Composed in 1945, Messiaen wrote a song cycle Harawi for a soprano and the piano. The inspiration and the title come from the South American Andes’ Quechua love songs. In Harawi, Messiaen’s own poetic text describes the journey of a pair of lovers on the other side of the world, at once ecstatic and cruel. The twelve movements in the cycle will be performed by the soprano Law Tsz Ting Joyce and the pianist Xinge Bu. Dr. Martin Lee will present a pre-concert talk in Cantonese.
Law Tsz Ying, Joyce earned a Bachelor Music degree in Hong Kong Baptist University with first honor and outstanding award in 2012, majoring in Voice performance and pedagogy. With the professional guidance of Ms. Chan Siu Kwan, she achieved the Singing Diploma (LTCL—Recital) with distinction in 2010. In 2015, Joyce further achieved a Master degree of Music (Vocal Performance) in Royal Holloway, University of London, studying in the studio of Ms. Elaine Pearce. She also received Choral Scholarship to be the Choral Scholar of the renowned The Choir of Royal Holloway, which is represented by Edition Peters Artist Management. During her time as a choral scholar, Joyce gave around 50 concerts a year, performed as Soprano solo in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), St. George’s Bristol and Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. She has participated in international tours, two CD recordings with the Hyperion label, broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and a live TV Broadcast by BBC One. Joyce has also performed for HM the Queen and other British Royal family members at the Buckingham Palace, Royal Albert Hall, and the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary in 2014-2015. Xinge Bu started to learn the piano with Prof. Wu Yuan at the Music School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Xinge moved to Germany where she continued her study of piano with Alla Blatow, Prof. Pi-Hsien Chen and Prof. Helmut Weinrebe. After obtaining her Diploma in piano performance, she began to study the harpsichord with Prof. Ketil Haugsand, and the fortepiano with Prof. Gerald Hambitzer at the Hochschule fuer Musik and Tanz in Cologne, where she subsequently received her Master’s Degrees in harpsichord and piano performance. Xinge has taken part in various music festivals as a soloist on piano, harpsichord or fortepiano, as well as a chamber musicician in Utrecht Early Music Festival, Lenneper Cembalotage, Koelner Musiknacht. As an accompanist, she has been invited to play in several important masterclasses, including the European Academy Montepulciano, Masterclass Knechtsteden, etc. Xinge moved to Hong Kong in 2013, and since then has participated in performances of the Early Music Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SingFest, and the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra. In March 2017, Xinge performed the rarely played piece “ vingt regards sur l ‘Enfant Jésus”, which shows her fondness for Messiaen’s music. Dr. Martin Lee is one of the very few active music theorists in Hong Kong. His recent research project includes the application of music semiotics in Messiaen’s music with respect to his synaesthesia, Catholic and theological beliefs. Currently, Lee is Assistant Professor and the Programme Leader of Higher Diploma in Music Studies at Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers. He studied music and received B.A. and M.Phil. degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He continued his studies in the United States with the support of full scholarship and presidential fellowship and received his Ph.D. degree in music theory from the University at Buffalo (SUNY).