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Macao Young Musicians Competition

25th Macao Young Musicians Competition

Judges
(in alphabetical order of the surnames)

Ma Cong

“One of the Hong Kong’s finest young pianist”, “……A committed moved and masterly performance” - Hong Kong Standard. Ma Cong has been awarded numerous scholarships, including The Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship, The Bernard Van Zuiden Scholarship, and The Standard Chartered Bank Scholarship. He was also the winner of the Singapore Rolex Performance Award, the second runner-up in the Mozart Bicentenary Piano Competition of Asia and the first runner-up in the Hong Kong Selection Competition for the first China International Piano Competition.

As an active performer, Ma has given recitals in Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, the United States, the mainland, Macau and Hong Kong. In 1996, Ma was invited to give a recital on Vladimir Horowitz’s private piano. In 1999, he premiered with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta Kuan Nai-chung’s Fifth Piano concerto at the concert in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Ma has also appeared as soloist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Guan Symphony, the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, and made recordings for radios and TV in Canada, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Ma graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with high distinction. He furthered his studies at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto where he graduated with first class honour. He benefited from the tutelage of Margaret Lynn, John Winther, Gabriel Kwok, Brois Lysenko and Li Mingqiang. Ma serves as adjudicator for many piano competitions and gives masterclasses and lectures. He is now Faculty member of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Hong Kong Baptist University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Recently, he has been appointed as guest professor at the School of Literature of Beijing Normal University Zhuhai Campus.

 

Jackson Leung

Jackson Leung is Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Director of the Chamber Orchestra at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, U. S. A. In addition to earning the L. R. S. M. performance diploma in 1979, Jackson Leung received his degrees in Piano Performance from Hong Kong Baptist University, Temple University, and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Leung has received numerous awards including top prizes at the Missouri Southern International Competition, the Young Keyboard Artists Association International Piano Competition, Ohio Music Teachers Association/Graves Teachers Duo Competition (1996 and 1998), the Albert Roussel Prize at the École Normale de Musique, Paris, and the Conductor of Exceptional Merit Award at the International Orchestral Repertoire Workshop in Hradéc Kralové, Czech Republic.

As a conductor, he has led the Wright State University Orchestras in numerous performances at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference between 1996 and 2006. He also led the WSU University Orchestras in performances throughout Ohio, as well as a tour Hong Kong and Macau in December, 2006, performing at the Cultural Centres of both cities. In the past few years, Leung has guest conducted the Hradéc Kralové Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the Seven Hills Sinfonietta, and the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra. His recording with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic has recently been released by Centaur Records.

As a soloist, duo pianist with his wife, Benita, and a chamber musician, he has performed on Pubic Radio WGUC, Radio-Television Hong Kong, the U. S., Bermuda, Spain, France, United Kingdom, and Japan. The Piano Duo has also performed on university campuses throughout the U. S., Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and several cities in China. As a teacher, Leung has produced prize winning students at numerous state, regional, and international competitions including The Stravinsky Awards International Competition, Bartók-Kabalevsky International Competition, “From the Top” Public Radio International Auditions, Cincinnati Symphony and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competitions, National Federation of Music Clubs, and many others.

A sought-after adjudicator, Leung has judged numerous competitions including the Music Teachers National Association Regional Auditions, World Piano Pedagogy Conference Competition, College-Conservatory of Music Piano Scholarship and Concerto Competitions, Miami University Young Artist Competition, Columbus Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Hong Kong Music Festival, among others. He has presented lectures at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, College Music Society National/Regional Conferences, and the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference.

 

Su Bin

Associate Professor of Piano and M.A. Supervisor at the Shanghai Conservatory. Su Bin received an M.A. in Piano from the Shanghai Conservatory in 1988, whereupon he was invited to stay on as instructor. He has performed as a soloist numerous times with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Shanghai Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Beijing Symphony Orchestra.

In 1993 Su was awarded a fellowship from the French government to continue his training in Paris, where he studied piano instruction at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and piano performance with Prof. André Gorog at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. While in France, Su performed all across Europe, in the US and in Latin America. Subsequently, from 1996-98, he taught piano at the Mary-le-Roi Conservatory in France.

