Steinway Artist Carol Yu was hailed by The Times U.K. as a pianist who exerts ‘excellent, positive work at the piano’, and praised by Viktor Merzhanov, Piano Professor at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory as ‘an artist whose manner of playing is notable for its good taste and sense of style’. Her engaging performances have been capturing audiences worldwide. She has performed in major concert halls in London (Southbank Centre and Barbican Centre), Austria, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Japan, China and SE Asia, appearing as guest artist in such prominent events as the International Chopin Festival in Austria and the Park Lane Group Series in London, as well as the London Messiaen Festival.
Carol was invited to perform for the House of Lords in London and the Chopin Society in Vienna. She was Artistic Director and Principal Pianist for the 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong SAR Reunification celebration concert in Shanghai. She has collaborated with renowned conductor Li Xin-cao and given concerto performances with Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Malaysia National Symphony Orchestra. Her numerous recordings received critical acclaim internationally, amongst them are her solo album of Chopin and Beethoven piano works released by URM Audio (UK), live recording for Moscow Radio, as well as a DVD series released by Brio Music.
Apart from performing, Carol is Artistic Director of Manhattan International Young Artists Music Festival, Founder of Concordia Music International, Honorary Advisor of Tom Lee Music Academy, Vice-Chairperson of Hong Kong Jockey Club Music & Dance Fund Awardees Association, and was invited to be Jury Member in major competitions in the region such as Asia Pacific Regional Finals of Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition.
She is on the piano faculty of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University, and gives masterclasses in Hong Kong and abroad. Her broad musical interests moreover encompass giving presentations and workshops on Music Performance and Music Psychology at the World Conferences of the International Society of Music Education and Asia Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research.
Carol studied piano with renowned masters Viktor Merzhanov, Irina Zaritskaya and Andrzej Esterhazy (pupil of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus). She has worked with celebrated pianists Kendall Taylor, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich and Bernard Roberts, and studied chamber music with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lynn Harrell and the Amadeus Quartet.
A recipient of prestigious scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music & Dance Fund, Carol graduated with Bachelor and Master Degrees in First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London, winning numerous accolades for her achievements including the Whyte Memorial Fund Award for the Most Outstanding Student of the Year. She further obtained the Master of Arts in Performance from the Musikhochschule Trossingen in Germany.
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Piano Lecturer, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts & The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Nancy Loo is one of Hong Kong's most versatile artists, as pianist, radio programme host, actress and writer. She was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1978. She currently teaches piano at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong and is often invited to host music talks and master-classes, and to serve as a juror for piano competitions.
Ms. 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 prizewinner at the Fourth Rina Sala Gallo International Competition in Monza in 1976, and has won 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 Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. A keen promoter of contemporary music, she has participated in the annual Musicarama and the ISCM World Music Days Festival. Her recordings include a piano solo album of Christian music, Ambush and Moonlight on Spring River with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and piano works by local composers.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Piano Lecturer, The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Hong Kong Baptist University
Steinway Artist Norman Lee performs frequently in concert halls around the world including Hong Kong, Canada, the United States and Europe. He has also conducted master classes and lectures in Universities and Conservatories across Hong Kong, China, Canada on the topic of piano injuries and movement retraining. Besides his various performing activities, Norman is a dedicated piano teacher and music educator, and currently teaches at Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University Of Hong Kong, The Kingston University of London, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Norman started his piano studies at a very young age. He furthered his piano studies as a scholarship student in Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Piano Performance, studying with Walter Hautzig, Robert Weirich, and attended master class by Leon Fleisher. Norman also studied with Irina Zaritzkaya in London and with Anatoly Verdernikov and Tatiana Nikolava in Mozertum, Salzburg. He obtained Master degree of Music from The University of Western Ontario working under Professor Ronald Turini.
香港出生的李廷強擁有卓越的音樂成就。他年幼時已開始學習鋼琴，其後憑著獎學金在Peabody Conservatory of Music主修鋼琴演奏，得到Walter Hautzig 與Robert Weirich的指導，並參予Leon Fleisher的大師班，完成鋼琴演奏音樂學士課程。此外，李氏於英國皇家音樂學院深造時，得到Irina Zaritzkaya的督導，繼而得到Anatoly Vedernikov 及 Tatiana Nikolaeva的督導，在俄羅斯獲得證書。Norman 於加拿大University of Western Ontario完成音樂碩士課程，期間獲得Ronald Turini教授的督導。
City Chamber Orchestra of
Principal Cello, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Russian-born Artem Konstantinov studied cello at the Glinka School and the Moscow Conservatory of Music, and holds a Doctorate of Music Degree from the Guildhall School of Music London. First-prize winner in the Competition for Young Cellists (Russia), International Competition of Young Ensemble of Art (Moscow) and Russian National Cello Competition, and prize-winner in the Competition of Chamber Music in Palma d'Oro (Italy). In 2001 he received an honorary award from the Russian Department of Culture.
