Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble
The Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble was founded in 2003 with promoting Chinese and Hong Kong local music culture as its mission. Apart from researching and studying traditional Chinese folk music, it also dedicates itself towards exploring modern Chinese ensemble music, and exhibiting the unique charms and styles of Chinese ensemble music. The members have received professional music training and possess extensive experience in concert performance in Hong Kong and overseas. At present, majority of the members are working in the fields of music performance, education and research.
The Ensemble features different types of instruments performed by Chinese virtuosi and young musicians from Hong Kong, in a bid to introduce to the public works of both the traditional and modern repertoire in Chinese music, dizi music, Guangdong music culture in Hong Kong and original compositions by local composers. In addition to its local engagements, the Ensemble has represented Hong Kong in exchange performances in the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hunnan, bringing the local culture of Chinese music to audiences overseas.
The Ensemble Website: www.chineseflute.org
Ho Man-chuen (Conductor)
Ho Man-chuen is a music educationist and a renowned conductor, trained in dizi, percussion and conducting at the school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music before he moved to Hong Kong in 1980 and joined the Music Office until he retired in 2009. During his tenure, he groomed numerous young musicians in Chinese percussion as well as through orchestral training. He is currently an instructor at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Resident Conductor of the Academy Chinese Orchestra.
Ho studied conducting under Xia Feiyun, and attended master classes in conducting given by Tang Muhai, Chen Zuohuang and Peng Xiuwen. He has been the conductor of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra for 29 years, having led it on tour to the United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, as well as to cities in China. He has conducted many orchestras in Hong Kong. The famous music virtuosi he has collaborated including Min Huifen, Xiao Baiyong, Yu Qiwei et al.
Tam Po-shek (Xiao / Speech / Calligraphy / Painting) (Perform on 6 May only)
A well-known xiao player and xiao maker, Tam Po-shek is a multi-disciplinary artist active in the many fields of Chinese humanities, covering poetry, calligraphy, painting and music.
In 1987, he invented a xiao series that includes the entire high and low registers. In 1993, he created the biggest xiao in the history of Chinese music. Tam has given touring performances in various parts of the world, and performed, as a soloist, some of his own compositions at the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra concerts and various arts festivals.
Tam is also active in the recording industry, in advertising and in film music scores. He has scored for hundreds of recordings and over twenty films. As a famous calligrapher and painter, he has recently staged several multi-arts concerts in which he gave on site demonstrations of calligraphy and Chinese painting. His highly innovative musicality, imbued with intellectualism, has won a lot of attention in the music world.
Luo Jing (Zheng)*
Zheng recitalist Luo Jing graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where she trained in Chinese music under the well-known zheng soloists and teachers He Baoquan and Sun Wenyan. She was awarded the Fu Chengxian Scholarship while studying at the Conservatory, came first in the ART Cup International Chinese Instruments Competition and was first runner-up in the Youth Section at the Oriental Cup National Guzheng Competition.
Luo joined the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra as a zheng soloist in 1995, and has been with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra since 2002. She has been teaching at the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the Hong Kong Baptist University since 2003. She gave a zheng solo recital at the Carnegie Hall in New York in 1999, and another at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in the spring of 2001. In Hong Kong, she was featured in the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra concert, Luo Jing’s World of Zhengs, held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in 2007.
* By kind permission of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Chan Pik-sum (Gaohu)
Chan Pik-sum graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree (Hons), where she majored in erhu and gaohu under Yu Qiwei. She was awarded the Hongkong Bank Foundation Hong Kong-Mainland Exchange Scholarship to receive erhu coaching from Chen Yaoxing in Beijing. Later she completed her Master of Arts (Music) degree programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Chan began her first training in erhu under Wong Shu-wing of the Music Office, and later under He Tao, Liu Yang and Wong On-yuen. She was a many times winner in erhu, gaohu and banhu at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival for many years. She was the concertmaster of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Orchestra, and is currently the concertmaster of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble. She has represented Hong Kong on performing tours to many countries in Asia and Europe.
Yu Wing-ka (Pipa)
Yu Wing-ka graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree (Hons), where she majored in pipa under Cheung Yim-yu. In 2006 and 2008, she was awarded the Hongkong Bank Foundation - Hong Kong-Mainland Exchange Scholarship to go to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing to receive advanced training in the pipa under Hao Yifan and Yu Liangmo, former Pipa Principal of the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra. She was also a recipient of the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Yu first learned the liuqin under Ko Tit-kwan when she was still in primary school. Later she turned to the pipa and was under the tutelage of Cheung Yim-yu. She has won in many pipa competitions in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and has been on tour with the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble to mainland China, Malaysia and Taiwan for music exchange.
Lau Nga-ting (Liuqin)
Lau Nga-ting graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree (Hons), where she majored in zhongruan and minored in yueqin under Lui Kwan-on. She also minored in pipa under Cheung Yim-yu, and sanxian under Zhao Taisheng. While at the Academy, she was awarded twice the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship as well as the Hongkong Bank Foundation Hong Kong-Mainland Exchange Scholarship to receive training at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the famous zhongruan artist and composer, Liu Xing. Lau is currently studying for a Master in Music Performance degree in zhongruan and liuqin at the Academy under Lui Kwan-on. She is also a part-time lecturer at the Music Office of Hong Kong.
Lau first received music training from Ko Tit-kwan, and learned the pipa under Cheung Yim-yu and later Ma Yik-man. She also benefitted from the coaching of the pipa virtuosi, Li Shicheng, Li Guangzhu and Zhang Qiang. She was a multiple winner at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.
Wu Chun-hei (Suona)
Wu Chun-hei graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree (Hons), where he majored in suona under Guo Yazhi, and minored in erhu under Ching Sau-wing. He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in music at the Academy, trained in suona and guan under Xia Boyan and Lo Wai-leung.
Wu began learning the suona and guanzi under the tutelage of Ko Tit-kwan, Guo Yazhi and Law Hang-leung. He was a four times champion of the Suona (Senior Class) of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival when he was in secondary school. In 2005, he entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts on the Outreach Development Scholarship. In 2006, he went to Shanghai to receive suona training under Liu Ying, and in 2008 he went to Beijing to receive guanzi training under Hu Zhihou on the Hongkong Bank Foundation Hong Kong-Mainland Exchange Scholarship. He was also the recipient of the Angel Yeh Scholarship in 2007. He has performed in many cities including Beijing, Xi’an, and Sabah, Malaysia.