Margaret Lynn enjoys a wide-ranging musical career as performer, lecturer, and educator. Her keen interest in chamber music has led to artistic collaborations with many international artists. Margaret has given regular concerts with her piano duo partner Sayuri Kishi-Debski, and she is a member of the Divertimento Piano Trio which presents over 30 concerts each year in the UK and on classical music cruises. Her long-standing musical partnership with Martin Gatt, former principal bassoonist of the London Symphony Orchestra, has led to a number of critically acclaimed recordings on the MRC label and are available from the Chandos website www.theclassicalshop.net. Other recordings include chamber music of Madeleine Dring and French wind and piano works with the Lynn Trio and the Amata Musica. Forthcoming recording projects include clarinet works by Ireland, Howells and Stanford with Colin Parr, former principal clarinettist of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Margaret was a scholarship student at the Royal College of Music, London, studying the piano with Kendall Taylor, Hubert Dawkes and Stephen Savage, and the harpsichord with Ruth Dyson. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Surrey and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Bristol. She joined the teaching staff of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts when it was established in 1984, and served as Associate Dean of Music and Director of Studies for many years.
Described as a “deeply expressive” pianist in Music and Vision, Helen Cha enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, guest speaker, adjudicator and administrator.
Born in Shanghai, Cha has displayed exceptional competence in both academic studies and performance at a young age. She entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Junior Programme in 1993, becoming the first recipient of FRSM diploma in Hong Kong at 19, and finished her Bachelor Degree with first class honours in 2005 under the tutelage of Professor Gabriel Kwok. Twice awarded scholarships by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, she earned the Performer’s Certificate (2007), and her Doctorate of Musical Arts (2010) with Professor Nelita True at Eastman School of Music, and was appointed the Doctoral Marshal at the Commencement Ceremony by the Dean of Eastman School. She studied with Dr. Margaret Lynn and Dr. Sylvie Beaudette on collaborative piano playing, and has performed with Dr. Lynn in Hong Kong and Macau.
Cha claimed top prizes at the 12th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition Open Class, the concerto competitions at Piano Texas and at the Eastman School of Music, and Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition. A keen solo pianist and a chamber artist, Cha performed at various festivals and out-reach events, including Fête de la Musique, ISCM World Music Days, Le French May, HKS ArtisTree Residency, and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. She has given concerts in North America, Italy, Moldova, England and mainland China, collaborating with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Moldova National Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, and 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.
Cha is currently the Music Director of Musica del Cuore, Artist-In-Residence at Academia de Musica St. Pio X, and a faculty at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Win, Place or Show
Bilder aus Osten (Pictures from the East)
Sonata for Piano Duet
2 Slavonic Dances
Op. 72 no. 2 in E minor “Dumka”
Op. 46 no. 8 in G minor “Furiant”