Kawai CHAN, piano
Kawai Chan has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative artist in Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. She has performed with various orchestras including Orchestra della Foundazione Salina and Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana. Awarded first prize at the Mary Hayes North competition and the Empire State Piano competition in New York. Throughout her studies in the United States, Kawai was a recipient of many grants and fellowships. She was awarded a full scholarship for her undergraduate studies at Ithaca College. At Peabody Conservatory, she was awarded the Peabody Grant for her Master’s studies. During her doctorate studies at Michigan States University, Kawai was one of the two winners of the Research Enhancement Award in addition to the other scholarship and fellowship.
Recently relocated back to Hong Kong, Kawai is active in both performing and teaching. Kawai is currently an adjunct lecturer and artist teacher at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Stephen WONG, piano
Born in Hong Kong, Stephen was trained at the Royal College of Muisc (London , UK ) and received the Master of music at McGill University (Montreal , Canada ). His teachers include Tu Yue Sien, Margaret Lynn, Patricia Carroll, Ruth Gerald and Dale Bartlett. He was awarded the Jardine Matheson and McGill music faculty scholarships. He won the McGill Concerto Competition in 1991 and was the finalist in Hong Kong Gina Bachauer Competition and London Royal Overseas League. Between 1995-99, he taught piano , chamber music and as vocal coach at McGill music faculty . His trio has performed extensively across Canada and made frequent recordings for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Stephen also performed in Aspen , Rome Chamber Music Festivals and Asia including Macau ,Taiwan and China.
Since his return in 2000, he has been active in teaching and performing. Stephen is a much sought-after pianist for both solo and ensemble concerts and has been collaborated with instrumentalists , vocalists and choirs including pianists: Kawai Chan, Josephine Cheung, Amy Sze and Verna Yeung , vocalists : Ella Kiang and Nancy Yuen, clarinet player Martin Choy , and Ella Kiang Singers Chorus. He has also been invited frequently to record for Radio and Television of Hong Kong (RTHK).
Currently, he is on faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts , Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Education University of Hong Kong He has also been adjudicating piano examinations and competitions and giving seminars on piano performance and pedagogy. 2016 will mark the ninth year of his successful piano students’ concert ‘Music and Friends’ .
Apart from being a concert artist, he also composes and records music for movie soundtrack (A Tale of Three Cities , 三城記 , 2015) and has vast experiences in theatre acting , dialect coaching and voice-over for movie productions.