Macao Infinite Trio
The Macao Infinite Trio was formed by three Macao-born female musicians Kubi Kou, Nina Wong and Cecilia Long in 2016, but their cooperation in duos and orchestra can be traced back much earlier to their childhood. The three letters “I”s in the word “Infinite”, was taken from the three ladies’ common middle names. “Infinite”, which means eternal and endless, represents the three talented musicians’ ambitions to create endless possibilities in arts and to make this chamber group a life-long mission in their music career.
The Chinese translation of this group “愛妍” implies the love of beauty and wisdom. The three ladies aim to cooperate and depict their unique feminine musical senses and artistic perspectives in the trio.
Kubi Pui-I KOU, Flute
Macao-born flutist Kubi studied flute performance in Netherlands for 9 years under the guidance of Jo Hagen, Harrie Starreveld, Leon Berendse, Edith van Dyck, Rien de Reede, Marieke Scheman, Kersten McCall and Vincent Cortvrint, while she also received piccolo training with Ellen Vergunst. As a scholarship recipient from the Macao Education, Youth Affairs Bureau, Macao Foundation and The Netherlands Education Affairs Bureau (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs), she first entered the Rotterdam Conservatory, and later obtained her Flute Performance Bachelor degree in Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Afterwards, she continued her advanced study in the same conservatory and Fontys Conservatorium, Tilburg. During her study in the conservatories, Kubi has demonstrated in various masterclasses with Renate Greiss, Andras Adorian, Wilbert Hazelzet, and Miriam Nastasi, Wissam Boustan, etc. She joined The Netherlands Flute Academy in 2012 under Emily Beynon. She was invited to give a recital in Amsterdam by “Stichting Muziek in Huis” in May 2012 and was invited to join a master project from Fontys Conservatorium to give a recital in Jeruzalemkerk, Amsterdam in January 2013. She has also participated in 4 th French Flute Convention in Paris, 1 st Utrecht Flute Festival, and Freiburg Flute Festival 13’ etc. She has been awarded distinction in the master category of Dutch International Flute Competition 2014.
Kubi began her first instrumental lesson in age 13 with Mr. Leong Pui Long (conductor) and Mr. Chong Ian Chun (flutist) in Macao Pooi To Middle School Band. Since 2001, she studied flute at Macao Conservatory with Mr. Liu Chang for two years sponsored by Mr. Leong Pui Long. She joined the Macau Youth Symphony Band (MBDA) and Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) as a Principle Flutist in 2001 and 2002. Meanwhile, she received flute lessons with the former Hong Kong Sinfonietta Principle Flutist Ms. Izaskun Erdocia and was regularly trained in a woodwind quintet led by the Asian renowned oboist Mr. Yiu Song Lam, of which they went to Taipei and Tokyo for exchange concerts. In the past 10 years, she has performed in Macau, Taiwan and Guangzhou with MBDA and MYSO, and was invented to join the concert tours with MYSO to play in Singapore, Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Washington, Australia and the major cities of China.
Kubi has won a number of prizes in the Macao Young Musician Competition during her high school study. In the 22 nd year of the contest, she won the first prize in three categories – Flute Solo Advanced Level, Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet. As a soloist, she has performed the 1 st movement of Mozart Concerto No. 1 and the 1 stmovement of Domenico Cimarosa’s Double Flute Concerto with MYSO in the Macau Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium in 2004 and 2006. She received the scholarship from Macao Cultural Affairs Bureau to take part in the Music Festival organized by Hong Kong Music Office.
In 2012, she finished her DOK (The Entrepreneurial Artist) program research on the topic of flute teaching with the combination of Alexander technique and body mapping in distinction. Kubi is currently a flute tutor at MBDA, MYSOA, Macau University and several high schools in Macau.
Nina Sin-I WONG, Violin
In the 28 th Macao Young Musicians Competition held in 2010 Wong won first prize in Violin Solo –Advanced Level, String Concerto and Chamber Music for String and was also the winner of the Cultural Affairs Bureau Prize. Recently, she was invited to perform as a soloist at the “lourishing Art”concert with the Macao Orchestra receiving high acclaims.
