Jeremy Begbie (Photo)
Jeremy Begbie, Artist
Jeremy Begbie is the inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship in Theology at Duke Divinity School, and founding Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. He teaches systematic theology, and specialises in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interest is the interplay between music and theology. A professionally trained musician, he is also Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. He is author of a number of books, including most recently, Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Bakers/SPCK).
Ray Chan See-kwong (Photo)
Ray Chan See-kwong, Artist
Having received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Cambridge, Hong Kong ceramic artist Ray Chan obtained his BA (Fine Art) and MFA degrees from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (co-presented with Hong Kong Art School) in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Chan has held solo exhibitions "B(read)", (Pottery Workshop Gallery, Hong Kong, 2013), "Lyndhurst Terrace 1900" (Aesop store at Lyndhurst Terrace, Hong Kong, 2009), and "YALCHEMY" (JL ARTSPACE, 2008). In 2014, he collaborated with Passoverdance in a Site Specific Series/Clay Installation project “Shape”. Chan has participated in Artist-in-Residence programmes in Japan and Estonia. He is a part-time lecturer at the Hong Kong Art School and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. His artworks are in the collection of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
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Barney Cheng, Fashion Designer
Barney Cheng studied Textile and Design at the Royal College of Art in London and Fashion Illustration and History of European Costume at the Parsons School for Design in Paris, before graduating from The University of Waterloo, Canada, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts Studio. Since starting his atelier Yenrabi in 1993, Cheng's extravagant yet simple style can be seen not only on entrance-making gowns but also on less formal garb such as exotic skin items, jewels and even uniform design. His signature also extends to his famous cheongsam designs, which are often infused with a modern touch. His award-winning work has been widely acknowledged through awards such as "Fashion Designer of the Year" (SCMP/Harper's Bazaar's Style Awards, 2010) and "Hong Kong's Best Designer" (Moet et Chandon's Tribute to Asian Designers, 2005), and for being one of Forbes's 25 Most Influential Chinese in Global Fashion (2010). Cheng is also known for supporting various charities through his work, including the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, the Crossroads Foundation and International Care Ministries.
Lulu Cheung, Fashion Designer
Considered as a fixture in the Hong Kong fashion scene for over a decade, Lulu Cheung was trained at the Hong Kong Institute of Fashion Design before establishing her own company, Rolls Group in 1982 and introducing her first label, terra rosalis (flower of the earth) in 1988, and starting her signature label LU LU CHEUNG in 1996. Her designs are largely inspired by the rhythms of life, beauty, simplicity and nature, leading to pieces that are a combination of feminine beauty and down-to-earth practicality. Recognition for Cheung's work includes the "International Fashion Editors' Best Hong Kong Collection Award" at the 27th Hong Kong Fashion Week.
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Pewan Chow, Choreographer
Pewan Chow is Artistic Director of Passoverdance and choreographer for the first dance piece Xin Xiang in "Hope Beneath the Rubble". Chow received her MA in Choreography from Laban Centre, London, in 2003. She is among the first generation of BFA graduates in dance from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). After graduation in 1988, she was awarded a scholarship to the London Contemporary Dance School to further concentrate on choreography and performance. In 1991, she returned to Hong Kong and joined the modern dance faculty at the HKAPA full-time where she taught till 2006. As an independent choreographer and performer, she has performed and created works with companies locally and overseas. In 1993, she found Passoverdance and has been its Artistic Director since. She received the 2010 and 2013 Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for the Passoverdance production of Homecoming and Maze, respectively.
Noel Chu (Photo)
Noel Chu, Fashion Designer
Noel Chu is one of Hong Kong's most renowned couture designer. Her more-than-a-decade design experience began when she decided to take part in her family business, after obtaining her BA in Sociology and pursuing her studies in Law. Chu's relationship with the wedding gown industry had developed with her parents' participation in wedding dress design, manufacturing and relevant industries for more than 30 years. In 2007, she established her own brand Noel Chu Wedding Gallery with a design philosophy that combines aesthetic values and individual life stories in every piece of design, giving wedding gowns a touch of emotional delight with artistic craftsmanship and the finest fabrics.
Joanna Chu-Liao (Photo)
Joanna Chu-Liao, Fashion Designer
Having grown up in a garment-manufacturing family, Joanna Chu-Liao has developed her fashion sense by being exposed to the world of textiles, prints and patterns at an early age. After spending years studying abroad and cultivating her skills as a fashion designer, Chu-Liao was scouted by Japanese companies Itochu and Look Japan to design ready-to-wear collections that were sold in major department stores like Mitsukoshi and Barneys New York. During the ten years of working for Japanese companies, she also designed uniforms for Estee Lauder and Folli Follie. In 2011, she took the leap in starting her own brand, Jo’s Ready to Wear, aimed at satisfying the fashion palette of modern women who are not just blind followers of fashion. The label has garnered much acclaim for embodying a contradiction of feminity and a harsher, rock-and-roll edge.
Iestyn Davies (Photo)© Benjamin Ealovega
Iestyn Davies, Countertenor
After graduating in Archaeology and Anthropology from St John’s College, Cambridge Iestyn Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He has sung the roles of Creonte in Steffani’s Niobe for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea for Zürich Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Arsace Partenope for the New York City Opera; Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Houston Grand Opera and English National Opera; Apollo Death in Venice for English National Opera and in his house debut at La Scala, Milan. He made his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in Rodelinda where he has also appeared as Trinculo The Tempest and Oberon; the Lyric Opera of Chicago Rinaldo; Bertarido Rodelinda English National Opera; and his debuts at the Munich and Vienna Festivals and the Opéra Comique, Paris in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin.

