Raymond graduated with a Master degree in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he study under with Mr. Andrew Simon, the Principal Clarinetist of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Bachelor degree in Music Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University, where he studied under Mr. Martin Choy, the former Principal Clarinetist of Hong Kong Sinfonietta majoring in clarinet. He started his clarinet study at the age of twelve. He has accomplished LTCL Clarinet Recital Diploma with Distinction, ABRSM Grade 8 saxophone and ABRSM Music Theory Grade 8.
Raymond is an active player in many ensembles and orchestras. He is a clarinet player in Hong Kong Baptist University Wind Ensemble, Global Symphony Orchestra concert and China Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Mr. Victor Tam, Maestro Mak Ka Lok and Dr. Artem Konstantinov. Also, he is a guest contrabass clarinet player in Hong Kong Chamber Wind Philharmonia. He played Hong Kong Baptist University Wind Symphony Concerts, the concert of Ten thousand – Ode to Joy, concert at the Musicarama Festival, Video Game Live (World Tour in Shenzhen), Lotus Hill Park Music Festival(Shenzhen) and RTHK Christmas Rhapsody 2016. He has collaborated with the singers, including Candy Lo, Eddie Ng, William Hu and Samantha Lam. He played in the opening ceremony for the Wynn Palace in Macau with CoCo lee and Andrea Bocelli, a world-famous tenor singer. He played as an ensemble player for Horizon 2014, 2015 and Refine 2016, 2017 at Hong Kong City Hall.
Raymond won the 3rd prize of Clarinet category in Manhattan International Young Artists Music Festival in 2017, 2nd prize in Hong Kong Performing Art Festival in 2016 and 3rd prize in Parson Music Festival in 2016.
Born in Hong Kong, Shania Chan Choi Ching is a passionate saxophone performer and educator. She has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, the Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, and China. Moreover, she has won the 18th Osaka International Music Competition (Hong Kong Semi Final) and the Hong Kong Music Talent Award 2020 (Woodwind Category Open Class).
Shania’s enthusiasm for saxophone has led her to appear in international saxophone symposiums and events, such as the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the World Music Contest Kerkrade, and the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy. Furthermore, Shania has actively taken part in many master classes conducted by esteemed saxophonists including Vincent David, Timothy McAllister, Nobuya Sugawa, Nathan Bogert, Stephen Page, Rhonda Taylor, Kenneth Tse and Habanera Saxophone Quartet.
Shania earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at the Hong Kong Baptist University under the tutelage of Mr. Jeffrey Chan. She was selected for an exchange program in Bowling Green State University (the United States) where she studied with the renowned saxophonist Dr. John Sampen. During her studies, she received numerous awards and scholarships, including HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship, Alumnus C.B. Chiu Scholarship, Character Building Fund Scholarship, Faculty of Arts Outstanding Achievement and Student Exchange Scholarship.
As a dedicated chamber musician, Shania is an active performer of different local music groups in Hong Kong including La Sax Saxophone Ensemble (HK), Hong Kong Professional Winds, New Hong Kong Philharmonia, Hong Kong Young Musicians’ Wind Orchestra. Apart from classical performances, Shania is also passionate in performing jazz and pop music. She has performed with HKBU Big Swingin’ Band, Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra, as well as Hong Kong artist Louis Yuen Siu Cheung and Harry Wong.
In addition to performing, Shania is enthusiastic in teaching, aiming to promote the saxophone throughout Hong Kong. She teaches saxophone at various primary and secondary schools, as well as the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong. She was also a conductor of a local primary school wind band.
– Clarinetist and Saxophonist born and raised in Hong Kong
– Graduated from HKBU with BA (Hons.) in Music Studies
– Champion of the 5th Hong Kong Music Talent Music Competition (Professional Group)
– Prized with outstanding teacher awards in various local competitions
Victor Chan, graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music Studies, followed by Mr. Richard Fong, Mr. Martin Choy and Mr. Lorenzo Iosco to learn the clarinet. Also followed by Dr. Wong Tak Chiu to study the saxophone. Victor has passed the Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) in Clarinet and Associateship of Trinity College London (ATCL) in Saxophone .
Victor actively participates in different music activities. Actively participate in performances in various ensembles, including O Wind Ensemble, Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, Hong Kong Chamber Wind Philharmonia and Hong Kong Baptist Symphony Orchestra, etc. He also participated in Share the Stage with HK Phil and performed on the same stage with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from Hong Kong, Chan also went to Austria to participate in an Austrian Master Class and study with Mr. Dario Zingales.
In addition to performing activities, Victor also actively participates in competitions. He won the Champion in the professional group of the 5th Hong Kong Music Talent Music Competition and the First Prize in the chamber music group of the Zhongsin International Music Competition. In 2019, Victor followed O Wind Ensemble, participated in the Nie Er Youth Wind Band Art Week Competition, and won the First Prize in the Open Group.
Victor has over eight years of experience in teaching the clarinet and the saxophone, whether it is one-on-one, group teaching, ensemble and orchestra conducting. Students have achieved excellent results in different competitions and examinations, and Victor has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award in the Hong Kong Music Talent Award and the Hong Kong Youth Catania Music Competition. Victor is good at tailor-made courses with individual plans and goals for each student, that aim of making every student develop his or her music talent.
Hong Kong’s new generation of conductor and classical saxophonist; Chung Hoi YAN (Oliver) is active in music activities all over the world. Oliver Yan is the current Assistant Conductor of the Stephen F. Austin Symphony Orchestra (SFASO).
Oliver started his musical training in high school, pursuing saxophone and conducting performances in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Italy and the United States. He has been invited as a guest conductor in many ensembles and orchestras around the world including the Brescia Master Orchestra, SFA Saxophone Ensemble, Hong Kong Baptist University Composition Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Youth Saxophone Choir.
Oliver has worked with many great musicians that have heavily influenced his passion to present his music on the stage. Oliver has participated in multiple masterclasses with conductors, including Donald Schleicher, Douglas Bostock, Larry Rachleff, and Nicolas Pasquest.
As a classical saxophonist, Oliver was tasked with presenting a lecture recital; presenting the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by David Maslanka in his undergraduate graduation recital. Good instrumental playing is a monumental aspect in one’s journey to become a conductor. Along with conducting masterclasses, Oliver has participated in masterclasses focussed on saxophone performance; led by Arno Bornkamp, Kenneth Tse, Timothy McAllister, and Vincent David, etc.
Since beginning his musical journey at twelve years of age, Oliver has a relentless pursuit of developing his musical skills on the podium and on his horn. He studied saxophone under Dr. Tak Chiu Wong in Hong Kong Baptist University and studied conducting under Mr. Man Ho Choi and Mr. Kelvin Ngai. Currently, Oliver is pursuing a double Masters Degree in Saxophone Performance and Conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Gregory Grabowski and Dr. Nathan Nabb/Dr. Bob Eason in their respective fields in Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas.