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Vigorous Winds & Tough Strings - Duo Recital by Peter Chan (Flute) and Stephen Chau (Guitar)

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
$160, $110





Distribuiçao de Flôres


La Lyre d’Orphée


Caprice No. 24


(Flute Solo)


Prelude & Valse


(Guitar Solo)






Danza Española, Op. 37, No. 5, ‘Andaluza’


2 Aires Candomberos

Hui Cheung-wai

June’s Poems


(Alto Flute, Flute, Piccolo & Guitar, with Poems Reading)

Hui Cheung-wai

Vigorous Winds & Tough Strings (World Premiere)


(Flute, Clarinet, Violin & Guitar)


About the Performers

Flute: Peter Chan

Guitar: Stephen Chau

Composer / Conductor: Hui Cheung-wai

Clarinet: Martin Choy

Violin: Jensen Lung

Poet / Reader: Lok Fung

Poet / Reader: Chan Chi-tak


Peter Chan


Peter Chan began his flute lessons in his secondary school years, and had won numerous awards at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.  He won the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music Scholarship in 1980, which enabled him to study at the Hong Kong Conservatory of Music (the former Music Department of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts) under the instruction of Timothy Wilson.  After graduated with distinction in 1984, he was invited to give a live broadcasting recital by the RTHK Radio 4.  In 1985, Peter Chan furthered his study in Vienna where he studied the flute with Frau Hausl.  He was the second runner-up and the best in the Wind Section at the Hong Kong Young Instrumentalist Competition in 1988.

In 1990, he was invited to play Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta at their inaugural concert, and it was very successful.  Since then, he became the Principal Flautist and concert soloist of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta until he emigtated to Canada in 1997. 

Peter Chan returned to Hong Kong in 2005 and immediately being active in teaching and performing again.  Currently, Peter gives solo and chamber performances regularly with different musicians and groups.  He also teaches flute in different schools including The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Stephen Chau


Starting playing guitar at 14, Stephen Chau began studying classical guitar in 1980 and won the first prize at the Hong Kong Guitar Festival, Classical Section, in 1982.  He entered the Hong Kong Music Institute in the same year, majoring in guitar performance.  In 1984, he received a scholarship for participating in Musica en Compostela in Spain, and furthered his studies at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Madrid in 1987, studying under renowned guitarists and composers, among them Manuel Barrueco and Leo Brouwer.

In addition to solo performances, Stephen is also keen on chamber music, and recorded his CD ‘Duet’ of guitar chamber music in 1996, ‘Guitar New Age’ in 2005 and ‘Lollipops’ with well-known harmonica player Mark Chan, in 2012.  To date, he has premiered over 20 guitar works by Hong Kong composers.


Hui Cheung-wai   

Composer / Conductor

Hui Cheung-wai has been composing for 30 years and more than 170 of his compositions have been performed to date.  Hui has been collaborating with many prominent musicians and orchestras.  His music has been performed and broadcast in many cities of the world including showcase at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.  Hui has also represented Hong Kong several times at UNESCO Rostrum of Composers and ISCM World Music Days.  World renowned musicians such as the Okko Kamu (Finland), David Atherton, Arditti Quartet (UK), Helen Jahren (Sweden), Pierre Yves Artaud (France), Michael Harvey (Australia), Sigmund Groven (Norway), Alessandra Boër (Switzerland), Tactus (USA), Ensemble Sortisatio (Germany), Mueller-Fross (Germany), Gilbert Imperial (Italy) and numerous famous musicians from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have interpreted Hui’s works live.  Hui has also produced incidental music for visual artists and directors like Kan Tai-keung, George Chan and Vincent Chui.

Hui is featured in a number of books on local music, including Hong Kong Composers: 1930s to 1990s, The Development of Hong Kong Music, Journey of Music, 30 Years of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, 70 Years of Hong Kong Harmonica Music, A Sketch History of Traditional Chinese Music in 20th Century Hong Kong, Critical Essays on Modern Chinese Music, On Chinese Symphonic Music, Chinese New Music Archive, etc.  Selected music scores by Hui have been published by Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, Hong Kong Harmonica Association, Hong Kong Choral Society, Vocal Music Anthology and Red House Editions in Australia, among others.  Hui’s works have been recorded by RTHK, Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, HUGO Production, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Guitar Orchestra, King’s Harmonica Quintet, guitarist Stephen Chau, etc.

