Born in Hong Kong, Judy HO is one of the sought-after harpists of her generation. She studied for her master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Under the guidance of Imogen Barford, she graduated with distinction, and was later awarded an Artist Fellowship. Her early harp training began at the age of twelve with Ann Huang at the Hong Kong Music Office and later gained her bachelor in music(hons) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong with Amy Tam. She also held a visiting position at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts under the guidance of Dan Yu. She is also a holder of the LTCL qualification from the Trinity Guildhall examination board on Harp Recital(2008).
Judy currently enjoys a diverse career and performed across Europe and Asia as soloist, chamber, orchestral player and cross-arts collaborator. She has worked with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Macao Orchestra and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. She has played in various renowned festivals and Orchestral Academy including the Salzburg Festival (Austria), Schleswig Holstein Festival (Germany), Asian Youth Orchestra, Oslo Chamber Music Festival (Norway), Young Euro Classica (Berlin), City of London Festival, Menton Festival (France), Singapore Harp Festival and 1st Asia Harp Festival etc.
She is also very active as a chamber and soloist in Hong Kong and London music scenes. In Hong Kong, she has held solo recitals at the St John’s Cathedral, LeeHysan Concert Hall, Chinese Methodist Church and All Saints Church. During her studies at the Chinese University, she performed the Mozart K.299 Flute and Harp concerto with the Chung Chi Orchestra. For chamber music, she is regularly invited to perform at the Hong Kong Museum of Arts as part of the Sound of Arts Series and Citibank Plaza Concert Series. In London, her newly formed Harp Duo with her sister, Symmetry Duo, was interviewed by SingTao Daily newspaper after their debut concert in London. They have also gained high acclaim in recent performance at the Taiwan Harp Festival and World Harp Congress 2017. She has performed at the City of London Festival to commemorate Benjamin Britten’s 100 anniversaries. Her Trio has led workshops for young children in the Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots series and performed regularly with her trio at the Wigmore Hall. Other chamber music experiences include a French Music Recital with countertenor and a Flute and Harp recital in London, and a trio concert at the Kunst Gallery in Norway.
She is also keen in contemporary and improvisational music, recent projects include a Jazz and Improvisation group named Impossibilities, which they performed at the Curious Festival in Chats Palace and the Guildhall Festival in Silk Street Theatre. She is very keen in Cross-Arts Collaborative projects. Recent projects include two years working with Guildhall School of Music and the London Contemporary Dance School in the Resolutions Dance Festival at The Place Theatre. She also appeared several times in the Voicework Series working with singers, composers and poets at the Wigmore Hall. Others contemporary collaboration include the Narration Strategy Project, ‘Sounds & Words’ with the Errorist at the Barbican Art Gallery; project Bráð with Icelandic composer at GSMD and stage designer of the Central St Martin’s College of Arts; musical Elegies in Theatro Technis of London etc.
Apart from performing, Judy is also enthusiastic in teaching. She has led workshops for young children at the Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots Series. She has also given children’s concert in which she incorporates story-telling into classical music. She taught in the Macau Conservatory (Junior), Hong Kong Music Office, Hong Kong Harp Chamber and other music institutions and secondary schools. Her students have won in competitions and gained very good acclaims, she was recently awarded as An Outstanding Teacher by the China Artist Association HKSAR Secretariat and the Hong Kong Arts and Cultural Foundation.
Macao-born Saxophonist Timothy SUN began his music studies at the age of 7. He studied saxophone and clarinet with George Galway at the Ellen Wilkinson High School of Art in England since 1997, and in 2001 became the first Chinese saxophone and clarinet student of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under a full scholarship from the UK Department for Education and Employment for his Bachelor’s degree, where his principal teachers were the world-renowned saxophonists John Harle and Christian Forshaw. He had also worked with clarinettist Julian Farrell and flautist Glen Martin and in 2006 completed his Master’s degree under a school scholarship.
During his student days, Timothy Sun had performed recitals at such venues as St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and Southwark Cathedral, and his performances had been broadcast on BBC radio. As a soloist, he performed Dubois’ Saxophone Concerto with Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2004, premiered Claude T Smith’s Fantasia with the Macao Youth Symphonic Band at the opening of the 14th Asia Pacific Band Festival held in Macao in 2006, and collaborated with the band again in Ibert’s Saxophone Concertino in the 15th Asia Pacific Band Festival held in Taiwan.
Timothy Sun has a special interest in contemporary music, and various composers from around the world have written new works for him, including Cecco Boneri for saxophone and piano by Francesco B Cilluffo, and Movement for saxophone, marimba and piano by Matthew Knownles.
As an orchestral musician, Timothy Sun has been a freelance saxophonist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Macao Orchestra, and a member of the Macao Youth Symphonic Band and Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, he was featured as a soloist in Hong Kong Sinfoietta’s concert Sounds Great 5 – Summer Lovin’ and at a Macao Chinese Orchestra concert. He has been teaching the saxophone and flute at the Macao Conservatory since 2008. In 2009, he founded the first saxophone ensemble in Macao, which has since performed at the Macao Arts Festival and Macao Band Fair.
In recent seasons, Sun has appeared in more than 100 recitals and orchestral concerts in Macao and Hong Kong. He has been interviewed by the South China Morning Post UK Chinese Times, Macao Daily and RTHK Radio 4, which broadcast his live performance. Since last year, he has performed at different events organised by Associação dos Trabalhadores da Função Pública de Macao and Macao Government Tourist Office with the attendance of Chief Executive of Macao S.A.R. Fernando Chui and the former Chief Executive Edmund Ho.