In concert he has performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan with Dudamel, the Concertgebouw and Tonhalle with Koopman and appeared at the Barbican, the Théâtre des Champs–Élysées, the Lincoln Centre and at the BBC Proms. He recently made his debut, in recital, at Carnegie Hall, New York. He enjoys a successful relationship with the Wigmore Hall, where, in the 2012/13 season, he curated his own Residency. His new CD The Art of Melancholy, a recital of songs by Dowland, was released in April 2014 by Hyperion.

Future engagements include the title role in Rinaldo at the Glyndebourne Festival; concerts with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra; and returns to Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

He is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2010 Young Artist of the year prize, the 2012 Gramophone Recital Award and the recipient of the 2013 Critics’ Circle Awards for Exceptional Young Talent (Singer).
Makoto Fujimura, Artist (Photo)© Brad Guise
Makoto Fujimura, Artist
Makoto Fujimura is founder of the International Arts Movement. He exhibits, publishes, and lectures widely. Fujimura studied Nihonga – traditional Japanese painting – at Tokyo University of the Arts, and was the first non-native to participate in the Japanese Painting Doctorate Program, which dates back to the 15th century. He is represented by Dillon Gallery in New York and Tokyo. His work can be seen at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Saint Louis Museum, and the Cincinnati Museum. He served on the National Council on the Arts as a Presidential appointee 2003-2009. The American Academy of Religion, named Makoto Fujimura as its "2014 Religion and the Arts" award recipient.
Bruce Herman, Artist (Photo)
Bruce Herman, Artist
Bruce Herman is Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts at Gordon College. He paints, publishes, and lectures widely, and his artwork has been exhibited in over one hundred shows nationally and internationally, including in England, Italy, Canada, Israel and Japan. His art is featured in many public and private collections including the Vatican Museum of Modern Religious Art in Rome; The Cincinnati Museum of Fine Arts, and the Hammer Museum, Grunwald Print Collection, Los Angeles.
Hidy Ng (Photo)
Hidy Ng, Fashion Designer
Hidy Ng is Hong Kong's veteran designer who started her career in fashion design as a colour coordinator and knitwear designer of high fashion. In 1992, Ng's experience and vision enabled her to take on the post of Chief Designer at Co-Wear International Ltd., one of Hong Kong's well-established knitwear manufacturers. In 1994, Ng was awarded International Fashion Editors' Best Collection Award and awarded "Overall Winner" at the 2002 New Fashion Award Show, which led to wide recognition of her work, in which her ready-to-wear collection attracted many local and international celebrities for its edge in design, materials and meticulous detailing. Ng's design philosophy is based on an amalgamation of art and timeless fashion pieces - each a showpiece on its own, with simple silhouettes and great attention to detail and the use of luxurious fabrication.
Enoch Ho (Photo)
Enoch Ho, Fashion Designer
Enoch Ho received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Washington before pursuing a Fashion Design degree from Parsons School for Design. Having worked for fashion labels such as TSE, Catherine Deane and Blanc de Chine, Ho decided to pursue the dream of setting up his own contemporary fashion label, Berayah, named after the Hebraic word "baraiah", meaning "God has created". Seeking to explore biblical themes, Ho designs and curates each collection as a tool for storytelling, using symbolism, amongst other techniques, as his unique translation. Ho aims to create ultra-wearable and modern ladieswear, in which every garment is draped and cut in-house for precise and flattering proportions, paired with a crisp geometric aesthetic.
Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (Photo)
Hong Kong New Music Ensemble
The Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME) was founded in 2008 to present contemporary music to Hong Kong audiences. It has been widely praised for its innovative programming and interdisciplinary collaborations with artists from different mediums. The HKNME has collaborated with organisations including Zuni Icosahedron, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Osage Gallery, and often has residencies at universities in Hong Kong and greater China. It has toured to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Singapore, Hobart and Angkor Wat. In 2012, the HKNME co-founded SOUTHSITE, an exciting new venue for its contemporary music activities. It was also named a one-year-grantee by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In 2013 it was awarded a project grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Home Affairs Bureau for organizing “The Modern Academy”. The group’s 6th season in 2013-2014 will include concerts dedicated to Ligeti, Reich, Romitelli and Chinese composers, and appearances at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and other major arts festivals.
Ip Po-Ching (Photo)
Ip Po-Ching, Soprano
Hong Kong soprano, Ip Po-ching’s major performances include being the featured soloist with José Carreras for the inaugural season of the National Centre of the Performing Arts, Beijing, China; Nedda in R. Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Cio-cio San in G. Puccini’s Madame Butterfly with MusicaViva, Hong Kong, and soprano soloist in her European debut at the Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy in G. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Miss Ip was the soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling.

