Strings

Violin

Critically acclaimed Canadian violinist Jing Wang is one of the most versatile and dynamic violinists of his generation. Since his solo recital debut in Marseilles, France at the age of six, Wang has garnered prizes in top international competitions, including the first prize at the 2007 Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition. In 2003, Wang was awarded the “Young Soloist of the Year” by Les Radios Francophones Publiques, a broadcast network of four countries including France, Canada, Switzerland, and Belgium. As a part of the award, Wang’s first CD album including works by Beethoven, Ravel and Gershwin was released in Europe.

Wang has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in Europe and North America, including Czech Radio Philharmonic, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre National de Lorraine, l’Orchestre de Picardie, the Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has played with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta and in November will perform with China Philharmonic under Maestro Osmo Vanska. He has collaborated with renowned conductors such as James DePreist, Claus Peter Flor, Yoav Talmi, Jacques Lacombe, Joseph Rescigno and Anne Manson.

Wang’s chamber music performances and solo recitals at major venues, such as National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Lincoln Center, received critical acclaim and his performances are heard frequently on CBC Radio-Canada. Additionally, Wang is one of the founding members of Ensemble75, a chamber music series based in Dallas, Texas.

Under Maestro Graeme Jenkins, Wang was the Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera from 2010-2013. He previously served as guest Concertmaster for the Kansas City Symphony under Maestro Michael Stern and the San Antonio Symphony under Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Appointed by Maestro Jaap van Zweden, Wang is currently Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2013. He plays a 1760 G.B. Guadagnini violin, a loan arranged by the Y. S. Liu Foundation.

Hong Kong-native Andrew Ling is a concert violist and violinist, conductor and music educator. Currently Principal Violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil), Andrew has garnered acclaim for his orchestral playing and solo recitals worldwide. His appearances as concert soloist have included the HK Phil, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, etc.

A versatile and an all-round musician, Andrew has brought his musicianship to conducting engagements with the HK Phil, the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra and Finland’s Seinäjoki City Orchestra and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. Handpicked to conduct the HK Phil in rehearsal for Christoph Eschenbach and the late Lorin Maazel, he has worked alongside some of the world’s foremost conductors, including Jaap van Zweden, Edo de Waart and Leonard Slatkin. Ling was the finalist of the Besançon International Conducting Competition 2017.

He is often seen playing solo as well as chamber music. He has played with many renowned musicians including Yu-Ja Wang, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Ning Feng, Michael Guttman and The Shanghai Quartet, etc.

Outside the concert hall, Andrew is passionate about cultivating the next generation of musicians. He holds teaching positions at Hong Kong Baptist University and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and has also served as faculty at The Youth Summer Music Camp hosted by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. He is the Music Director of Happy Gabby children’s music book series and believes that music education should start at an early age, to prepare the child for future advancement in his or her music journey, with genuine positivity and curiosity.

euna-kimEuna Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and studied violin and chamber music in Korea and Germany. Her teachers included Professors Nam-Yun Kim, Zahkar Bron, Walrei Gradow and Anthony Spiri. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the School of Music at the Korean National University of Arts, a Diploma in Violin Performance and Chamber Music from the Kolner Musikhochschule in Germany and a Konzertexamen from the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim.Following her solo debut at the age of 14 with the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Euna became a fellowship student at the National Theatre Mannheim and a member of the Jeunesse World Orchestra.Euna has won first prize at numerous competitions in her native Korea. Then in 2003 she received First Prize as a chamber musician at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in Germany. She has given solo and chamber music recitals at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Schloss Albrechtsberg in Dresden, Beethoven String Trio Abend in Ratingen in Germany and several other occasions in Europe and China. Between 2009 and 2010 she performed at the concerts “Complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin” in Seoul, Korea.Euna has performed as soloist with the Seoul Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul Academy Symphony Orchestra, and the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed at the Bowdoin Music Festival in the USA, The Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland, the Gaida Contemporary Music Festival in Lithuania, the Berlin Music Festival “Crescendo” and the Niedersachsen International Chamber Music Festival in Germany. In 2011 she appeared at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, New Stage Series.

When violinist Tosca Opdam, born and raised in Amsterdam, decided to continue her studies in New York, a new world opened up for her. It shaped not only her musicianship, but every aspect of her life. Tosca now describes herself as ‘a product of two worlds’, embracing the idiosyncratic qualities of Europe and the United States to enrich a personal expressiveness in music.

Tosca Opdam won first prize in the prestigious Dutch Oskar Back Violin Competition 2011, performing Vieuxtemps’ Fifth Concerto. The jury noted her ‘beautifully sustained long lines’ and ‘soloist qualities’. She returned at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam for a sold-out debut recital and a performance in honor of the grand re-opening of the Rijksmuseum.

Tosca completed the Young Talent Class of the Conservatory of Amsterdam under Joyce Tan and Peter Brunt. Following her studies with Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music, she received her Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School of Music, studying with Catherine Cho and Sylvia Rosenberg.

Masterclasses with eminent musicians such as Pamela Frank, Theo Olof, Georgy Pauk, Candida Thompson, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Pinchas Zukerman, brought her many valuable insights.