In 2008, she was admitted to the Junior Music Programme in Strings at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) on a scholarship from the Academy and Macau Foundation Scholarship, studying under Dr. Wong Ka. She was invited to join the HKAPA Junior String Orchestra. Later in 2012 she was admitted to the Advanced Diploma of Music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and graduated in 2014 studying under Ivan Chan. Wong is currently studying the Bachelor’ Degree of Music.
Wong has attended various masters classes with Vengerov Maxim, Peter Serkin, Peter Otto, Amy Lee, Stephen Rose, Jay Liu, Thanos Adamopoulos, William Pu, Lynn Chang, Robert Davidovici, Xie Nan, Endillien Quartet, Miami String Quartet, and American String Quartet, etc. In 2015, she had a master class and performed the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major Op. 20 with the Steven Tenenbom.
Wong was the concertmaster of the Asia Youth Orchestra (2013) with the full scholarship, Asia Tour with Steven Isserlis. She also participated in Kent Blossom Music Festival in 2014, performed and studied under faculties of the Cleveland Orchestra. And in 2015 she joined at the Meadowmount School of Music Summer Season with half scholarship studying under Sally Thomas and Ivan Zenaty. Wong was also the concertmaster of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) Symphony Orchestra, and the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO). In 2012, Wong performed Butterfly’ Love by He Zhan Ho as a soloist in the Japan Tour with MYSO. She had also performed in Lisbon, Italy, Berlin, Prague, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong among other places.
Wong has abundant experiences with many different orchestras besides HKAPA Symphony Orchestra and MYSO, such as Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, Macau Orchestra, Bundesjugend Orchestra, Prazskakomornfilharmonie (PKF), and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, etc.
Born in Shanghai in China, Nina Wong began to study violin under Professor Tan Guozhang at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of eight. She has performed at the Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai Concert Hall with the Orchestra of the Shanghai ‘ittle Red Star’Troupe. She has also participated many times in the Shanghai Arts Festival. At the age of 13, she received the certificate of the Grade 10 Examination of Social Arts from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and passed the Certification of Advanced Musicology of the Conservatory.
Cecilia I-Ian LONG, Piano
“She is the representative of my music.”–Doming Lam, renowned Macao Composer
The young pianist Cecilia Long was the winner of the Italian International Competition IBLA Grand Prize and the HKAPA Piano Staff Prize. During her childhood, Cecilia has won a significant number of prizes in the Macao Young Musician Competition and the 21 st year of the contest, she was the winner of five categories and was awarded that year’ “ultural Affairs Bureau Prize” As a scholarship recipient from the Macao Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Macao Foundation, the Sing Tao News Corporation, Tom Lee Music and Parsons Music Scholarship, she studied music majoring in piano performance and minoring in conducting, fortepiano performance and composition under the guidance of Professor Gabriel Kwok. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Bristol.
She has been a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian SBS Youth Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra, the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Youth Band and the Symphonic Cordiality HK, of which performances have been held in China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. She has collaborated with various musicians including the famous conductor Yu Feng, Lio Kuok Man, Reed Thomas, violinist Robert Davidovic, Lynn Chang, cellist Ronder Rider, horn soloist Geoff Colinson, and the Erhu masters Xiao Bai-Yong and Wang On-Yuen. Several of her performances have been broadcasted in RTHK 4. She holds the fellowships of the Royal Schools of Music and the Trinity College in London.
Cecilia enjoys performing music in films, including the famous Hong Kong film ‘Simple Life’ by Ann Hui and another local film ‘loating City’ She is also invited to be the guest lecturer and performer by the Hong Kong Composers’Guild, promoting contemporary works by local composers. Moreover, she has commissioned Macao famous composer Doming Lam to compose a piano trio ‘riental Pearl II’ that premiered in 2011. In 2012, Cecilia was invited to perform with the renowned composer Lam Bun Ching’ piano solo work in ‘iu Lien Ling Wong Visiting Fellows Programme’at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
As a lecturer in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Macao Polytechnic Institute, Cecilia is invited to be the adjudicator of the annual Hong Kong International Piano Invitation Competition and the Macao-Asia Pacific Youth Piano Competition.