Jacqueline LI is now a staff accompanist at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as well as the guest keyboard player in the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Born in Hong Kong, Li started to play piano at the age of four. She read music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong with major studies in piano under Professor David Gwilt. After she obtained her Professional Diploma in piano accompaniment at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Li pursued further studies at the Royal College of Music (London). There she studied piano performance with Andrew Ball and fortepiano with David Ward and won the Amadeus Fortepiano Prize in 2006. She was also the recipient of the RCM Hong Kong Scholarship as well as the British Council Chevening Scholarship.
Li performed with clarinetist Johnny Fong at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2009. She has been an active performer as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in Hong Kong. Highlights of her performances include the Yellow River Piano Concerto, Bach’s keyboard concerto in D minor BWV 1052 and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in 2007, and Rachmaninov’s piano concerto No. 2 in 2013. She played Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013. She has also performed in TV, radio and various cities including Vienna, Salzburg, London, Kent, Taipei, Macau and Guangzhou. For CD recording, Li played for the commercial album “Breeze Kisses My Face — The Choral Music of Jan Tien-hao” on The Modern Audio label, which received the IFPI Hong Kong top sales music award in 2014.
Original from Hong Kong, Johnny FONG is the principal clarinet in the Hong Kong Sinfonietta since 2008. Fong received his Bachelor in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2006, studied with Mr. Andrew Simon. In 2008, under the support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, Fong received his Master Degree in Mannes College, The NewSchool of Music, studied with Mr. Charles Neidich and Miss Ayako Oshima.
After joined the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2004, Fong started his career as a freelance orchestral player. He has currently played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as being invited as the guest principal clarinet of the Macao Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Fong has worked under the baton of Maestro Edo de Waart, Sergiu Comissiona, Takuo Yuasa and Yip Wing-Sie. Fong has performed throughout the world including China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Kular Lumpur, France, Italy, South Americe as well as the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium in New York.
As a soloist, Fong recently gives his recital in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He was one of the winners in the concerto competition held by Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2004, played the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Academic Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, Fong won the same competition and played the Second Concert Piece for Clarinet and Basset Clarinet by Felix Mendelssohn.
Presented by the Artist International Presentation Inc., Fong makes his début solo recital in the Carnegie Hall Weill Hall, New York in January 2009. He played the Dance Preludes by Witold Lutoslawski with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2009. He also played the Concertino by Carl M. von Weber with The Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia in the same year. He was a featured soloist in the orchestra’s Expo 2010 Shanghai Concert (Hong Kong Week Closing Performance).
Fong has currently taught in Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Op. 120 no. 2
Camille Saint Saens
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Op. 167
Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden
“It Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy and Bess
(arr. by Richard Stoltzman)
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