Recently she performed Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan. H. Villa-lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 in Verona and Cremona, Italy; and was guest soloist at the Shanghai World Exposition with Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Le French May Festival Hong Kong.

Other operatic roles include Mimi in G. Puccini’s La Boheme under the direction of Bruno Aprea; Juliette in C. Gounod’s Roméo and Juliette under the direction of Paolo Olmi; Sophie in J. Massenet’s Werther, with Opera Hong Kong; Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene with Singapore Lyric Opera; Gretel in E. Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Singapore Lyric Opera and Suor Genovieffa in G. Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Macau International Arts Festival.

Other significant engagements include her debut in New York City and Toronto as soprano soloist in An-lun Huang’s Revelation; her debut with Macau Orchestra in the Macau Handover Anniversary Concert; C. Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Trancredi e Clorinda and J.S. Bach’s Kaffee Cantata at the Hong Kong Arts Festival; her debut with Singapore Symphony Orchestra performing Frasquita in G. Bizet’s Carmen and multiple performances with both the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Numerous concerts featuring Miss Ip have also been broadcast by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).

Ip’s concert repertoire has included J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 80 & 140 and B Minor Mass; F. Schubert’s Mass in Eb and Der Hirt auf dem Felsen; R.Schumann’s Auf dem Strom; J. Brahms’ Requiem; C. Saint-saen’s Christmas Oratorio; E. Mendelssohn’s Elijah; J. Rutter’s Requiem; G. Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Messa di Gloria; W.A. Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Requiem, Mass in c minor and Missa Brevis; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem; J.F. Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus and L’Allgero ed il Penseroso; G.Verdi’s Requiem; G. Fauré’s Requiem; A.Vivaldi’s Gloria; L.Von Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Missa Solemnis and Mass in C; A. Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mass in f minor; H.Berlioz’s Mess Solenelle and soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No.8.

Miss Ip obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honors) from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and a Master of Music Degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA. Miss Ip is officially supported by the Muses Foundation for Culture and Education.
Die Konzertisten, Choir (Photo)
Die Konzertisten, Choir
Founded in 2008, Die Konzertisten is a chamber choir that aims to perform choral and vocal works to the highest professional standard with committed and passionate singing. The group promotes a variety of musical styles and has presented a series of concerts with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque to romantic, modern and contemporary works.

From its early days Die Konzertisten has performed with a number of distinguished conductors and musicians, including the enormously gifted young conductor Jonathan Cohen (Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong), the internationally renowned choral expert Stephen Layton (Mozart’s Requiem), the legendary conductor Helmuth Rilling (Bach’s B Minor Mass), the highly sought-after living composer Karl Jenkins (Karl Jenkins’ Requiem), the talented English conductor Nicholas Cleobury (Requiems by John Rutter and Bob Chilcott), the cantor of the world-famous St Thomas Boys Choir Georg Christoph Biller (Masterclass in the 39th Hong Kong Arts Festival), Johnny Poon (Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Collegium Musicum Hong Kong), Michael Ryan (Victoria’s Requiem and Byrd’s The Great Service), Wing-sie Yip (Faure’s Requiem with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta) and Felix Yeung (Bach’s St Matthew Passion).

