2 September 2019, 12:45pm-1:45pm
Concert III: 'Partnership'; Romer will invite the trombonist Christopher Rodgers and the chromatic harmonica player Harry Choi as guest performers, and will also perform a contemporary work by Hong Kong composer Austin Yip.
Performed by Romer String Quartet, Christopher Rodgers (Trombone) & Harry Choi (Chromatic Harmonica)
Christopher Rodgers, Trombone
Principal Trombone of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta since 2014, Christopher Rodgers grew up in a musical family in Oxford, Mississippi, USA. He received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Utah, where he studied with Larry Zalkind. He then joined David Jackson's trombone studio at the University of Michigan, where he completed Master of Music degrees in both trombone performance and chamber music performance. Previous teachers also include Donn Schaefer and Colin Williams.
In addition to his position with HKS, Rodgers has performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Macao Orchestra. He has given solo and chamber recitals, as well as educational performances and presentations at several schools in Utah, Michigan, and Hong Kong. In the USA, Rodgers has participated in the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute, the Hot Springs Music Festival, the National Brass Symposium, and the Southeast Trombone Symposium.
Harry Choi, Chromatic Harmonica
Specialized in chromatic harmonica performance, graduated from King's College and the University of Hong Kong, Choi Wai-hang Harry is an emerging harmonica player from Hong Kong. He is the co-founder of Duo Volce (Harmonica-violin) and RedBricks Harmonica (Harmonica Ensemble). Harry is a frequent winner in International Harmonica Festivals. At aged 17, he grasped the champion in Harmonica Solo Chromatic (Adult) in the World Harmonica Festival (WHF) 2009. Partnered with Cy Leo, he won back-to-back Harmonica Duo (Adult) Champions in the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival (APHF) 2012 and World Harmonica Festival 2013. Since then, he was cordially invited as the adjudicator of the APHF.
Harry was featured in various prestigious performances, including a solo performance jointly invited by HKSAR and HKHA in Shanghai World Expo. In APHF 2016 Taiwan, the group Duo Volce was awarded the Champion of the harmonica original category. Since then, the group was invited to perform at different concert events, including the Tai Kwun Monday Afternoon Series. Harry was invited as jury of the Seoul International Harmonica Festival (SIHF) every year. Since 2018, Harry’s RedBricks Harmonica successfully performed in a three-day festival of the Hong Kong Sevens (Rugby).
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