The Masters

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Dan Yu

  • World Champion (2001 USA International Harp Competition)
  • World Harp Congress Board Director (representing China)
  • Harp Teacher at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

 

Since winning the Gold Medal of the prestigious 5th USA International Harp Competition in 2001, Dan Yu’s lyrical interpretations, profound musicality, and technical mastery have captivated and dazzled audiences across three continents. She has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and appeared to great acclaim at Alice Tully Hall, New York, and Wigmore Hall, London. The New York Concert Review hailed her as “a unique and major talent capable of bringing the art of harp playing and the way the world views it to an entirely new dimension… …radiating so much joy… …it seems she’s already in a class by herself.” She was featured more recently in Bright Sheng’s Intimacy of Creativity Project in Hong Kong, Lyon & Healy’s 150th Anniversary Celebration concert series in Chicago, and the opening concert of the World Harp Congress in Sydney.

As a harp teacher, Dan Yu has given master classes throughout the US, in major conservatories of China, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since moving to Hong Kong in 2008, her students have won prizes at international and national competitions in France, Japan, USA, Russia, Serbia, Korea, China and Hong Kong. She also served on the jury of the prestigious USA International Harp Competition at the Indiana University in 2013.

Dan Yu’s performances have been broadcast on television and radio stations in USA, China and Hong Kong. A documentary on her was broadcast worldwide via CCTV 4. She has two classical solo CDs and one DVD released. “The Nightingale”, “Spring on the Moonlit River”, and “Dan Yu-Live Recital”.

Currently Dan Yu is the Music Director at the Hong Kong Harp Chamber, and harp instructor at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Dan Yu is also the Co-Chair of the Host Committee for the 2017 World Harp Congress which will be held in Hong Kong.

于丹

  • 世界冠軍2001美國國際豎琴大賽
  • 豎琴世界年會理事(中國代表)
  • 香港演藝學院導師

于丹於2001年在美國「國際豎琴大賽」中,從十四個國家三十七位參賽者中脫穎而出勇奪「金獎」, 為首位華人在國際豎琴大賽中獲得最高榮譽獎項,獎品包括一台為是次大賽特別製造的24K包金Lyon & Healy豎琴。

于丹出生於瀋陽一個音樂之家。六歲開始學鋼琴,十歲學豎琴,考入瀋陽音樂學院後跟隨樂平秋教授研習豎琴演奏。於1993,于丹年前赴美國《皮巴迪音樂學院》進修,師承Dr. Ruth Mglafield,並考獲學士及碩士學位。隨後就讀《印地安大學》,師從當代豎琴泰斗 Susann Mcdonald 攻讀藝術文憑。於 1995和1996年于丹連續兩年在美國豎琴協會的Anne Adams比賽中獲首獎。

于丹嫻熟的技巧、行雲流水般的演奏,對樂曲深刻的詮釋和抒情的音樂深深地吸引了聽眾。她曾於美 國、歐洲及亞洲舉行獨奏會、室樂音樂會。於紐約林肯中心的Alice Tully Hall及倫敦的Wigmore Hall的演 出更大獲好評。《紐約音樂會樂評》雜誌稱:「如何將藝術融入豎琴演奏中,她表露了獨一無二的極 高才氣」、「她似乎有一種能力可以讓兩隻手甚至每根手指一一聽起來都有不同的樂器色彩和織體」 。近年于丹亦有參與香港科技大學與香港管弦樂團、藝術總監盛宗亮先生呈獻的「創意間的親暱」、 以及著名琴廠「Lyon & Healy 150週年慶祝音樂會」及悉尼「世界豎琴大會開幕音樂會」 的演出。

于丹曾於美國各地,中國各大音樂學院,以及倫敦的《英國皇家音樂學院》教授「大師班」。自2008 年來港教授,她的學生在法國、日本、美國、俄羅斯、塞爾維亞、韓國、中國及香港舉辨的多個國際和全國比賽中屢獲殊榮。2013年,于丹為於《印第安納大學》舉行,享負盛名的美國《國際豎琴大 賽》擔任評判。

于丹的演出曾於美國、中國及香港的電台及電視台播出。中國中央電視台中文國際頻道(CCTV 4)更曾向全球播出于丹的專訪特輯。她灌錄了兩張獨奏CD及一張DVD,分別為《夜鶯》、《春江花月夜》 及《于丹 – 現場演奏會》。

于丹現為《香港豎琴堡》音樂總監及《香港演藝學院》豎琴導師。亦是2017年將於香港舉辨的《世界豎琴大會》籌組委員會聯合主席。

 

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Ann Huang

  • Harp Principal, Hong Kong Sinfonietta

After graduating from Taipei Hwa Kang Professional Arts School where she majored in Konghou, an ancient Chinese harp, Ann Huang was awarded a scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Upon graduation, Ann Huang joined the Hong Kong Sinfonietta as Harp Principal. Apart from her position at the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, she lectures part-time at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University. She also freelances for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

黃士倫

  • 香港小交響樂團豎琴首席

黃士倫於台灣台北華岡藝術學校畢業,主修中國古典樂器──箜篌。在學期間,黃士倫曾於台北實驗國樂團及高雄市立國樂團兼任豎琴手一職。

黃士倫期後獲奬學金前赴香港演藝學院就讀,以優異成績畢業後旋即獲聘加入香港小交響樂團擔任豎琴首席。她曾多次獲邀演奏莫扎特的「長笛與豎琴協奏曲」,德布西的「神聖與世俗舞曲」,以及韓德爾的豎琴協奏曲,拉威爾的 「引子與快板」,皆獲好評。

黃士倫現任香港小交響樂團豎琴首席,並任教於香港演藝學院、香港中文大學及香港浸會大學。

 

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Lauyee Yeung

  • Master of Arts double degrees at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the University of London (Distinction)
  • 1st prize in Solo Bach Competition
  • 1st prize in the N.Borenstein harp duo competition

Described as “extremely musical”, harpist Lauyee YEUNG has given acclaimed performances all over the world since her graduation from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London and the University of London where she earned her Master of Arts double degrees with distinction in 2011.

