Music Administrator and Conductor – Martin Choy
|Having started the clarinet at the age of 12 under guidance of Norman Foster, Martin Choy later entered the Hong Kong Conservatory of Music to study under Daniel Silver. In 1985 he attended the Royal College of Music to pursue studies under John McCaw, Principal Clarinet of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
On returning from England, he was engaged as clarinetist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the season 1987-88. Choy is now teaching clarinet and saxophone at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Baptist University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Music Institute. He is founder and the former Principal Clarinetist of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Since 1996, Choy has held several masterclasses in Macau and acted as adjudicator for the Macau Youth Music Competition. Choy is also very active as a freelance chamber and solo player.
|Having started the clarinet at the age of 13 at the Music Office, Cheung Lap subsequently became a member of the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra a year later and studied under Daniel Silver, former Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1986, Cheung furthered his study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and studied clarinet under John Koljonen. He has also studied with many other world renowned clarinetists. As a student, Cheung had performed extensively and received high praises. Consequently he became a notable student in the Academy and was the recipient of several scholarships. Having graduated from the Academy with distinction award, he has been engaged as a clarinetist in the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for a period of 15 years.
Cheung is very active and has already appeared in many performances and events in Hong Kong and overseas, which include different cities in China, Macau and France. Besides, he had been invited to give masterclass both in Guangzhou and Macau. His students have won many prizes in ensemble and solo events in the Hong Kong School Music Festival. In recent years, Cheung has devoted himself to perfecting wind acoustics. His products are well acclaimed and widely recognised by professional musicians in South East Asia, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe.
|Chau Chin Tung currently is the Acting Principal Percussion of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta Ltd., He was graduates of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts trained in Chinese percussion under Yim Hok-man, famous percussionist and Deputy Concertmaster cum Percussion Principle of the Hong Kong Chinese orchestra.
He has often been invited to various types of cultural performances in Hong Kong, including to perform the solo percussion section of The Music of the Dragons Concert in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR in 2002, to arrange the music and give the live accompaniment at the Hong Kong Dance Company’s 2000 production, The Yellow River & The Yellow Earth, and to score and perform live for the Hong Kong experimental theatre group, Zuni Icosahedron, in their 1998 production of The Magic Flute and the 2002 production of One Hundred Years of Solitude Version 9.0. In 1999, He was commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival to compose a new work, Boombastic Verses, in a performance in which they played the percussion and danced. Chau Chin Tung has often been invited to attend international cultural activities, including performances at the arts festivals in London, France, Netherlands, Berlins, Canada, USA and Japan. It was also a guest performer at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Apart from giving performances of a wide variety, Chau is also dedicated to the promotion of music education in Hong Kong. It has given many educational concerts in schools in Hong Kong, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Hong Kong. It has been an Artist-in-Residence of RTHK in 2003.
Chau Chin Tung has a versatile repertoire. It ranges from gong and drum music in Chinese Peking Opera , the daliuzi of the Tujia ethnic minority group in the western part of Hunan, Samba, and the African drum.