Ricky YEUNG, Dizi
Born in Hong Kong with ancestral roots in Guangdong Puning, Ricky Yeung Wai Kit graduated from China Conservatory majoring in Dizi Performance under the guidance of Zhang Weiliang and became the first Dizi Performance Doctoral Graduate in China. He concurrently teaches at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is the Honorary Committee of the China Dizi Society, Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Bamboo Flute Society, Examiner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council and overseas member of Artistic Resource Panel of Singapore Chinese Orchestra.
From 2003, Yeung gave 7 solo recitals at Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. He collaborated with Guangdong National Orchestra, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, Samara State Philharmonic Orchestra and Singapore Chinese Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zhang Lei, Wang Fujian, Yeh Ho Chung and Tsung Yeh. In 2011, he was selected by China Dizi magazine as one of the twelve “Most Charming Dizi Performers”. In 2014, he won the Gold Prize (Young Professional) of the Beijing Dizi Competition.
Yeung has learnt dizi with Cheung Heung Wah, Li Zhen, Zeng Yongqing, Huang Jincheng, Sun Yongzhi, Jiang Guoji, Ma Di, etc. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with first-class honour and a Master of Philosophy degree in Ethnomusicology by CUHK, and a Master of Music degree in Dizi Performance by HKAPA. He is the first Dizi Performance Master Graduate in Hong Kong. He also writes music articles for various newspapers and magazines locally and internationally.
Timothy KWOK, Piano
Praised by Music critic for his “exquisite and refined” playing, pianist Timothy Kwok has performed extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia. An avid performer of contemporary music, he was a prizewinner of the Lou Harrison Piano Concerto Competition at the University of Cincinnati. He was invited to give four performances of Chinese-French composer Qigang Chen’s piano concerto “Er Huang”, including its Guangzhou and Foshan premières. Recently, he has successfully performed Igor Stravinsky’s piano concerto with the Chung Chi Wind Orchestra of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was also invited to perform in Beijing Modern Music Festival 2017, presenting contemporary works by composers from the USA, China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.
Apart from performing, Kwok has been frequently invited by the Radio Television Hong Kong’s Radio 4 as a radio presenter, and hosted programme series like “The Forgotten Master —- Telemann”, and “Centennial Debussy”. He was also invited to partner with Yazhi Guo in his album “City Rhapsody” on M. A. Recordings, on which they made the world première recording of the suo-na and piano version of “Birds Pay Tribute to the Phoenix”. His participation in the CD recording “Scherzando Piano” on Titanic Records was hailed by “Fanfare” magazine as a “fun, energetic performance”.
Zhang Wei Liang
Weeping Flowers (Dizi and Piano)
Lu Chun Ling (arr.)
A Little Cowherd (Dizi solo)
Deng Yu-Sian (trans. Stephen Hough)
Pining For the Spring Breeze (Piano solo)
Etude, Op. 55, “Farewell” (Piano solo)
Liu Tian Hua
A Beautiful Night (Xiao solo)
Zhao Song Ting, Cao Xing
Orchids of Spring (Dizi and Piano)
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