Stars of tomorrow
- January 3, 2015
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A local grammar school with an international outlook, Diocesan Girls’ School was founded in 1860 by the Anglican (Episcopalian) Church to provide an excellent all-rounded secondary education for girls in Hong Kong. Besides the pursuit of academic excellence, the school also places strong emphasis on building a strong sensitivity towards beauty in our students, thus encompassing music making and art appreciation for aesthetic enjoyment. Western instrumentalists from Secondary 1 to 6 (equivalent to Grades 7 to 12) make up the three large ensembles: the Concert Band, String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, these ensembles have achieved first places in various local schools’ music festivals. The Diocesan Girls’ School Symphony Orchestra has performed in Shenzhen and Macao, as well as various cities in Taiwan, receiving high acclaims for the many collaborative performances with local secondary schools. The Orchestra finished its 2014-15 season in July with a celebration concert held in the DGS Auditorium. In addition to the five performances by winners of the DGS Concerto Competition that were reviewed in the South China Morning Post, the Orchestra also performed with the school dance team on a new choreography of Ravel!&s Bolero by renowned dancer and choreographer, Mui Cheuk-yin. The Orchestra is currently under the direction of Mr. Leung Kin Fung, founder of Hong Kong Pure Strings and First Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Co-presented by HKAPA Masterclasses Participants
Yue Zhang started his piano training at the age of seven. He is currently pursuing his Master degree in Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Gabriel Kwok. He has won Grand Prize at HKGNA music competition and made his triumphant New York Debut concert at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall New York Debut July, 2015 with rousing standing ovation. He also won many top prizes including Silver prize at Tokyo International Piano Competition in Asia. Yue has performed as a soloist with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra,Academy Symphony Orchestra. He was invited to give performance in Shantou University, Shenzhen concert hall etc. 2014 he was invited to make his debut concert in Italy, and Release his first CD named “Hong Kong Piano Marathon Studium”and the concert was broadcasted to cities in Europe by classical music channel radio 3 Rai. He was also invited to perform at HKGNA Music Festival 2014 “ Stars of Today and Tomorrow” concert. He has participated in master classes of Russell Sherman,Hung-Kuan Chen,Dan Zhaoyi, Jerome Lowenthal and Anton Kuerti etc. Yue is the awardee of The Talent Development Scholarship from The HKSAR Government and YAMAHA Scholarship.
Wong ,Sze Yuen is 16 years old and he has studied with Huang Tian-Dong at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. In 2008, he enrolled at the Junior School of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and studied with Wang Nan and since 2010, with Professor Gabriel Kwok.
Wong Sze Yuen has won many prizes in competitions including HKGNA Music Competition 2014 “ Jury Special Prize” given to the most outstanding artists in all category, a gold medal of the Grade 9 in the 1st National Piano Grading excellent players Showcase Competition; first prize of the Amateur Class , group C in the 75th Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition (2011) ; third prize of the Open Class in 17th Hong Kong – Asia Piano Open Competition in 2012 ; second prize and classic sonata prize of The 1st Korea International Competition for Young Pianists . He was also invited to perform at HKGNA Music Festival “ Stars of Today and Tomorrow”concert.
Xingji Piao, born in a musical family in 1992, began to study the piano at age four.He is currently studying with Professor Gabriel Kwok at HKAPA.
He showed great promise from an early age, winning many competitions including 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). .
In recent years Piao has performed around the world. He performed concertos with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in 2005. He undertook a concert tour in China in 2006 and also performed in Austria, Poland and Hungary.
In 2013, he gave a solo recital at the 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival and received great success.
Liyan has performed in cities such as Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Recently, his concert in Italy was broadcasted by RAI Radio 3 through the Europe, performed with Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra and HKAPA Academy Symphony Orchestra. He was invited to perform in Israel Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Art Festival, hailed as the Talent from the Far East in 2007. Since 2009, Liyan He received scholarship to study in HKAPA under Professor Gabriel Kwok and now is a Master degree student.
Co-presented by Asia Society hong Kong Masterclass Participants
Pak Hoi Lam is a Secondary Six student of Diocesan Girls’ School. She is also a student of the Junior Music Programme at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She started playing cello at the age of nine. Hoi Lam has rich experience in music performance. She participated in different competitions run by the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association and won various prizes in the past years. Hoi Lam was awarded the Diploma in Cello, Piano and Double Bass with distinction from Trinity College of London. She was also a recipient of Diocesan Gils’ School Music Enrichment Scholarship in 2011, DGS Exhibition for Music 2013 & 2014, DGS Instrumentalist of the Year 2014. She is now the member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Junior Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra and also the Diocesan Girls’ School Symphony Orchestra.