Pianist Helen CHA has given concerts in North America, Italy, Moldova, England and mainland China, and performed under the baton of Yip Wai Hong, Yip Wing-sie, Mikhail Sechkin, Takuo Yuasa, Neil Varon, Emil de Cou and Patrick Souillot, among others. She claimed top prizes at the 12th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition Open Class, the concerto competitions at Piano Texas and at the Eastman School of Music, and Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition. A keen solo pianist and a chamber artist, Cha performed at various festivals, including ISCM World Music Days, Le French May, HKS ArtisTree Residency, and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.
Twice awarded scholarships by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Cha earned the Performer’s Certificate and her Doctorate of Musical Arts with Professor Nelita True at Eastman School of Music. She was the presenter of RTHK 4 programs “Chamber Fragrance”, “Debussy Recollection” and “Non-Stop Classics”, and a regular juror of piano competitions. She is a featured performer in Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s latest CD recording “This Is Classical Music 3” (under Universal Records), and is the presenter/pianist for the DVD-set on all graded piano works from the 68th Hong Kong Music Festival by Brio Music Press.
Cha was the former Lecturer and Coordinator in Performance Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University and guest faculty at the Hong Kong International Piano Conference (2013 to 2015). She is currently the Music Director of Musica del Cuore and the Artist-In-Residence at Academia de Musica S. Pio X.
Currently Principal Keyboard of Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Alan CHU has collaborated with Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, King’s College Choir Cambridge, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong Virtuosi, among others. He was a prize-winner at the Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition, North London Piano Competition, and Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition. Equally at home with traditional and contemporary repertoires, he is highly sought after as a soloist and collaborative artist, making frequent concerto and chamber music appearances as well as giving numerous premieres and multimedia performances in various major venues and festivals.
Graduated from Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London, Chu obtained Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees with First Class Honours respectively, and is the recipient of ‘Very Highly Commended’ honour for RAM Lloyd Hartley Prize (for the best postgraduate final recital) and Greta Parkinson Prize. He has also studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln in Germany under an Erasmus Scholarship. His major mentors include Kevin Kenner, Ian Fountain, Vassily Lobanov, and John Blakely.
Chu is currently a part-time lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong Institute of Education, and has also taught at Open University of Hong Kong and Upper Iowa University (Hong Kong). He is a frequent guest on RTHK Radio 4 for interviews and recordings, a past contributor of ‘The Pianist’ Magazine, and a regular juror at various national and regional piano competitions such as the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition.