CHAN Ting Yuen is now 22 years old and has received his Bachelor (Hons) of Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with first class honours under the tutelage of Mr. Kam Shui, former principal bassoon of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He started learning the bassoon since 9 years old, under the direction of Miss Angel Cheung. Ting Yuen gained the Royal Schools of Music DipABRSM at the age of 14 and has been taught in classes by international renowned artists such as Martin Gatt, Meyrick Alexander, Matthew Ruggiero, Andrea de Flammineis, Daniel Jemison, Henrik Rabien, Marc Engelhardt, David Seidel, Lori Wike, Kim Laskowski, Steven Dibner, Per Hannevold, Nancy Goeres, Christopher Millard, Gustavo Núñez, Ole Kristian Dahl, Georg Klütsch, Julie Price and Dag Jensen.
In 2011, Ting Yuen performed Weber’s “Andante and Hungarian Rondo” and Vivaldi’s “Concerto in E minor” with the Academy Orchestra and Concerto da Camera respectively. Apart from that, he was named one of the “Young Music Makers 2011” by the RTHK, in which he recorded radio, television and CD programmes; he was also chosen as one of the ‘2011 My Favorite Young Music Makers’ and ‘the Adjudicators’ Choice’ of the project. In 2012, Ting Yuen performed Weber’s Concerto in F with the Hong Kong Youth Neowinds Orchestra and Vanhal’s Concerto for two bassoons with the Academy Orchestra. In the past two years, Ting Yuen performed Gordon Jacob’s Bassoon Concerto and Hummel’s Concerto in F with the Academy Orchestra as the winner of the Academy’s concerto trial. In 2015, Ting Yuen performed Weber’s Concerto in F with Gustav Mahler Orchestra at the Hong Kong City Hall.
Apart from solo playing, Ting Yuen is also an active orchestral player. He has regularly played in many different orchestras (Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, etc.) and he was also a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in the year of 2010. In 2012, Ting Yuen was chosen to participate in the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School with a full scholarship from Asian Cultural Council.
As a student of the Academy, his outstanding performance gained him the Aedas Scholarship and he was also the recipient of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship Scheme for his Bachelor degree studies at the Academy.
Ting Yuen was previously the chairman of The Bassoonion, a registered bassoon organization in Hong Kong which aims at introducing the bassoon to the general public and gathering bassoonists in Hong Kong by providing a platform for academic discussions and performances. He is now pursuing his Master’s Degree at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (University of Arts in Berlin), studying with Professor Eckart Hübner, with the generous support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.
Young Steinway Artist Rachel CHEUNG has won prizes and awards in international competitions such as the 28th Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy, the 16th Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in the UK and the 67th Geneva International Piano Competition in Switzerland.
As an active soloist and chamber musician, Rachel has appeared in places such as Paris, London, Toronto, Poland, Ukraine, St. Petersburg, Italy, the United States, Taiwan, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. She has also collaborated with numerous orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Edo de Waart, the Halle Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder and the Sydney Symphony with Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Born in Hong Kong, Rachel took her first piano lessons at the age of four, and later she was admitted at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she studied with Professor Eleanor Wong. She continued her studies with Professor Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music, where she graduated with Master of Music in May 2013.
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata in F minor for Bassoon and Piano TWV 41: f1
Romance Op. 62
Piano Sonata no.6 in A major, Op. 82
I Allegro Moderato
Sonatensatz for Bassoon and Viola (arr. Rainer Schottstaedt)