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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).
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.
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).

www.gabrielleung.com
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.


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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