television in January 2002. In broadcasts heard around the world, Catherine Cho has appeared on such stations as Radio Frankfurt (Germany), CBC (Canada), WQXR (New York City), and National Public Radio. Her performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Korean Chamber Ensemble was recorded live and released on Credia Classics.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Catherine Cho has performed on the prestigious stages of Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Seoul Arts Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, and on Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” series in Chicago. She has performed the complete cycle of Violin Sonatas by Beethoven at HOAM Art Hall in Seoul, Korea with pianist, Mia Chung, and a recital of five Beethoven Sonatas at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Cho has appeared at the Aspen, Marlboro, Bridgehampton, Eastern Shore, Santa Fe, and Skaneateles Festivals as well as at Bargemusic and Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. She has collaborated with such renowned artists as Richard Stoltzman, Andras Schiff, Anton Kuerti, Mitsuko Uchida; the members from the Guarneri, Orion and Juilliard String Quartets, and the Beaux-Arts Trio. She has been invited for several summers to teach at Mark O’Connor’s String Conference in San Diego where she has collaborated with Mark O’Connor and Natalie MacMaster. Ms. Cho was a member of the Johannes String Quartet from 2003 to 2006, and is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, La Fenice.
Among her various awards, scholarships, and achievements, Ms. Cho was a recipient of both the 1995 Avery Fisher Career Grant and, Korea’s 1995 World Leaders of Tomorrow Award as presented by the Korea Central Daily News in recognition of outstanding achievement and commendable leadership in the Arts. She was the recipient of the 1994 Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence; a top prize winner at the 1991 Hannover International Violin Competition, the 1989 Queen Elizabeth Music Competition of Belgium, the 1987 Montreal International Music Competition. In 1995 Catherine Cho served on the jury of the Montreal International Violin Competition. In 1996 she was selected for the Janet and Avery Fisher Music Residency Program at Goucher College. Ms. Cho holds a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang, and coached chamber music with Felix Galimir. Her former teachers include Ruggiero Ricci, Franco Gulli, and Michael Avsharian. Ms. Cho is a faculty member of The Juilliard School, and has taught at the Heifetz Institute, Killington Music Festival, Seoul Music Festival, Starling-DeLay Symposium, Perlman Music Program, Great Mountains Music School and Festival, and coached chamber music at the New York String Seminar.
Devoted to the cause of promoting peace through music, Catherine Cho was VP of the Board of Musicians For Harmony for several years, and is an artist member of Music For Food, a musician led initiative to fight hunger in our local communities.
Korean violinist, Rami Yoo, is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music (Master of Music), and Yonsei University. She performed as the member of Korean Symphony Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of Seoul Arts Center, and KT Chamber Orchestra. Ms.Yoo also performed in numerous solo recitals including at the Seoul Arts Center, Youngsan Art Hall, Sejong Chamber Hall, and LA Korea Center. She participated and performed in the Asia-Pacific United Orchestra Europe tour in 2012 and Vienna Music festival.
Ms. Yoo was a violin faculty at the Yonsei University, Yewon School of music and Seoul Arts Center Music Academy for young artists in Korea.
Amongst other concerts this season, Quirine Viersen will give multiple performances of the Barber Cello Concerto with the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker under Diego Martin-Etxebarria. For the international Cello Biennial Amsterdam 2018, she looks forward to revisiting Korngold”s Cello Concerto, as well as playing the world premiere of Glacier, a solo piece JacobTV wrote for her. 2019 will see the collaboration with both the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra/Lucas Macias Navarro and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra for the cello arrangement of Mozart”s Flute Concerto.
In 2011, Quirine recorded the Bach Suites for Cello for the first time. The Strad wrote: [her] “interpretations are characterised by poise, imagination and a pleasing sense of fantasy.” New perspectives have led to a second recording, to be issued this year.
After working and recording extensively with Silke Avenhaus for almost twenty years, Quirine has sought out new duo collaborations. Recitals with pianist Enrico Pace kicked off with great success at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam in 2017.
Quirine”s father, Yke Viersen (cellist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), was a logical first influence on her talent, followed by Jan Decroos and Dimitri Ferschtman. At sixteen, Quirine was the youngest prize winner ever at the Scheveningen International Music Competition.
The insights of Ralph Kirshbaum and Natalia Gutman and Heinrich Schiff proved to be defining. Heinrich Schiff was her all-encompassing mentor, teaching her to make music with the cello as her instrument. The “Navarra” technique enriched her playing greatly. Amongst others, she was prize winner at the Rostropovich Competition Paris 1990, at the International Cello Competition Helsinki 1991, and at the Tchaikovsky Competition Moscow 1994. In the same year, she received the most prestigious classical state prize, the Dutch Music Award.
Quirine Viersen performs on the “Joseph Guarnerius Filius Andreae” from 1715, previously played by André Navarra. With help of Heinrich Schiff, it was kindly provided by the Dutch National Instrument Fund. Schiff complemented this instrument with one of his bows as a gift.
Being awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, Quirine performed with the Vienna Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta at the Lucerne Festival in 2000.Since then, Quirine has played the cello concerto repertoire with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt, Ingo Metzmacher and Bernard Haitink, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Marc Albrecht, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Hugh Wolff, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Georges Pehlivanian, Vienna Chamber Orchestra/Heinrich Schiff, Malmö Symphony Orchestra/Lawrence Renes, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra/Jean Fournet and others.
Previous and continuing collaborations include Antje Weithaas, Thomas Beijer, Leonidas Kavakos and Liza Ferschtman; with invitations from Delft Chamber Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Mondsee Tage, Luzerner Festwochen and the Salzburger Festspiele.
Jeremy Williams is currently Music Director at Yew Chung Education Foundation.
Jeremy began his career as a violinist with the London Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Delme Quartet and Nash Ensemble, playing regularly with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the London Sinfonietta.
As violinist with the York Trio and violist with the Beethoven String Trio of London, he featured regularly on BBC broadcasts and made numerous recordings. Concert tours have taken him to major festivals all over the world including Edinburgh, Salzburg, Prague, Hong Kong and venues ranging from the Wigmore Hall, London, Sydney Opera House to the Forbidden City, Beijing.
In 1998 Jeremy was appointed Principal Viola with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and taught at the HK Academy for Performing Arts.Jeremy became a member of the Australian String Quartet in 2003 and in 2009 was appointed Lecturer in Chamber Music and Director of Strings at the University of Tasmania.
In 2015 Jeremy relocated to Hong Kong and in 2016 formed Hong Kong Camerata Strings, an ensemble for talented young string players.
Jeremy studied violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London with Yfrah Neaman and David Takeno.
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Xingji Piao Kenny (Pianist) was study on a full scholarship with Department Head Professor Gabriel Kwok and graduated with the First Class Honors in BMus and Distinction in Master Degree at the HKAPA.
He showed great promise from an early age, winning many competitions including the First Prize and four special prizes at the Fifth International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose in the United States, Second Prize and three special prizes at the 11th Grieg International Piano Competition in Norway (2010), Grand Prize at the HKGNA New York Debut Piano Competition and made an acclaimed debut at the New York Carnegie Hall (2010), Second Prize at the 21st International Piano Competition “Rome 2011” in Italy (2011).
Piao has performed around the world. He undertook a concert tour in China in 2006 and also performed in Austria, Poland, Italy and Hungary. In 2010, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2013, he gave a solo recital at the 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival. In 2014, he performed in Pordenone, Italy. It was well received with extensive media coverage in the local press. In addition, Radio 3 Rai, a major classical music radio channel in Italy, arranged for the broadcast of the concert to cities in Europe. And publish the CD.
Matthew Chan is one of today’s foremost young pianists. Matthew graduated with a Master of Music in Piano Performance (Mmus) with distinction honours and an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music. He studied under Professor Dina Parakhina, the prestigious Russian piano professor(Keyboard) at the Royal College of Music. He has obtained Fellowship of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (the highest diploma level granted by the ABRSM) in Piano Performing and Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Instrumental/ Vocal Teaching.
Matthew has won numerous prizes in international competitions, including first runner-up in the 73rd Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition (Hong Kong, Macau) Class Group E, first runner-up in the 2014 Kyungsung International Piano Competition in South Korea, second prize winner, Hopkinson Gold Medal in the United Kingdom to name a few. Matthew has made appearances in important international concerts in Europe and Asia.
Cameron Zeluck was born and raised in Hong Kong to a Jewish-American father and a Taiwanese mother. He began playing piano at the age of three, and has been playing ever since. He attended Chinese International School, where he led the CIS Jazz Band, and was a featured performer at numerous CIS outings. At CIS, he was exposed to HKGNA and became a fellow in Year 13. Cameron had three concerts in high school, the first at City Hall, the second at CIS (raising HK$17,000 for Kids4Kids in HK), and the third post-graduation at the Hong Kong Country Club.
He attended Princeton University, and graduated in 2018 with Honours in Economics. At Princeton, during his Sophomore year, he held one private concert focusing on 20th century music. During Cameron’s senior year, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He continued with school while commuting to New York for chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre. After reaching remission in April 2018, the cancer returned in July, and Cameron underwent more treatment. He received an autologous stem cell transplant in October 2018, and is now once again in remission. Cameron will begin working at Oliver Wyman in New York in January 2020.
