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Trio of Hong Kong musicians make Carnegie Hall debut

Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay (right) welcomes (from left): HKGNA founder Michelle Kim and pianists Shing Lee and Yue Zhang at a July 9 news conference.

Hong Kong pianists Yue Zhang and Shing Lee and violinist Jeremy Hao made their debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on July 11.

Mr. Zhang and Mr. Hao were the two grand-prize winners of the Hong Kong Generation Next Arts (HKGNA) 2014 Music Competition. Mr. Lee was presented with HKGNA’s Musical Angel award. They performed a repertoire ranging from Brahms and Schubert to Piazzolla and Marc-Andre Hamlin at the Weill Recital Hall.

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York (HKETONY) hosted a welcome reception for the three musicians and HKGNA founder Michelle Kim on July 9.

Attending the reception are (from left): Provost and Dean Marjorie Merryman of the College at Manhattan School of Music, Shing Lee, Michelle Kim, Yue Zhang and Steve Barclay.

Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said his office was pleased to support the concert, which showcased the best of Hong Kong music talent.

HKGNA is a Hong Kong-registered charity founded by Ms. Kim, an accomplished pianist herself, in 2009. It aims at inspiring and nurturing excellence in the next generation of young artists and transforming lives through music. Its Musical Angel program is dedicated to helping disadvantaged and underprivileged youth with musical aspirations and nurtures their creative talent through music training.

Mr. Zhang studied piano from the age of 7, and is pursuing his bachelor’s degree at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with a full scholarship under the tutelage of Gabriel Kwok.

Mr. Hao received a scholarship for his bachelor of music degree at the Mannes College. The New School for Music and is studying violin performance.

Mr. Lee who has serious vision impairment due to congenital retinitis pigmentosa, continued his pursuit of piano music under Ms. Kim’s guidance, despite his gradually worsening eyesight. Supported by Arts with Disabled Association, he performed his first solo recital in 2009.


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