Nov 21, 2019 (Thur) 7:30pm
JC Cube, Tai Kwun
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Hong Kong Generation Next Arts (HKGNA) is proud to present internationally renowned violinist and celebrated teacher from the Juilliard School, Catherine Cho, in HKGNA’s Music Festival 2019 Finale Concert “Great Women Artists of the World!” supported by the Korean Cultural Center Hong Kong and Korean Consulate.

Ms. Cho has appeared worldwide as soloist with many orchestras including appearances with the Detroit, Montreal, and Washington DC’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. She has performed with distinguished conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Spano, Sixten Ehrling, Hugh Wolff, and Franz-Paul Decker. A regular guest on tour with “Musicians from Marlboro”, Ms. Cho has garnered top prizes in many international competitions including the Hannover International Violin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium and the Montreal International Competition where she also served on the jury. Ms. Cho was the recipient of both the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence.

Ms. Cho will be performing with Hong Kong’s best young artists. She will perform works of Amy Beach and Clara Schumann with one of Hong Kong’s foremost young pianists, Matthew Chan. Matthew graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Master of Music in Piano Performance with distinction honours and an Artist Diploma. Matthew has won top prizes in many international competitions and performed numerous concerts internationally including in the UK, France, Spain, Russia, South Korea, China and Thailand.

Ms. Cho will also join a group of talented young artists performing Brahms’Piano Quintet as a finale including Violist Yang Fan and the Bauhinia Trio, made up of Pianist Kenny Xingji Piao, Violinist Zheng Yang and Cellist Jia Nan.
Yang Fan received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati and also received First Class Honours at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).

Pianist Kenny Xingji Piao was our 2010 HKGNA New York Debut Piano Competition Grand Prize Winner and we presented his highly acclaimed debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall that year. A full scholarship student, Mr. Piao studied under Mr. Gabriel Kwok at HKAPA and won many international competition top prizes including the International Russian Music Piano Competition in the US, Second prize in the Grieg International Piano Competition in Norway and Second prize at the International Piano Competition “Rome 2011”. He made his Hong Kong debut recital at Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2014.

Violinist Zheng Yang was first violin of the Gloucester String Quartet and concertmaster of the Academy Symphony Orchestra. He studied under Mr. Michael Ma and chamber music with Mr. Ivan Chan. His quartet performed at the Royal Academy of Music, the Wells Cathedral School in the UK and McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal. They also took part in the prestigious Aspen music festival in the US on full scholarship.

Cellist Jia Nan was admitted into Bard College in the US at age 16 and studied under cellist Peter Wiley. Jia Nan also studied at HKAPA under Mr. Ray Wang. Jia Nan has won many top prizes in international competitions including prizewinner in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, Second Prize in cello and First Prize in the Chamber Division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition and in the Youth Division of the 4th National Cello Competition of China. All three members of this powerhouse graduated from the HKAPA as first class honor graduates of distinction with a Mmus.

HKGNA is thrilled to present the great Korean American Violinist Catherine Cho and Hong Kong’s best young artists. Together, they will inspire audiences and profoundly impact our Hong Kong community!

Program

Amy Beach
Romance, Op. 23

Schumann
Violin Sonata No.2 in D minor, Op.121

Intermission

Brahms
Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

Festival Artists

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.

Founded in 2018, made up of Pianist Kenny Xingji Piao, Violinist Zhen Yang and Cellist Jia Nan. Bauhinia Trio is now one of the most active youth chamber music group in Hong Kong. All three members graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as first class honor graduates of distinction with a MMus. And currently they are teaching at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. In 2019, they founded “YNK Music” to collaborate with creative young artists.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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