CHOR Kai Hei
Currently a final year Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music student at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kai-Hei CHOR studying cello under the tutelage of Russian cellist Mr. Artem Konstantinov and Mr. Cheung Ming Yuen. He has also received instructions from world renowned cellists including Alexander Rudin, Laurence Lesser, Maria Kliegel, Jian Wang, Mario Brunello, Julian Lloyld Webber, Sung-Won Yang, Chu Yi-Bing, Bion Tsang. In terms of chamber music, he was taught by members from Julliard Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Miami Quartet, Carpe Diem Quartet, Manhattan Strings Trio, Chen Pi-hsien, Lewis Kaplan, Lynn Chang, Toby Hoffman, Kam Ho Pang and so on. He is the founding cellist of ‘Trio de Semplice’ and “106 Clarinet Trio”, and was a former cellist at the Hong Kong Music Office and Yips Quartet among others.
Besides holding a Licentiate Diploma from the Trinity College London, Chor has won numerous prizes in Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and local competitions, as well as “Outstanding Performance Award” and the special prize “Excellent Performer Prize” in the 1st Alice & Eleanor Schoenfeld International String Competition’s Senior Open Chamber Category; Third Prize in Cello Solo Category and Finalist in Ensemble Category in 6th International Competition ‘Giovanni Musicisti – Città di Treviso’, Italy. He has participated in different international music festivals and academies, and has performed in Germany, Italy, United States, different cities in China & Hong Kong and has received positive acclaims.
As an active orchestral player, he was appointed as Principal Cellist in most of the leading youth orchestras in Hong Kong, including Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra (under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Government), Hong Kong Youth Youth Music Camp Orchestra, Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong (also served as peer coach of strings), Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Hong Kong, Chung Chi Orchestra at the Chinese Univeristy of Hong Kong, and was recently selected to play with HK Phil under late Lorin Maazel’s baton, and was also invited to join the Mercury Orchestra’s (USA) performance in Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. He is now a freelance cellist at City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
As a conductor, Chor studied conducting with Mr. Ho-Man Choi and was in charge of the orchestra and string orchestra in his secondary school during his study at Diocesan Boys’ School, where he had also served as long time Principal Cellist. He is now a conductor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Student Orchestra. He was awarded scholarship from Diocesan Boys’ School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund. Kai-Hei is admitted to both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for Master degree programme study in the coming September.
Alexander Wong is an active and versatile collaborative keyboard performer. He holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (first class honor) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been awarded Chung Chi College’s Head List, Departmental prize and placed in Arts Faculty Dean’s List during his studies. His major mentors include Dr. Mary Wu, Jeffie Leung, Wong Kin Yu and Dr. Jean Barr. Alexander has collaborated with various Choirs such as Eastman School of Music Repertory Singers, Robert Westleyan College Chorale, Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Chinese University Chorus, Cantacore Society and Die Konzertisten. He has appeared in various master classes, including these given by Graham Johnson, Steven Isserlis, Kirill Gerstein and Tetzlaff Quartet. In 2014, he participated in the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival as a collaborative pianist in the Voice Program. Alexander is currently a Répétiteur at Musica Viva.