Cheung Man Ting Grace has an innate musical talent and was first introduced to the piano at the age of three. In 2011, Grace studied Piano with renowned pianist Ms Eva Lue and later was admitted to the Pre-Junior Music Programme of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). At the age of eight, Grace gained a Distinction in the ABRSM Piano Grade 8 and ATCL Recital Piano with Distinction recently. Now, Grace is taking the Junior Music Programme and studying with Professor Eleanor Wong in HKAPA.
Grace has garnered a host of awards and competition prizes, including 1st Place in Children Class C and in Piano Solo of Chinese Composers (Junior) of Chopin Memorial Prize of 2013 Hong Kong International Piano Open Competition, 79th Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition (Hong Kong & Macau Regional Competition) – 1st Prize (Amateur Class Group A)，1st Place in Open Group & Advanced Group of 2019 Purcell International Competition (Hong Kong Division), to name a few . She was also our HKGNA Music Competition 2016 Junior Piano Division 1st Prize winner.
Grace is currently studying at Diocesans Girls’ School and being the Pianist of Junior Mixed Choir.
Lee Shing has a strong pursuit of classical music performance and he sees Beethoven, the classical musician as his role model. He is always hoping that his experience can inspire young people nowadays, enhance their morale, empower and help them to foster proper values towards life. Lee Shing was sponsored by the “Artists with Disability Development Fund” to further his study in music through musical exchange in Salzburg and Vienna respectively. In recent years, Lee Shing has studied piano under the mentorship of renowned pianist, Ms Michelle Kim. Lee Shing was also invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Lee Shing has actively participated in various performances and collaborated with different orchestra such as Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Generation Next Arts and Royal Academy of Music HK Alumni Association.
Zheng Yang (Violinist) received his master degree with distinction from the HKAPA, where he studied under the head of string department professor Mr. Michael Ma and associate professor Mr. Ivan Chan. Mr. Zheng was the first violin of the Gloucester String Quartet and the concertmaster of the Academy Symphony Orchestra. He was also a two-time winner of the concerto competition at the Academy.
Zheng was a participant of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival in 2011 and 2012, where he performed with the Cleveland Orchestra. Apart from giving solo performances, Zheng is also a devoted chamber musician. His Gloucester string quartet received first prize in the Schonefeld International String Competition in 2013. In 2015, the quartet represented the HKAPA to perform in a ten-day tour to the Royal Academy of Music and the Wells Cathedral School in the UK. In 2016, they collaborated the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble to participate in Tongyeong International Music Festival. The quartet has also participated in the McGill International String Quartet Academy, one of the top chamber music festivals in the world, in Montreal. In 2017, the Gloucester string quartet was invited to participate in the HKSAR 20th anniversary concert series in London, organized by the Hong Kong government. They also took part in the prestigious Aspen music festival in Colorado on full scholarship. In 2018, participated in Ensemble Omnia Hong Kong‘s world premiere recording of Mahler symphony No.1 Chamber Version. In 2019, Mr. Zheng Collaborated with Hong Kong String Orchestra in its tour in three “Belt and Road” countries in Southeast Asia.
Mr. Zheng is currently junior department violin teacher at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The first violin of City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Principle Second violin of Gustav Mahler orchestra and guest of Shenzhen symphony orchestra.
Charlotte Jane Woo, 11, is a student at St. Paul’s Convent School, Primary Section. She was introduced to the violin at a very young age, and when she was four years old, she joined the Junior Music Program of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Charlotte is a student of Professor Ivan Chan. She has also attended the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg and this past summer, she participated in the Heifetz Program for the Exceptionally Gifted in Staunton, Virginia where she was also awarded a scholarship.
Charlotte is no stranger to the stage. After passing the ABRSM Grade 8 examination with high distinction at the age of eight, she was invited to perform at the High Achievers’ Concert in the same year. In the summer of 2018, she was invited by renowned conductor Wilson Ng to perform as a soloist with the Gustav Mahler Orchestra at two charity concerts. Her other solo appearances in the past included the Symphonic Cordiality Orchestra, the China Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra.
She is a frequent prize-winner at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, including the second prize of the Violin Concerto under 19 years old category won at the age of 10. Her recent awards include first prizes at the North International Music Competition, the Hong Kong International Concerto and Ensemble Competition, and the Italy-Hong Kong International Music Competition. Charlotte is a prize-winner of the 2016 HKGNA competition and is thrilled to be part of the Festival again.