After the highly acclaimed performances of all Bach’s six motets in the ‘All About Bach’ series in 2011, Die Konzertisten collaborated with the Hong Kong Arts Festival again in 2013 to lead the Britten 100 Project, celebrating the centenary of the composer with a series of performances featuring some of his most distinguished vocal pieces. In the 42nd HK Arts Festival in 2014, Die Konzertisten joined the Hong Kong Arts Festival Chorus to perform Gluck’s Iphigenie auf Tauris, a special dance-opera directed and choreographed by the late Pina Bausch.

In a slight departure from the usual repertoire, but to demonstrate the choir’s considerable versatility and depth, Die Konzertisten made its debut at Asia World Expo in July 2013 as the Chorus for the Hong Kong premiere of sound tracks from Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy, a world-famous genre of video game, originally composed and launched in 1987. At Christmas in both 2012 and 2013, Die Konzertisten performed in the Christmas Concert in the Park organized by RTHK4 to share music in the joyful festive season. In 2014, members of the choir went to New York’s famous Carnegie Hall to sing in a concert celebrating the 70th birthday of Karl Jenkins.

Die Konzertisten is also proud to support talented young composers in Hong Kong. In January 2011, the choir performed the premiere of Ernest Hui’s Void, an a cappella Requiem, in a concert entitled Inspired Sound. The choir was then invited to perform in the Musicarama 2012, the 2013 Chinese Composers’ Festival and the Match-making concert in 2014, all of them organized by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild and showcasing choral music composed by local and Asian talents.

Under the direction of the Music Director Felix Yeung, the choir has embarked upon a number of impressive new projects . In summer 2013, Die Konzertisten performed a semi-staged version of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas to wide critical acclaim. During Holy Week in 2014, the choir performed Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri together with a baroque orchestra of players from the HKAPA period instrumental ensemble and the Early Music Society of Hong Kong.

