Nicole HO (piano)
Nicole Ho, a gifted gymnast at tender age somersaulted back to her true love- piano music at the age of 9. She studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as a Junior Scholarship Student under the tutelage of Nick Wang, and later Professor Eleanor Wong. After graduating with Bachelor of Arts (Honors) at the University of Hong Kong, she furthered her study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where she received her Degree of Master of Music in Music Performance in 2005.
Now an accomplished accompanist and an enthusiastic teacher, Nicole currently serves as part-time piano faculty at the Education University of Hong Kong, and teaches musicianship at the HKSAR Music Office. She had served as accompanist for the St. Paul’s College Primary School for over 5 years and currently for the Hong Kong Children’s Choir and the Music Office.
Being a firm believer that performance sharpens the skills, Nicole has collaborated in concerts and appeared on radio with eminent artists including Adam Rapa, Robert Aitken and Jan Junker etc. She also had the privilege to play in master classes by renowned performers and pedagogues such as Graham Johnson, Gordon Back, Ian Burnside, Seymour Lipkin, Sir James Galway, Lady Jeanne Galway, Sally Burgess, Stefan Popov and Takács Quartet, etc.
Besides painting on the sound canvas with ivory and ebony, Nicole never lost interest in decorating life with watercolor painting and Chinese calligraphy.
Lorenzo Antonio IOSCO (clarinet)
Lorenzo Iosco is the new Bass Clarinetist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, after holding the same position for six years with the London Symphony Orchestra and for three years at Royal Opera House of Madrid (Teatro Real) in Spain.
He worked with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and has performed with renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniel Harding, Semyon Bychkov, Lorin Maazel etc.
Before moving to Hong Kong Lorenzo held the position of Professor of Bass Clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music and Royal Academy of Music.
Lorenzo was born in Potenza, Italy in 1985 and studied at the Luigi Cherubini conservatory in Florence where he graduated with first class honours.
In 2016 he funded “Ensemble Ubertini”, a chamber orchestra based in Tuscany (Italy) with guest musicians from Hong Kong, Europe and United Kingdom.
The ensemble has already collaborated with important international musicians. Special mention to the concerts with the Italian pianist Gilda Buttà (official pianist of Ennio Morricone) playing the first version of Rhapsody in Blue and the F. Gulda Cello Concerto with cellist Kristina Blaumane (first cello of the London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Inha Kim (Cello)
INHA KIM is a Korean cellist. Kim graduated from Seoul National University, Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School in Korea. Furthermore Inha Kim dedicated to study in Europe and the States. She earned the Music Diploma at Robert Schumann Music School of Düsseldorf University in Germany, Post Graduate Diploma at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and Master in Degree at Jacob School of Music at Indiana University.
Inha Kim awarded Eva Heinitz Scholarship while Kim studied with Janos Starker, the world famous Hungarian-American cellist,(1924 – 2013) at Indiana University.
While Inha Kim was studying in Europe, she made very successful European debut with the Czech Virtuosi in 《Konzert Haus》 in Vienna, Austria and 《The Janachek Opera haus》 in Brno, Czech. Furthermore Inha Kim was invited from European orchestras such as the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Sofia Soloists Ensemble, Czech Virtuosi. Furthermore her concert with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra was TV broadcasted in Korea.
These days Inha Kim gives many solo recitals and chamber recitals in Korea and China. Inha Kim was invited to perform from 《Musik Verein》 Korean-Vienna Culture Festival, and also made successful cello ensemble concerts as a member of SNUCelli in Korea and Europe and its annual concert is holding in Seoul Arts Cencert in Korea.
Kim was the member of Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra from the college, and later worked at the major Korean orchestras such as KBS Symphony Orchestra , Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Bucheon Symphony Orchestra.
Now Inha Kim is the only Korean cellist working at Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, China.
