Aimee SUNG, violin
Aimee Sung graduated from the Indiana University Bloomington School of Music on the Hong Kong Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship for Overseas Studies. She was among the last batch of students of the late Russian violinist, Nelli Shkolnikova, and she studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie. She further studied with violinist Chen Xiang in mainland China upon graduation, and has taken part in master-classes with Michael Frischenschlager, Paul Roczek and Alex Kerr.
Sung is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sandra Wagstaff Scholarship for String Concerto, Miss Barbara Fei Instrumental Scholarship, Interlochen Fine Arts Award, South China Morning Post Student Musician of the Year Award, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Prize, Indiana University Dean’s Award and Faculty Award. She has performed on concert stages worldwide, including Austria, Italy, Sweden, the United States, Japan, mainland China, and her performance was broadcasted on Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 and Teledifusão de Macau. She was invited to perform in a piano trio recital in Osaka, Japan, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the city of Kawanishi, and was invited by the RTHK Quartet to perform with French pianist Geoffroy Couteau in Le French May 2011. She was a guest artist in Exxonmobil Vision “Sheng it Up” of 36th Hong Kong Arts Festival and was invited by La Réunion Musicale, a U.S. based period-instrument ensemble as the guest baroque violinist in 2012.
Sung has been on the violin faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has been invited as adjudicator in local competitions, and gives master-classes and chamber coaching in Hong Kong and Macau.
Cass HO, viola
Cass Ho is the recipient of the C.V. Starr and Louis Smadebeck Scholarships and received her master degree from the Juilliard School.
Cass received her undergraduate degree at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with first class honours, on the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship, Children’s Palace, Jackie Chan Charitable, Investec, Bloomberg Scholarships. Cass won the Academy Concerto Competition and performed the Walton Viola Concerto under the baton of Yuasa Takuo.
While pursuing the master degree in the Juilliard, Cass studied with Masao Kawasaki. Cass took part in the FOCUS! And the New Juilliard Ensemble; and performed in the Chamber Festival under the coaching of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In 2005, Cass performed in the premiere of the Piano Quintet “Khazar” by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and the performance was criticized as “Well coached and Superb!” by the New York Sun Post. Cass also worked with renowned chamber groups such as Haydn string quartet, Australia string quartet and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Cass was invited as a performing artist for the New Generation and performed in the RTHK 4. She performs with many renowned local groups such as Hong Kong Virtuosi. Cass is currently the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Juanita WONG, cello
A native of Hong Kong, Juanita Wong completed her Master of Arts degree in performance with top distinction and was awarded DipRAM, the highest of honours at the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Prof. David Strange. She has also taken masterclasses at RAM with Colin Carr, Stephen Doane, Robert Cohen, Sung-Won Yang, Guy Johnston and Benjamin Hughes. A recipient of Y.S. Liu Foundation Scholarship, she previously obtained the Bachelor of Music degreeat the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2010, under the tutelage of Prof. Ray Wang.
Juanita has been an avid chamber musician giving concerts in Hong Kong, London and other cities. An active performer and orchestral player in Hong Kong, Juanita is now a freelance cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Virtuosi. She has also worked with such renowned conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Leif Segerstam, Trevor Pinnock, François-Xavier Roth and Edo de Waart. As one of the youngest musicians in the Asian Youth Orchestra, she toured and performed in various Asian countries as the assistant cello principal in 2004 and 2006. In 2008 and 2009, she played in the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and studied with Arto Noras in Pablo Casals Festival respectively.
She is also keen on teaching and is now a cello tutor of the junior department in HKAPA and the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is now playing on a Charles Daniel cello 1770 made in Marseilles, France.
Karen SUNG, piano
A graduate of the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Gabriel Chodos, Karen Sung holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance on the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship. Sung received her early training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) with a Bachelor’s degree in music. Her former teachers include Katherine Huang and Eleanor Wong.
An active performer, Sung has given recitals and concerts in the United States, Germany, Austria, Macau and Hong Kong. Her appearance as the soloist of Clara Schumann’s piano concerto has earned critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response. Other concert appearances included performances at the Saarburg Festival, Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, CUHK Concert Series, “Sound of Art” Concert Series of the Art Museum of Hong Kong, Musica del Cuore, RTHK 4 Concerts, among others. Sung was invited as a guest pianist for the CD recording of Chung Chi Choir in celebration of the 50th anniversary of CUHK music department.
Sung was awarded a full scholarship to study with the world-renowned pianist Dang Thai Son at the 27th Kirishima International Music Festival in Japan. She was also the recipient of the AIA Foundation Music Scholarship awarded by the Asian Cultural Council, which supported her study at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
Also a committed teacher, Sung has taught at the Hong Kong Summer Music and she is the Fellow of the Trinity College London. She is currently on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.