Music Interflow –
a Dialogue of Two Cultures
Old meets New; East meets West.
Experience musical worlds fuse at Music Interflow.
7 July 2017 (Fri); 7:30pm
Full Price £25, £20, £15, £10; Concessions £20, £16, £12, £8
“[Lo King-man’s] backstage candour, stamina and broadminded grace have illuminated the history of the development of music and theatre in Hong Kong”
– Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2011
“Mary Wu has, beyond her command of the keyboard, a poetical quality to her playing which I find particularly moving. She is totally involved with the music she makes and captivates her audiences as a result.”
– YEHUDI MENUHIN, Hon. K.B.E.
Tolling from a Buddhist Temple
Meditation on Mount Jingting
Three Night Songs of LI Bai:
In the Quiet Night, Drinking Alone with the Moon, Ballad of an Autumn Night
Six Miniature Pieces of Yin and Yang:
Water, Fire, Earth, Air, Dark, Light
From 'The Planets' Suite for Two Pianos:
Venus, the Bringer of Peace
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Three Idylls for String Quartet:
Adagio molto espressivo
Allegretto poco lento
Allegro con moto
Opening Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC)’s Hong Kong Music Series in London is the Music Interflow — a Dialogue of Two Cultures organised by Musica Viva. The theme of the concert emphasises the complementary and contrasting nature of the repertoire, which represents both Chinese and British cultural heritage. It brings together both well-established and also emerging talents from Hong Kong’s musicians.
This brilliant display of virtuosity offers a selection of classical and contemporary works written for traditional Chinese instruments, including both British and Hong Kong pieces, performed by highly accomplished and cross-cultural musicians well-versed in both eastern and western traditions. The concert ends with an ensemble work inspired by the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Musica Viva, a music organisation supported by the HKADC under its grants award system, curates a perfect introduction to Hong Kong Music Series, which also marks the close relationship between Hong Kong and British citizens.
LO King-man Artistic Director
LO King-man has had a distinguished career in higher education, public service and the performing arts. He has written, designed and directed over 200 productions of opera, drama, dance and musical theatre. He was Director of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 1993 to 2004, and Principal of the China International Summer Music Academy from 2004 to 2009. In 2008, he founded Musica Viva Hong Kong.
Clarence MAK Composer
Clarence MAK was born in Hong Kong. He received his music training in composition and electronic music in Hong Kong, USA, and Spain. He composes music for orchestras, drama, dance, electronic and multi-media and has been commissioned by numerous international and local professional performing groups of Chinese and Western music. MAK actively takes part in professional services, promoting music making and related educational activities, being the key-note speaker, advisor, committee member, delegate, member of Jury, and producer of projects for international symposiums and festivals. MAK is currently the Head of Composition and Electronic Music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Doming LAM Composer
Born in 1926 in Macau, LAM is a former composer-in-residence of the University of Hong Kong, and twice the winner of Golden Sail Music Awards conferred by The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH). He is the Founding Director of the Asian Composers’ League, the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild and CASH. LAM studied in Canada, the US, and Germany. From 1964 to 1994 he worked in Hong Kong, where he composed, conducted, taught, and produced music programmes for radio and television. He successfully created new Chinese music by instilling avant-garde techniques into traditional sensibilities. His music has been performed in over 50 cities and has influenced many younger musicians.
Meilina TSUI Composer
An award-winning young composer and pianist, Meilina graduated from CUHK with B.A. in Music (First Class Honours) under HK Jockey Club Scholarship and King’s College London with M.Mus. in Composition (Distinction) under HK Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. Her works have been performed by HK New Music Ensemble, Romer String Quartet, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, Lontano Ensemble, Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble and broadcast by London arts radio “Resonance Fm”. In the 2016-2017 season, she has received invitations to represent HK from the Asian Composers League Festival in Hanoi and Asia-Europe New Music Festival in Kazan, Russia.
Mary WU Piano
Mary WU is an international artist now based in Hong Kong. Hailed as “one of the most gifted pianists of her generation” for her “musical variety, profundity and sensitivity” by Ravel's protege Vlado Perlemuter, Mary WU is also praised by the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin as having “a captivating poetical quality to her playing”.
European critic praised WU for “her extraordinary artist quality, absolute mastery over the keyboard and magical virtuosity”.
She has performed extensively as soloist and in chamber performances with artists including Lord Menuhin, Vlado Perlemuter, Richard Stoltzman, Colin Carr, the Maggini Quartet and Tasmin Little.
Nancy LOO Piano
A recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1978, Nancy LOO is one of Hong Kong’s most versatile artists, as pianist, radio presenter, actress and writer. She currently teaches piano at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong and is often invited to give music talks and master-classes and to serve as a juror for piano competitions.
As a pianist, LOO has given solo recitals and performed with orchestras and chamber music groups in England, Europe, North America and Asia. A keen promoter of contemporary music, she has participated in the annual Musicarama and the ISCM World Music Days Festival.
LOO attended the Juilliard School, where she studied with Adele Marcus. After graduating with a Master’s degree, she studied with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Guido Agosti in Italy. She was first prizewinner at the Fourth Rina Sala Gallo International Competition in Monza in 1976 and has won many other important competitions, including the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris.