In the forthcoming Counterpoint Music Festival 2014 in September, Felix will lead the choir to perform with the outstanding countertenor, Iestyn Davies, marking his debut in Asia.
Kung Chi Shing (Photo)
Kung Chi Shing
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kung Chi Shing is a composer, performer and music activist. Kung studied classical music and composition in the United States with Leonard Meyer, Richard Wernick, Chinary Ung and George Crumb. He is known particularly for his work in the music and performance group ‘The Box’, which he founded with Peter Suart in 1987, and since 2009 as founder and curator of the ‘Street Music Series’ of free public concerts in Hong Kong. In his compositions and performances, Kung focuses on experimentation with different formats, including pop, classical and improvisational music, and theatre art. Since 1996 he has created, composed and staged six full-length music theatre pieces (co-directed with Valerie C. Doran): ‘Destiny Travels Limited’, ‘The Floating Bridge’, ‘City Inside a Broken Sky’, ‘M Garden’, ‘City Inside a Broken Sky II’ and ‘Minamata: A Requiem’. He has collaborated frequently with choreographers, directors and theatre artists, and has performed his music in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Cuba, Tashkent, New York, London, Berlin and Venice. Kung’s solo recordings on CD include Destiny Travels Limited and Bluesilence/Fishdreams, while his recordings with The Box include the compilations BOX: GO HOME, The Box: Full Fathon Five and the special 20th anniversary set The Box Book.
Gabriel Leung (Photo)© Timable
Gabriel Leung, Artist
Gabriel Leung is a multi-disciplinary artist from Hong Kong. His works address the ambiguity of information transmission and reception. Leung graduated from the Glasgow School of Art MFA programme in 2013. His recent exhibition platforms include: "Mode of By-Production" (Floor 5 1/2, Hong Kong, 2014); Art Basel (Hong Kong, 2014) "And with the benefit of Hindsight" (Gallery Exit, Hong Kong, 2014); "Glasgow Malmö International Artists’ Exchange" (Glasgow, 2013),  "How Many Shades Would An Artist Pack For Holidays" (Nicosia, Cyprus, 2013); "An Eye For An I, New City Space" (Glasgow, UK, 2013), "Beyond the Wall – 2012 Jeonju Photo Festival (Contemporary Chinese Photography)" (S. Korea, 2012) and "Transnational Art 2012" (Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan, 2012).
Evelyna Liang-Kan Yee Woo, Artist  (Photo)
Evelyna Liang-Kan Yee Woo, Artist
For the past 40 years as artist, art educator and community art facilitator, Evelyna Liang-Kan has pioneered community art - using art to help the needy and underprivileged communities - in Hong Kong, China and Asia. It began with “Art in the Camp” project in the late 1980s that brought various art activities in the Vietnamese detention Camp, followed by many more initiatives including: establishing "Art in Hospital" in 1994 that led to therapeutic arts projects to enhance relationships between healthcare personnel, social services, staff, patients and artists; “Art for All” in 2002 that aims to use art as means of empowerment for a more harmonious inclusive society; developing arts programme in schools for migrant workers' children in Beijing; and using therapeutic expressive art forms for communities in post- earthquake zones in Sichuan, and amongst elderly and Alzheimer patients. She was also Founder of "Garden Streams – Hong Kong Fellowship of Christian Artists" in the 1980s. As an artist, Liang-Kan's works have been exhibited around Hong Kong and Asia, including Bandages for You: An Art Project at the Gwangju Biennial and Hong Kong Arts Centre in 2002 and To copy or to steal, or is it merely artwork? at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards in 2009. Liang-Kan's personal works addresses her interests in women's issues, and the area of 'Healing through Art’ - using ordinary daily objects to raise concerns on the relationship between men and countries. She received her BA (Fine Art) at the University of British Columbia, as well as MFA and DFA from RMIT University.
Aenon Loo (Photo)
Aenon Loo, Composer
Aenon Loo received his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition and electronic music from Columbia University in New York and his Bachelor of Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. With his composition Last Days, hommage à Messiaen, Loo was awarded best composition by the Hong Kong New Generation; and First Prize in the Young Composer Award given by the Asian Composer’s League, held in Yokohama, Japan. A Founding Composer of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, his works have been performed by the Asian Youth Orchestra, Les Six Woodwind Sextet, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Manhattan Sinfonietta, and various other ensembles in the US, Europe, and East Asia. Loo was granted the Lady Fung Memorial Music Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council in 2001 to study at the Aspen Music School in Colorado with George Tsontakis. Loo is also co-founder of the progressive Gallery EXIT and the HellHOT New Music Festival.
Antoinette Mak, Dancer
Antoinette Mak is Rehearsal Mistress of Passoverdance, and one of the dancers for the first dance piece Xin Xiang in "Hope Beneath the Rubble". Antoinette Mak graduated from the school of dance of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 1988, and received the outstanding student award in the same year. She was a member of CCDC and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan where she performed works with Helen Lai, Susan Deihim, Willy Tsao, Chiang Ching, and Lin Hwai-min. Mak has toured internationally to mainland China, Japan, the Philippines, Europe, Canada and the United States. Mak has been working with different artists and performing groups including Kung Chi-shing, Rosaline Newman, Aaron Wan, Theatre Fanatico, Three Colours, DanceArt Hong Kong, Manna Dance, and Open Daily. She is currently a part-time lecturer at the HKAPA.
Passoverdance (Photo)
Established in 1993, Passoverdance is a local non-profit dance organisation, which later underwent a restructuring led by Pewan Chow, Antoinette Mak and a group of enthusiastic young artists in 2008. It is dedicated to fostering and developing local dance culture as well as finding and nurturing new talents in the community. The organisation endeavors to explore the infinite possibilities in the art of dance, striving to present the purity and uniqueness in each piece of work, so as to create an in-depth dialogue and interaction between audience and the work itself.
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Geoff Poon, Architect-Designer
