Jacky WONG, piano
First in Asia and Australia to conduct the complete Beethoven piano concertos from keyboard, Jacky Wong Cho-ki is the Principal Conductor of Guangxi Symphony Orchestra and Shenzhen Symphony Youth Orchestra. He was the Assistant Conductor of Hong Kong Sinfonietta between 2014 and 2015. Wong graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University and received his master’s degrees in piano performance and conducting from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His conducting mentors included, in Sydney, Imre Palló, Kodály’s godson who himself has studied with Ferenc Fricsay and worked with Karajan and Karl Böhm, and Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak in the USA.
While in Australia, Jacky Wong was the Music Director of the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and has conducted the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastern Sydney Chamber Choir and Beecroft Orchestra. He served as assistant conductor to Maestro Palló in the production of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. In Hong Kong and China, Wong has conducted Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Pearl River Symphony Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Professional Winds, and Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra.
As an active pianist, Wong has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in Hong Kong and Australia and he was the winner of the Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition and the ASKM Gold Coast Open Piano Competition. His repertoire includes the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, concertos by Mozart, Chopin and Rachmaninov, as well as the Yellow River Piano Concerto. He is also the regular accompanist for renowned flautist Jane Rutter, with whom he works frequently on national concert tours in Australia.
Kitty CHEUNG, violin
Dr. Kitty Cheung, first violinist of Romer String Quartet, co-founder of Contrast Trio (violin-saxophone-piano), and adjunct lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She was Associate Concertmaster of Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2011-2017, and had performed in London Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has worked with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez and Sir Colin Davis. She led ensembles which had made recordings for Loft Records, New World Records and Bridge Records, the latter of which was nominated for a Latin Grammy.
She has given solo recitals in Germany, Vienna, UK, USA, Thailand, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and made solo appearances with orchestras including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra. She also recorded broadcast performances for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Television Hong Kong. She has given masterclasses at Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival (USA), Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (Thailand), Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Institute of Education, and Kinta Valley Symphonic Society (Malaysia). As a member of the Romer String Quartet she performed at Carnegie Hall, and taught chamber music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Ensemble-in-Residence 2014-15), Macao Polytechnic Institute, Modern Academy 2014, and Kota Kinabalu String Music Festival. She also often gives educational workshops, including the Chamber Tots Series in Wigmore Hall, London.
Cheung holds Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she also won prizes in excellence in teaching, excellence in chamber music and Lecture Recital Prize for the best doctoral lecture recital. She was also appointed the Teaching Assistant of Professor Charles Castleman. Prior to that, she received Master of Music and Master in Music Performance (Guildhall Artist) degrees, both with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her teachers included Lin Yao-Ji, Ho Hong-Ying, Charles Castleman, David Takeno and Zvi Zeitlin.
Eric YIP, cello
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Eric Yip received his early musical training from Chai Hon Fong under the Instrumental Music Training Scheme of Music Office. With the Hong Kong Jockey Club Dance and Music Fund, Yip got his Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts under the tutelage of John Sharp and Richard Hirschl. Prior to the CCPA, Yip graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with the Bachelor of Music and his principal teacher was Professor Ray Wang.
Experienced in orchestral playing, Yip is active in the major orchestras in Hong Kong. Yip is currently a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and a freelance player of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Before returning to Hong Kong, Yip was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He had participated in music festivals in the past: the International Menuhin Music Academy, the Asian Youth Orchestra, the Canton International Summer Music Academy, the Kirishima Music Festival. In 2010, he participated in the Pacific Music Festival as principal cellist.
Outside the orchestra scene, Yip is active as a chamber musician and soloist. He is the founding member of the Romer String Quartet. He has been giving chamber recitals in the Portugal, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, China, and the United States, where the Romer String Quartet made their Carnegie Hall debut in February 2016. He was featured in the Hong Kong Arts Festival as a guest performer in 2013 and 2014. He played the Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso with the Hong Kong Symphonic Cordiality in their Taiwan tour in April 2013 and he was being invited to give his solo debute in Kuala Lumpa playing the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major with the Friend of Strings Chamber last summer.
He was a member of faculty of the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2013. In the last two summer, he gave masterclasses in the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp upon the invitation of the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor
Molto allegro ed agitato
Andante con moto tranquillo
Scherzo: leggiero e vivace
Finale: Allegro assai appassionato