A native of Seoul, Korea, Siwon PARK won the 1997 Artist International Competition and was presented as the Recipient of The Special Presentation Award in her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall.
Her solo appearances include performances of the Haydn and Saint-Saens Concertos in Carnegie Hall, New York and in Korea, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto in Hong Kong and Korea. Recent recitals took her to Kumho and Young San Art Halls, Sejong concert hall and Perigee hall in Seoul as well as City hall in Hong Kong. Ms. Park was also invited to be a jury member at the VIMC Vienna, Tom Lee and HKGNA International Music Competitions
Park studied at The Juilliard School and later on graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under the guidance of Paul Tobias, Zara Nelsova, Myung Wha Chung and Ardyth Alton. While attending at Manhattan School, Ms. Park had the honor to be recipient of the President Marta Istomin Award and the Hans & Klara Bauer Cello Scholarship. Her chamber music coaches were Jerry Grossman, Nathaniel Rosen, Yehuda Hanani and Alan Stepansky as well as members of the Guarneri, American& Vermeer String Quartets.
Park participated in the music festivals of The International Symphony Orchestra, Israel, The National Orchestra Institute (MD) and National Repertory Orchestra (CO) among others. As a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist, Park has performed in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. She gave quartet recital at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, played in Musicarama – the International Contemporary Music Festival Concerts and recorded for RTHK (Radio 4) in Hong Kong.
Park is a prizewinner of other competitions including the Weschester SUNY, Korean Monthly Music Magazine Competition and the Youth String Orchestra Competition.
Currently, she is a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Bauhinia Piano Trio. She is also a faculty member of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and teaches at the Hong Kong International School.
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.
Cha graduated from the studio of Professor Gabriel Kwok at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with first class honors in 2005. 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 local and international 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.
CHEUNG Man-yui Kitty is currently Associate Concertmaster of Hong Kong Sinfonietta. She has performed in over 25 countries throughout Asia, South Africa, Europe, the North and South Americas and with orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall, Rochester Philharmonic and New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Her performances have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and RTHK. She has played under distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez and Sir Colin Davis.
Cheung began her early violin training in Hong Kong under the tutelage of the late Professor Lin Yao-Ji, the head of violin of the Central Conservatory in Beijing. She also studied with Ho Hong-Ying, Qiu Xin-Yeh and Li Hao-Yee. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Charles Castleman and Zvi Zeitlin, and received the Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music, the Performer’s Certificate as well as the Orchestral Studies Diploma. Prior to that, she studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she was a full scholarship recipient, and was awarded the Master of Music and Master in Music Performance (Guildhall Artist) degrees with distinction.
As an active chamber musician, Cheung is also a founding member of “Contrast”, the only professional violin-saxophone-piano trio in Hong Kong. Besides performing in regular concert settings, she often gives educational workshops, including the Chamber Tots series at Wigmore Hall in London. She had also given masterclasses at the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival in the USA.
Rondo, Op. 94
Three Pieces from Memoir of a Geisha
A Dream Discarded
Going to School
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata in A Major, Op. 69
Allegro ma non tanto
Scherzo. Allegro molto
Passacaglia for Violin and Cello after G.F Handel
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