In 1998 he returned to China and to teaching in the Piano Department of the Shanghai Conservatory. During his tenure at the Conservatory, he has accompanied delegations from the Shanghai World Expo organizing committee on visits and performance tours to Paris; won the Shanghai government’s Award for Excellence; and has been invited to perform and lecture at the University of Wyoming, in the USA. Su’s students have benefited from his use of the latest instructional techniques and theories, as many of them have won prizes in numerous piano competitions in China and abroad.

 

Amy Sze

Amy Sze received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, Performer’s Certificate and Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include Nelita True, Gabriel Kwok, and Brenda Poon. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music Degree with first class honours from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is a recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship, the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship, and the Avis D. Vaughn Scholarship.

Sze is winner of the 2001 Eastman Concerto Competition, and national finalist of the 2003 MTNA Steinway-Collegiate Artist Piano Competition in the United States. She has appeared as a soloist with the Texas Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Hong Kong Academy Orchestra, and the Hong Kong City University Philharmonic Orchestra. She also has been invited frequently to record solo recitals and interviews for Radio and Television of Hong Kong (RTHK).

Besides solo performance, Sze has a keen interest in chamber music and accompanying, and an enthusiasm for performing in diverse settings. She is also eager about promoting contemporary music. She was featured artist in the 2006 Hong Kong New Generation Project where she performed selected works by local composers. Her piano quartet, formed with three other young Hong Kong musicians, was invited to perform in the 2006 French May Festival. Her most recent project is a concert series of Mozart sonatas with Benedict Cruft, Dean of the Academy Music School, on Fortepiano and Baroque violin, as a celebration of Mozart’s 250th birthday. Sze was a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society, and has performed at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, Rochester Jewish Community Center, Hong Kong Chamber Music Society, 2005 Hong Kong International Band Festival, and University of Science and Technology Recital Series. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Benedict Cruft, Phillip Ying, David Childs, Stephen Framil, Adam Frey, Eric Speller, and Kenneth Tse.

Sze taught as an assistant in piano studies, accompanying and chamber music at the Eastman School of Music. She is currently a faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where she is also a member of the Music Advisory Committee. She was examiner for the Hong Kong Advanced-Level Examination (Music), and adjudictor for The 14th Hong Kong - Asia Piano Open Competition (2007), 2006 Most Outstanding Student Competition, and The Third Asian Youth Music Competition (2005).

 

Eleanor Yee–lun Wong

Eleanor Yee–lun Wong started her piano lessons in Hong Kong and pursued her musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London on an Associated Board Scholarship with Frederic Jackson and Max Pirani. Besides winning numerous prizes and awards, Wong was one of the few students who graduated with both the Graduate Diploma (GRSM) and Recital Diploma as well as the top honors: the Walter Macfarren Gold Medal and the Majorie Whyte Memorial Award. As a Boise Scholar, Wong studied in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter and later with Arthur Balsam in New York.

Winner of silver medal at the Viotti International Competition Italy, Wong has broadcast on RTHK, WNYC (New York), BBC (UK), and overseas services. She has also given recitals extensively in the UK (including the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London), Hong Kong, and in the USA. Since 1986, Wong has formed Duo with her sister, Helen, and has performed in Duo recitals in Hong Kong, China, and the USA.

Wong’s students have won numerous prizes in international piano competitions. Being one of the most sought-after teachers, she frequently hosts lectures and workshops on Piano Pedagogy and has given master-classes in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Uruguay, Poland and the USA. Wong is also a frequent juror for various piano competitions and festivals in Asia.

Presently, Wong is Artist-in-Residence (keyboard) and Senior Lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also visiting professor at the Shenzhen School of Arts and Wu Han Music Conservatory, and was made an honorary professor at the Tian Jin Music Conservatory in 2007.

Wong is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music and Musician as well as selected for inclusion in the 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th century. She is also a Steinway Artist, the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Piano Teachers’ Association, and Co-Director of the Hong Kong Summer Music.