Prelude 17: Colette Lam & Friends

22 Jun

Prelude 17: Colette Lam & Friends

Colette LAM, Caleb Woo, Ryoko Arai, Alex Wong 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

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Colette LAM, soprano

Hong Kong born and raised, Chinese soprano Colette LAM obtained her BMus (Hons) at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Michael Rippon Memorial Scholarship and the Jackie Chan Charitable Scholarship. Upon completion of MMus degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London on a full scholarship by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, she studied with world renowned Tenor Dennis O’Neill (CBE) and graduated with Distinction at Wales International Academy of Voice, Cardiff on the Li Po Chun Professional training and Postgraduate Scholarship, Hong Kong.
Lam made her role début as Marie in La fille du régiment (Musica Viva) Hong Kong in 2010. Her role appearances with Musica Viva include Gianetta in L’elisir d’Amore, Frasquita in Carmen and Violetta in La traviata. Other European operatic appearances have included Papagena (cover Pamina) in The Magic Flute in Zeist, Netherlands and Amina in La sonnambula (Brent Opera) in London and Rosina in Il barbiere di siviglia (Opera Lyrica) in Oxford. Her first appearance as Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte was with Opera Hong Kong and again in the opera scene with Wales International Academy of Voice.
Other operatic roles include Romilda in Serse with conductor François Xavier Roth, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Berginella in La Périchole during the studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She has participated in master class with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Josephone Barstow, Dame Ann Murray, Nelly Miricioiu, Richard Bonygne, Barbara Bonney, Della Jones, Ryland Davies, Joseph Rouleau, Rebecca Evans, Edith Bers, Francesca Patanè, Peter Edelmann, Gerhard Kahry, Malcolm Martineau, and Michael Pollock.

Apart from being an active performer, Lam gave opera talks with Baritone Gerald Hon in numerous local schools as one of the outreach project with Hong Kong Arts Festival Society. Recently, Lam has given voice coaching to artists in Hong Kong Arts with Disabled Association and voice coaching to staff from Dialogue in the Dark, Hong Kong. Future engagements include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Hong Kong Bach Choir at Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Gilda in Rigoletto with Musica Viva at Hong Kong City Hall, VINO VOCE with Macau Vocal Festival at the Portugal Art Gallery in Macau. In summer 2014, She will make her role début as Mimi in La Bohème in Barga, Italy.

Ryoko ARAI, violin

Japanese-born violinist Ryoko Arai has performed throughout Japan, Taiwan, and the United States as an active soloist and chamber musician. As a violinist of Gracieux Trio which was founded in 2003, she has performed at various concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Trinity Church Chamber Music Series.

Ms. Arai has studied at Texas Christian University, the Hartt School at University of Hartford, and State University of New York at Stony Brook where she earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees in violin performance. She has studied violin with Ani Kavafian, Philip Setzer, Katie Lansdale, Barbara Barber, Kosuke Hagiwara, and chamber music with the members of Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society, Emerson String Quartet, and Lion’s Gate Trio.

After Ms. Arai moved back to Japan after her completion of study, she has served as a faculty at Jin-ai Women’s High School (Music Course) and Fukui Junior String Ensemble Seminar along with her performing career as an active chamber musician. With her creativity and wide-range of musical experience, she has been organising various chamber music concerts at concert halls, schools, and many other venue in Japan.  Ms. Arai moved to Hong Kong in 2014 with her family and serves as a faculty member of Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (Junior Programme), Hong Kong Baptist University and Kinder U Suzuki Music Academy.


Caleb WOO, tenor

Caleb WOO graduated with the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. Caleb holds degrees from the Hong Kong Baptist University including the Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy in 2006 with first class honor as well as the Social Science degree in China-Studies in 2003. Master of Arts degree in Christian Studies from the Chung-Chi Divinity School, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. ATCL diploma and LRSM diploma in 2005 and 2009 respectively. His voice teachers include Prof. Robert McIver, Mr. Jimmy Chan and Mr. Sanson Lau.

Now serving as the Music director of Tuen Mun Alliance Church and Voice Instructor at Music Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Qin Music. He is also serving as a Co-ordinator of Ensemble Music Ministries in the Hong Kong Baptist University. Elected as a Member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) devoting himself into promoting healthy vocalism and the ability appreciating the beauty of voice as creation.

Alexander WONG, piano

Alexander WONG is an active and versatile collaborative keyboardist. He has collaborated with Eastman School of Music Repertory Singers, Robert Wesleyan College Chorale, the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus, The Cantacore Society, Hong Kong Youth Choir, Hong Kong Oratorio Society, St. Paul’s Co-educational College Alumni Choir and Trinity Children’s Choir. Recent years he also collaborated in various opera productions such as Musica Viva’s La bohème, Il Trovatore, Carmen, Elisir d’amore, The Legend of Zhang BaoZai and Hong Kong Arts Festival’s Dream of the Red Chamber.

Alexander holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (first class honor) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His major mentors include Jeffie Leung, Dr. Mary Wu, Wong Kin Yu and Dr. Jean Barr. He has appeared in various masterclasses during his studies in the states, including these given by Graham Johnson, Steven Isserlis, Kirill Gerstein and Tetzlaff Quartet. After his graduation, he participated in the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival as a collaborative pianist in the Voice Program. He was then employed as a full-time Répétiteur at Musica Viva through Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s “Music Artistic Internship Scheme” (2015-2017).

Currently Alexander is an accompanist of MusiCall, St Paul’s Co-educational College Primary School Senior Choir, Young Vocalists, Die Konzertisten and Hong Kong Bach Choir. He also serves as a Répétiteur in MusicaViva and Performance Coordinator in Qin Music School.





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