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Yang Enhua – A New Vision of Huqin
Yang Enhua is a visually impaired erhu player, originally from Harbin in northern China, who has been living in Hong Kong since 2014. Yang will play classics such as Reflection of the Moon on the Water and Song of a Promising Future in the concert. Especially featured are songs written by blind musicians, such as Hua Yanjun (A’Bing) and Sun Wen Ming, with a special focus on the music of northeastern China.
The accomplished and talented Yang plays different types of huqin, according to what best suits each work, and will be accompanied by a host of outstanding guest musicians, including Naamyam singer, Tong Siu-yin.
Losing his sight at a young age has not prevented Yang from pursuing his musical dreams. He started to learn the erhu at the age of 12, and since arriving in Hong Kong, Yang has worked with different orchestras and organisations such as the Asian Chamber Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the awards he has won is a gold medal in the erhu category at the 5th International Chinese Instrumental Competition.
He will be joined by the composer Mui Kwong-chiu, who has arranged the music for this exciting concert, and who has created Red Plum Blossom for its world premiere. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch one of the rising stars of Chinese music in Hong Kong!
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Heilongjiang Winter Jubilee
Erhu and Ensemble
Zhao Yijun | Arr. by Mui Kwong-chiu
Reflection of the Moon on the Water
Erhu and Ensemble
Hua Yanjun | Arr. by Mui Kwong-chiu
Guests from Afar, Please Stay
Erhu and Ensemble
Mai Ding | Arr. by Zhu Changyao
“La La” to Our Good Days
Erhu and Ensemble
Cao Tianli | Arr. by Mui Kwong-chiu
Hoisting the Sails
Erhu and Piano
Vittorio Monti | Arr. by Mui Kwong-chiu
The Butterfly Lovers
Erhu, Violin and Piano
He Zhanhao and Chen Gang | Arr. by Mui Kwong-chiu
Red Plum Blossom (World Premiere)
Erhu, Gaohu and Piano
Mui Kwong-chiu | Commissioned by Hong Kong Arts Festival
Ode to Hong Kong
Vocal and Ensemble
Song of a Promising Future
Erhu and Ensemble
Liu Tianhua | Arr. by Zhu Changyao
Born in Heilongjiang in northeast China, Yang Enhua moved to Hong Kong in 2014 where he began his secondary education at the Ebenezer School. With a keen interest in music since childhood, Yang started learning erhu from the age of 12 under the guidance of renowned erhu artists Professor Li Aping from the Harbin Normal University, blind performer Professor Gan Bolin and Peng Cheng, huqin virtuoso.
Yang currently practises with Mao Qinghua, a co-principal Huqin of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and has taken classes with Associate Professor Yang Xue from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He is a year one student at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Yang brought home the gold medal in the erhu category at the 5th International Chinese Instrument Competition in 2015 and won “Erhu Solo—Advanced” at the 70th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2018. He received “The Most Outstanding Performer Award” at the Cross All Borders: Hong Kong Festival Showcasing New Performing Artists with Disabilities in 2015 and the 2021 VSA International Young Soloists Award.
A seasoned erhu performer, Yang has collaborated with numerous music groups and participated in various productions. He performed New Horse Racing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016, Sing Out in 2017 and Reflection of the Moon on the Water with the Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association in 2018.
Supported by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Yang staged his first solo concert in 2019. He also performed The Moon Represents My Heart with the True Colors Symphony in 2020. Yang has served as a Community Cultural Ambassador for Hong Kong and participated in international cultural exchanges to countries like Germany, France and South Korea. He has toured locally with the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble since 2020.
Today, Yang works with the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong, True Colors Symphony, Hong Kong Enharmonica and Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, among other music groups, as their resident musician or guest performer.
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Dr Mui Kwong-chiu is a renowned Hong Kong composer. He is the chairman of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild and the director of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong. Dr Mui is also a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, the artistic director of the World Dulcimer Orchestra, the examiner of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the honorary composer in residence of the Hong Kong Harmonica Association, the honorary adjudicator of the music programme CUSCS and the recipient of the 14th Hong Kong Arts Development Awards’ Artist of the Year (Music) in 2020. In 2018, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Hong Kong Baptist University School of Communication for his musical achievements and contributions to Hong Kong.
