Crystal LAM, piano
Crystal Lam began studying piano at the age of five. She obtained the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Kansas in 2014. She received her Master of Music degree at Texas Christian University and Bachelor degree at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Her teachers include Dr. Jack Winerock, Dr. Scott McBride Smith, Dr. Tamás Ungár, and Mr. Gabriel Kwok. Lam has won numerous prizes, including the Kansas State,West Central Division and National winner of the Music Teacher National Association Piano Young Artist Competition in 2013; Grand Prize at the Naftzger Young Artist Competition in 2012, first prize at the Asian Youth Music Competition in Shanghai in 2006, and second prize at the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition in Tokyo. She was twice the winner in the Concerto Competition at the HKAPA in 2003 and 2008, and performed with the Academy Symphony Orchestra. She was selected as the winner of the KU Concerto Competition and performed with the KU Symphony Orchestra in 2011. In 2015, she has performed her solo recital at LCSD “Our Music Talents” series.
She was also awarded scholarships including the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation; the Lady Fung Memorial Music Fellowship of the Asian Cultural Council; the Bernard van Zuidan Music Fund Scholarship; the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, and the Kansas City Musical Club.
Lam is actively engaged in chamber music. She was invited to perform new music in Macau by the Cultural Institute in 2007. She received the Judith Soloman Piano Award in Chamber Music at TCU in 2009-10. She is a member of the Wakarusa trio, formed in 2012. The trio won the Music Teachers National Association national championship in 2013 and Coleman-Barstow Prize for Strings at the Coleman Chamber Competition in 2014.
Eric YIP, cello
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Eric received his education in his hometown and in the United States of America. With the Hong Kong Jockey Club Dance and Music Fund, Yip received his Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts under the tutelage of John Sharp and Richard Hirschl. Prior to the CCPA, Yip graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with the Bachelor of Music and his principal teacher was Professor Ray Wang.
Experienced in orchestral playing, Eric is active in the major orchestras in Hong Kong. He is currently a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and a freelance player of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Before returning to Hong Kong, he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2010, Eric participated in the Pacific Music Festival as principal cellist.
Outside the orchestra scene, Yip is active as a chamber musician and soloist. He is a founding member of the Romer String Quartet. He has been giving chamber recitals in Italy, Portugal, Japan, Malaysia, China and the United States, where the Romer String Quartet made their Carnegie Hall debut in February 2016. He was featured in the Hong Kong Arts Festival as a guest performer in 2013 and 2014. He played the Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso with the Hong Kong Symphonic Cordiality on their Taiwan tour in April 2013 and he has just gave his solo debut in Malaysia playing the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major.
From 2011-2013, he was a member of the faculty of Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra and University of Macau. He has also given masterclasses in the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp upon the invitation of the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in 2 consecutive summers.