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Other programmes in the “Nan Lian Garden Chinese Music Series”:
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Chinese Instrumental Concert - Ku Hui-man and Wong On-yuen

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Heart notes that reverberate from yesteryear


19 January 2012 (Thu) 8pm

Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

$260, 200, 120

Limited tickets for 19 Jan.  Get your tickets NOW!


21 January 2012 (Sat) 2:30pm*

Xiang Hai Xuan Multi-purpose Hall, Nan Lian Garden

$220 (Free Seating)

Meet-the-Artist Session after the concert (In Cantonese)

Tickets for 21 January are SOLD OUT.  Thank you for your support!


Pipa: Ku Hui-man

Erhu: Wong On-yuen


Guest Performers

Erhu: Wong Sun-tat

Piano: Cheng Wai (19/1 only)

Zheng: Choi Ngar-si

Xiao: Tam Po-shek

Yangqin: Bryan Lai (21/1 only)

Daruan: Sébastien Lai

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Pipa Solo


Snow in Springtime

Ancient Tune

The Moon Rises High

Ancient Tune

Falling Flowers Colouring the Green

Ancient Tune

The Lotus Rising from the Water

Traditional Music of Hakka Trans. by Lin Shichen

Ambuscade from All Sides

Ancient Tune



Erhu Solo


The Forlorn Drifter     

Sun Wenming

Reflections of the Moon on the Water 

Hua Yanjun



Erhu Duet


Hakka Love Song

Luo JichaoWorld Premiere

Tea-picking Lantern

Luo JichaoWorld Premiere



Erhu Tutti


Guangdong Music Medley

 Arr. by William Wu



Ensemble (Pipa/ Erhu/ Zheng/ Daruan)


Apricot Blossoms against a Blue Sky

Kuan Nai-chung



Quartet (Pipa/ Erhu/ Zheng/ Xiao)


Flowery Moon Light of Spring River

Ancient Tune Trans. by Kuan Nai-chung



Erhu Tutti (19/1 only)


A Beautiful Night

Liu Tianhua

Song of a Promising Future

Liu Tianhua

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Details of Performers

Ku Hui-man


Ku Hui-man entered the primary school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of nine, where she learned the pipa under the tutelage of such famous virtuosi in the genre as Wei Zhongle, Ye Xuiran and Lin Shicheng.  She began giving pipa solo performances in the Shanghai Spring Music Festival since she was eleven.  She is therefore a pipa virtuoso with decades of performing experience.  On leaving school, she joined the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra as a musician before resettling in Hong Kong, where she has worked in the Music Office, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Music Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Ku has performed with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and given overseas performances in Europe, the United States, Australia and other parts of Asia.  She has also given demonstration performances and lectures at UCLA Berkeley and the London University.

This is what a music critic says about her playing: “exquisite and full of feminine grace…… there is spiritedness under the virtuosity, sincerity, warmth and elegant charm under the well-honed techniques.  Hers is a unique combination of refreshing gracefulness and artistic character.  She deserves to be classed as an artist of the top rung whether by the external criterion of style as a musician, or by the profundity of her academic accomplishments that comes from within.”


Wong On-yuen


Recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s “Award for Best Artist (Music) 2009”.  Wong On-yuen received his erhu training first at the middle school affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music, then later the China Conservatory where his teachers included Nie Jingyu and Lan Yusong.  Wong served as Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for 27 years and its Assistant Conductor for 16 years. He is currently an erhu instructor in the Music Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  Wong has given more than 131 recital concerts.  He was the first erhu master to give solo recitals at the Carnegie Hall in New York.  Wong was a recipient of many honors and awards, including an MBE, an Outstanding Asian Arts Award (New York), the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (Hong Kong) and Performer of the Year Award (Hong Kong).  The New York Times acclaimed: “The variety of tone colour he produced was enough to make a listener momentarily regard the four strings of the violin as needless luxury.”


Wong Sun-tat


Wong Sun-tat, former Gaohu Associate Principal with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, was first educated at the middle school affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music, before graduating from the Conservatory proper. He learned to play the erhu from his father Wong On-yuen at a young age, and trained under Nie Jingyu, Zhang Zhao and Zhang Yuming during his studies.  Wong has given solo recitals in Hong Kong and Beijing, and has performed as a father-and-son duo with Wong On-yuen in the United States, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Singapore. Orchestras with which he has collaborated include the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Macao Chinese Orchestra, the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, and the Taiwan Chinese Orchestra.  He has performed under the baton of Chen Zuohuang, Yeh Tsung, Shao En, Qu Chunquan, Hu Bingxu, Yoshikazu Fukumura, Kenneth Schermerhorn and John Harding.


