Gabriel Fauré - Dolly Suite, Op. 56
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Shirley Chan Ho Yee, Piano primo
Shirley Chan is a final year music student from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, studying piano under the tutelage of Poon Tak. As a versatile artist, Chan has performed as solo and collaborative pianists, and is an accompanist of the China Congregational Church Choir. During her study at the university, she has been awarded scholarships to recognize her achievement in piano performance. Chan is also a chorister at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ying Wa Girls’ School Alumnae Choir, and China Congregational Church Choir. She has appeared in choral and madrigal performances in the Hong Kong Government House, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall and Lee Hysan Concert Hall. Chan was trained in Johannes Brahms Musikschüle der stadt Mürzzuschlag in the summer of 2019 with Ying Wa Girls’ School Youth Choir. They won a Gold Medal in the International Youth Music Festival, and performed in Vienna, Slovakia, and numerous prestigious venues including Mirror Hall of Primate’s Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral Rudnay Square. Apart from public performances, Chan engaged in studio recordings for “Ying Wa is my Home” in 2017. Besides, she has been an assistant-conductor of Ying Wa Girls’ School Alumnae Choir.
Monica Tang Sum Yi, Piano secondo
Monica Tang is a final year student pursuing a BA degree (Music) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in piano under the tutelage of Mrs. Chan Sham Siu Wai, Sylvia. In the spring semester of 2020, she had an exchange study at the Musikhögskolan of the Örebro University in Sweden with scholarships. As a dedicated collaborative pianist, she performed in chamber music concerts and worked in recording sessions with numerous instrumentalists and vocalists. She also worked with Lena Johnson, Mats Jansson, and José Henrique Martins on piano. In the summer of 2019, she participated and performed in the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy as a collaborative pianist. She received instructions from Howard Watkins, Stijn DeCock, and Susan Keith Gray. She worked closely with vocalists and performed in student recital and opera scene concerts. In 2021, She was chosen to be the pianist for the Centennial Song recording project of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia for the premiere performance of two commissioned pieces with Chung Chi Choir. Monica was awarded the Licentiate Diploma (LTCL) in Piano Performance with distinction from Trinity College London in 2017. She has also won several awards including championships in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and the 2nd runner-up prize in the “Xinsheng Cup” Chinese Piano Composition Competition in 2018.