Piano Duo Ping Ting
The twin sisters Lok Ping and Lok Ting Chau received their Master degrees in University of Music, Drama and Theatre in Hannover in Germany, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. They were recipients of the German DAAD Scholarship, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, as well as the Robert N.H. Ho for Outstanding Merits respectively. Their mentor widely included Prof. Eleanor Wong, Alexander Tamir, duo Genova and Dimitrov and duo Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen.
The duo was the top prize winners of several international competitions, including the 64th ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany, the Fourth International Piano Duo Competition, Bialystok in Poland, the Fourth San Marino International Piano Duo Competition and Grieg A Deux International Two Piano Competition in Oslo, Norway. In addition, they were awarded the “André Hoffmann” prize at the renowned “Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad” International Music Festival in Switzerland. The Secretary for Home Affairs has awarded commendations to the Chau sister for making outstanding contribution in international arts and culture activities in 2009.
The Duo gained a wide recognition of their finest musicality and the fascinating matches of sound. Their performance was exalted by the South West Post of Germany: “There is no trace of showing off, instead a deep immersion in the content of the work, a charming change between rhythmic sharpening and soft sliding.” “Duo Ping & Ting reacted precisely and harmonically together with a matching of sound in an unbelievable manner” (South German Post). Their online recordings are currently available on Sportiy, YouTube, iTune Music, Amazon.
They were often invited to music festivals worldwide including the Liesborner Chamber music Festival in Germany, the 1st International Gedánsk Piano Duo Festival in Poland, the 40th Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Joy of Music Festival in Hong Kong, the 5th Gulangyu Piano Festival in Xiamen, the Mainland; and collaborated with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Zurich Orchestra and the Bialystok Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. They have made successful appearances in Miami in the United States, Gstaad and Kultur Casino Bern in Switzerland, Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater in Munich, Hannover in Germany, Vienna, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Bratislava in Slovakia, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, and also in important music.
Apart from performances, they are working actively in teaching and community services. They have been appointed by the Hong Kong Chamber Music for Life as artistic directors to promote classical music in the local senior and rehabilitation centres since 2016. They are regularly invited by The Dranoff Two Pianos Foundation in Miami, U.S.A to work with other artists on the school projects. In addition, they are often appointed as juries in the local piano competitions, as well as in the mainland of China.
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Phoebe TAM, soprano
Phoebe Tam obtained her Bachelor of Music degree and Professional Diploma from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, receiving multiple scholarships during her studies. She subsequently obtained her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York under full scholarship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.
Tam has won in many local competitions in Hong Kong, and has recently won the regional round of the 32nd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, participating in the final rounds in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She was also a semi-finalist in the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours in Taipei. Her operatic roles include Mimi and Musetta in La bohème, Violetta in La traviata, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Despina in Così fan tutte, Sivene in Le cinesi, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Micaëla in Carmen, Cupidon in Orphée aux enfers and Metella in La vie parisienne. Her roles in 2015 include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.
Samantha CHONG, mezzo-soprano
Malaysian-born mezzo-soprano Samantha Chong has just won the championship of the 41st National Singing Competition of Malaysia in December 2015. Samantha graduated with the Master of Music Degree at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). She received generous support from the FAMA Scholarship, John Hosier Trust Scholarship 2012, and Aedas Scholarship during her studies at the HKAPA.
Samantha’s operatic roles include: Fox Goldenmane in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
In 2014 Samantha has made her débuts with Opera Hong and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Later that year, she sang the role of the Page in Richard Strauss’s Salome, again with Opera Hong Kong. In 2015, she sang the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Opera Hong Kong, alto soloist of Max Reger Requiem with Hong Kong Bach Choir, premier mezzo-soprano of “Legend of Pheonix” with Global Symphony Orchestra. Engagements in 2016 includes, “Legend of Pheonix” in Wenzhou, as a soloist in Drama Rashomon and Shake Shake Speare at the Sunbeam Theater, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Emilia in Otello, Mercedes in Carmen, alto soloist in Charpentier’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mahler Symphony no. 8.
CHEN Yong, tenor
Tenor CHEN Yong is currently very active in the Hong Kong classical music. Mr. CHEN has performed leading roles including Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Rudolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, Tonio in Donizzeti’s La Fille du Régiment, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen etc. He has performed with Les Chorégies d’Orange, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Opera Hong Kong, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Shanghai, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing International Comic Opera Festival, l’Opéra de Poche, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, and Musica Viva (Hong Kong).
CHEN Yong now is a member of Jokey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Program, he graduated from the Vocal department of Universität für Musik und Darstellender Kunst Wien with full scholarship. His excellence also earned a full scholarship to study for a master’s degree in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Alex CHEN, baritone
Since his début on stage at the age of 19, the Hong Kong Chinese baritone Alex Chen has performed with numerous opera companies in Hong Kong and the United States, including Opera Hong Kong, Opera Society of Hong Kong, City Opera Hong Kong, Pop Up Productions and New York Lyric Opera. His roles include Schaunard in la bohème, Figaro and Dr. Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, Dr. Falke in The Bat, Moralès inCarmen and John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld and other supporting roles. Pursuing a strong interest in song cycles, Alex has also performed “Dichterliebe” – A Poet’s Love by Schumann, “Songs of Travel” by Vaughan Williams and “Don Quichotte à Dulcinée” by Ravel in New York city. Alex has appeared lately at the Hong Kong City Hall with Ponte Singers & Orchestra as the baritone soloist in the premiere performance of Vaughan Williams’ “A Sea Symphony” in Hong Kong.
Alex Chen completed his Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, as a recipient of Manhattan School of Music scholarship, studied under baritone Maitland Peters, Chariman of Voice department, Alex holds a Master of Music in Voice from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong, as a recipient of BSI Limited Hong Kong Branch Scholarship, FAMA Foundation Scholarship, Welsh Male Voice Choir Scholarship and Parsons Music Foundation Scholarship, studied under the tutelage of soprano Nancy Yuen, head of Vocal studies.