Musical collaborations

Making her solo orchestral debut at the age of 11, Tosca Opdam has performed with various orchestras, under the baton of Jurjen Hempel, Annedore Neufeld, Matthew Rowe, Clark Rundell and others. Her 2015 performance as part of the Liberation Day Concert, with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in attendance, was broadcast live on Dutch national television.

Recent collaborations include the Berg and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos with the Humboldts Studentische Philharmonie, Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz.

An avid chamber musician and recitalist, she has collaborated with musicians including Inon Barnatan, Sol Gabetta, Olivier Patey and Maxim Rysanov and has appeared at the Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam), Delft Chamber Music Festival, Storioni Festival (Eindhoven), the Siletz Bay Music Festival (Oregon), Festival Classica João Pessoa (Brazil), and the Young Artists Program (Ottawa). 

Multi-disciplinary projects

Tosca Opdam seeks the balance between well grounded beliefs about how to perform, and a measure of freedom that helps the music truly come to life. Programs devoted exclusively to music are alternated with performances in which visual arts, dance, science, fashion and music may color our perception of the separate disciplines.

Tosca Opdam participated in lecture concerts, among others at the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the National Maritime museum in Amsterdam, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. She made a special guest appearance with the Dutch National Ballet during its 2013 anniversary gala program. At Lincoln Center she collaborated with the New York City Ballet and The New York Choreographic Institute. Recent New York projects include an innovative presentation of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time combining actors, musicians and visual texts.

Commissioning ‘North Atlantic Light’

Tosca Opdam made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall in June 2018, with a program that included the world premiere of Robin de Raaff’s North Atlantic Light for violin and piano, commissioned by the Toscata Foundation and dedicated to Tosca. The work is inspired by the Willem de Kooning painting of the same name. In May 2019, she will premiere the orchestral version of North Atlantic Light with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Marc Albrecht at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

In 2017, the Toscata Foundation was established with the aim of promoting classical music worldwide through education, violin pedagogy, collaborations with other artistic disciplines, and the championing and commissioning of contemporary composers for performance in the Netherlands and beyond.

Tosca Opdam plays a Matteo Gofriller violin from 1700, which is generously on loan to her by a private collector.

Andy Yeung Sin Hang completed his Violin Performance Master Degree in Stephen F Austin State University with full scholarship in 2017. During his time studying Visiting Program in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2017 and Bachelor Degree in Hong Kong Baptist University in 2015, Yeung learnt from the principal of viola in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Mr. Ling Hin Yau, Andrew.

As an active violin player, Yeung is a freelance Tutti violin of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. He was also invited to be the Concertmaster in the Pan Asia Orchestra. Yeung joined Asian Youth Orchestra in 2016 and played the role as 2nd violin co-principal in 2017 performing in the Lucerne Festival and Young Europe Classic. In the past, Yeung assumed the role of concertmaster at the Stephen F Austin State University Orchestra and its Opera Orchestra. Yeung has played many concerts with different orchestras, such as Longview Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva Chamber orchestra, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, the Academy Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra.

Viola

Born in Hong Kong, Chris Choi Shu-lun began studying violin at the age of six and viola at 17 under the tutelage of Wang Jiayang and Ivan Chan at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he completed his Master of Music Degree with full scholarships.

First Prize winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld 1st International String Competition (Chamber Music Division). Chris has performed extensively across Asia and Europe in venues such as the Royal Academy of Music, the West Dean College, the Wells Cathedral, the Central Conservatory of Music, the Shantou University, the Harvard Club of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong City Hall; and in music festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Chilingirian’s Chamber Music Festival (U.K.), Musicus Fest (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. He also participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at the Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as toured with the Asian Youth Orchestra as Assistant Principal Viola. Other performances included Walton’s Viola Concerto and Forsyth’s Viola Concerto with the Academy Symphony Orchestra, as well as solo performances at the ABRSM Prize Ceremony Presentation 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Chris has received numerous scholarships including the Y. S. Liu Foundation Scholarships, the SAR Philharmonic Scholarships, the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholarships for Outstanding Merit and the ABRSM Scholarships.

Chris joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2018.

Winner of numerous competitions and developing an outstanding career, Dana Zemtsov is one of the most promising international viola soloists of her generation. Highlights in the 2012-13 season include Dana´s performance of the Bartók Viola Concerto in the Great Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, chamber music with Janine Jansen and Martin Frost during the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival and a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York. Furthermore, she signed an exclusive agreement with Channel Classics Records for three recordings to be released in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

 

Dana is First Prize laureate of a dozen of international competitions: amongst others the Dutch Television competition ”Evening of the Young Musician” becoming the “Young Musician of the Year” and representing the Netherlands at the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. 

 

Dana regularly appears at the most important venues including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Great and Small halls of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Doelen in Rotterdam, Dr. Anton Philips Hall in The Hague. During the Christmas Concert in the Philharmonie in Haarlem she performed the Scene de Ballet by Chr. De Beriot with world famous pianist Boris Berezovsky. 