Dr Mui received his PhD and MPh in music composition from The University of Hong Kong and graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University School of Communication (Cinematography). Composing and arranging music for many international events and performing groups, his works include The Great Earth Double Concerto for Piano and Flute and Orchestra; the composer and stage curator of Ode to Water for the Chinese Music Theatre and Intoxicating Nature for the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; the music director of the Opening Ceremony of Hong Kong Week for the 2010 Shanghai Expo (simulcast by RTHK and Shanghai Television); the original music for Reincarnation of the Prunus Mume for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre; the dance poem Spring Ritual-Eulogy for the Hong Kong Dance Company; the orchestral work Symphonic Poem Genesis; the multimedia works Vibration in Stillness and Percussive Colours; music for more than 50 RTHK television episodes, including Hong Kong Histories I, II, III, and IV; and music for the theatre, including Rashomon (《羅生門》), and Shake Shake Shakespeare (《莎士對比亞》).
Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble
As a locally influenced, exquisite and energetic Chinese music group, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble is a registered charitable organisation supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Founded in 2003, the Ensemble promotes Chinese music in the local cultural scene. From its traditional Lingnan culture foundations to merging the aesthetics of the East and West, the Ensemble lives up to its artistic motto of “small but elegant, simple but refined” by presenting traditional and contemporary works with a distinctive local flair. From 2011 onwards, the Ensemble has been steered to new heights by the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble Limitied. The Ensemble founder, Chan Chiu-yin, serves as executive director of the board and the renowned conductor, Ho Man-chuen, is the artistic advisor.
The Ensemble’s resident musicians are young and talented music graduates from local institutes with rich experience in concert performance. The performances typically follow the traditional combinations of sizhu (silk and bamboo, or strings and winds), and the repertoire showcases the Lingnan vernacular instruments. The Windpipe Cantonese Music Quintet dedicates itself to the Cantonese music style, passing on its cultural abundance and blending in local characteristics.
The Ensemble has given more than 60 subscription concerts and 600 educational outreach concerts, premiered over 60 new works by local composers, and performed with numerous virtuosi both at home and overseas. Since 2007, it has taken part in 14 editions of the Community Cultural Ambassador Scheme organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Representing Hong Kong internationally since 2008, the Ensemble has gone on tour and cultural exchange to more than 20 countries and regions in Asia, North America and Europe.
Ho Man-cheun is a celebrated music educationist and conductor. He was formerly music officer of the Hong Kong government’s Music Office where he nurtured numerous young musicians. Ho has conducted several orchestras in Hong Kong, and is currently an instructor at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and resident conductor at the Academy Chinese Orchestra.
He joined the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra as artistic director and principal conductor. Ho received tuition in conducting from Xia Feiyun and took part in conducting masterclasses held by Tang Muhai, Chen Zhaohuang and Peng Xiuwen. He has been the conductor of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra for 29 years, taking the Orchestra on tour to the USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and various cities across Mainland China.
Since becoming artistic advisor of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble in 2012, Ho has brought the Ensemble to the stage in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Nanjing, Jinan, Nanning, Guiyang, Chongqing, Macau and Taipei, showcasing works by Hong Kong composers. He has also conducted multiple local orchestras, including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Joint Orchestra of Hong Kong, Academy Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association and more. Ho has also collaborated with renowned musicians, including Min Huifen, Xiao Baiyong, Yu Qiwei, Zhu Changyao, Hao Yuqi and Gong Yi, among others.
Ding Yijie was born and raised in Foshan, China. She began learning the violin at the age of six, overcoming the challenges of being blind since birth. Admitted with a full scholarship to The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), Ding is currently in the final year of her bachelor’s degree, majoring in violin under the tutelage of Professor Michael Ma. Before attending HKAPA, she studied with Ma Kaiyi in Guangzhou.
Ding is an active and eager student, frequently taking part in multiple solo and chamber performances. During her studies, she also participated in various musical masterclasses. In 2019, she was invited by “No Limits”, co-presented by the Hong Kong Arts Festival and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and performed her first recital in Hong Kong.
Tong Siu-yin is the only dishui naamyam songstress currently active on the stage. Born in Hong Kong, she contracted measles as a toddler and lost her sight. Tong has since found acclaim with her signature Cantonese narrative ballad singing style, sometimes with percussion and yangqin accompaniment. She has performed extensively and been recognised with multiple awards. Her renowned professionalism has brought her both popular and critical acclaim.
Apart from her love for Cantonese opera, Tong is also an avid English pop singer. She studied Cantonese opera with the Hong Kong Blind Union and has served as the leader of its Chinese music group. Tong stepped down last year to further promote and improve herself as a dishui naamyam singer. Since 2015, she has taught dishui naamyam in her own studio and stages concerts with her students each year. Tong was invited to perform in A Gathering of Naamyam Divas presented by the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2010.
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