YANG Fan, Doctor of Musical Arts (University of Cincinnati), teaches at Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance player he performed in all professional orchestras of Hong Kong and Macau, Richmond Symphony Orchestra (IN), and many opera productions. He worked at Topeka Symphony Orchestra (KS)
and joined the Asian tour of André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra as well as pop music performances in Hong Kong.
YANG Fan is also the operating director of Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, the educational administration superintendent of Bei Jing Poly WeDo Culture and Music Summer Camp, as well as managing and operating the String Summer Camp and Winter Intensified Training organized by Shen Zhen Poly
Theatre and New World Chamber Players, arranging music and conducting concerts for the New World Chamber Players. He was the China region managing director of Great Wall International Music Academy. In 2019, he was appointed as residence conductor of the newly established Shen Zhen Youth Development Foundation Philharmonic Orchestra, providing music training for the youth who are interested in commonweal activities.
Studied the violin and the viola with professor WANG Jia Yang since 6,YANG Fan was an outstanding graduate of Shen Zhen Arts School, and received First Class Honours at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he played a 1770 viola on loan from Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust made by Lorenzo Storioni in Cremona. He also performed quartet concerts in Thailand and England representing the Academy.
Jia Nan (Cellist), she was admitted under early enrollment into the Bard College in the United States at the age of 16 and studied under cellist Peter Wiley. Jia Nan earned her bachelor’s degree with first class honours and her master’s degree with distinction, both in music from HKAPA, under the supervision of Professor Ray Wang.
Jia Nan has held multiple recitals in Hong Kong and mainland China. Her awards include Third Prize in the Youth Division of the 4th National Cello Competition of China, Third Prize of the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, Second Prize in cello and First Prize in the Chamber Division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition.
Jia Nan is a cello faculty member of the Hong Kong Academy for Perfoming Arts Junior Department and International Christian Quality Music Secondary and Primary School, freelance player at the HK Phil, Hong Kong Orchetra, Hong Kong String Orchetra, Gustav Mahler Orchestra.
Mr. Patrick Yeung, general manager of Cathay Pacific, Taiwan and Korea has a longtime passion for classical music and philanthropy. Mr. Yeung started his singing journey as a member of the St. Paul’s Co-Educational College choir under the baton of Mr Jimmy Chan. Mr. Yeung has performed as a soloist in numerous charitable/fundraising concerts in Hong Kong and has helped raised money for many charities including Medecins Sand Frontieres Hong Kong, Arts with Disabled Association, LifeLine Express, and Opera Prima Society to name a few. Mr. Yeung has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and Opera Hong Kong. He has performed extensively in Asia and US, including Beijing, Singapore, Taiwan, Manila, Shanghai and New York’s Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Yeung has been studying Bel Canto singing with world renowned professor NI Cheng Feng since the late 90’s.
Formed by four current students of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Rivendell Quartet first started playing together in Fall of 2018. Original members were Jason Fung and Sammi Chan on violins, Bowie Ma on viola and Hilson Yip on cello. Recently, violinist Athena Shiu joined the Quartet and Sammi Chan has taken up the viola, replacing Bowie Ma who has graduated from HKAPA and is pursuing further studies at the Juilliard School. The quartet is coached by Associate Professor Ivan Chan.
Last June, the Rivendell Quartet was chosen to participate at the 1st Chamber Music festival held by the International Chamber Music Centre of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. There, they received coachings from Johannesburg Melissa and Tim Frederiksen, artistic director and violin tutor of the European Chamber Music Academy. In 2018, they also received coachings from the Shanghai Quartet during the annual Chamber Music Project Week at HKAPA.
Philharmonia APA (PAPA) is a new ensemble made up of young professionals graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The formation of PAPA is inspired by the
distinguished achievements of three decades of music graduates. In HKAPA’s 35th year, PAPA has been formed to continue the high-calibre performances established by APA-trained musicians, and also to unite the network of music graduates and serve the Hong Kong community by contributing to its arts scene.
In two years of growth, PAPA has actively performed in local and international stages. Recent performances include the second invitation to the Hong Kong–Vienna Music Festival in Vienna and the concerti concerts in Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium and Competition 2017 and 2018.
Hong Kong Camerata Strings was formed in 2016 as a string chamber ensemble for talented young musicians. They have appeared on RTHK Radio 4, TVB, and have performed with illustrious stars such as violinist Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Mary Wu to great acclaim. They have worked with cellist Richard Bamping, violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk, violinist Leo Philips and the renowned violin professor David Takeno from London.
The accomplished members of Hong Kong Camerata Strings have been selected from many different Hong Kong schools, showing the depth of flair and musical ability to be found in young people in Hong Kong.