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A Summer Music Rendezvous at The Hong Kong Club
22nd July 2016, Friday
The Hong Kong Club (Hosts: Arun & Christine Nigam)
by Ka-Wai Yu,
Cello, Alex Yu, Clarinet and Mischa Chun-Wai Ngan, Piano
Concert: $350 Concert Dinner $750 (Early Bird pay by 10th July $700) (Drinks, cash bar)
Payment: HSBC 400 493 599 838 (Able Rays Ltd) or
By Cheque to Christine N Concerts Ltd.
1801 Chinachem Hollywood Centre,
1 Hollywood Road, Central
RSVP Christine.Nigam@aol.com/9464 1941
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Andante un poco Adagio
Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No.2 FRYDERYK CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Étude in C minor, Op. 25 No.12
Le Grand Tango ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992)
Trio in Bb Major, Op. 11 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Allegro con brio
Tema con variazioni
Alex Kwok-Wai Yu, Clarinet
Alex Kwok Wai Yu is a versatile musician who embraces a career as a clarinetist, recorder player and conductor. He has given solo performances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Grand Theatre in Hong Kong Cultural Centre, among others. Currently based in New York City, Yu has been featured in the 92nd Street Y Concert Series, Long Island Composers’ Alliance Concerts and the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival.
Yu holds degrees in clarinet performance from University of Michigan and Aaron Copland School of
Music, Queens College, CUNY. His major teachers include Charles Neidich, Andrew Simon, Deborah Chodacki and Martin Choy. Yu was awarded twice the Bernard van Zuiden Music Scholarship from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society. He was the first-prize winner
of the 2012 American Protégé International Romantic Music Competition. From 2012 to 2015, Yu was appointed as an adjunct faculty in clarinet at Queens College, CUNY. He is currently a DMA candidate in clarinet performance at City University of
New York - Graduate Center.
As a sought-after recorder player, Yu has given concerto performances with the Queens College Baroque Ensemble and was recipient of the Paul Maynard Award in Early Music in 2012. Yu’s Baroque trio Concentus has been selected to perform in the Midtown Concerts series administered by Gotham Early Music Scene in New York. He has received scholarship to attend the virtuoso recorder seminar at Amherst Early Music Festival in 2011, and has studied the recorder under Bart Spanhove, Nina Stern and Harry Wong.
Yu is currently the assistant conductor of Queensboro Symphony Orchestra in New York. He has also conducted performances with the St. Michel Strings in Mikkeli, Finland. He received his advanced diploma in orchestral conducting from Aaron Copland School of Music, where he studied under Maurice Peress. Yu has also taken master classes with Sasha Mäkilä, Donald Schleicher and Neil Varon. During his study at Queens College, he was awarded the David Stahl Award for Conducting.
Alex Kwok-Wai Yu performs actively as soloist, chamber
musician and orchestral player. He has given solo performances in Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall,
and the Grand Theatre in Hong Kong Cultural Centre among others. Alex holds degrees in clarinet performance from University of Michigan and Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, and has studied under the tutelage of Charles Neidich, Ayako
Oshima, Andrew Simon and Deborah Chodacki. During his studies in University of Michigan, he was awarded twice the Bernard van Zuiden Music Scholarship from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society. He was the first-prize winner of the 2012 American Protégé International Romantic Music Competition.
Alex is also active in contemporary music performances and has been featured in the
Long Island Composers’ Alliance Concerts and the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival.
As a Baroque recorder player, Alex has given concerto performances with the Queens
College Baroque Ensemble and received scholarship to attend the virtuoso recorder
seminar at Amherst Early Music Festival in 2011. He was recipient of the Paul Maynard
Award in Early Music at Queens College in 2012. He has been featured in the Midtown
Music Concerts series administered by Gotham Early Music Scene.
With a strong interest in conducting, Alex continued his studies at Queens College and
received Advanced Diploma in orchestral conducting in 2013. He is currently the
Assistant Conductor at the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra. He will be guest
conducting the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra this coming summer. Alex had been an
adjunct faculty in clarinet at Queens College from 2012 to 2015. He is currently pursuing
DMA degree in clarinet performance at CUNY Graduate Center under the Tuition Fellowship.
Mischa Chun-Wai Ngan, Piano
Mischa Chun-Wai Ngan, as a solo and chamber pianist, performed in various locations such as the United States, Canada, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He was the founding member of Ensemble Finesse and participated in many prestigious international music festivals including Sarasota Music Festival in Florida and Festival Orford in Canada. His performance was broadcasted on Radio Television Hong Kong. He also served as an adjudicator in numerous competitions held in the United States and Hong Kong, and his students won top prizes in competitions.
Ngan was appointed as an
adjunct lecturer and associate instructor by the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he pursued the Doctor of Music degree under the direction of Professor Edward Auer, who was the first American to win a prize in the International Chopin
Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 2003, he received full scholarship from the
Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund to pursue Master of Music degree in the same school.
Ngan’s principal mentors include Edward Auer, Arnaldo Cohen, Evelyne Brancart and Mary Wu. He is enthusiastic about Early music and music theory. He studied Early music, harpsichord and fortepiano performance with Professor Elisabeth Wright and Eva Legene; and music theory with Professor Robert Hatten. Ngan enjoys performing as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. The CD album - “Mischa Chun-Wai Ngan - Live Recital” was his first release from his recording projects.
Dr. Ka-Wai Yu, Cello
Dr. Ka-Wai Yu is Assistant Professor of Music at Dixie State University, where he teaches cello and
directs the string chamber music program. He previously taught at Eastern Illinois University and
Indiana Wesleyan University. In great demand as a clinician, Dr. Yu has given master classes in
numerous universities and institutions in North America and Asia. He has taught in music camps
and workshops in Illinois, Georgia and Michigan, as well as in Hong Kong, among them the Blue
Lake Fine Arts Camp. He has served as adjudicator, held clinics, and guest-conducted regularly at various high schools, youth orchestras, and string festivals in the Southwest and Midwest. He directs the newly established St. George Cello Ensemble and is a board member of the Cello Society of Southern Utah.
Currently the Principal Cellist of Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Yu has performed at major
concert halls in Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. He is vivid as a chamber musician, and has been a member of the Kolob Trio, Ensemble Finesse, and the period-instrument ensemble La Réunion Musicale. He has appeared in the Aspen Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Orford Arts Center, Toronto Summer Music Academy, Vancouver Early Music Festival, among others. His recent solo performances include concerto appearances with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Illinois, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Chamber Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast on RTHK and WILL-FM. His transcription of Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto for cello and string quartet, a version that was originally proposed by the composer himself but was rejected by the publisher Breitkopf & Härtel in 1853, has been published by A-R Editions, Inc.
Dr. Yu obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign, where he studied with cellist Brandon Vamos of the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet. He also holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with first-class honors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.