Since his televised début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of six, Warren LEE embarked on a lifelong career in music, both on and off the stage.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music with the highest honours, Warren was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich. Hailed by The Straits Times as a musician with “superb pianism… a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation”, Warren’s artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms and in collaboration with international artists and leading orchestras in Asia. Sharing the stage with pianists Boris Berman and Robert Blocker, Warren gave acclaimed performances in 9 cities in China in the summer of 2014 in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Steinway in China. As an educator off the stage, Warren is currently the Music Director of St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School; and co-currently a guest professor at the Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra Academy, the Hong Kong Representative of Royal Academy of Music, as well as an adjunct faculty and visiting artist in various institutions in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom. His solo album, “From Bach To Gershwin”, released on Universal Music (Hong Kong) was lauded as “a success that Hong Kong can be proud of”; while his latest album “Ebony and Ivory” with clarinetist Andrew Simon on Naxos Music, also garnered favourable reviews worldwide; Fanfare Magazine calls it “a winner”.
A Steinway Artist as well as an MBA graduate, Warren is also an award-winning and internationally published composer. In recognition of his achievements in the fields of performing arts and education, Warren received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong in 2012.
One of the most outstanding and exciting singers from Asia, Nancy YUEN made her debut upon graduation from the Royal Academy of Music, London, with the Welsh National Opera, singing the title role of Madama Butterfly to great critical acclaim. She has since reprised the role all over the world, notably with the English National Opera, Scottish Opera, West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland, Opera Northern Ireland, Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO), Bangkok Opera (BO), the New Zealand International Festival of Arts, the Barbados Opera Festival, at the Royal Albert Hall for Raymond Gubbay Limited in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Other starring operatic roles include Romilda (Xerxes), Violetta (La Traviata), Aida, Gilda (Rigoletto), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Tosca, Liza (The Queen of Spades), Mimi (La Boheme), Jenny (Mahagony Songspiel), Micaela (Carmen), Pamina (Die Zauberfloete), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Liu (Turandot), Antonia (Les Contes D’Hoffmann), Thaiis and Countessa (Le Nozze di Figaro).
A celebrated recitalist and versatile concert artist, she performs regularly with major orchestras and choral societies. Her appearances have included performances with Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Armstrong, Carlo Rizzi, Helmuth Rilling, Tsung Yeh and orchestras such as the London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Opera Orchestra. Leading roles of newly written operas such as “Mae Naak”, “Ayudhya” and the “Zheng He Cantata”, have been written specially for her.
As an educator, Nancy has given masterclasses in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and China. She was one of the adjudicators for the 59th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2007 and was also one of the panel judges for the “Competizione dell’Opera” organized by Opera Bremen, Germany in 2009.
As an opera director, she has staged Salieri’s “Prima la Musica” and Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” and also excerpts from “Die Zauberflote”, “The Merry Widow”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Giulio Cesare”.
In 2011 she sang Mae Naak in London and the role of Soong Chingling in the world premiere of “Dr. Sun Yat-sen” with Opera Hong Kong. In 2012 she sings Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with SLO and in 2013 she will make her role debut as Desdemona in Verdi¡¦s “Otello”. Nancy was the Head of Vocal Studies at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore from 2003 to 2010. She joins the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as Head of Vocal Studies in March 2010.
Acclaimed clarinetist Andrew SIMON has appeared as soloist and guest lecturer on four continents. As Principal Clarinetist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon has recorded solo works by Baermann and Stravinsky and has performed concerti over 60 times, including John Corigliano’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra which he studied with the Academy Award-winning composer.
Among his notable performances are those with the Mainly Mozart Orchestra (US), the Singapore Symphony, as well as giving the Australian and Asian premieres of the original, unpublished version of Copland’s Concerto. In addition, his recital CDs include “HOT” and his new release, “Ebony and Ivory,” for NAXOS Recordings.
As guest lecturer, he frequents institutions such as Yale University, the Sydney Conservatorium, the Royal College of Music in London, and the Central Conservatory in Beijing. Some highlights for Simon in 2014 include a four-concerto concert with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic (Manila) and a nationwide recital/lecture tour of the USA.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Simon is a Buffet-Crampon, D’Addario and Ishimori artist. He is also the first American-born musician to perform in North Korea.
Away from music, his adventurous streak has taken him to an ashram in India, a bungy jump in New Zealand, and a tennis match against John McEnroe (he lost).
Gustav Mahler/Arr. Arnon Zimra
4th movement (the Heavenly Life) from 4th Symphony
6 Songs for Voice, Clarinet and Piano, Op.103
- Sei still mein Herz
- Wiegenlied in drei Tönen
- Das heimliche Lied
- Wach auf
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