 

She has been chamber music partner to musicians including Janine Jansen, Martin Frost, Liza Ferschtman and Jean-Claude van den Eynden. She performs about 60 solo and chamber concerts every year. As a soloist, Dana performed with the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Holland Sinfonia, Viotta Youth Orchestra, the Rotterdam Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, F. Busoni Chamber Orchestra (Italy), Maastricht Conservatory Orchestra, Amsterdam University and the Sweelink Symphony Orchestra. 

Dana toured Denmark and Peru with Lestari Scholtes (piano), and in 2008 did a major tour in the Netherlands with Princess Christina Competition laureates and four outstanding Japanese musicians.

In 2010 Dana participated in the Stars of Tomorrow tour in Germany, together with the most promising young talents of Europe. She performed on festivals in Esslingen, Sangerhausen and Passau (Germany), the Cividale del Friuli (Italy), at the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Grachten Festival, the Chamber Music Festival between Maas and Waal, the International Janine Jansen Chamber Music Festival Utrecht and during the Three Day Music Festival The Hague. 

Dana represented Grachtenfestival Amsterdam in St. Petersburg, Russia, playing a recital at the Philharmonic Hall. 

Dana Zemtsov was born in 1992 in Mexico City. She comes from a family of musicians. At the age of five she received her first music lessons from her grandmother and from her parents, viola players Mikhail Zemtsov and Julia Dinerstein. Since 2006 she studies with the famous viola virtuoso Michael Kugel.

 

Cello

A native of Seoul, Korea, Ms. Park won the 1997 Artist International Competition and was presented as the Recipient of The Special Presentation Award in her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall.

Her solo appearances include performances of the Haydn and Saint-Saens Concertos in Carnegie Hall, New York and in Korea, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto in Hong Kong and Korea. Recent recitals took her to Kumho, Cosmos, Young San Art Halls, Sejong concert hall and Perigee hall in Seoul as well as City hall and Korean Cultural Centre in Hong Kong. Ms. Park was also invited to be a jury member at the VIMC Vienna, Tom Lee and HKGNA International Music Competitions.

Ms. Park studied at The Juilliard School and later graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She also attended the Doctor of Music program at Rutgers University and had the honor to be a recipient of the Marta Istomin Award.

Ms. Park has performed in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. She gave quartet recital at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, played in Musicarama – the International Contemporary Music Festival Concerts and recorded for RTHK (Radio 4) in Hong Kong. SiWon Park is a prizewinner of other competitions including the Weschester SUNY, Korean Monthly Music Magazine Competition and the Youth String Orchestra Competition.

Currently, she is a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

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.

Piano

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.

Praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Inquirer), and “musical imagination and feel for complex textures that drew vivid images” (Washington Post), South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her elegant performances in major concert halls around the world.

In 2009, Yoonie was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.” She is the first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition, Fulbright Concerto Competition, World Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, Juilliard’s Frederich Nordmann Piano Competition, Juilliard’s Chopin Piano Competition, Music Teachers’ National Association Piano Competition, and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole, Valencia-Paterna International Piano Competition, and Rencontre International Piano Competitions. Following her 2001 grand-prize award in the Korea National Music Competition, the Korean Ministry of Culture named her its “Most Promising Young Artist.” She is the recipient of “Brava!” award given by the Italian Academy Foundation, as well as an award from London Keyboard Trust.

Having made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center at age 13, Yoonie has since performed with the Berliner Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra of Korea, Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, New Amsterdam Orchestra, Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, and Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. A graceful, sensitive, and powerful recitalist, Yoonie has played at such celebrated venues as at the Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Frick Collection, Symphony Space, Tanglewood Festival, Bergamo Festival in Italy, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Sejong Performing Arts Center in Korea. In 2012-13, with the supports from Fulbright Foundation, she toured major Steinway Halls in the U.S. and Europe.

Yoonie’s new release ‘Hollywood Romance’ (2020) is released on Universal Music Group features romantic piano music from Hollywood classic movies. She has recorded three albums with the Steinway Records. The first album ‘Love and Longing’ (2014) was “Album of the week” on WQXR and made the Top 21 on the Billboard Classical Chart. The second album, ‘Goyescas’ (2017) was released to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer, Enrique Granados. The third album presents the complete ‘Le Rossignol Éperdu’ (2019) by Reynaldo Hahn. Her previous album ‘Romantic Piano’ (2013) was released on Concert Artists Guild. A devoted chamber musician, she’s a founder and pianist at Gloriosa Piano Trio. The trio’s debut album (2019) was released on the Centaur Records label.

Yoonie received her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, and her Doctorate from Stony Brook University. She was an Assistant Professor of Piano at Bilkent University in Turkey in 2015-18. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Istanbul International Piano Festival and Steinway Award in Turkey. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Yoonie Han is a Steinway Artist.

Michael Mak began playing the piano at the age of 5 and studied piano with Lulu Chiu and Nancy Loo. He is a devoted performer and has won numerous awards both at local music festivals and abroad. He has been widely recognised for his obvious passion and talent as a gifted pianist. Mak is active in local music circles as a solo recitalist and chamber music player with the Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra, and he made his debut solo recital with an all-Chopin programme in 2001. He performed his second recital for a fundraising event of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Medical Faculty’s WE CARE Foundation in 2003. Mak is an orthopaedic surgeon, while his piano-playing remains a firm passion.

Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and astounding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world are stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression.

 

She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw where she has performed over 30 times, Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, The Palacio de Bellas Artes, Teatro Colon, Filharmonic Narodowa and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. She has also appeared at numerous Music Festivals such as the Verbier Festival, IKIF, Ravinia Festival, Rubinstein Piano Festival, Menuhin Festival, Gstaad, International Piano Festival in Trieste, Orpheum Music Festival (Zurich, Switzerland), Musikdorf Ernen, Corfu Festival of Arts, Chopin Festival in Antonin, and others.

 

Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire she performs with orchestras around the world including Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Residentie Orkest, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo New City Orchestra, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Polish Camerata and many others. Highlights of 2019 include engagements with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Utah Symphony Orchestra, Tangos with Marelo Nisinman in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, tours of Japan with the State Symphony Capella of Russia and Brazil with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Sintra Festival in Portugal, and 3 CD releases with Channel Classics.

Hong Kong pianist Louis Ng has recently graduated with a Master of Music, majoring in Piano Performance from Royal College of Music. He also holds the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Hong Kong Baptist University. He started studying piano at 3. He followed Dr. Shu-Yuan Sophia Yang for his undergraduate studies. He was a student of Professor Peter Jablonski and Professor Ilya Kondratiev in the UK. He attained the Trinity College ATCL in Piano Recital with Distinction by the age of 14 and LTCL with Distinction in 2018.

In 2017, Ng was selected to represent Hong Kong Baptist University at Bowling Green State University in the United States and studied with Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz. In the US, he engaged in piano performances and recitals in Ohio. Back in Hong Kong, he performed for BAMS – Build A Music School in a Fund-raising Concert. He gave his first lecture recital and solo piano recital in 2018. He was invited to perform in Phi’s Music Lounge at Glue in 2019.

While studying in London, Ng was keen on public performances including chamber music and piano solo. His Winds Piano Trio – Giocoso Trio was established in 2018. Under RCM Gateway Scheme, his group and he was offered a variety of performance opportunities in London. As a soloist in the UK, he gave a number of recitals as well in London, notably in St George’s Hanover Square and Austrian Cultural Forum, also in Bedford, Brighton and Oxford. 

Conductor

Hong Kong-native Andrew Ling is a concert violist and violinist, conductor and music educator. Currently Principal Violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil), Andrew has garnered acclaim for his orchestral playing and solo recitals worldwide. His appearances as concert soloist have included the HK Phil, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, etc.

A versatile and an all-round musician, Andrew has brought his musicianship to conducting engagements with the HK Phil, the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra and Finland’s Seinäjoki City Orchestra and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. Handpicked to conduct the HK Phil in rehearsal for Christoph Eschenbach and the late Lorin Maazel, he has worked alongside some of the world’s foremost conductors, including Jaap van Zweden, Edo de Waart and Leonard Slatkin. Ling was the finalist of the Besançon International Conducting Competition 2017.

He is often seen playing solo as well as chamber music. He has played with many renowned musicians including Yu-Ja Wang, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Ning Feng, Michael Guttman and The Shanghai Quartet, etc.

Outside the concert hall, Andrew is passionate about cultivating the next generation of musicians. He holds teaching positions at Hong Kong Baptist University and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and has also served as faculty at The Youth Summer Music Camp hosted by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. He is the Music Director of Happy Gabby children’s music book series and believes that music education should start at an early age, to prepare the child for future advancement in his or her music journey, with genuine positivity and curiosity.

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.

Vocal

Hong Kong soprano Yuki Ip’s major performances include being the featured soloist with José Carreras for the inaugural season of the National Centre of the Performing Arts, Beijing, China; Nedda in R. Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Cio-Cio San in G. Puccini’s Madame Butterfly with MusicaViva, Hong Kong, and soprano soloist in her European debut at the Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy in G. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Miss Ip was the soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling.

Recently she performed as soprano soloist in Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantata with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan. H. Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 in Verona and Cremona, Italy; and was guest soloist at the Shanghai World Exposition with Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Le French May Festival Hong Kong.

Other operatic roles include Mimi in G. Puccini’s La Boheme under the direction of Bruno Aprea; Juliette in C. Gounod’s Roméo and Juliette under the direction of Paolo Olmi; Sophie in J. Massenet’s Werther, with Opera Hong Kong; Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene with Singapore Lyric Opera; Gretel in E. Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Singapore Lyric Opera and Suor Genovieffa in G. Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Macau International Arts Festival.

Other significant engagements include her debut in New York City and Toronto as soprano soloist in An-Lun Huang’s Revelation; her debut with Macau Orchestra in the Macau Handover Anniversary Concert; C. Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Trancredi e Clorinda and J.S. Bach’s Kaffee Cantata at the Hong Kong Arts Festival; her debut with Singapore Symphony Orchestra performing Frasquita in G. Bizet’s Carmen and multiple performances with both the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Numerous concerts featuring Miss Ip have also been broadcast by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).

