mezzo-soprano Samantha CHONG graduated with the Master of Music Degree, having earlier earned her Bachelor of Music Degree both at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). She received generous support from the FAMA Scholarship, John Hosier Trust Scholarship 2012, and Aedas Scholarship during her studies at the HKAPA.
Samantha’s operatic roles include: Fox Goldenmane in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. On the concert platform, she has sung the mezzo-soprano solo parts in Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Max Reger’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat in D and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
In 2014 Samantha has made her débuts with Opera Hong Kong (as Marthe Schwerlein in Gounod’s Faust) as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Later that year, she sang the role of the Page in Richard Strauss’s Salome, again with Opera Hong Kong.
Performances in 2015 include the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Opera Hong Kong, alto soloist of Max Reger Requiem with Hong Kong Bach Choir, premier mezzo-soprano of “Legend of Pheonix” with Global Symphony Orchestra, as well as RTHK’s Christmas Concert in the Park (as mezzo-soprano soloist). Upcoming performances in 2016 includes, as a soloist in Drama Rashomon at the Sunbeam Theater, alto soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and alto soloist in Mahler Symphony no. 8.
WONG Sze Yuen is 18 years old and began his piano studies at an early age. In 2008, he enrolled at the Junior School of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and now he is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Professor Gabriel Kwok with full scholarship.
Sze Yuen has won many prizes in competitions including the Second prize and Classic Sonata prize of The 1st Korea International Competition for Young Pianists, the first prize of the general group in The 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia and the 1st prize of senior group in The 6th Asian Youth Music Competitions.
Sze Yuen has participated in many masterclasses by renowned pianists and pedagogues, including Alexander Melnikov, Manfred Fock, and Aquiles Delle Vigne. He has also been invited to give performances in Paris Salle Cortort hall, Shanghai Concert Hall and concerts with Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra.