Selena CHOI, violin
Selena Tsz-wing Choi started learning the violin at the age of five, later admitted to the junior department of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. With full scholarship by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Scholarship, she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours at the Academy, studying violin with Jia-yang Wang, chamber music with Michael Ma and Ray Wang and baroque violin with Benedict Cruft.
With the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship for Overseas Studies and the RCM foundation scholarship, Selena graduated with a Master of Music in Performance degree at the Royal College of Music, studying with Polish violinist Maciej Rakowski. During her studies in the UK, she has won numerous chamber music prize including the
Royal College of Music Quartet Competition, “Ensemble with Piano” competition, and was the semi-finalist of the St. Martin’s Chamber Competition (UK), finalist of the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition, which led her to perform actively in various venues in the UK as well as other parts in Europe, including collaborations with eminent artists such as the Cillingirian Quartet.
Selena has won the Concerto Trial at the Academy three times and performed with the Academy Symphony Orchestra with conductors Alan Cumberland and Alexander Shelly. Her other appearances include the Haus Marteau Masterclass (Germany), Young Virtuosi (France), Vernikov Masterclass (Switzerland), Aurora Chamber Festival (Sweden), Chillingirian Chamber Festival (England), and the Pacific Music Festival (Japan).
Awarded as one of the ‘Ten Young Artists Hong Kong’ by the Young Youth Festival and the ‘Young Musician of the Year’ by the South China Morning Post, Selena is now a member of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, which explores contemporary music locally and internationally. She is also a keen chamber music player and a keen music worshipper at church. She sometimes freelances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
CHAU Lok Ping, piano
Lok Ping is an active and accomplished chamber musician. As a recipient of the German DAAD Scholarship and the Hong Kong Music and Dance Fund, she received her Master degrees with first honors in the “Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien” in Hannover (Germany), and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Her mentors include Prof. Eleanor Wong, Duo Genova & Dimitrov, Duo Tal & Groethuysen, and Duo Eden & Tamir.
Lok Ping and her twin sisters and Lok Ting Chau (Duo Ping Ting) are experienced piano duo. They are the top prize winners of the 64th ARD International Music Competition Munich (Germany), the Fourth International Piano Duo Competition, Bialystok (Poland), the Fourth San Marino International Piano Duo Competition (Italy) and Grieg A Deux International Two Piano Competition (Norway), as well as the “Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad” International Music Festival (Switzerland). The Secretary for Home Affairs has awarded commendations to the Chau sister for making outstanding contribution in international arts and culture activities in 2009.
They performed extensively at international music festivals in Switzerland, Germany Poland, Israel, and China, and collaborated with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Zurich Orchestra, the Bialystok Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2016, they were regularly invited by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to perform in Europe. In the coming months, they will have recitals in Chamber music Festival Liesborner in Germany, as well as the “Musica del Cuore” and the LCSD program “Our Music Talent Series” in Hong Kong. For further informations, please visit http://www.duopingting.com.