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Harmonious way to connect across cultures


Chamber music was created for intimate settings, providing audiences with a refreshingly close encounter with performers and the works they play. Now, you can revisit the experience in a novel concert, where local rising stars interpret 19th and 20th-century masterpieces from five Nordic composers in a specially prepared home-like setting.



Curator


Kung Chi-shing

Lighting Designer


Gabriel Fung Kwok-kee



22.10 (Tue)
Nielsen
5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3
I. Folk tune: Andante
II. Humoresque: Allegretto giocoso
III. Arabesque: Moderato
IV. Mignon: Moderato grazioso
V. Elf’s dance: Tempo di valse
3 Piano Pieces, Op. 59
II. Adagio
III. Allegro non troppo
Performer: Linda Yim Chui-chu


Grieg
Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36, 1st & 2nd movements
Performers: Chor Kai-hei & Vanessa Wong Wai-yin

Leifs
String Quartet, Op. 64, No. 3, “El Greco” (The Greek), 2nd & 4th movements
Performer: Romer String Quartet

Stenhammar
Piano Sonata in A flat, Op. 12, 1st, 3rd & 4th movements
Performer: Vanessa Wong Wai-yin

Sibelius
String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56, “Voces Intimae” (Intimate Voices) , 1st & 5th movements
Performer: Romer String Quartet





23.10 (Wed)

Stenhammar
Piano Sonata in A flat, Op. 12, 1st, 3rd & 4th movements
Performer: Vanessa Wong Wai-yin

Grieg
Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36, 1st & 2nd movements
Performers: Chor Kai-hei & Vanessa Wong Wai-yin

Leifs
String Quartet, Op. 64, No. 3, “El Greco” (The Greek), 2nd & 4th movements
Performer: Cong Quartet

Nielsen
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 9, 2nd & 3rd movements
Performers: Kitty Cheung Man-yui & Jenny Ng Hoi-ling

Sibelius
String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56, “Voces Intimae” (Intimate Voices), 2nd & 3rd movements
Performer: Cong Quartet





Photos︰Jacky Chee、Calvin Sit

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Activities

Romer String Quartet


Named after Hong Kong's endemic Romer's Tree Frog, the Romer String Quartet is a genuinely local ensemble formed by musicians all born and raised in Hong Kong. Since its debut in 2013, Romer has been recognised locally and abroad as one of the most active string quartets in town. It has given performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Shanghai Concert Hall, Toppan Hall in Tokyo, festivals including Hong Kong Arts Festival, West Kowloon FreeSpace Happening, Hong Kong Week in Taiwan, and has worked on projects with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Radio Television Hong Kong, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Premiere Performances Hong Kong. As teaching artists the quartet was the staff Ensemble-in-Residence of the Department of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014–15.


Linda Yim Chui-chu


Having graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Royal College of Music, and Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Linda Yim Chui-chu has been dedicated to solo and chamber music recitals. She has worked with a number of organisations, including Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, The Hong Kong Bach Choir, and Zuni Icosahedron. She has set foot on Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia and the United Kingdom. As a member of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Linda is proactive in promoting classical and modern music education. She is currently teaching at the Hong Kong Baptist University.


Chor Kai-hei


Having graduated from the Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chor Kai-hei is currently a core member of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and one of the most active Hong Kong cellists of his generation. He is a prize winner at the Schoenfeld International String Competition for Violin and Cello; International Competition “Giovanni Musicisti –Città di Treviso”, Italy; Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund; and recipient of the “Hong Kong Scholar” title conferred by the Hong Kong SAR Government. As an orchestral cellist, he was the first Hong Konger to be appointed as principal cellist in the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra; and has performed with orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta etc.


Vanessa Wong Wai-yin


A Hong Kong-born young pianist and a Young Steinway Artist, Vanessa Wong Wai-yin graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Peabody Institute and Yale School of Music, honing her skills under the tutelage of Gabriel Kwok, Hui Ling, Boris Slutsky and Boris Berman. She is the recipient of major international awards, including First Prize of the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition in Australia, Second Prize of the 17th Hilton Head International Piano Competition in the USA. Her recitals/concerts have been held in the 39th and 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival; Opening Recital of the Newport International Festival, the USA; “New Masters on Tour” series in Concertgebouw, the Netherlands.