A leading figure in composition for contemporary guitar music and harmonica music, Hui is currently an Honorary Composer-in-Residence of Hong Kong Harmonica Association, Composer-in-Residence of Hong Kong Guitar Orchestra, and the Chief Editor of Hong Kong’s only serious music periodical Music Companion.  He has been teaching modern music theory and composition at the Hong Kong Music Institute, Education Bureau and Music Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong for many years, and served as the Director of Hong Kong Composers’ Guild for more than 20 years.  Hui is repeatedly receiving commissions from brilliant instrumentalists, professional orchestras, choirs local and abroad.  His works have been composed for Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic and RTHK.


Martin Choy 


Martin Choy started learning 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 the United Kindom he was engaged as a 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 Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Wind Ensemble 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 singer Ivana Wong and the prize winner of the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition Colleen Lee in a charity concert for Ronald McDonald House Charities in February 2011 and performed as soloist with different orchestras such as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Macau Chamber Orchestra.  Since 1996, he has been invited several times to hold masterclasses 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 an 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 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 the 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.


Jensen Lung


Jensen Lung won the first runner-up title in the Hong Kong Young String Player Competition and was invited to give recital at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.  His talents earned him a full scholarship to attend the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland and he later graduated with distinction from the Hochschule for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Jensen Lung was first violinist of Theater an der Wien and Raimundtheater in Vienna, the acting concertmaster of Theater der Landeshauptstadt St. Pölten in Lower Austria, as well as the acting concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.  He has performed as soloist with the Academia Concertante Chamber Orchestra in Salzburg, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.  As an avid musician, he also conducted masterclasses and lectures on violin performance, and served many times as adjudicator for various music competitions.  He is currently an instructor at the Music Department of the Hong Kong Baptist University.


Lok Fung


Natalia S. H. CHAN (Pseudonym: Lok Fung), poet, cultural critic, & Ph.D in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from The University of California, San Diego.  She is also the guest anchor of the RTHK’s radio programme of performing arts in Hong Kong.  Research interests include cultural and film theory, gender studies, popular culture, performance studies, cross-dressing and fashion.  Her recent publications in Chinese include Flying Coffin, which received the Ninth Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature (Poetry) in 2007, and Butterfly of Forbidden Colors: The Artistic Image of Leslie Cheung, which received the Hong Kong Book Prize as well as “The Best Book of the Year” in 2008.


Chan Chi-tak


Dr. CHAN Chi-tak is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, Hong Kong Institute of Education as well as a poet and scholar on Hong Kong literature.  Dr. Chan was born in Hong Kong, received his B.A. from Taiwan's Tunghai University and his Ph.D. from Lingnan University, Hong Kong.  He joined the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2012.  He is actively engaged in literary creation and publication.  His publications include three books of poetry Life in Mono, Lo-fi Sound, and To Hell with the Market; academic monograph and essays Disintegration of My City: Hong Kong Literature 1950-2005, On Poetry of Defiance (2009).  In 2012, he was invited to compile An anthology of Hong Kong poetry 1997-2010, a Korean-Chinese bilingual book published in Seoul.  He was a co-founder of poetry journals Huxi Poetry and Poetry Waves, and also winner of the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese, New Poetry Category, in 1990, 1994, 1996 and 2002.   His works, Book Reviews from the Serene Study: Notes on Hong Kong Literature and To Hell with the Market have been awarded Recommendation Prize—the former in Critical Essay and latter in New Poetry Category—in the Ninth and Tenth Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature in 2007 and 2009 respectively.  English translations of Dr. Chan’s poems have been featured in The Literary Review, West Coast Line, Renditions, and To Pierce the Material Screen: an Anthology 20th-century Hong Kong Literature.




Tickets available from 6 May onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and 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 CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

Programme Length

Running time of the concert is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.

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


Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

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


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