Lauyee started her musical journey at the age of 6. One year later, she started giving regular public solo recitals. At the age of 10, she gained entry to the Attached Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she was awarded scholarships every year for her outstanding performance.

Lauyee’s orchestra experience debuted at the age of 13 to great acclaim with the Central Conservatory of Music Attached School Youth Symphony Orchestra in Beijing. Her orchestral performances of ballet and standard repertoires were well-received. During her years of orchestral training she had the privilege to work with world renowned conductors Seiji Ozawa and Liang Shen Chen.

After graduating with honors from the music conservatory in Beijing, Lauyee pursued further studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London for her Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts (Music) degree under the tutelage of Skaila Kanga, head of the Harp Department and renowned harpist Catherine White.

Meanwhile, Lauyee also underwent very intensive orchestra training with Thelma Owen, the Principal Harp of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She played frequently with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestral and Young Musician Symphony Orchestra and had the great honour and precious opportunities to work with famous conductors like Sir Colin Davis, Yan Pascal Tortellier, Sussana Malkki and James Blair.

Lauyee has won numerous prizes including the 1st prize in the N.Borenstein harp duo competition and 1st prize of solo Bach competition. She was also awarded a Financial Assistance Bursary by the Royal Academy of Music and a scholarship by the Musicians Benevolent Fund to support her postgraduate studies.

Her interest in contemporary repertoire has paved way for her performances of various premiering works by Richard Bissell, Gareth Woods, Rhian Samuel, Eric Crees and Joby Talbot. She was also invited to give solo recitals in Amsterdam, Switzerland and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Lauyee also served the community by playing soothing harp music for hospice centres in the United Kingdom. An active member of the Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble, Lauyee performed with the group at the Duchess of Gloucester’s birthday celebrations and for the HRH Prince Charles’ 60th Birthday at the Royal Opera House in London.

Lauyee has taken up the position of Senior Harp Teacher at the Hong Kong Harp Chamber since 2011. As an active soloist, Lauyee has given many public recitals and chamber music concerts in HK. She was awarded a certificate for her exemplary teaching in preparing students for The Szeged International Harp Competition in Hungary in 2013. Lauyee has been interviewed by TVB recently with one of her outstanding students to introduce harp music. She has also been invited to perform in the First Taiwan International Harp Festival in June 2015.

楊柳依

  • 英國皇家音樂學院及英國倫敦大學雙(榮譽)碩士
  • 巴哈獨奏比賽冠軍
  • N.Borenstein豎琴比賽冠軍

豎琴演奏家楊柳依,於2011年以優異成績考獲英國皇家音樂學院及英國倫敦大學雙碩士學位,先後在世界各地公開演出,並獲讚譽為一位「極富音樂感」的音樂家。

楊柳依六歲開始接受正統音樂訓練,並於翌年開始定期舉行獨奏會。年僅十歲即獲北京中央音樂學院附屬學校取錄,期間每年均以傑出成績贏得獎學金;在學期間楊柳依參與學院的樂團訓練,年僅十三歲便正式參與樂團演出,更有幸與世界知名指揮家Seiji Ozawa及Liang Chen Chen 同枱演出,楊柳依所彈奏的各類型作品均獲好評。

畢業後楊柳依旋即前赴英國皇家音樂學院修讀音樂學士及碩士學位,先後師事豎琴系主任Skaila Kanga和著名豎琴家Catherine White。

與此同時,楊柳依繼續接受嚴謹的樂團訓練,師承英國皇家愛樂樂團豎琴首席Thelma Owen。楊柳依經常參與Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra 及 Young Musician Symphony Orchestra 的演出,並與多位著名指揮家合作,包括Sir Colin Davis, Yan Pascal Tortellier, Susanna Malkki 及 James Blair.

在學期間楊柳依獲獎無數,其中包括N.Borenstein豎琴比賽冠軍和巴哈獨奏比賽冠軍。楊柳依憑著其優異成績,先後獲頒英國皇家音樂學院獎助學金及音樂家慈善基金會獎學金,支付其研究生學費。

楊柳依熱愛現代音樂,曾為多位作曲家的作品作首演,包括Richard Bissell、Gareth Woods、 Rhian Samuel、Eric Crees及Joby Talbot。楊柳依演出經驗豐富,曾獲邀於阿姆斯特、瑞士及倫敦聖馬田作豎琴獨奏。楊柳依曾在英國多間療養中心彈奏豎琴音樂,協助病人紓緩情緒,利用音樂回饋社會。此外,楊柳依是英國皇家音樂學院豎琴合奏團的活躍份子,曾為告羅士打公爵夫人作生日獻奏及於倫敦皇家歌劇院為查理斯皇子六十大壽作皇室御前豎琴演奏。

自2011年起,楊柳依擔任香港豎琴堡高級豎琴導師,並多次在香港舉行獨奏會和室樂音樂會。2013年,楊柳依的豎琴學生在匈牙利的國際豎琴大賽中表現優異,主辦機構特別向楊柳依頒發嘉許證書,以表揚她優秀的教學成績。楊柳依及其學生獲香港無線電視邀請接受訪問及介紹豎琴音樂。楊柳依將於今年六月應邀出席第一屆台灣國際豎琴節,並擔任演出嘉賓。