Vanessa has also collaborated with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. She was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Hong Kong SAR Government in recognition of her outstanding achievements in promoting arts and cultural activities worldwide.


Cong Quartet


Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Salzburg Mozart International Chamber Competition in Tokyo, Cong Quartet was founded in 2015 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. They are currently Ensemble-in-Residence at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Cong Quartet share the philosophy of promoting Asia and Hong Kong’s chamber repertoire, as well as integrating chamber music into daily lives of the audience. Their name “CONG” is a combination of the first letter of each founding member’s last name, which alludes to Hong “Kong”, the city where they grew up and played music before the quartet was formed.


Kitty Cheung Man-yui


Co-founder of Contrast Trio (saxophone–violin–piano) and Romer String Quartet; and an adjunct lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, Kitty Cheung Man-yui has performed in over 25 countries, such as Germany, Austria, Thailand and the USA, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Barbican Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, and Wigmore Hall. Her solos have been recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and Radio Television Hong Kong. She was Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2011 to 2017, and has worked with such renowned orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra.


Jenny Ng Hoi-ling


Jenny Ng Hoi-ling has established herself as a collaborative artist since 2005, and is highly praised by both her colleagues and audience for her extraordinary musicality and sensitive playing. In high demand as a professional accompanist and chamber musician, she has performed in Europe, Hong Kong, China, Macao and Southeast Asia. Her recent collaborations include Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, The Hong Kong Bach Choir, and Macau Youth Symphonic Band.

Jenny completed with scholarship a Guildhall Artist double masters programme in piano accompaniment and music performance, at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama before becoming a staff pianist at the conservatoire. She has worked with world-class singers such as Sarah Walker and Laura Sati, and leading accompanists including Malcolm Martineau, Martin Katz, and Graham Johnson. She has studied under the guidance of Caroline Palmer, Pamela Lillard, Michael Ward, and Maria Krivenski.


Curator
Kung Chi-shing


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kung Chi-shing is a composer, performer and music activist. He studied classical music and composition in the United States with Chinary Ung and George Crumb. He is known particularly for his work in the music and performance group “The Box”, which he founded with Peter Suart in 1987.

In his compositions and performances, Kung focuses on experimentation with different formats, including pop, classical, improvisational music, and theatre art. Since 1996 he has created, composed and staged six full-length music theatre pieces (with Valerie C. Doran as co-director): Destiny Travels Limited, The Floating Bridge, City Inside a Broken Sky, M Garden, City Inside a Broken Sky II and Minamata: A Requiem.

Kung’s solo recordings on CD include Destiny Travels Limited and Bluesilence/Fishdreams, while his recordings with The Box include the compilations BOX: GO HOME, The Box: Full Fathom Five and the special 20th anniversary set The Box Book.


Lighting Designer
Gabriel Fung Kwok-kee


A graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Gabriel Fung Kwok-kee has been active for years as a theatre lighting designer. Y-Space has been his frequent collaborator over the past few years, including Dance “IN” Possible V: 101 and On & On & Turn Turn Turn.

As a lighting designer, director, actor and percussionist, he has worked with many local art groups, such as Chung Ying Theatre Company, Theatre du Pif, City Contemporary Dance Company, Actors Family, Theatre Ensemble, No Mans Land, Prospects Theatre Company, and Hong Kong Arts Festival. He has also served Taiwan’s U-Theatre as lighting designer and toured around Europe in Festival d’Avignon, etc, and joined Festival International de Artes Cênicas in Brazil. In 2003, he won a Hong Kong Dance Award from the Hong Kong Dance Alliance, as well as the Hong Kong Drama Award for Best Lighting Design. In 2009, he completed a master’s degree at Hong Kong Baptist University majoring in film directing.

Exten




Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

22–23.10 (Tue–Wed) 8pm

SEAT PLAN

Music

$280, $200*

* Balcony access only

Some seats may have restricted view

Approx 1 hr 15 mins with no interval