Alexander WONG is an active and versatile collaborative keyboard performer. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (First Class Honour) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012, he furthered his studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where he graduated from the Master of Music programme in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. In 2014, he joined the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a collaborative pianist in the Voice Programme. Alexander is currently a répétiteur of Die Konzertisten, Qin Music, Young Vocalists and Musica Viva.
XU Lingzi graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1983 and stayed as a teacher. In 1986, she was appointed principal zheng of the Central National Chinese Orchestra, performing in major concert venues of more than 20 countries including the Musikverein of Vienna. She has premiered many new compositions and played solo with numerous orchestras. Her performances have been widely praised for their passion, intimacy, and artistic appeal. Her achievement has been recognized with prestigious awards including China's National Highest Level Performer and Master. Currently she is a professor in Chinese Music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
The South China Morning Post has described mezzo-soprano Carol LIN’s versatile singing as “breathtaking”. Since 2006, LIN has taken principal roles in opera productions by Hong Kong and international companies including the title roles of Carmen, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly). She has been the featured soloist in many art-song recitals, oratorio and chamber music performances by organisations such as Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Musica Viva, Opera Hong Kong, RTHK Radio 4, and Hong Kong Arts Festival.
HO Siu-cheong Dizi
HO Siu-cheong graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with an honours degree in Performing Arts (Music). HO is a Director of Cercis Music Association and an Honorary Director of the Jiangsu Bamboo Flute Society. In 2006, he won the Golden Prize in Asian Youth Chinese National Instrument Competition. In 2016, he was invited by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels, to perform in a 13-day concert tour of Europe. HO is the author of two books on Getting Started with Dizi.
CHAN Pik-sum is an erhu artist active in both Chinese and Western music, having performed with numerous orchestras and in crossover productions of dance, traditional theatre and multimedia. A founding members of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble since 2003, she has been its concertmaster since 2011. She entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2004, where she trained in Cantonese music under the gaohu virtuoso, YU Qiwei. After graduating from the Academy with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree, she furthered her studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was awarded an MA (Music) degree.
Colette LAM soprano
Hong Kong born Chinese soprano Colette Wing Wing LAM has performed principal roles including Gilda in Rigoletto, Michaela in Carmen, Juliet in Romeo et Juliette.
After graduating from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she obtained her Master of Music degree in Voice at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a Master of Advanced Vocal Studies degree with Distinction at the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff. Colette has performed at the Colston Hall, Millenium Centre, Sadlers Wells Theatre and Westminster Abbey in the UK and in the Netherlands, Taipei, Singapore, Macau and other cities in China.
ZHENG Yang violin
ZHENG Yang plays first violin in the String Quartet featured in this Inaugural Concert. At The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, ZHENG was the concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra. He twice won the concerto competition, and was selected to perform at masterclasses with violinists Cho-liang LIN, Leonidas Kavakos, and Renaud Capuçon.
ZHENG’s string quartet received first prize in the Schonefled International String Competition in 2013. They undertook a 10-day tour in the UK in 2015 and participated in the McGill International String Quartet Academy, in Montreal in 2016. ZHENG is currently studying for his master’s degree at the Academy under Professor Michael MA.
WEI Ningyi violin
WEI Ningyi began studying violin at the age of five and was admitted to the Affiliated Middle School of Xinghai Conservatory of Music. He entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to study under Michael MA in 2009 and is now pursing his Master of Music degree at the Academy. He is the First Prize winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld 1st International String Competition and Fourth Prize winner of the Canetti International Violin Competition in Turkey. He currently plays an 1839 Giuseppe Baldantoni on loan from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
Chris CHOI viola
Born in Hong Kong, Chris CHOI Shu-lun began studying violin at the age of six and viola at 17 under the tutelage of WANG Jiayang and Ivan CHAN at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he completed his Master of Music Degree with full scholarships.
Chris is now a part-time teacher in the Junior Music Programme of the Academy, freelancing at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; as well as conducting and coordinating ensembles at the Music Children Foundation. He plays a 1770 Lorenzo Storioni on loan from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
XU Ting cello
A native of Wuhan, China, XU Ting graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with First Class Honours in 2015. She is currently a postgraduate student under Professor Ray WANG. XU is the winner of cello competitions at the Academy, Great Wall International Music Festival, the Cross-Strait Competition and the China National Cello Competition. She has performed as soloist with the Academy and the Beijing RADIO Symphony Orchestras. XU has attended masterclasses with Yo-Yo MA, Geringas, Lesser, Finckel, and Isserlis as well as members of Borodin, Alban Berg, Chilingirian and Endellion Quartets.
Musica Viva is a non-profit-making organization founded in October 2008. Its founding members are a group of keen supporters of the performing arts, who have extensive experience offering advice on developmental, outreach and educational aspects in the field at policy-making level.
Musica Viva’s vision is to promote performing arts of creative originality in their various forms and genres, in particular the appreciation, study, education and performance of music, opera and vocal art, as well as to create opportunities for creative and professional career development for budding artists. Musica Viva champions performing formats that demonstrate aesthetic refinement, genuine artistic content, and insightful interpretations presented with honesty and economy.