Claude Bolling: Sonata No. 1 for two pianos, percussion and double bass
The Smash trio will collaborate with young local composers, Joyce Cheung and Perry Lau, to display the originality of the city’s new sounds with piano, harmonica, saxophone, and double bass.
The performance will run for 2 hours including a 20 minute intermission.
Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable break.
The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists.
Piano: Wong Ka-jeng*, Wong Wai-yin, Duo Ping & Ting
Harmonica: CY Leo*
Saxophone: Timothy Sun*
Double Bass: Chan Chun
Percussion: Re．MIX Percussion DUO
*Members of Smash
Wong Ka-jeng (Piano)
Wong Ka-jeng started playing the piano at the age of seven. His musical journey was featured in the award-winning documentary KJ Music and Life. He later attended the Jacob’s School of Music at Indianna University. His teachers includes with Emile Naoumoff, Nancy Loo and Gabriel Kwok (piano), and Yang BaoZhi, Michael Ma and Ho Hung Ying (violin). Wong participated in prestigious international festivals including the Verbier Music Academy and PianoTexas. His performance at Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, where he was a semi-finalist and selected as the winner of the Young Concert Artist Audition in Seoul in 2014, received critical acclaim. He was awarded Third Prize at the 65th Maria Canals International Piano Competition at Barcelona in April 2019.
Wong is the founder and artistic director of Music Lab. Since 2013, he and his team curated numerous concerts through Music Lab, a collaborative platform which values and promotes local artists who strive for artistic excellence. During 2016-18, “Music Lab Festival” has been organised annually to celebrate local talents by producing top quality concerts.
Wong Wai-yin (Piano)
Wong Wai-yin obtained her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She was awarded a full scholarship by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund to pursue a Master Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Later on, she was awarded a full scholarship by the Yale School of Music and obtained the Artist Diploma. She was also the recipient of the Lady Fung Scholarship as well as the Asian Cultural Council Scholarship. Her teachers include Gabriel Kwok, Hui Ling and Boris Slutsky and Boris Berman.
Young Steinway Artist, Wong has been the recipient of international awards including being the youngest winner of the First Prize of the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition in Australia, Second Prize Winner of the 17th Hilton Head International Piano Competition in the United States and The Gold Medal winner in the 7th International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz held in Ukraine. She has given solo recital at the 39th Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2011, the opening recital of the Newport International Festival in the United States, as well as concerts in Amsterdam, Brisbane, Paris, New York, and more. Wong has also collaborated with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
Duo Ping & Ting (Piano)
The twins Chau Lok-ping and Chau Lok-ting received their Master degrees in Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. They were recipients of the German DAAD Scholarship, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, as well as the Robert N.H. Ho Family Foundation for Outstanding Merits respectively. Their teachers widely included Eleanor Wong, Alexander Tamir, duos Genova and Dimitrov, and Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen.
The twins gained a wide recognition of their finest musicality and the fascinating matches of sound. The duo was top prize winners of several international competitions, including the 64th ARD International Music Competition in Munich, the Fourth International Piano Duo Competition in Bialystok, the Fourth San Marino International Piano Duo Competition and the Grieg A Deux International Two Piano Competition. In addition, they were awarded the André Hoffmann Prize at the renowned Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad International Music Festival in Switzerland. They were often invited to music festivals worldwide including the Liesborner Chamber Music Festival in Germany, the First International Gedánsk Piano Duo Festival in Poland, and the 40th Hong Kong Arts Festival. They collaborated with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Zurich Orchestra, the Bialystok Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
CY Leo (Harmonica)
CY Leo is an emerging chromatic harmonica virtuosic player and singer-song writer. Under the tuition of Mr. Lee Sheung-ching, Ho has gained exposure to classical harmonica training since six. He then went on the study with Watani Yasuo from Japan, Sigmund Groven from Norway and Willi Burger from Italy respectively. He has accumulated 17 international championships since 2006. In 2013, Ho made his debut in the World Harmonica Festival, and excelled among all contestants by seizing the championship in the Test Piece Chromatic Harmonica Solo category, which is renowned as the highest honour for a chromatic harmonica player.
Only at the age of 19, Ho has already been invited to be the adjudicator in various international harmonica festivals. His performance reveals extraordinary flexibility, ranging from classical, jazz, R&B, to rock music. He was invited to perform in the two most renowned international festivals in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Art Festival 2010 and on the main stage of Clockenflap 2015. Meanwhile, he is often performing in numerous countries within Asia, Europe and North America, receiving high acclaim on his virtuosic technique and unique musical interpretation. He is currently the international endorser at the Honher Music.
Timothy Sun (Saxophone)
Timothy Sun began his music studies at the age of seven. He studied the saxophone and clarinet with Mr. George Galway at the Ellen Wilkinson High School of Art in England since 1997. In 2001 became the first Chinese saxophone and clarinet student of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under a full scholarship for his Bachelor’s degree, where his principal teachers were the world-renowned saxophonists John Harle and Christian Forshaw. He completed his Master’s degree under a school scholarship and received the highest score in final recital.
In recent seasons, Sun has appeared in more than 100 recitals and orchestral concerts in Asia and Europe. He performed as a soloist with Macau Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Festival Orchestra, Hong Kong Young Musicians Wind Orchestra, Hong Kong Wind Symphony, PanAsia Symphony Orchestra, and more. Sun is one of the artists of the “Buffet Crampon Group” and “Vandoren Paris”. He is currently a saxophone lecturer coach at the Macau Conservatory, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist University.
Chan Chun (Double Bass)
Chan Chun obtained his Music Diploma and Bachelor degree at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and studied double bass with Eddie Zong. He was selected to join the Asian Youth Orchestra as its principal double bassist on its Asian tour in 2010. Chan has also worked with the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and participated in the Pablo Casals Chamber Festival in France.
Chan obtained his master degree in the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden in 2012 under the guidance of Benedikt Hübner. He was a tutti double bassist of the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, a substitute of the Dresdner Philharmonie, and also a guest player of Staatstheater Kassel, MDR Sinfonieorchester and Dresdner Residenz Konzerte. Chan is a freelance player of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta since 2010.
Re．MIX Percussion DUO (Percussion)
Re．MIX is a percussion duo comprised of renowned local musicians Raymond Vong and Emily Cheng, both Master of Music graduates of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). RE．Mix received very high acclaim with staging several performances on Bartok’s Concerto for two Pianos and Percussion in one of which they were invited by the Chopin Society of Hong Kong to perform in Hong Kong City Hall. The duo has also performed in Hong Kong and Macau playing recitals and as soloists with orchestras, including playing with the Hong Kong Youth Neowinds Orchestra in Hong Kong and Taipei. For music education, they conducted workshops in schools for students and teachers to popularize percussion music. Vong and Cheng currently serve as teaching faculty members of the HKAPA.
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