The Poon Duo has been playing together since 2012. Both of them have previously taught at the Macao Conservatory, and currently teaching at the Macao Polytechnic Institute. They were the recipient of the Kyoto Prefectural Governor’s Award at the Kayabuki Ongakudo International Competition; First Prize in Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso, Second Prize in Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition; Most Outstanding Piano Ensemble Award at the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, First place at the 29th Ohio Music Teachers Association/Graves Piano Solo and Ensemble Competition in Collegiate Duo Division, Irene Romanowski Piano Award, Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Agnes Flower Scholarship and Presidential Commendation for Excellence. Recently, after the successful two-piano performance at the Macao International Music Festival, they have performed a four-hand program in Macau, Hong Kong and China, and recorded at the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).
Sandra POON, piano
Young Steinway Artist Sandra Poon Ho Suet found her interest in piano at a very young age. Under the sponsorship of the Macao Foundation and Macao Government, she finished her Bachelor and Master degrees at Wright State University (WSU) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), majoring in piano performance. Her major mentors included Steinway artists Eugene Pridonoff (student of renowned Beethoven specialist Rudolf Serkin), Elisabeth Pridonoff and Dr. Jackson Leung. She also studied vocal with Dr. Diana Cataldi and harpsichord with Dr. Vivian Montgomery. She has worked with masters including Emile Naoumoff, Hie-Yon Choi, Edward Auer, Lambert Orkis, David Hardy, Paul Katz, Lee Fiser, Kurt Sassmanshaus, Michael Chertock, Thomas Linde, Dr. Franklin Cox and the Ariel Quartet. Sandra won numerous prizes in different competitions, including: First Prize in the CCM Chamber Music competition; National Finalist at the Music Teachers National Association Competition Chamber Music category; Finalist of the Yundi Macao Young Musicians Competition; Winner of WSU School of Music Student Honors Recital 2009 to 2011; First Prize at the Music Teachers National Association Competition Chamber Music category (Ohio division); Winner of WSU Concerto Competition; Second prize for Youth Class in Mozart Piano Competition; Second prize for Adolescent Advanced Class in Schumann Piano Competition; Second Prize for Professional Class in Schumann International Youth Piano Competition; Prize winner in the 21st, 23rd and 25th Macao Young Musicians Competition. Moreover, Sandra is the recipient of the prestigious Cultural Affairs Bureau Prize, WSU Piano Scholarship, University of Cincinnati Graduate Scholarship and the Macao Government Postgraduate Scholarship. Sandra served as jury member in different competitions including the Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival, Asia (International) Music Competition, Macao – Asia Pacific Youth Piano Competition and Macao Piano Competition. She gives public performances frequently as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed in major cities throughout the States, Europe and Asia. Sandra has appeared in festivals such as Prague International Piano Institute, John Cage Centennial Festival and Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Festival. She has been invited as a winning soloist performing with the Macao Orchestra and WSU Chamber Orchestra. In 2014, She has world-premiered works of Robert Schumann arranged by Clara Schumann, and a work by contemporary composer JunYi Chow with Ruan master Boonyeow Choo in 2016. She is also the guest musician with the Macao Chinese Orchestra.
May POON, piano
May Poon Ho Tung started learning piano at a very young age. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees in piano performance at Wright State University (WSU) and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (JSoM), as a scholarship holder of Macao Cultural Affairs Bureau and both schools. Her major mentors included Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Edmund Battersby and Dr. Jackson Leung. She also studied collaborative piano with Lee Phillips and organ with Dr. James Werner; she has performed in master classes and lessons for Sergei Babayan, Alan Chow, Anne Epperson, Michael Oelbaum, Dmitry Rachmanov, Jerome Rose, Joseph Swensen, etc.
May won numerous prizes in different competitions, including: winner of the Ohio Federation of Music Club Collaborative (OFMC) Piano Competition; First Prize of WSU Concerto Competition; First Prize of Young Artist Solo Division at the 1st Lotus Cup Macao Youth Piano Competition; Top 3 of several divisions at the Macao Young Musicians Competition along with the Talented Prize. She was also the recipient of the Robert Stofer Music Award, Wanda Coalson Piano Award, and Three Arts Scholarship Fund Scholarship.
May was invited as jury member in different competitions including the Music Festival of the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, the Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival and the Macao—Asia Pacific Youth Piano Competition. As a musician, she has given piano solo recitals with great success and actively participated in chamber music and large ensemble concerts throughout North America and Asia. May has appeared in festivals such as the New York Wind Band Festival, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Festival, and Macao Band Fair.
Petite Suite L. 65
I. En bateau
Sechs Burleksen Op. 85
1. Ausserst lebhaft
2. Sehr schnell und eigensinnig
3. Ausserst lebhaft, mit Humor
6. So lebhaft und ubermutug als nur moglich
Souvenirs Op. 28
- Pas de deux
- Hesitation – Tango
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