Herbert CHEUNG (erhu)
CHEUNG began his violin lessons at age of 6 and graduated from the Department of Music of the Hong Kong Baptist University, majoring in music performance and pedagogy. Being a violinist, violist as well as an erhuist, he has been playing actively with various local ensembles and orchestras. In 2006, he was appointed principal violist in the Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera” during their Asia tour in Hong Kong. CHEUNG has been performing with the violin and erhu in JohnChen Ensemble, with the artistic director, Dr John CHEN Kwok-ping, since 2006. CHEUNG has also worked with a number of Hong Kong pop singers such as Andy LAU, Jacky CHEUNG, Aaron KWOK, Leon LAI, Eason CHAN and Kelly CHAN, to name a few. In his secondary school years in Diocesan Boys’ School, CHEUNG had actively participated in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and had won the championships of the senior and advanced erhu solo contest for two consecutive years. With the referral by the adjudicator, Erhu Maestro Professor WANG Guotong, of the contest, CHEUNG was admitted to the Junior School of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a scholarship, for the further professional musical training. CHEUNG has been dedicating himself to music education since 1999. He is currently the orchestra conductor of a number of schools in Hong Kong.
Loris YUE (Sheng)
YUE is an active young musician based in Hong Kong. He is currently studying Chinese Music in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the famous Sheng master CHENG Tak-Wai and LOO Sze-Wang. He is also the recipients of different scholarships.
He is currently head of Hong Kong Gaudeamus Dunhuang Ensemble, Sheng Musician-in-Resident of WestKowloon Tea House Rising Stars Troupe and principal member of JohnChen Ensemble. And performed in Finland, Japan, Dunhuang, Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Quanzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Macau, etc.
VIO.L4.SING (viola quartet)
Since the Baroque era the potential of viola has always been underestimated especially in the presence of violin and cello. With a comparatively small repertoire the instrument seems to be less attractive than its other siblings in the string family, and proves to be harder to gain the same, if not higher, fame from concert audience. Freshly established in July 2018, VIO.L4.SING is a local viola-quartet group targets to rebrand the image of the viola, and to show to its audience how much more the instrument is capable of, by presenting and promoting the versatile dynamic range of the viola. The four members have known each other since their school years, and they even studied in the same secondary school. The team performs original compositions, written for four violas, as well as arrangements of orchestral works, tangos and salon pieces, movie and TV theme songs.
Ryan HO (violin)
Ryan Ho is a professional violinist and conductor. He is the conductor of the St John’s Cathedral Instrumental Ensemble in Hong Kong, the String Chamber Orchestra at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music Affiliated Secondary School in Guangzhou and a guest conductor for the Thai Youth Orchestra in Bangkok, having previously been a guest conductor for the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra. He is a violinist in the Dohnányi Quartet – a professional string quartet performing actively in Hong Kong.
Mr. Ho began his musical studies at the age of six with piano followed by violin soon after. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music (Junior Department) in London between 1994 and 2000, and was the winner of the J.A. Violin Competition, North London Violin Competition as well as the Frederick Phelps Award.
He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Simon Fischer, graduated with a Master’s degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in violin performance. In 2006, Mr. Ho was invited by the late Claudio Abbado to participate in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in Vienna. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe as well as China, as both soloist and orchestral player. Mr. Ho completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Southampton in 2003.
As a conductor, Mr. Ho graduated with a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a full scholarship recipient, where he studied with Professor Mark Gibson.
Stanley YEUNG (Cello)
Stanley started his cello learning when he was 12, very soon, in only 6 months he began to give public performances and was invited to some of the best youth orchestras in Hong Kong. In 2005 Stanley pursued his study in the UK, among some performances he caught the attention of the Benslow Music Trust, who kindly loaned him a fine instrument for his later study in the Royal College of Music. Since then Stanley has given numerous recitals and chamber concerts in Hong Kong, UK, Germany, Italy, Finland and Netherland. Besides, Stanley is also very active in orchestras and festivals such as the Euro Music Festival, Amadeus Orchestra, Pan-Asia Orchestra, Hong Kong Strings Orchestra, Hong Kong City Pop Orchestra and more.
Alongside his cello career, Stanley is also developing as an orchestral conductor, he established the Sinfonia Maestoso in London, later he was appointed as the Resident Conductor of the HK Polytechnic University SU Orchestra, recently he also conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta and the Royal Camerata in Bucharest.
Tae-Mi SONG (Cellist)
Tai-Mi Song enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist. She first received music tuition in her hometown Hamburg, Germany, before moving to London to study with Leonard Stehn at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She worked with orchestras such as London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, and BBC Concert Orchestra. Chamber music and soloist engagements have taken her to Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, South Korea and France. In 2016 Ms Song has been invited by internationally renowned conductor Jaap van Zweden to join the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.