GUI Li, violin
Gui Li has been studying the violin since she was five with her grandfather as her very first violin teacher. She made enormous improvements after a major training at Wuhan Conservatory of Music (Middle School Section) and won the Second Prize at the National Violin Competition in China and the Best Performance of a Chinese Composition for solo violin. She then gained a Bachelor’s Degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (APA) with a full scholarship and became a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellow of the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2006.
Gui Li is an active musician both inside and outside school. Besides taking part in different school concerts and solo recitals, she has also joined different local orchestras and participated in various masterclasses by world-renowned violinists and teachers, such as Joseph Silverstein, Charles Castleman, Lin Cho-liang and Kurt Sassmannshaus. Also, she was the recipient of a number of scholarships from the APA, including the Chan Chung-On Violin Performance Merit Award, The Academy Non-Local Scholarship, Duchess of Kent International Scholarship and The Dorset Foundation Weinrebe and Hosier Scholarship. Moreover, she led a quartet to tour Thailand, as representatives of the APA.
Timothy FRANK, cello
Cellist Timothy Frank joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 1995. A native of Virginia, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from Indiana University. Immediately prior to his appointment to the HKPO he won the position of Assistant Principal Cello in the Memphis Symphony.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center with the New York String Orchestra under the late Alexander Schneider, and played in the National Repertory Orchestra of Colorado. He has participated in numerous chamber music festivals including the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, Taos School of Music, Mendelssohn Quartet Seminar and Music at the Gainey Center.
As a three-time participant in the Pacific Music Festival, he played concerts throughout Japan, including a special piano quartet concert at Casals Hall, Tokyo for PMF corporate donors. While still a student, Mr Frank played for four years with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio, appointed as the orchestra’s youngest member. His main teachers have been Norman Fischer, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Peter Rejto.
Timothy Frank plays a contemporary cello made by Gregg Alf in Ann Arbor.
Helen CHA, piano
Currently the Music Director of Musica del Cuore concert series and the Artist-In-Residence at Academia de Musica S. Pio X, Helen Cha enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator.
A keen solo pianist and collaborative artist, Cha has given concerts in USA, UK, Italy, Belarus, Moldova, South Korea and mainland China, collaborating with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Ballet, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Moldova National Chamber Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, and with conductors Yip Wing-sie, Takuo Yuasa, Patrick Souillot, Neil Varon, Mikhail Sechkin and Emil de Cou, among others.
A holder of a Doctorate in Musical Arts and Performer’s Certificate from Eastman School of Music, Cha was the former Studio Assistant to her teacher Nelita True, and was subsequently appointed the Lecturer and Coordinator in Performance Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Music. She has appeared in workshops, lectures and masterclasses, serving regularly as Western Music Advisor for the Chinese University of Hong Kong Department of Music, and has been an adjudicator for local and international competitions. She is the presenter of Radio Television Hong Kong Channel 4 programs “Chamber Fragrance”, “Debussy Recollection” and “Non-Stop Classics” and a featured performer in Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s latest CD recording “This is Classical Music 3” (2014).