Winty Hoi-yin WAN started learning the violin with her father at the age of five. Since the first appearance with the Guang Zhou Symphony at seven, Wan began to be recognized by the public. Being one of the only two recipients of the Meritorious Scholarship, Wan entered the Affiliated Middle School of Xing Hai Conservatory of China in 1989.
In 1995, with the Diploma from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan was granted a full scholarship to study in the United States. More luckily, Wan was chosen to be in the studio of two most inspiring female violinists of the country, Ms. Camille Wicks, and Ms. Fredel Lack. Wan received her Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and subsequently a Master degree from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she had the opportunity to meet the greatest violinists such as Midori, Cho-Liang Lin, and Glen Dictorow.
Ms. Wan is a very active performer who has worked with famous orchestras including Jeunesse Musicles World Youth Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Atlantic Philharmonic Orchestra, American Pops Orchestra, Seoul Symphony, Southeast Texas Symphony, and Galveston Symphony. In addition, Wan served as the concertmaster in the New York Chamber Opera, the Woodland Symphony, and as the Principal Second Violin of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
As a soloist, chamber music member, and an orchestral player, Wan shared the stage with well-known artists such as Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, John Coriligano, Marilyn Horne and Winton Marsalis throughout Europe, North and South America, and most parts of Asia. Wan often appears in RTHK with her solo performance and chamber recital.
Wan had her first CD album released in 2003, featuring 17 easy-listening violin pieces.
Wan is currently on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
As the first Hong Kong native to have received a doctorate in violin performance, Gilbert SAK started learning the violin from Mr. Ngai Ho Chau at the age of 8. He then furthered his studies in Germany, England and the U.S.A., under the tutelage of a number of world famous violinists and pedagogues including Michael Goldstein, Albert Markov, Petru Munteanu, Yfrah Neaman, and Dr. John Bauer. He has participated in master classes with Werner Scholz, Stefan Georghiu and David Kim, and has received coaching from members of the Guarneri Quartet, Orion String Quartet and American String Quartet.
Dr. Sak has held principal positions in a number of orchestras in the U.S.A. His participation in international music festivals and concert tours has brought him to countries like China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Finland and the Switzerland. Upon his return to Hong Kong in 2000, he has been sought after and active as a chamber musician, giving recitals frequently in various chamber ensembles, performing on both the violin and viola. From 2001 to 2014, he held the position of 2nd Violin Principal and subsequently Co-Leader with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. He has performed under the batons of such maestros as Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Yan-Pascal Tortelier and Myung-Whun Chung, just to name a few. In a duo partnership with his wife Winty Wan, they have recorded for Radio 4 of RTHK and have been invited by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office to perform in Stockholm and Helsinki.
As a teacher, Dr. Sak has taught the violin, the viola, string pedagogy, performance studies and chamber music at the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Hong Kong University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Many of his viola students are holders of ATCL & LTCL diplomas, and graduates of such institutions as the Royal College of Music, Trinity College, Royal Northern College of Music, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has been invited frequently by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to give lectures and pre-concert talks on string music. In 2009, he was appointed as Hong Kong Consultant in Strings by Trinity Guildhall of London.
Dr. Sak is also an enthusiastic conductor. He is currently the Music Director of the Hong Kong Civic Youth Orchestra which he founded in 2005. He has collaborated with such artist as Sir James Galway, pop singers Hacken Lee, Angela Zhang and Vincy Chan. The Kharkov Times hailed him as being “accurate and precise” and praised that “he opened a new expressive page of Rimsky-Korsakov’s music”. Takung Pao (Hong Kong) called him a “technical conductor who can command the whole stage”. Since 2004, he has been an orchestral advisor of the Scout Performing Arts Committee. In addition to his musical merits, Dr. Sak earned a Master of Education degree from the Open University of Hong Kong and is a member of Hong Kong Mensa.
Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 19 No. 2
Duo for Violin and Viola in F major, Op. 69 No. 2
Duo for Violin and Viola in E minor, Op. 13
Passacaglia on a theme by Handel for Violin and Viola