Native of Hong Kong, soprano Edith QUINTO departed for Rome on a singing scholarship granted by the Italian Foreign Ministry in 1981 and has been performing, studying and residing in Rome since.
Already at an early age Edith manifested a predisposition towards Music. Her music talents prompted the subject master to recommend her to study singing with acclaimed voice teachers in Hong Kong. Being a regular winner in singing competitions, she was further encouraged to develop her talents abroad.
During her university years in Canada, she studied with baritone Alvin Reimer at the University of Western Ontario — where she finished her first degree — and was involved in opera and operetta productions. Whilst there she met German Voice Professor Theo Lindenbaum (Nordwestdeutsches Musikakademi) who took her under his wings. She debutted at the age of 21 in the role of The Secretary in “The Consul”. Her years in Italy have been celebrated with successful performances and fruitful studies with, to name a few, sopranos Renata Scotto, Wilma Vernocchi and tenor, Nazzareno Antinori.
Endowed with a rich and versatile lyric voice stretching almost three octaves, the artist’s operatic roles embrace heroines created by major European composers in the 19th and 20th centuries, ranging from Charpentier to Puccini.
Stephen WONG, piano
Born in Hong Kong, Stephen was trained at the Royal College of Muisc (London , UK ) and received the Master of music at McGill University (Montreal , Canada ). His teachers include Tu Yue Sien, Margaret Lynn, Patricia Carroll, Ruth Gerald and Dale Bartlett. He was awarded the Jardine Matheson and McGill music faculty scholarships. He won the McGill Concerto Competition in 1991 and was the finalist in Hong Kong Gina Bachauer Competition and London Royal Overseas League. Between 1995-99, he taught piano , chamber music and as vocal coach at McGill music faculty . His trio has performed extensively across Canada and made frequent recordings for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Stephen also performed in Aspen , Rome Chamber Music Festivals and Asia including Macau ,Taiwan and China.
Since his return in 2000, he has been active in teaching and performing. Stephen is a much sought-after pianist for both solo and ensemble concerts and has been collaborated with instrumentalists , vocalists and choirs including pianists: Kawai Chan, Josephine Cheung, Amy Sze and Verna Yeung , vocalists : Ella Kiang and Nancy Yuen, clarinet player Martin Choy , and Ella Kiang Singers Chorus. He has also been invited frequently to record for Radio and Television of Hong Kong (RTHK).
Currently, he is on faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts , Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Education University of Hong Kong He has also been adjudicating piano examinations and competitions and giving seminars on piano performance and pedagogy. 2016 will mark the ninth year of his successful piano students’ concert ‘Music and Friends’ .
Apart from being a concert artist, he also composes and records music for movie soundtrack (A Tale of Three Cities , 三城記 , 2015) and has vast experiences in theatre acting , dialect coaching and voice-over for movie productions.
“Un moto di gioia”, from Le Nozze di Figaro
(“A feeling of joy”)
“Una lagrima – una preghiera”
(A Tear – a prayer)
“Mimì Pinzon la biondinetta” from La bohème
(“Mimì Pinzon, the sweet blonde”)
Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64 no. 2
“Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante” from Carmen
(“I say nothing frightens me”)
Per morire (For dying)
“Art is calling for me” from The Enchantress
When I’ve sung my songs
“The earth and other minor things” from Gigi
I love life
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