Amy Sze holds the Performer’s Certificate, Doctor and Master of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include Nelita True and Gabriel Kwok. She started her musical training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since the age of ten. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Avis D. Vaughn Scholarship, the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Overseas Scholarship.
As the winner of many prizes and competitions, Amy has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Texas Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Eastman Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in major festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Cliburn Piano Institute, the Harbin Summer Music Festival and the Salzburg Mozarteum Academy. She was featured in the Hong Kong Sinfonietta ‘Complete Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle’, and their album ‘This is Classical Music 3’. In 2016, she also had the privilege of performing in the Beethoven Piano Sonatas Marathon in Vienna – 2 concerts lasting 12 hours – along with celebrated pianists from different parts of the world, to celebrate the first Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival.
Besides solo performance, Amy has a keen interest in chamber music and an enthusiasm for performing in diverse settings. She was a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society, which engages in outreach projects and charity concerts in public schools and community centres. An active performer of contemporary music, she was featured artist in the Contemporary Song Festival of the Intimacy of Creativity, Hong Kong New Generation concert, the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival, and the French May Festival. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Derek Bermel, David Childs, Peter Cooper, Benedict Cruft, Amihai Grosz, Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Raphael Severe, and John Williams.
Amy was a teaching assistant in piano studies, accompaniment and chamber music at the Eastman School of Music. She is currently on the faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Baptist University. Apart from lectures and masterclasses, she frequently serves on the jury panel for awards and competitions. She was also on the music advisory committee for The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and St Paul’s Co-educational College, her alma mater.
Born in Hong Kong, Stephen Wong was trained at the Royal College of Music in London, the United Kingdom and received Master of Music at the McGill University in Montreal , Canada. His teachers include Tu Yue Sien, Margaret Lynn, Patricia Carroll Ruth Gerald and Dale Bartlett. Wong was awarded the Jardine Matheson and McGill music faculty scholarships. He was the finalist in the Hong Kong Gina Bachauer Competition in 1985 and London Royal Overseas League in 1986. Between 1995-1999, he taught piano, chamber music and as vocal coach at McGill music faculty. He appeared as soloist with McGill Symphony Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and worked as a repetiteur for L’Opera de Montreal. Wong also performed in the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and in Asia including the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan.
He is a much sought-after pianist for both solo and ensemble concerts, collaborating artists including pianists Kawai Chan, Josephine Cheung, Amy Sze and Verna Yeung , vocalists Ella Kiang and Nancy Yuen, clarinet player Martin Choy, The Learners Chorus and Ella Kiang Singers. He has also been invited regularly to record for Radio 4, The Radio and Television of Hong Kong . For 2017, he was invited to perform in July at “Art , Culture and Music at the Airport “ co-presented by Extension and Continuing Education for Life of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and Hong Kong International Airport and was presented by Hong Kong Leisure and Culture Services Department (LCSD) in October under ‘Virtuosi’ series for a Piano Duo recital with Amy Sze. In June 2018 , he was invited for a solo recital with guest cellist, Ashley Ng at Killian Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston with great success. Wong was re-invited to perform in July at the HK International Airport Proms 2018 for three sessions and collaborated with Martin Choy, Kawai Chan and Nancy Yuen.
Currently he teaches at music faculty of the HKAPA, Hong Kong Baptist University, School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Education University of Hong Kong. Wong has been adjudicating piano examinations, competitions and giving masterclasses , including Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong International Institute of Music, Hong Kong Music Institute .In April 2019, he was invited as one of the adjudicators at the Quebec International Music Competition and gave masterclass at Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts in Montreal. 2019 also marks the 12th year of his successful piano students’ concert “Music and Friends”.
Apart from being a concert artist, he composes and records music for movie soundtrack (A Tale of Three Cities, 2015) and participates in theatre acting, dialect coaching and voice-over for movie productions.
Pieces Romantiques Op. 55
2. La Chaise a Porteurs
3. Idylle Arabe
4. Serenade d’Automne
5. Danse Hindoue
Op. 46 No. 5 in A major
Suite for Skip and Sadie
2. Sadie’s Waltz
3. Skip’s Dance
4. Good Night
Two Cats (Variations on the Polish folk song)
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