Miss Ip obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honors) from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and a Master of Music Degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA. Miss Ip was RTHK Radio 4 Artist in Residence 2014.

Tenor CHEN Yong is well known by his excellent performances in operas and concerts. Mr. CHEN has performed over 30 operatic roles. Leading roles including Roméo in Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette”, Ferrando in Mozart’s “Cosìfan tutte”, Ernesto in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, Tonio in “La Fille du Régiment”, Nemorino in “L’Elisir d’Amore”, Alfredo in Verdi’s “La Traviata”, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi”, Rudolfo in Puccini’s “La Bohème”. He has performed with Les Chorégies d’Orange, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Shanghai, Opera Hong Kong, Beijing International Comic Opera Festival, l’Opéra de Poche and City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Chen graduated from the Vocal department of Universität für Musik und Darstellender Kunst Wien in Austria with full scholarship after obtaining a Master Degree in Performance from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Ashley Chui has earned a Bachelor’s in Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of voice teacher Joan Patenaude Yarnell. In 2013, she came 2nd in the Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan. Ashley portrayed the role Franktik/Woodpecker in The Little Cunning Vixen by Janacek and Angelique in Le Roi L’a Dit by Delibes at the Manhattan School of Music. In program Oberlin in Italy, She was casted as Cenerentola in La Cenerentola by Rossini and Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart in the opera scenes performance. Besides opera performances, Ashley has collaborated as a soloist with the International Chamber Orchestra of America, New York Four Seas Players, Hong Kong Festival Orchestra, and more. Ashley continued education at Columbia University in New York City and received a Master of Science degree in the Nonprofit Management. Ashley is a current member of Opera Hong Kong’s Young Artist Programme. 

Woodwind

Native of Hong Kong, Kenneth Sze is one of the most prominent oboists in the local music
scene. He has performed in major cities of the world and has won prizes at the Asian
Double Reed Associate International Competition and the French Oboe Associate
International Competition.

He served as Principal Oboe of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China and has been invited to perform with ensembles in the region and elsewhere, including Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Macao Orchestra and Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra.He has shared stage with world class musicians and has played under the baton of conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Eliahu Inbal, Ton Koopman, Christoph Eschenbach, John Nelson, Eiji Oue and Lin Daye.

Sze is a founding member of the Hong Kong Wind Kamerata and has performed with the group in numerous festivals in Hong Kong and abroad since 2006. Sze studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in the oboe class of Yiu Song-lam and received a Diploma for Performing Arts in 2004. He has also studied at CNR Rueil-Malmaison in France and the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland in the class of Daniel Arrignon and Jean-Louis Capezzali. He has also studied with Chan Kwok- Cheung, Jacques Tys, Maurice Bourgue, Roland Perrenoud, Thomas Indermuehle and Christian Schmitt.

Chloe Leung has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music Degree majoring in flute performance and pedagogy at Hong Kong Baptist University under the tutelage of Mr. Olivier Nowak, co-principal flute of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. After completing her bachelor degree, she continued her music studies with Mr. Vicens Prats, principal flute of Orchestre de Paris, at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Alfred Cortot.

Chloe’s strong enthusiasm in music has led to her participation in music events internationally. She had been touring around with the Asian Youth Orchestra, as well as participating in Domaine Forget, Ravello Festival, Young Euro Classic and Académie Internationale d’été de Nice to name a few. Her musical accomplishments have won her several scholarships.

She has also participated in a number of master classes and studied with distinguished flautists including Emmanuel Pahud, Denis Bouriakov, Jasmine Choi, Catherine Cantin, Vincent Lucas, Jean Ferrandis, Davide Formisano, Jacinthe Forand, Susan Palma-nidel, Karen Jones, Claudio Montafia and Jari S. Puhakka.

String Quartet

Virtus String Quartet is an active ensemble in Hong Kong founded in 2016. They worked with numerous prominent musicians, including Peter Serkin,  Vladimir Mendelssohn, Ikeda Kikue, David Geber, Steven Tenenbom  with the Bard Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, the Endellion String  Quartet, and the Shanghai Quartet.  They claimed the second prize of the 5th ShangHai International Chamber Music Festival held in 2018.  

Their public performances were well-received across the circuit,  including Musica Del Cuore of Citibank Plaza’s chamber recital, and  also the collaboration with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and  dancers in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ Academy  New Generation Artists Concert. 

The quartet features players from Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau,  and Hong Kong, coming together to create a unique, unified sound – a  reflection on the diversity of the Chinese People. In 2016, their unique  background enabled them to perform for the TEDxWanChai 2016  with the theme of “Crossroad”. 

The first violinist Nina Wong Sin I, is currently in the APS program at  the Bard Conservatory in the US after finishing her Master’s and  Bachelor’s degree at the HKAPA with Mr. Ivan Chan. Nina has  performed as a soloist at the “Flourishing Art” concert with the Macao  Orchestra, and also Butterfly’s Love as a soloist in the Japan Tour with  the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra, celebrating the 40th  anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between  China and Japan. In 2019, She made her quartet debut at Carnegie  Hall (Zankel Hall) at the “China Now” Festival, shared the stage with  Dan Zhu, Niu Niu, and Huang Ying, etc.