Artem has studied and collaborated with Mstislav Rostropovich, N.Shashovskaya and K.Rodin, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Europe, Russia and Asia. He was Principal cellist of Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra 1999-2005, and has performed as guest principal cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2005, Artem was appointed principal cellist of City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. He is also a recording artist for HUGO and has released seven CDs under this label.
Since his solo recital debut in Marseilles, France at the age of six, critically acclaimed Canadian violinist Jing Wang won first prize at the 2007 Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition. In 2003, Mr. Wang was awarded the “Young Soloist of the Year” by Les Radios Francophones Publiques, leading to the release of his first CD album in Europe.
Jing has appeared as a soloist in major orchestras in Europe and North America, and collaborated with renowned conductors such as James DePreist, Claus Peter Flor, Yoav Talmi, Jacques Lacombe. He has given solo and chamber music performances at National Arts Center in Ottawa and Lincoln Center, and broadcast on CBC Radio-Canada. A founding member of Ensemble75, Jing was Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera from 2010-2013. Appointed by Maestro Jaap Van Zweden, Jing is currently Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2013. He plays a violin made in 1700 by Giovanni Tononi, on loan from Canada Council of Arts Fine Instruments Collection.
自六歲正式於法國馬賽作公開演出後，享譽盛名的加拿大籍小提琴家王敬獲獎無數，包括2007年Irving M. Klein International Competition冠軍、2003年Les Radios Francophones Publiques的「年度年輕獨奏家」獎項，並獲獎推出首張唱片。王敬活躍於北美及歐洲演奏，與多個大型樂團及名指揮家合作，包括James DePreist、Claus Peter Flor、Yoav Talmi及Jacques Lacombe。王敬曾於渥太華國立藝術中心的演出，並於加拿大CBC電台廣播。畢業於茱利亞音樂學院，跟隨Zakar Bron 及 Pinchas Zukerman 學習。他是美國Ensemble75的創辦人之一，於2011-2013年任職達拉斯歌劇院樂團「樂團首席」。王敬於2013應梵志登大師邀請擔任香港管弦樂團「樂團首席」。他現正使用由 Canada Council of Arts Rare Strings International Collection 借出的 1700年 Giovanni Tononi 小提琴。
Strings Alive Academy Sydney
Artistic Director, Strings Alive Academy Sydney
Artistic Director, Hong Kong Camerata Strings
Strings Alive Academy Sydney 藝術總監
Founder/Artistic Director Hong Kong Camerata Strings, 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 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. He has taught at the Sydney and Adelaide Conservatorium and Artist in Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium. He was first violinist with the Diemen Quartet whilst resident in Tasmania.
Jeremy relocated to Hong Kong in 2015 and currently conducts the Yew Chung International School Orchestra, develops chamber music at Wah Yan School and continues to develop a thriving string studio, founding Hong Kong Camerata Strings in 2016.
Head of Junior String Program,
Yew Chung International School
Head of Junior String Program, Yew Chung International School
San Yuen-yum is internationally regarded as an outstanding educator of young musicians. She has successfully set up string programmes in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia.
Appointed Principal Music Educator at the University of Tasmania in 2010, Yuen Yum developed a vibrant junior string programme. She is a guest violinist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, member of Diemen Quartet and on the faculty of Tutti World Youth Music Festival, Beijing.
In Sydney, Yuen Yum created the Strings Alive Academy, an innovative programme for young string players that continues to develop and expand. In addition she was string coordinator and conductor at Greenwich Primary School. Yuen Yum was a member of the London Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in 1986.
Yuen Yum is currently Head of Junior Strings at Yew Chung International School, Hong Kong. She travels regularly to China to oversee the string activities of their schools in cities including Guangzhou Shanghai and Beijing.
Head of Woodwind, Brass &
Percussion, The Hong Kong Academy
for Performing Arts
Head of Woodwind, Brass & Percussion, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Born in Hong Kong, Yiu graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1989. In the same year, he was awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship to study at the Queensland Conservatorium, the Royal Academy of Music in London UK, the Rotterdam Conservatorium in Holland and the Köln Musikhochschule in Germany, where he was awarded the Diplom der Künstlerischen Abschlußprüfung with distinction in 1994.
