Prof. Chan Wing-wah (Conductor)
Chan Wing-wah conducts both western symphony orchestra and Chinese orchestra in addition to being Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society. He has conducted orchestras in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Macau and Kwangju (Korea). Chan is a prolific composer. His works includes eight symphonies, orchestral music, chamber music, hymns and children songs. His composition awards include First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest in the United States; the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Award from the Asian Composers League and the 20th Century Masterpiece Award by the China Culture Promotion Society, Beijing. He is Chairman of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong. He was Professor of Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and had been the Chairman of Music Department. He is now Principal Programme Director and Associate Head of the College of Humanities and Law at the School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU SPACE) and Head of its Centre for Creative and Performing Arts.
So Chun-bo (Zheng)
Zheng master So Chun-bo performed, lectured and adjudicated at competitions no less than a hundred times. His students came from countries of Southeast Asia, the United States and Australia. So represents the first generation of zheng music promulgators. The first zheng orchestra was established in 1971, while zheng was originally a solo instrument now performed in over a dozen novel ways. So had been invited in international zheng concerts and to be an adjudicator in music competitions held in Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. So currently teaches at the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the Principal of Hong Kong Guzheng Academy, a member of The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Limited and the Hong Kong Folk Music Association. He has composed and arranged over 80 zheng works and made recordings. He is also the author of volume 1 and 2 of The Art of the Chinese Zheng.
Wang Zhongshan (Zheng)
Wang Zhongshan is a famous zheng recitalist in China today. He is currently teaching at the China Conservatory and a visiting professor at many universities in China, as well as the supervisor on the Master’s degree programme. He takes official positions of different music societies, associations and committees in China. Wang came first in the zheng Section of the International Chinese Ethnic Instruments Solo Competition. He is considered one of the most influential zheng artists in China today as well as a pioneer in modern zheng techniques. He has invented many new fingering techniques, such as the ‘rolling’ and ‘plucking with four finger-plectrums on the left hand’. He also developed the ‘multiple finger rolling’ as well as ‘left-hand rolling’ techniques, thus enlarging the vocabulary of playing the zheng. Wang has written many treatises for major publications in China, and composed and arranged zheng music, some of which have been chosen as part of the syllabus of the competitions and examinations and are therefore widely known.
Cheng Wai, Vivian (Piano)
Cheng Wai awarded Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2009, is a renowned pianist in Hong Kong. She is the first cohort graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She later obtained her master’s degree and artist diploma in Yale University and obtained her doctoral degree from New York State University at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers include Ling Yuan, Gabriel Kwok and Claude Frank. Cheng is a winner of the Hong Kong Young Music Performer Award of the International Year of Youth. She also won in numerous international competitions. She has performed in many cities and was featured as a soloist with many orchestras all over the world. She is now the chairlady of the Central Conservatory of Music (HK) Foundation and currently teaching at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has also adjudicated in numerous local and international competitions.
Chuen Kin (Cello)
Having a keen interest in music, Chuen Kin started to receive instrumental music training at the Music Office at the age of nine. Over the years, he has been a cellist of several local orchestras. His performances in many local and overseas concerts have been widely acclaimed. In addition, Chuen has devoted himself to music education by teaching cello at various secondary and primary schools. His students have won many awards in various competitions. Chuen is active in the music scene by performing in various Chinese and western music concerts.
Hong Kong Strings
Hong Kong Strings was founded in 1998 by a group of enthusiastic local musicians. Members are dedicated to promote music to the public through demonstration concerts. Throughout the years, Hong Kong Strings has performed in many primary and secondary schools, shopping malls, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and at various social welfare organizations (for the elderly and disabled). These concerts included demonstration of instruments and their playing characteristics, explanation on music history, composing style and also interesting stories about the composers. In recent years, Hong Kong Strings have repeatedly been invited by Hong Kong Oratorio Society and HKU SPACE to perform in their concerts.
Hong Kong Zheng Orchestra
The Hong Kong Zheng Orchestra was formerly the So chun-bo Zheng Ensemble, the first ever ensemble of the genre of Hong Kong founded in 1971, with So as the founder. Since its establishment, the group has performed at more than 40 show, some of the most significant include the Chinese and Japanese Vocal and Instrumental Concert the Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore International Virtuosi Concert; the Hong Kong, Taiwan, China International Virtuosi Concert; the Guzheng, Koto and Kayagum Concert; An Evening of Epic Concertos; Hong Kong Zheng Virtuosi in Concert; the Chinese Instrumental Series – Zheng; and New Trends in Hong Kong’s Zheng Music.