Colleen LEE, piano primo
Concert pianist Colleen Lee is on the faculty at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and is the Honorary Artist-in-Residence of The Education University of Hong Kong. She was Artist Associate of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2010/2011 and was featured in the orchestra’s tours to the South America and Italy.
Since winning the 6th Prize at the prestigious International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2005, she has performed extensively around the world and has collaborated with such orchestras as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Galacia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestras of Israel, China, Warsaw and Sendai as well as Hong Kong Philharmonic. Lee has been featured at festivals including the International Chopin Festival in Poland, Pianoforte-Festival Meissen in Germany and International Keyboard Festival in New York. Her performance in Magic Piano & Chopin Shorts at the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival had garnered rave review.
Born in Hong Kong, Lee received her training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under Eleanor Wong and at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover under Arie Vardi. Prizes she has won included the First Prize at the Third International Seiler Piano Competition in Germany, the 2003 Dorothy Mackenzie Artist Recognition Award, Pro Musicis International Award and the Third Prize, Critic and Audience Prizes at the 15th International Competition for Piano and Orchestra in Cantù, Italy. She received the “Award for Young Artist” from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2008.
Helen CHA, piano secondo
Currently Music Director of Musica del Cuore and Artist-In-Residence at Academia de Musica S Pio X, pianist Helen Cha has given concerts in the USA, UK, Italy, Belarus, Moldova, South Korea and mainland China. She has 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. Awards she has won included top prizes at the Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition Open Class (2002), PianoTexas Concerto Competition (2006), Eastman School Concerto Competition (2007) and Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition (2009).
Born in Shanghai, Cha entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Junior Music Program at age 9, and finished her Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours in 2005 under the tutelage of Gabriel Kwok. Subsequently she earned the Performer’s Certificate (2007) and her Doctorate of Musical Arts (2010) with Professor Nelita True at Eastman School of Music upon the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship. She is a regular adjudicator at local and international piano competitions, and was a presenter of RTHK Radio 4 programmes Chamber Fragrance, Debussy Recollection and Non-Stop Classic.
Marche militaire, D. 733 no. 1
Sonata for Piano 4 Hands “Grand Duo”, D. 812
Scherzo & Trio. Allegro vivace
Finale. Allegro vivace