 

 

The second violinist Vivian Shen Ting Jia obtained her Bachelor’s  degree and Master’s degree with a full scholarship at the HKAPA with  Prof. Michael Ma. She has performed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto  as a soloist in 2011 at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and also  with the HKAPA orchestra in 2016. She has also participated in  several international music festivals, such as the Aspen Music Festival  in 2016 and 2017, the Montréal International String Quartet Academy,  etc. 

 

 

The violist Martin Kuo Tzu Ming is now studying for his Master’s  degree with Mr. Ivan Chan at the HKAPA. He has participated in  numerous music festivals worldwide including the CICA Summer  Music Festival in Dallas, the Ken Blossom Music Festival, the  Meadowmount School of Music with a full scholarship, the Robert  Mann String Quartet Institute in New York, and the Salzburg Mozart  International Chamber Competition in Tokyo. In 2018 he also won the  concerto competition at the HKAPA and performed Max Bruch’s  Scottish Fantasy with the academy orchestra. 

 

 

The cellist Calvin Wong Tai Shing has been actively performing as a  soloist in Germany and Italy with the Mainzer Virtuosi string  orchestra after he obtained his Master’s degree at the Frankfurt  University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Jan Ickert, who  was the previous artistic director of the Emanuel Feuermann  Conservatory of the Kronberg Academy. During his undergraduate  studies at the HKAPA with Mr. Laurent Perrin, Wong was being  invited to take part in the Rome Chamber Music Festival in 2015,  2017, and 2019 with the support of the Hong Kong Economic and  Trade Office and the Cathay Pacific Airline, which was organized by  the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Italy) and the United  States Embassy to Italy. The news was publicized in the press release  of HKETO and Cathay Pacific Airline, together with the newsletter for  14 member states of the European Union.

Composer

Much of Texu’s compositional outlook reflects his personal fascination with everyday experiences, as in his piece Bounce!!, inspired by bouncing basketballs and incorporates different aspects of bouncing through bouncy gestures and alternating chords and instruments. As a person with a multicultural background, he also composes music about modern Korea and the interaction between its folk culture and external influences, as in Monastic Sceneries which addresses the integration of American evangelical and indigenous shaman traditions in Korean Christianity.

Texu’s works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, the New World Symphony, National Orchestra of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, New York Classical Players, Ensemble 212, AsianArt Ensemble Berlin, Ensemble Mise-en, fEARnoMUSIC, Ensemble TIMF, Northwestern University New Music Ensemble, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, C4: Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, NOTUS, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Verona Quartet, among others. He was invited to Yeowoorak Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, PyeongChang Music Festival and School, Bruckner Festival, SONiC Festival, Mizzou International Composers Festival, June in Buffalo, Aspen Music Festival, SCI National Conferences, Composers Conference, Oregon Bach Festival, etc., and has earned awards and honors from American Modern Ensemble, Copland House, SCI/ASCAP, Isang Yun International Composition Prize, to name a few.

In addition to his original compositions, Texu’s arrangements have been performed widely, as in the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and in Piece & Piano Festival. He has participated as an arranger in albums of sopranos Sumi Jo, Youngok Shin, violist Richard Yongjae O’neill, harpist Jung Kwak, violinists Suyoen Kim and Chee-Yun, pianist Yeol-Eum Son, among others.

Texu teaches composition and music theory at San Diego State University, after teaching at Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, and Syracuse University. He also served as the Composer-in-Residence of the Korean Symphony Orchestra in 2014-18. Having studied with Unsuk Chin, David Dzubay, Sven-David Sandstrom, Claude Baker, and Sangjick Jun, he received his D.M. from Indiana University and other degrees from Seoul National University.

Stars of Tomorrow

Currently a G10 student at the Colburn Music Academy, 15-year-old Blues Zhang was born in a musical family, following his early studies with his mother Ms Zhang Xi, a violinist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Mr Jeremy Williams, music director of Yew Chung International School. Now, he is under the tutelage of Mr Martin Beaver.

Blues has won numerous awards including the Champion Concerto Class and Second Prize String Sonata Class of Hong Kong Youth Catania Music Competition and Ming Classics International Online Classical Competition. He has participated the Hong Kong School Music Festival and won top prizes at various categories for nine consecutive years, which includes Hong Kong Strings Scholarship for Stringed Instruments, Violin Concerto under 19 and 13, Violin Duet Senior and Intermediate, String Quartet Junior, to name a few.

Blues is the concertmaster of Hong Kong Camerata Strings, he also served as the concertmaster and assistant concertmaster of Diocesan Boys’ School’s String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. He was also selected to participate in the 29 th Asian Youth Orchestra, becoming the youngest member of the orchestra.
Blues has performed in various masterclasses including Kirill Troussov, Janoska Ensemble, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Jing Wang, Leo Phillips, Liang Chai, Richard Bamping and Leung Kin Fung.

