Joe CHAN, cello
Joe Chan has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras and performed in numerous world’s leading international music festivals including Toronto Summer Music Festival, Kirishima International Music Festival, Beijing’s Central Conservatory Music Festival, World Cultures Festival, Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival and Harlaxton International Chamber Music Festival. As an avid solo recitalist and chamber musician, he was invited by universities in Hong Kong and Australia to give solo recitals and chamber music concerts.
As an orchestral musician, Chan plays in Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Macau Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Virtuosi Orchestra. He was the principal cellist in every orchestra of the education institutions he has studied in. Besides classical music, he is a recording artist of movie soundtracks and musicals, and the cellist of many pop concerts collaborating with Jacky Cheung, Sammi Cheng, Yoshiki Hayashi, Koji Tamaki, Joseph Koo, Miriam Yeung and many others.
Chan has been a dedicated and passionate educator in the field of music. He was featured as a soloist in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Arts Education Programme concerts introducing different repertoires to over 1000 students. He co-presented lecture about musician ergonomics and injuries with Dr. Alex Ling, former Vice-Chairman of Chiropractic Doctors’ Association of Hong Kong. Being the conductor of Sacred Heart Canossian College Orchestra, the orchestra was awarded the first prize with honour in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Competition and silver award in Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows Contest.
Admitted as a Fellow of Royal Schools of Music (FRSM) and the recipient of Allison Short Scholarship and Dr. Daniel Tse Scholarship, Chan completed his studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During his study, he was frequently honoured on the Dean’s List and President’s Honour Roll for his excellent academic achievement. He studied cello with Cheung Ming Yuen, Professor Ray Wang and Professor Georg Pedersen and conducting with Professor Johnny Poon. His cello playing brings him to play in many great artists’ classes, including Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell, Csaba Onczay, Miklós Perényi, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Paul Katz and David Strange. Chan studied string pedagogy with Professor Mimi Zweig and Professor Rebecca Henry at the prestigious Indiana University. Besides performing on stage, he has also been interviewed by Sing Tao Daily, Ming Pao Daily, and RTHK Radio Four hosted by Nancy Loo.
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Annie YUEN, piano
Hong Kong pianist Annie Yuen received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Music with First Class Honours from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), where she studied with Carol Yu and Nancy Loo. She was named the winner of HKBU Annual Concerto Competition in 2010 performing Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto, and was given Audience Choice Award. She continued her performance studies with Nancy Loo at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as a visiting student, before finishing her Master’s degree in the summer of 2014 at Manhattan School of Music (New York) under the tutelage of Jeffrey Cohen, student of Menahem Pressler. During her studies, she played in master classes by renowned pianists and pedagogues, including Nelita True, Edward Auer, Jean-Paul Sévilla and Collin Stones.
A keen collaborative pianist, Annie has rich experiences working with different musicians and chamber groups. She studied chamber music with Heasook Rhee and Gerald Robbins, worked at the studios of Lucie Robert, Robert Langevin (Principal flutist of New York Philharmonic Orchestra), Marion Feldman and Paul Cohen, and recorded live with local young artists for Radio & Television Hong Kong. In 2017, she joined the Castleman String Quartet Program as a collaborative pianist. There she met and worked with talented musicians of her age all over the world, and had the privilege to perform with the world renowned violinist Charles Castleman and cellist Tom Landschoot. Besides piano, Annie also plays the organ, passed LTCL (recital) with distinction and has performed in Hong Kong Cultural Centre.