Romer String Quartet
Named after Hong Kong’s endemic Romer’s Tree Frog, the Romer String Quartet is a genuinely local ensemble formed by musicians all born and raised in Hong Kong. The quartet has been recognized locally and abroad as one of the most active string quartets in town since its debut in 2013.
Romer String Quartet has given recitals at the Shanghai Concert Hall, Sabah Art Gallery, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Museum of Art, HKUST Center for the Arts and the University of Macau. It was engaged by the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival to premier new commissioned works by local composers in the ExxonMobil Vision Series production ‘Images of Hong Kong’. The quartet was also invited by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild to perform at the ‘Musicarama 2013’ concert, which was broadcasted on RTHK Radio 4.
As teaching artists, the quartet was featured at the Kota Kinabalu String Music Festival in Malaysia. It has held residencies at the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble’s ‘Modern Academy’ and the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra. It also serves the community in partnership with the Hong Kong Playground Association, regularly provides free educational workshops and concerts to children.
Cindy Ho (Guest pianist)
An active soloist and chamber musician, Hong Kong born pianist Cindy Yan Yan Ho performs extensively in both Asia and Europe. Recent highlights of her performance include chamber recitals at the Second Shenzhen Piano Music Festival and Shanghai Concert Hall. In 2013, she performed “Yellow River Concerto” with New Tune Chinese Orchestra at Hong Kong Cultural Centre and collaborated with Romer Quartet performing Medtner Piano Quintet at Good Music this Lunch organized by Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In 2005, she was invited to make a concerto appearance with the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra at the City Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City, performing Liszt’s second Piano Concerto.
In Europe, Cindy has performed in Italy, Spain, Norway and France whilst in the UK, she has given both chamber and solo recitals at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields in London as part of the Pianists of the World Series, Malvern, Oxford, Windsor, Aylesbury, Manchester, Buckingham University and the Pump Room in Bath.
Cindy’s future engagements include a series of four recitals with violinist Kitty Cheung performing the complete Medtner’s sonatas for violin and piano at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and performance at Carnegie Hall with Romer String Quartet in 2016.
Cindy received both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music from King’s College, University of London, with high distinction in performance studies. In particular, she was awarded a scholarship from the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust for her Master’s degree. This was followed by two years of postgraduate work at the Royal Academy of Music. She has also participated in masterclasses by Georges Pludermacher, Pascal Deveyon and Dominique Merlet in France.
Cindy is currently the Chairperson of the Royal Academy of Music HK Alumni Association. She is also the founder of the “Young Musicians Series”, a concert series providing young and outstanding soloists and chamber ensembles more performing opportunities. Regular recitals for solo and chamber music have been held since 2009. This fully demonstrates her passion and dedication to piano education. Besides, she has been invited to be one of the jury members for the 15th Hong Kong-Asia Open Piano Competition 2009 and the First Macau-Asia Open Piano Competition in October 2010.
Cindy’s teacher includes Choi Sown Le, Ruth Nye, Aaron Shorr and Alfred Lee.
Kitty Cheung (Violin)
Kitty Cheung has given solo and chamber recitals in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Germany, Austria, USA, Malaysia and Thailand. She also appeared as a soloist with Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, and have recorded broadcast performances for BBC Radio 3 and RTHK. As an orchestral musician, she is the Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and have previously performed in London Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Cheung graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Eastman School of Music, where she received doctoral degree and won prizes in solo, chamber, teaching and the best lecture recital.
Kiann Chow (Violin)
Co-‐founder of Romer String Quartet, Orchestral Associate at Hong Kong Sinfonietta and violin tutor at Yip’s Children’s Choral & Performing Arts Centre, Kiann Chow began her violin studies at the Yip’s with Li Wing Shun and Professor Zheng Shi Sheng from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Under the tutelage of Professor Mayumi Fujikawa, she later received her MA in Violin Performance with distinction and LRAM in Teaching from Royal Academy of Music, London. She has performed in various prestigious festivals including the Lincoln Center Festival (New York) and the BBC Proms (London). She also recorded Academy’s album on Frank Zappa’s music as a member of Academy Manson Ensemble (London).
Ringo Chan (Viola)
Co-founder of the Romer String Quartet and the Trio Cilliupe (Flute, Viola and Harp Trio), Ringo Chan was the winner of the CCM Chamber Music Competition twice in 2009 and 2011, and has toured in the United States and South Korea. Chan worked closely with Awadagin Pratt and his “Wired” String Ensemble, and was frequently featured as a soloist. He has performed in the 38th International Viola Congress in 2010.
Chan was appointed to be a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2007. He was also appointed to be the Assistant Principal of the 18th- Century Orchestra of the Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy in summer 2009. Before returning to Hong Kong, Chan was working with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He is now working with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta as a tutti violist.
Graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College- Conservatory of Music, Chan got his Master of Music, and is going on his doctoral study with the University Graduate Scholarship under the guidance of Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Carroll. Prior to Cincinnati, Chan was a graduate from the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Jensen Lung and Wai Ming Wong respectively.
Eric Yip (Cello)
Eric is the founding member of the Romer String Quartet and cellist of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. He was featured as a guest performer of the 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival and was appointed as the cello principal of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. He also participated the Chicago Civic Orchestra, International Menuhin Music Academy, Asian Youth Orchestra and Kirishima Music Festival. Eric received numerous awards including the Jockey Club Dance and Music Fund. He got his Masters Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. His mentors includes Chai Hon Fong, Ray Wang, John Sharp and Richard Hirschl.
Piano Quintet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 89
Lullaby for String Quartet