Sophie Hayin Chung is thirteen years old, a S3 student at the Diocesan Girls’ School and full scholarship recipient. She has won numerous national and international competitions, including recently in 2020 the 1st prize and overall Grand prize at the MingClassics International Online Music Competition, 1st prize of DGS Concerto Competition, 1st prize Young Artist Category and 2nd prize Bach Category at the United States International Music Competition, 2nd prize at the Concurso Internacional de Música China-España, 2nd prize at the World Bach Competition, and previously major prizes in Philadelphia International Music Festival, HK Music Festivals, Osaka International Music Competition and Internationaler Anton Rubinstein Wettbewerb. She has been a student of Mr Jeremy Williams (Music Director of Yew Chung International School) since eight and a half years old and attained FTCL at the age of twelve. Sophie also participated in masterclasses of David Takeno and Kimberly Fisher. Sophie furthers her music studies at the Junior Royal Academy of Music with scholarship and now under the tutelage of violinist Lorraine McAslan.

Sophie is the Principal Violin of HK Camerata Strings performed as soloist in several occasions including playing first solo in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins with violinist Rachel Barton Pine. At the age of eight, she performed as soloist with the HK Children’s Symphony Orchestra in Kaoshiung, Los Angeles and HK. In 2019, she performed in the HK Music Talent Concert at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and in PIMF concerts in Philadelphia. In March 2020, she was invited to perform at the first PIMF livestream masterclass with over 500 online audience.

Elanna Mak is 16 years old and studying at Hong Kong International School. She won First Prize at the American Protégé International Strings Competition on Solo Viola and made her Carnegie Hall debut in June 2018. The year after, she won Second Prize at the Golden Classical International Music Competition for Solo Violin in 2019 and made her second appearance at Carnegie Hall. More recently, Elanna was invited to perform in Salzburg after winning First Prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition on Solo Viola in 2020.

Elanna is also an active orchestra and chamber musician. She was the Principal Violist of the Asian Middle Schools Honor Orchestra 2018, comprising of students competitively selected from 34 international schools across Asia. She is now a Violin Soloist and also the Principal Violist of the elite chamber ensemble, Hong Kong Camerata Strings, which has been featured on Radio Television Hong Kong and TVB Hong Kong.

Elanna has performed on stage with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Mantua Chamber Orchestra. She has played at some of the most prestigious concert venues in Asia, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong City Hall. She has also participated as one of the youngest invited guests at the Hong Kong Generation Next Arts Festival 2014 on piano, and the Musicus Society Festival 2017 on violin and viola.

Nathan Hui began studying violin at the age of four with his mother. He has studied singing with Candy Chik and currently studies violin and viola with James Cuddeford, concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Nathan won First Prize for Violin Concerto, Age 13 or under at the 67 th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival (67 th HKSMF), Third Prize for Grade 8 Violin Solo (65 th HKSMF) and two prizes at the 5 th Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition (2012).
At the age of eight, Nathan performed the first movement of Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, Op.21 by Edouard Lalo at Sheung Wan Civic Centre. At nine, Nathan was the youngest instrumentalist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra programme, Share the Stage (2014). Winner of the Award for Outstanding Performance in Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus (2014), Nathan was the boy soprano soloist with City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in The Snowman by Howard Blake in 2015.

A founding member of Hong Kong Camerata Strings, Nathan has played in the Hong Kong Music Summer Orchestra and participated in master classes led by Charlie Siem and Stefano Pagliani. Nathan holds an LTCL Diploma in Violin Performance.

12 year-old Charlotte Woo 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 and in past summers, she has also attended the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg and the the Heifetz Program for the Exceptionally Gifted in Staunton, Virginia where she was also awarded a scholarship. She currently attends Diocesan Girls’ School and is a scholarship recipient.

 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 more 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.

Malcolm was diagnosed as autistic when he was a toddler. Yet, his parents always want him to live the life of a typical child; therefore placed him in Rosaryhill School, a loving mainstream school; and found him a remarkable piano teacher, Mr. Mark Chao. Given Malcolm’s learning difficulties and lacking of functional language and social ability, every piano lesson is a challenge; and even after years, Malcolm can still hardly read any musical notes. Mark cites that he needs to do wrestling with Malcolm to make him sit in front of the piano despite his short attention span. With lots of hand holding, demonstrating, listening and memorizing, note by note, bar by bar, line by line, Malcolm gradually learned to play enchanting pieces like Beethoven’s Pathétique and Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude. Malcolm has the privilege of having the guidance also from Mrs. Lamae Loo, Miss Catherine Wong and HKGNA Founder/Pianist Michelle Kim, who are outstanding performing pianists and teachers with kind hearts.

