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Xiao Chao

Xiao Chao first received conducting training from National first class conductor Tang Qingshi. In 2006, Xiao entered the Sichuan Province Song and Dance Theatre and conducted the Tian Zi Chinese Orchestra. In 2009, Xiao studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and pursued postgraduate studies in conducting with Professor Yan Huichang, Professor Wang Yongji and Professor Wang Yan. In 2010, under student exchange programme, Xiao further his conducting studies with Professor Yan Huichang at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2011, Xiao entered the first Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music and took both the 2nd prize and the Audience Award for the Most Popular Conductor.

Xiao is currently the conductor of several orchestras at Sichuan and Shaanxi province, namely the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Conservatory of Music Chinese Orchestra and the Xi’an Conservatory of Music Chinese Orchestra. He is also invited by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra as assistant conductor.
Gustavo Fontana

Gustavo Fontana is currently the Artistic and Music Director of the Cordoba Symphony Band in Argentina. He serves also as a guest conductor with many bands and orchestras in Argentina and all over the world, in countries like US, Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Brazil, Uruguay and Hong Kong.

Fontana graduated at the National Conservatory of Music of Argentina in trumpet performance. He further studied trumpet performance and chamber music at the Juilliard School in New York. He joined the Buenos Aires Symphony Band in 1989 and served as orchestral player for 10 seasons with the Teatro Colon Opera House and the Buenos Aires Philharmonic.

Fontana started his conducting career by studying with Cristobal Soler in Spain and participating in conducting workshops with Charles Dutoit and Milan Nachev. He has been invited as guest conductor, lecturer and jury in many festivals around the world, in countries and cities like Colombia, Brazil, Spain and South Africa.

Fontana is also very active in the teaching and education field. He taught at the Buenos Aires University and the Municipal Conservatory in Buenos Aires city. He is also the Chairman of the Social Youth Orchestras and Bands Programe of the Argentina Culture Ministry. As a World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Board member, he helped to develop many educational and social band and orchestra programme, both in Argentina and all over the world.
Dr. Philip Baldwin

Dr. Baldwin is currently Professor of Violin, Director of String Studies and Conductor of University Symphony Orchestra at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, US. Committed in string teaching, Dr. Baldwin conducts Suzuki violin training workshop, teaches masterclass, conducts youth orchestras and adjudicates at various competitions and festivals.

Dr. Baldwin performs as concertmaster and is the Associate Conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Idalho, US. He is also frequently appeared as soloist and has performed Barber’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Brahms’ Double Concerto and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.
Dr. David Leung

A native of Hong Kong, Dr. Leung studied violin at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and graduated with a Bachelor Music Degree in violin performance with first-class honors. Dr. Leung held a Master Degree in Violin Performance, a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance and Orchestra Conducting and the prestigious Performers’ Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

Dr. Leung made his Carneige Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City in 2009. He also collaborated with many of today’s best-known artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anthony Camden, Sir Neville Marriner and Pinchas Zukerman. Dr. Leung performed and taught extensively around the world, including France, Italy, Spain, Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada and the United States.

Dr. Leung is currently the Music Director of the Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra and the Associate Professor of Violin at Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota.
Stephen Cleobury

Stephen Cleobury has for thirty years been associated with one of the world’s most famous choirs, that of King’s College, Cambridge. His work at King’s has brought him into fruitful relationships with many leading orchestras and soloists, among them the Academy of Ancient Music and the Philharmonia.

At King’s, he has sought to maintain and enhance the reputation of the renowned Choir, considerably broadening the daily service repertoire, commissioning new music from leading composers, principally for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and developing its activities in broadcasting, recording and touring. He has conceived and introduced the highly successful annual festival, Easter at King’s, from which the BBC regularly broadcasts, and, in its wake, a series of high-profile performances throughout the year, Concerts at King’s.
Between 1995 and 2007 he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers and since then has been Conductor Laureate. With the Singers he relished the opportunity to showcase challenging contemporary music and gave a number of important premieres. His many recordings with the Singers include albums of Tippett, Richard Strauss and Bach.

Performances as an organ recitalist also find him travelling the world. He has recorded Bach Clavierübung Pt. 3 and the Leipzig Chorale Preludes for BBC Radio 3; discs of on the organ of King’s include albums of music by Howells and Elgar and Priory Records have released a DVD of popular repertoire.

Chen Tscheng-hsiung

Born in Yi-lan, Taiwan, Chen Tscheng-hsiung graduated from National Taiwan Academy of Arts and Mozarteum Musik Akademie in Salzburg. He taught at National Taiwan Academy of Arts, University of Chinese Culture, Tunghai University, Shih Chien College and Taipei Municipal Teachers College. Chen was also invited to conduct orchestras from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Columbia, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Singapore, China and Hong Kong.

In 1984, Chen was appointed as Music Director and Conductor of Taipei Chinese Orchestra and he was widely admired for his active promotion of Chinese music education.

In 1991, Chen was appointed to take charge of Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. One year after the appointment, Chen initiated the first season of Taiwan Province Music Art Festival in which a series of performances and activities were held throughout Taiwan to promote music towards the community.

In 1992, Chen established Taiwan Youth Orchestra with the purpose to develop youth music training in Taiwan. Since its inception, the Orchestra has toured extensively around the world and the performances were well received with critical acclaims.

Chen retired in 2003 and is still frequently invited by renowned orchestras as guest conductor.