Trained at The Bartlett (UCL) and The Architectural Association School of Architecture, Geoff Poon began his architectural journey designing buildings before designing "spiritual" clothing. Between 2002-2005, Poon worked at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects (AHMM) in London, redesigning the Barbican Arts Centre, and completed an urban renewal project converting abandoned industrial warehouses into office communes for the creative industry. He joined Ronald Lu & Partners upon returning to Hong Kong in 2005 before co-founding an interior design firm Urban Anchor Ltd in 2006. In 2010, in parallel with his design work, Poon's vision of seeing fashion not simply as wearables, but a canvas to boldly and playfully express spiritual truths, compelled him to co-found a fashion label AMENPAPA. Poon has developed AMENPAPA from a weekend hobby into a fashion brand retailed at over fourty stores across Asia, with distributing partners such as Harvey Nichols and Galeries Lafayette. He is driven by a child-like desire to create things that matter to the Spirit, while having fun doing it.
Colin Seah (Photo)
Colin Seah, Architect
As Founder and Director of Ministry of Design (MOD), Colin Seah was architecturally trained in the U.S., licensed in Singapore, and has honed his sensibilities working for the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind. Established in 2004 as an integrated experiential-design practice, MOD seeks to question where the inherent potential in contemporary design lies, and disturb the ways they are created or perceived, enabling them to redefine the world in relevant and innovative ways to bring about a real change, not change for the sake of novelty. Each project begins with drawing deeply from the surrounding context, but also dreaming freely to transcend mere reality and convention, to create delightfully surprising yet relevant, distinctly local but still globally appealing works. MOD's explorations are created amidst a democratic ‘studio-like’ atmosphere and progress seamlessly between form, site, object and space. Their work has received critical acclaim with awards such as Designer of the Year by the International Design Awards (USA, 2010), Rising Star of Architecture (Monocle Singapore Survey, 2010), Gold Key Award Grand Prize Winner (USA, 2008), and President’s Design Award (Singapore, 2006 & 2008).
PC Sei, Technical Co-ordinator
PC Sei received his degree in graphic design from CO1 School of Visual Arts. Sei follows Leo Burnett’s mantra: “Great advertising and design ideas are always deceptively and disarmingly simple. They are touching without being patronizing.” He works with all kinds of performance entities as a freelance lighting designer, while workig on set designs and stage management. He is also a visiting lecturer at the City University of Hong Kong.
Airi Suzuki, Choreographer & Dancer (Photo)
Airi Suzuki, Choreographer & Dancer
Airi Suzuki is performing the second dance piece in "Hope Beneath the Rubble". Suzuki is a Tokyo-based dancer, choreographer and teacher of contemporary dance. She studied modern dance and ballet at Limon Institute and Peridance Center in New York. After graduation, she moved to Berlin and worked with various types of artists. From 2009, she works with Perrine Valli Dance Company in Paris, and has performed at dance festivals, such as Tanz im August Berlin, M1 Festival Singapore, and Nyon dance festival in Switzerland. She has been choreographing and presenting new dance works through national residencies in many different places in the world, such as FACETS dance residency at Attakkalari Dance Biennale India, and Langion Art Festival Indonesia.
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Aaron Tan, Architect
Aaron Tan received his BSc in Civil Engineering at Columbia University and MA in Architecture at Harvard University, where he completed his thesis on Hong Kong's Kowloon Walled City. Inspired by the intelligence of this walled city, and the dynamic growth of Asian cities in general, Tan founded OMA Asia in Hong Kong in 1994 with the support of Rem Koolhaas, to explore new design possibilities. In 2001, the office became independent and was named RAD. Tan continues to operate the office with a similar vision and interests. He works with a team of designers of multi-national origin, to pursue new design approaches in the unique Asian socio-cultural matrix. Tan's desire is to make meaningful intellectural and physical contributions to the culture and built environment. RAD has received design awards and the works have been exhibited in several international biennales including Venice Biennale 2008 and 2010. Internationally, Tan is an active design critic and has been appointed External Examiner (2011-2013) at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture.
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Zixi Tan, Illustrator
Having won a scholarship in 2006 after receiving her BA in Graphic Design in Singapore, Zixi Tan majored in Illustration at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. As a Singpapore-based independent full-time illustrator, Tan has learned to find beauty in the vernacular, the “everyday”, and often dreams of a bigger, better world – a brighter “everyday” - from the small isle. Various mediums form fresh landscapes for her to bring each unique concept and theme to life. Collaborative projects with graphic designers, fashion labels and museums have also expanded her world as she presses on to create work that is fun, new and relevant. Tan held her first solo exhibition "Ten Years of Work for Every Minute on Stage" at The Art Studio in Singapore in 2010. Her work has been widely recognised in the form of awards such as London Creative International Competition’s ‘New Talent of Year 2010’, ‘Best Illustrator 2010’ by JUICE Magazine in Singapore, Singapore Women's Weekly's ‘Most Inspiring Award’ of 'Great Women of Our Time 2013', and winning The Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award 2013 for Where's Grandma?, which she illustrated.
The Black Sheep Family and the Creative Writing Studio, Artists (Photo)
The Black Sheep Family and the Creative Writing Studio, Artists
The Black Sheep Family and the Creative Writing Studio support and develop creative writing, artistic craft, and kinship of students and alumni of the HKU MFA in Creative Writing Programme, the HKU undergraduate Creative Writing programmes, the HKU family, and Hong Kong community more widely.
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Tsui Chin Hung
Tsui Chin Hung (born1985) is a composer, guitarist and conductor. He studied composition with Robert Drasnin and later conducting with Eímear Noone at University of California, Los Angeles Extension. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music, where he was admitted on a scholarship major in composition and studied under Francine Trester and Shostakovich’s pupil Yakov Gubanov.

At Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, Tsui studied guitar with Jimmy Wyble, Bruce Buckingham, Brad Rabuchin and Scott Henderson; and improvisation with Larry Koonse, Adam Rogers, Mick Goodrick and Hal Crook. He had attended seminars led by Charles Bernstein and masterclasses led by Theodore Antoniou, Gene Bertoncini and John Stowell. While in Boston, he also studied with guitarist Zaira Meneses at the New England Conservatory. Tsui received the Outstanding Stylist Award from Musicians Institute.

Tsui has collaborated with films director Mike Shalyapin, Aimee Long, Xing-mai Deng and Laura Grose. Tsui has also written music for Boston ALEA III Contemporary Music Ensemble, Hong Kong’s On and On Theatre and Black Bird Theatre. His full-length album “Memories of Herbal” will be released in Fall 2014.
Christopher Theofanidis, Artist (Photo)
Christopher Theofanidis, Artist
Christopher Theofanidis is a composer whose awards include the International Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Charles Ives Fellowship. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now, based on the poetry of Rumi. His orchestral concert work, Rainbow Body, has been performed by over 100 orchestras internationally. Theofanidis was Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-2007 seasons, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang. Most recently was the debut in 2011 of his first major opera, commissioned by San Francisco Opera. The Heart of a Soldier opened to record-setting attendance and received high praise. Theofanidis teaches graduate composition at Yale University School of Music.
Caleb Wing Ching Woo (Photo)© Bel Canto Singers
Caleb Wing Ching Woo, Baritone
Music director at Tuen Mun Alliance Church and senior voice teacher at Qin Music Conductor of MusiCall, CUHK Christian Choir, YMers Chorus, Shatin Methodist College Boys Choir and church choir of the Hong Kong Chinese Church of Christ.

Caleb graduated with the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. Caleb holds degrees from the Hong Kong Baptist University including the Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy in 2006 with first class honor as well as the Social Science degree in China-Studies in 2003. Master of Arts degree in Christian Studies from the Chung-Chi Divinity School, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. ATCL diploma and LRSM diploma in 2005 and 2009 respectively. His voice teachers include Prof. Robert McIver, Mr. Jimmy Chan and Mr. Sanson Lau.

