“A wonderful young man with excellent musicianship and the character to match.”
-Michelle Kim, founder of Hong Kong Generation Next Arts
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Tsz To WONG performed as a soloist regularly with local orchestras since his debut in 2007. Performed repertoire includes Haydn’s Cello Concerto, Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. He has performed under the baton of great conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Gerard Schwarz, Carl Topilow, Harry Davidson, Christopher Wilkins, Yuri Bashmet, Jimmy Chiang, Perry So and Kuokman Lio. In a rare occasion last summer, he performed Popper’s Requiem for 3 cellos with the famous cellist Yibing Chu.
Tsz To toured around the world with the Hong Kong Children Symphony Orchestra every year since he joined the orchestra in 2003, appearing as a soloist and the cello principal in Austria, Germany, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Tsz To is a member of the Mansfield Symphony and he plays for Akron Symphony Orchestra too. He was the principal cellist of Pro Arte Symphony Orchestra and Chung Chi Orchestra, member of Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Pops Orchestra, the Learners Orchestra, Hong Kong Professional Winds and Music Lab.
Tsz To graduated from the music department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong last year and he is currently a Master student in the Cleveland Institute of Music in the United States. His major teachers include Mark Kosower, Hsinyu Chang and Mingyuen Cheung, he also worked with Lynn Harrell, Neal Cary, Julian Schwarz, Amy Frost Baumgarten, Yibing Chu and Peichieh Chang. As an achiever of FTCL from Trinity & Guildhall, Tsz To has won various sections in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals including the Tom Lee Music Prize for String Ensemble, Cello Concerto, Cello Solo Senior and Cello Solo Intermediate. Also, he is the winner of 3rd prize and Excellent Performance at the Young Artists Division of Hong Kong Generation Next Arts Music Competition 2014 Strings Division and a Concerto Competition Finalists in Eastern Music Festival 2014. He is selected as the second runner-up in the Getting to Carnegie – Cello Competition in New York recently.
Born in Hong Kong, Shelley NG is an active and versatile pianist with a vision to bring music and people together. Hailed as a pianist possessing high sensitivity and ‘quicksilver fairy quality’ in playing, Shelley is also complimented for her captivating improvised performances.
As a soloist, Shelley has performed extensively throughout Asia and Europe, including notable venues such as City Hall Concert Hall, Cultural Centre in Hong Kong, and Milton Court in London. Her outstanding musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades, including all six diplomas from Trinity and ABRSM, with the Fellowship Diploma obtained at age 14. Shelley took pride in organizing her concert at age 16 to a sold-out concert in Hong Kong City Hall to raise fund for the reconstruction work after Sichuan Earthquake. In the same year, she made her appearance in the city’s premiere performance of Leroy Anderson’s Piano Concerto with the Hong Kong Symphonic Winds and received positive acclaims. These experiences were to be the catalyst to her ongoing success—Shelley won top prizes in competitions and scholarships from generous supporters, namely, Talent Development Scholarship, Yamaha Music Scholarship, “Gucci Timepieces and Jewelry Music Fund” Scholarship, and Q.W.Lee Scholarship, an award which allowed her to attend her final year in The Chinese University of Hong Kong on full-tuition.
Equally at home as a collaborative musician, Shelley has won the Outstanding Performance Award and Excellent Performer Prize with Trio de semplice in the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, followed by St. James Chamber Prize with her piano trio, The Petite Trio. The group was invited to perform in St. James Piccadilly, London and was also a finalist of the York Chamber Music Festival. As a chamber musician, Shelley has worked with world-renowned performers, including Carole Presland, Matthew Jones, the Endellion String Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, Ralf Gothóni, Alasdair Tait, Evan Rothstein, Earl Carlyss, Ann Schein, Lewis Kaplan, The Shanghai Quartet, Toby Hoffman, and Noriko Ogawa.
Shelley holds a First Class Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Music from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she was in the Dean’s List of the Faculty of Arts in all three years of her studies, and subsequently a Master’s Degree in Music with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Katya Apekisheva, supported by Guildhall School Scholarship and C.F. Hu Postgraduate Memorial Scholarship. Shelley’s former teachers include Nancy Loo, Wong On Cheuk, and Kao Shu. A firm believer in the power of music and an avid advocate for outreach and community services, Shelley has performed actively for charity, including the UN International Day of Peace Ceremony and Gandhi Peace Concert.