Yiu has appears as chamber musician and soloist in festivals worldwide. In Asia, he has also appeared as soloist with different orchestras and ensembles in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea and Japan. He has been invited to perform with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner on their Hong Kong tour and has also performed with the London Virtuosi on their Spain tour.
Yiu has given masterclasses regularly at Xi’an, Xinghai, Shanghai Conservatory, the Beijing Central Conservatory, National Chiayi University in Taiwan, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, Chung Ang University in Korea, Stuttgart and Leipzig Musikhochschule in Germany and Lyon Conservatoire Superieur de Musique in France.
Yiu served as an adjudicator for the prestigious Muri International Oboe Competition in Switzerland and the renowned Gillet International oboe competition at the 2015 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo, Japan. Yiu is the founder and the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Wind Kamerata, the overseas consultant of the Macau Youth Orchestra and the founding board member of the Asian Double Reed Association. He is also the honorary artists in residence of the Hong Kong Education of Institute, and has been elected Associate of the Royal Academy of music for his achievements and contribution to music.
Principal Flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2002, Megan Sterling has enjoyed working with some of the world's top conductors and soloists. She has appeared several times as a soloist with the orchestra, as well as in recitals, radio broadcasts, Canto-pop recordings and chamber music in Hong Kong and the region. She has appeared live on Australian national television and radio, Hungarian National Radio, RTHK, and in recital on WGBH, Boston, and she has also performed at Parliament House for the Australian Prime Minister.
Megan has appeared in a Principal role with most of Australia's leading orchestras and is a founding member of the Australian World Orchestra, which brings Australian musicians from elite orchestras around the world to play together - for the 2013 season under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
In 2003 she was awarded 1st Prize in the Hungarofest International Flute Competition in Budapest. At the same competition she was awarded a special prize for Best Performance of the Petrovics Flute Concerto, broadcast live with the Hungarian National Radio Symphony on Hungarian National Radio. This led to recitals and radio broadcasts in Budapest, Boston and Shanghai. She was also the recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Trust Award. In her home country she has been winner of a Symphony Young Australia Award, First Prize and Audience Prize winner at the 1999 National Flute Competition, winner of the inaugural Canberra School of Music/Ansett Concerto Prize, the University of Melbourne Mozart Competition, a Premier’s Award, and four-time winner of the Leslie Barklamb Flute Scholarship.
In addition to her full-time role with the HK Phil, she teaches at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the HK Baptist University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Associate Clarinet Principal , Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
American Clarinetist John Schertle has performed in orchestras and chamber music ensembles across the United States, Germany and Japan. He is currently Assistant Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Born in Southern California, Schertle began his studies at the R.D.Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He went on to gain degrees from the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the distinction of the Performer's Certificate.
In 1996, Schertle appeared as bass clarinet soloist in the Martino Triple Concerto in New York City's Alice Tully Hall, performing with the New Juilliard Ensemble. Schertle is a recipient of the Tilden Prize, awarded by the National Arts Club of America.
Schertle has been Principal Clarinet with the New World Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia and the Heidelberg Castle Festival Opera Orchestra, and he has also played with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra.
Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Founding Member, Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Choy Kwok Tin started the clarinet at the age of 12, under the guidance of Norman Foster. He later entered the Hong Kong Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Daniel Silver. In 1985 he furthered his pursuit of music at the Royal College of Music under John McCaw, the principal Clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.
After returning from England he was engaged as clarinetist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the season 1987/88. Choy is now teaching Clarinet and Saxophone at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Music Institute. Besides, he is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Band Directors Association. He is also the founding member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in which he was the Principal Clarinet from 1990 to 2006. From 2007 to now, he is the music director and conductor of Parsons Wind Orchestra.
He performed with the Hong Kong local famous singer, Miss Ivana Wong and the prize winner of the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition, Miss Colleen Lee a charity concert for Ronald McDonald House Charities in February 2011 and performed as soloist with different orchestras such as Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Macau Chamber Orchestra. Since 1996, he has been invited several times to hold master classes in Macau and Guangzhou Conservatory and as an adjudicator for the Macau Youth Music Competition. He is one of the founding member of "Les Six" and overseas consultant of Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. Besides, he is very active as a chamber musician and soloist of numerous festivals, from both local and overseas such as the Musicarama Contemporary Music Festival and the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days. He has been very active in the concert halls of Hong Kong as well as in Macau, Japan, France, Poland and Lithuania.
Choy is also an active band director for Alliance Primary School, Kowloon Tong and Pui Ching Middle School. For the past few years, he has been putting efforts in the cooperation with local composers to write new works for school band training.
Asia’s leading operatic bass and vocal coach for the past 25 years, has performed over 60 major roles on stage in Europe, America, and Asia. He has also appeared on Canadian French, Norwegian and Chinese and American television programs, including CNN, both as a soloist and as an expert on vocal performance issues.
During his career he was the first prize winner of 5 vocal competitions, including The Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, The Carmel Grand Prize, and Finalist in Concurso Internacional de Canto in Rio de Janeiro. He has performed with a number of performers from film, television, and the world’s major opera houses, such as Maria Ewing, Giacomo Aragall, Helga Dernesch, Dame Josephine Barstow, Victor Borge, Doc Severinsen, and John Raitt. A distinguished graduate from the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, he also holds a Doctorate Degree from The Peabody Institute.
Since 2000 Dr. Anthony is the Director of The Music & Drama Institute. Previously senior lecturer of The HK Academy for Performing Arts, Vocal Instructor at The Peabody Institute, Director of Vocal Studies & Professor of Music at Wayne State University, Stage Director at Michigan Opera Theatre and in Santa Barbara, and as Soloist at Theater Oberhausen, Germany. In addition to his performance career, he has taught around 1000 individuals from over 40 countries around the world.
Head of Vocal Studies,
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Head of Vocal Studies, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
One of the most outstanding singers from Asia, Nancy Yuen made her debut upon graduation from the Royal Academy of Music, London, with the Welsh National Opera, singing the title role of Madama Butterfly to great critical acclaim. She has since reprised the role all over the world, notably with the English National Opera, Scottish Opera, West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland, Opera Northern Ireland, Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO), Bangkok Opera (BO), the New Zealand International Festival of Arts, the Barbados Opera Festival, at the Royal Albert Hall for Raymond Gubbay Limited in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Other starring operatic roles include Romilda (Xerxes), Violetta (La Traviata), Aida, Gilda (Rigoletto), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Tosca, Liza (The Queen of Spades), Mimi (La Bohème), Jenny (Mahagony Songspiel), Micaela (Carmen), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Liu (Turandot), Antonia (Les Contes D’Hoffmann), Thaiis and Countessa (Le Nozze di Figaro).
A celebrated recitalist and versatile concert artist, she performs regularly with major orchestras and choral societies. Her appearances have included performances with Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Armstrong, Carlo Rizzi, Helmuth Rilling, Tsung Yeh and orchestras such as the London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Opera Orchestra.
Nancy has given masterclasses in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and China. She was a frequent adjudicator for international competitions and music festivals, e.g. the 59th and 65th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Competizione dell’Opera organized by Opera Bremen, Germany and ASEAN Voice Competitions in Bangkok. In 2016 she will make her role debut as Senta in Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” and will reprise her signature role as “Madama Butterfly”. Nancy has been the Head of Vocal Studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since March 2010. She has been elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 for her significant achievements and contributions to music.
Hong Kong Baptist University
Director, Cantoria Hong Kong
Dr. John Winzenburg
Associate Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University
Director, Cantoria Hong Kong
John Winzenburg is an associate professor of music at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he conducts the Cantoria Hong Kong and the HKBU Choir. Winzenburg spent the 2004-05 school year researching Chinese-Western “fusion concertos” as a Fulbright Doctoral Fellow at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, after earning graduate degrees in orchestral and choral conducting from the University of Iowa and University of Minnesota.
As a performer, Winzenburg has conducted the HKBU choral groups since 2008, and he established the Cantoria Hong Kong in 2009. He and the Cantoria earned a Gold Medal at the Czech 2010 Festival of Songs Olomouc, and they performed at the Concert Hall, National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing in 2012. Winzenburg also appears regularly in vocal and instrumental performances with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
He was selected as the featured workshop clinician at the 2013 “San Juan Coral” International Choir Festival in Argentina and as presenter at the 2014 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, Korea. He has also recently adjudicated international choral festivals in Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2015, he presented a clinic at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in collaboration with the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain.
Scholastically, Winzenburg’s international publications (published or in-press) include Perspectives of New Music, Palgrave Macmillan, The University of Michigan Press, The University of Hawaii Press, Twentieth-Century China, Asian Music, CHIME, and the Journal of the Central Conservatory of Music.