Amy Wong Wai Har, Costume Designer
Amy Wong graduated from the Faculty of Arts in the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Literature and Art History, in 1986 before completing her studies in Textile and Design in Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1999. Wong set up a design studio working on individual design commissions as well as her own design label "amy'c" in 2007. She has participated in cross-media works in recent years, including designing in response to writer Leung Ping Kwan/Yasi's Paper Cuts in 2012 and poetry series Lotus Leaf in 2014.
Justin, Wong Chiu Tat (Photo)
Justin Wong Chiu Tat, Artist
Justin Wong is a comic writer and media artist who received his BA (Fine Arts) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his MA (Interactive Digital Media) at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in London. After his graduation, he participated in the Ars Electronica award-winning project, in London. Upon his return to Hong Kong in 2004, he taught at the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong and worked as Art Director in an interactive media design company. At the same time, he began to work for a local newspaper as comic writer and illustrator. In 2007, he started his political comic column Gei Gei Gaak Gaak in Ming Pao Daily. His works also include graphic design, animation and interactive art, which have been exhibited in platforms including "A Parallel Tale: Taipei in 80s x Hong Kong in 90s" (FZ Fifteen Animation & Story Gallery, Taiwan, 2013), "Hong Kong Eye 2012" (Saatchi Gallery, London, 2012) and "Eniminiminimos: Artists who make things small II" (Esplanade, Singapore, 2009). He is Artistic Director of a new media art group, Writing Machine, and Lecturer in the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Rebecca Wong, Dancer
Rebecca Wong is one of the dancers for the first dance piece Xin Xiang in "Hope Beneath the Rubble". Wong graduated from the HKAPA with First Honors in Modern Dance in 2003. In the same year, she was awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund–Dance scholarship to further her studies at the Laban Centre where she was awarded the Graduate Diploma in Performance in 2004. Wong founded the Keep Moving Dance Theater in 2012. Wong is very active in the local dance community having worked with various well-known choreographers, artists and companies both locally and internationally including Bode Lawal, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), Hong Kong Arts Festival, 3Ami, HKAPA, Dance Art, E-side Dance Company, Y-space, Unlock Dancing Plaza, MuseMotion, Off the Ground, ABA productions and the Sakoba Dance Theatre. Since 2009, Wong had choreographed pieces including "Hits or Miss, You Are Special" and "Right Here Right Now, I am here". In 2013, she presented her work "A Hollowed Mind" with CCDC.
Sze-ling Wong, Dancer
Sze-ling Wong is one of the dancers for the first dance piece Xin Xiang in "Hope Beneath the Rubble". Wong graduated from the HKAPA, majoring in modern dance. During her study, she was awarded City Contemporary Dance Company Scholarship. She has performed in many production including "Blind Dates", "Butterfly Effect", "We Are Not Strangers", "Green Dance" and "Tea Break" with DanceArt. She appeared in Passoverdance's production "Maze", "Xin Xiang" in Hong Kong and International Dance Festival "Tari'2005", as well as in "Shares Journey" at Beijing Art Summit Forum; "Embrace" with the Hong Kong Dance Company's 8/F Platform; "The Mocking Bird" with Bruce Wong; "Calling of the Wrong Love" & "Fluctuation" in The Emerging Choreographers Series of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance; "Eternity is..." with Off The Ground ; "Keep In Touch" with Biuguk; Hong Kong Dance Festival 2010 "Free Dance" represented by DanceArt. She choreographed "Overdue" for DanceArt White Box Theater and "A Space for Dialogue" for "Sky'2011" at Kuandu Arts Festival in Taipei. Currently, she is a freelance dancer, dance tutor and choraographer.
Stephen Wong Chun Hei (Photo)
Stephen Wong Chun Hei, Artist
Stephen Wong Chun Hei received his BA in Fine Arts from the Fine Art Department of Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008, and had since focused on landscape painting in his artistic practice. While Wong began painting sceneries from the virtual world of video games, he's been increasingly drawn to paint en plein air in the very setting of the natural landscapes and elements which he'd project on his canvas, as part of his personal exploration and pursuit of another level of "reality". Wong's works have been widely shown in solo and selected group exhibitions including "Step Back to Nature" (Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong, 2014), "Someone Bending the Machine: An exhibition responding to the artworks of Chow Chun Fai" (Hong Kong, 2011) and START Art Fair (Galerie Ora-Ora, London, 2014). His work has been collected by Bank of China (Hong Kong) Private Banking and other private collectors.
Felix Yeung, Conductor (Photo)
Felix Yeung, Conductor
Felix Yeung read music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he was also music director of the Hong Kong Youth Choir. He currently combines his office as Sub-organist at St John’s Cathedral and Provincial Music Director of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. He is also the Music Director of Die Konzertisten, with whom he gave a notable performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in 2010. He also conducted his first opera project, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2013. Felix has also had experience in a number of local opera productions in Hong Kong, joining the chorus in 2003 for Verdi’s Macbeth, and in 2004 for Gounod’s Faust. He also accompanied the children’s chorus during the Welsh National Opera’s visit in 2007 for a Hong Kong Arts Festival production of Puccini’s La Bohème.

In 2009 Felix took up a postgraduate place at the Royal Academy of Music in London to study choral conducting with Patrick Russill and Paul Brough. He graduated in 2011 obtaining an MMus with distinction, and was awarded the Academy’s coveted premier prix, the DipRAM, for outstanding performance in his final recital, as well as the Sir Thomas Armstrong Prize and Irene Burcher Prize. He also obtained the LRAM diploma in choral conducting pedagogy. His dissertation, on the adaptation of Gregorian chant for liturgical use in Chinese, was commended as outstanding and is now leading towards the preparation of a Chinese Gradual. Felix has taken masterclasses with Jeremy Summerly, David Hill, Ben Parry, Roland Börger, James O’Donnell, Simon Carrington, Andrew Carwood and Helmuth Rilling with major choirs including the BBC Singers and the Cardinall’s Musick. During his time in London, Felix was music director of the Cappella Singers of Upminster and accompanist for the Didcot Choral Society in 201011. He also led the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir in the presence of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at a Choral Evensong at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace in 2011. Upon finishing his graduate studies, Felix became the first Pettman Organ Scholar at the London Oratory, and worked closely with the Oratory Junior Choir for all of their rehearsals and services, as well as assisting in the Oratory’s major Latin liturgies. He previously studied organ with Peter Yue , Wong King Yu, and David Titterington.

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