Kitty Cheung, violin
Kitty Cheung is currently a member of Contrast Trio (Ensemble-in-Residence of The Chinese University of Hong Kong 2017-18), first violinist of Romer String Quartet, and violin faculty at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She was previously the Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2011 to 2017.
In the past she performed in London Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and led ensembles which had made recordings for Loft Records, New World Records and Bridge Records.
She has given solo recitals in Germany, Vienna, UK, USA, Thailand, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and made solo appearances with orchestras including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra. She recorded broadcast performances for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Television Hong Kong.
In 2016 and 2017 she was invited to perform at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the Romer String Quartet and Contrast, she performed at Carnegie Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Toppan Hall in Japan, Sabah Art Gallery in Malaysia, Eastman School of Music in USA, Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, The University of Macau, Marvao International Music Festival in Portugal, “Hong Kong Week” in Taiwan, Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s “Artistree Residency”, Hong Kong Arts Centre’s “Jockey Club Street Music Series”, Freespace Happening Hong Kong, International Band Music Festival in Macau, and “Hell Hot!” New Music Festival in Hong Kong.
Kitty holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she also won prizes in excellence in teaching, excellence in chamber music and the Lecture Recital Prize. She was also appointed the Teaching Assistant of Professor Charles Castleman. Prior to that, she received Master of Music and Master in Music Performance (Guildhall Artist) degrees, both with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her teachers included Lin Yao-Ji, Ho Hong-Ying, Charles Castleman, David Takeno and Zvi Zeitlin.
Helen Cha, piano
Hailed as a “deeply expressive” pianist in Music and Vision, Helen Cha is the Music Director of Musica del Cuore and the Artist-In-Residence at Academia S. Pio X.
Claiming top prizes at the 12th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition Open Class, Piano Texas Concerto Competition, Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition, and Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, Cha has given concerts in USA, UK, Italy, Austria, Belarus, Moldova, South Korea and mainland China, collaborating with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Ballet, Moldova National Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and a number of local ensembles, under the baton of Yip Wing-sie, Takuo Yuasa, Mikhail Sechkin, Patrick Souillot, Neil Varon and Emil de Cou, among others, and appeared at festivals like Fête de la Musique, ISCM World Music Days, Le French May, HKS ArtisTree Residency, and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.
A sought-after young educator, Cha became Studio Assistant to world-renowned pedagogue Professor Nelita True and Teaching Assistant in Music Theory and Musicianship at the Eastman School of Music in 2006. At age 26, she was appointed the Coordinator in Performance Studies and Lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Music. She has given workshops, lectures and masterclasses presented by local universities, Music Office (LCSD), EXCEL Summer Piano Festival (HKAPA), Hong Kong Professional Piano Education Academy, Hong Kong Piano Music Association and guest faculty at the Hong Kong International Piano Performance and Education Conference (2013-2015). She serves regularly as Western Music Advisor for the Chinese University Department of Music, and has been an adjudicator for local and international competitions. She is the presenter of “Chamber Fragrance”, “Debussy Recollection” and “Non-Stop Classics” on RTHK, and a featured performer in Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Gold Record “This is Classical Music 3” (2014).
Entering the HKAPA Junior division at age 9, Cha became first recipient of Fellowship Diploma (with distinction) from the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music in Hong Kong and an awardee of Jockey Club Scholarship during college, and finished her Bachelor Degree with first class honours in 2005 under Gabriel Kwok. Subsequently, she earned the Performer’s Certificate (2007), Master of Music (2007), Master of Arts (2009) and her Doctorate of Musical Arts (2010) at the Eastman School of Music with highest academic achievements, and was appointed the Master and Doctorate Marshals respectively in 2009 and 2010 by the Dean.