Macao-born Saxophonist Timothy SUN began his music studies at the age of 7. He studied saxophone and clarinet with George Galway at the Ellen Wilkinson High School of Art in England since 1997, and in 2001 became the first Chinese saxophone and clarinet student of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under a full scholarship from the UK Department for Education and Employment for his Bachelor’s degree, where his principal teachers were the world-renowned saxophonists John Harle and Christian Forshaw. He had also worked with clarinettist Julian Farrell and flautist Glen Martin and in 2006 completed his Master’s degree under a school scholarship.
During his student days, Timothy Sun had performed recitals at such venues as St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and Southwark Cathedral, and his performances had been broadcast on BBC radio. As a soloist, he performed Dubois’ Saxophone Concerto with Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2004, premiered Claude T Smith’s Fantasia with the Macao Youth Symphonic Band at the opening of the 14th Asia Pacific Band Festival held in Macao in 2006, and collaborated with the band again in Ibert’s Saxophone Concertino in the 15th Asia Pacific Band Festival held in Taiwan.
Timothy Sun has a special interest in contemporary music, and various composers from around the world have written new works for him, including Cecco Boneri for saxophone and piano by Francesco B Cilluffo, and Movement for saxophone, marimba and piano by Matthew Knownles.
As an orchestral musician, Timothy Sun has been a freelance saxophonist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Macao Orchestra, and a member of the Macao Youth Symphonic Band and Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, he was featured as a soloist in Hong Kong Sinfoietta’s concert Sounds Great 5 – Summer Lovin’ and at a Macao Chinese Orchestra concert. He has been teaching the saxophone and flute at the Macao Conservatory since 2008. In 2009, he founded the first saxophone ensemble in Macao, which has since performed at the Macao Arts Festival and Macao Band Fair.
In recent seasons, Sun has appeared in more than 100 recitals and orchestral concerts in Macao and Hong Kong. He has been interviewed by the South China Morning Post UK Chinese Times, Macao Daily and RTHK Radio 4, which broadcast his live performance. Since 2015, he has performed at different events organised by Associação dos Trabalhadores da Função Pública de Macao and Macao Government Tourist Office with the attendance of Chief Executive of Macao S.A.R. Fernando Chui and the former Chief Executive Edmund Ho.
Nicolette WONG returned to Hong Kong after receiving her Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge and her Master of Music from the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Sulamita Aronovsky. Her former teachers include Hugh Petter, Katherine Lu, and Ramona Kan.
Nicolette has given recitals for the Liszt Society and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, and was invited by the LCSD to give a solo recital in Hong Kong as part of the ‘Our Music Talents’ series. She has appeared in recital and as concerto soloist in Greece, Poland, France, around the United Kingdom, and in the Greater China Region, collaborating with conductors such as David Josefowicz and Peter Stark. She has also recorded interviews and solo recitals for RTHK.
An avid writer, Nicolette writes regularly for Interlude, the online music magazine. She is an Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Musician Association and frequently serves on the jury for several piano competitions in Asia. Eager to make classical music more accessible to a wider public, Nicolette founded and is currently the Programme Director of ‘The Sound of Art’ Sunday Concert Series at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and as a committed music educator, she founded Mousa Music Chambers, where she teaches piano and music appreciation.