In the past years, Malcolm has been given opportunities to perform in significant concerts. He had piano concerto twice with Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2017 and 2019 at the Cultural Centre, playing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, as well as the Piano Concerto No. 1 respectively. Recently, he was invited to perform in Konica Minolta Green Concert together with established canto-pop singers at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, as well as Ms Catherine Wong’s concert at the Cultural Centre.
To promote public awareness of autism, Malcolm also had piano recitals in various charity events, such as that of “Sheen Hok Charitable Foundation” in Oct 2019, during which Malcolm helped raise $460,000 charity fund for the new project supporting children with special education needs. He was the only performer in the Hong Kong Philharmonic fund raising gala dinner in Jan, 2020, apart from Mr. and Mrs. Lang Lang, the world renowned pianists and the guest of honour in the evening. In the past years, he also had piano recitals in gala dinners for “Food For Good” founded by Mrs. CY Leung, “HK Society of Protection of Children” and “Brazzaville Foundation”, as well as that for “the Peace and Development Foundation” at the Government House hosted by Mr. CY Leung, then-CEO of HKSAR, while Mr. and Mrs. Chee-Hwa Tung were the guests of honour.

Malcolm was the only pianist chosen by “the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong”, which is the major organization dedicated to the art development of individuals with disabilities in Hong Kong, to perform in their annual event in late 2020.

Malcolm has also won a few prizes in 2018 and 2019, namely Champion in the 2019 Hong Kong Youth Piano Competition Chopin Etude Group Third Place in the 2019 Hong Kong Youth Piano Competition Chopin self-elected piece Group Fourth Place in the 2019 Hong Kong Youth Piano Competition Chopin Nocturne Group PianoHouse International Piano Competition 2019 in New York – Special Mention Certificate of Special Recognition in Hong Kong Open Music Competition 2019 Gold medal of The 2019 Youth and Children Piano Contest, Second runner up in The 2019 Hong Kong Asia Pacific Youth Piano Competition, Fifth place in the 2018 Hong Kong Youth Piano Competition. The Artist of the year of Rosaryhill School 2019.

Hong Kong Camerata Strings was formed in 2016 as a string chamber ensemble for talented young musicians. The Camerata was soon noticed as having exceptional qualities and invited by Nancy Loo to appear on “Children’s Corner for RTHK Radio 4, broadcast in June 2016 performing works by Purcell, Handel Mozart and Vivaldi.

In 2017 performances included appearances on television for TVB the Hong Kong Space Museum and Yew Chung International School. They also collaborated in concert with international violinist Rachel Barton-Pine appearing as soloist in works by Vivaldi in a collaboration with HK City Chamber Orchestra.

HKCS is designed as a small ensemble of young people playing together to develop listening skills, musical styles and rhythmic awareness. It encourages communication and is rapidly creating a new musical community focusing on the great string chamber orchestra repertoire ranging from baroque music to the present time. Regular masterclasses are held for the musicians, including with the renowned master David Takeno, violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk, Australian Chamber Orchestra violinist Aiko Goto and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra principal cellist Richard Bamping. They have also received coaching from James Cuddeford, concertmaster of Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Hong Kong Camerata Strings appeared in the 2019 HKGNA Festival performing Haydn’s C major cello concerto with internationally renowned cellist, Quirine Viersen. Artistic Director Jeremy Williams has performed with many leading orchestras and chamber ensembles including Hong Kong Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Nash Ensemble and Australian String Quartet. He brings considerable experience to these young string players and enjoys helping them to develop their musical personalities. Jeremy is currently Music Director at Yew Chung International School.

Violin
Sophie Hayin Chung 鍾希弦
Nathan Soong-Boc Hui 許崇博
Elanna Mak 麥胤琦
Dora Wang 王美允
Blues Yiu Chi Zhang 張耀之
Rhythm Yiu Fu Zhang 張耀夫

Viola
Michael Ho Hin Chak 翟灝軒
James Chak Tung Chan 陳澤通

Cello Solo Continuo
Austin Kwan Shek Lam 林君錫

Cello
Lewis Tang 鄧昊峰

Double Bass
Charmaine Siu 蕭詠心

Harpsichord
Zenan Kwan 關之藍

Violin I
Li Yiu Ching Enoch, Kan Chui Hei Ivy, Pegeen Kwok, Tong Pun Kiu Jeffrey

Violin II
Chan Ka Yee Chloe, Katarina Cheung Yim Ting, Yan Yik Shan Isaac, Yan Yik Lam Ethan

Viola
Cheng Man Ho, Cheng Hui Sin Hillary, Leung Seen Janice, Lui Yan Hung

Cello
Chan Ching Wei Trevor, Chan Sai Hong Alex, Wong Yi Ki Erica, Seanon Wong

Double bass
Lo Yiu Ki Astin, Wing Yau Tong Ian

Percussion
Yeung Tsz Yin Brian

Harp
Annalise Mak

Star Friends of HKGNA

Dr. Michelle Tsui’s musical training started at age 5 with the piano. She later commenced vocal training at age 17 at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music while she pursued her medical degree. From 2005, Tsui has been studying under renowned soprano Madame Lola Young, and later obtained the LTCL Vocal Recital Diploma with distinction. She had since performed in numerous concerts as a soloist. Tsui also plays the violin, and is currently working as a private Obstetrician in Hong Kong.

Mr. Patrick Yeung, previously with Cathay Pacific Airways retired in 2017 and is currently the Professor of Practice of School of Hotel & Tourism Management of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

Mr. Yeung 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 raise 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 the 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.