Cheng Wai (19/1 only)     


Cheng Wai graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she was under the tutelage of Seymour Lipkin, and went on to study for her master’s degree at Yale University and doctoral degree at the New York State University.  Named one of the ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ in 2009, she is currently teaching at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and in the Music Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and is an adjudicator in numerous piano competitions in Asia.  She is currently Chairman of the Central Conservatory of Music (HK) Foundation.  An active recitalist, Cheng has performed in major venues all over the world, including the Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.  She has performed with many orchestras all over the world, including the Moscow Philharmonic, Denmark Odense Symphony Orchestra, under the batons of Gustave Meier, Lawrence Smith, among many others.  As an active chamber musician, she has also collaborated with distinguished violinists such as Augustin Dumay, Lu Siqing, Li Chuanyun, and cellist Wang Jian.


Choi Ngar-si


A renowned zheng player in Hong Kong, Choi Ngar-si was trained under Lam Fung, and has been coached on several occasions by Zhang Yan, Cao Zheng, Qiu Dacheng, Fan Shang’e and Li Wanfen, all virtuosi based in Beijing, and Zhou Yanjia and Gao Zhicheng in Xi’an.  She founded the Choi Ngar-si Guzheng Institute in 1973, and has been its director since.  She is currently a zheng instructor in The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Institute of Education of Hong Kong, and Education Executive with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. Over the years, Choi has performed regularly as a delegate from Hong Kong in Beijing, Macao, and many places in Asia, the United States and Europe.  As a member of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, she has performed in famous venues in France, Germany and Austria, including the Goldenersaal Musikverein of Vienna. She is a recording artist for record companies, television and radio stations, with a discography that includes Guang-Ling-San, Bao-Qin and Elementary Guzheng for use as teaching aid.  Choi is the author of An Introduction to Guzheng and arranger of some one hundred zheng ensemble pieces.


Tam Po-shek


A well-known xiao and dizi player and xiao maker, Tam Po-shek is dedicated to exploring and expanding the expressive abilities of the xiao through performance and research on the instrument’s making.  He has performed all over the world. Blending traditional elements with the innovative, Tam is recognized for being able to interpret history, classical poetry, improvisatory music and music for the soul.  His highly innovative musicality has won him attention and wide acclaim on the music scene. Critics have said, “he is adept in using the xiao to tell each story” and “with one solo instrument, he is capable of evoking the deepest emotions in the hundreds and thousands listening to him”. The sounds from Tam’s xiao have been praised as “xiao music from the deep recesses of the soul”.  Recently he has also used his calligraphy and painting in stage performances in a bid to promote multimedia performing art.  His discography includes the CD recordings The Dream of Landscapes, Clouds and the Haze, and Bamboo Zen.  Tam is also the author of Techniques on the Dizi, Xiao Scores and As Leaves Fall between Heaven and Earth.


Bryan Lai  (21/1 only)


Bryan Lai is a yangqin artist and a member of the Cimbalom World Association and China Yangqin Society. He began learning to play the yangqin and to read gongche scores at the age of six under Law Sing-nam, and later under Cheung Yu-chu. He was the champion in many yangqin competitions in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and the Overall Champion – Solo Section of the Hugo Chinese Music Awards.  He pursued an undergraduate and then a postgraduate programme leading to a Master’s degree at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, specializing in yangqin, and came under the tutelage of Liu Yuening and Gui Xili.  Lai’s solo recitals were featured in the Famous Works by Famous Artists in Chinese Music Series, the Young Asian Musicians Series, and the Krakow Festival.  Lai’s academic research has led to the publication of a thesis on The American Dulcimer – Past and Present, and he also co-authored the DVD scripts for Chinese and Overseas Yangqin Classics and A Collection of Cantonese Yangqin Music.  He has performed in the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Japan, etc.


Sébastien Lai


Sébastien Lai studied at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he specialized in Zhongruan performance with Lui Kwan On, and received a Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma with Distinction.  In 2008, he continued his education at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, obtained a Master of Arts for Zhongruan performance in 2011, where he studied with Zhongruan soloist Liu Xing, and musicologist Qiao Jianzhong.


Lai has perform as a soloist in Hong Kong and overseas including London, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Brussels, The Hague, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Singapore, etc.  In 2009, Lai recorded his debut release, Moment Musicaux.  His recent performances include Zhongruan recital in the Shanghai Oriental Art CenterFête de la Musique organized by Ministère des Affaires Etrangères and Piccadilly Revisited organized by 2011 Hong Kong Arts Festival.


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Programme Length

Running time of each performance is about 1 hour 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.


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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 11 November onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)


“Nan Lian Garden Chinese Music Series” Series Discount

10% off for each purchase of 2 different programmes;

15% off for each purchase of 3 different programmes;

20% off for each purchase of 4 or more different programmes


Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 tickets;

15% off for each purchase of 10-19 tickets;

20% off for each purchase of 20 or more tickets


Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.
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Other programmes in the “Nan Lian Garden Chinese Music Series”:

Nanyin Concert – Those Lamentable Bygone Days, Zheng Recital by Ng Hiu-hung, “The Legacy•Stories Retold” - Sheng Recital by Loo Sze-wang, Korean Traditional Music Concert, and Erhu Recital by Hou Shihchieh.

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The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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