Kitty Cheung

Violin 1

 

Kitty Cheung received her early violin training from the parents of Li Chuanyun, Mr. Li Houyi and Madam Qiu Xingye at the age of four at Yip's Children's Choral and Performing Arts Centre. At the age of five, Kitty began studying with Professor Lin Yaoji, after which she continued with Professor Lin’s daughter, Lin Wei, and Ho Hong-ying. Later, Kitty received The Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund to continue her studies in the United States and later a full scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. Kitty holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied under Charles Castleman and Zvi Zeitlin, and also won prizes in excellence in teaching, excellence in chamber music and Lecture Recital Prize for the best doctoral lecture recital. She was also appointed the Teaching Assistant of Professor Charles Castleman. Prior to that, she received Master of Music and Master in Music Performance (Guildhall Artist) degrees, both with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with David Takeno.

She was Associate Concertmaster of Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2011 – 2017 and taught chamber music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Ensemble-in-Residence 2014-15). Kitty is currently the first violinist of Romer String Quartet, co-founder of Contrast Trio (violin-saxophone-piano), and adjunct lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University. As a diversified musician, Kitty has performed around the world in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America, in concert halls including the Carnegie Hall, The Barbican Centre, and Wigmore Hall. She has made solo appearances with orchestras including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra. She also recorded broadcast performances for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Television Hong Kong. She has also previously performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and has led ensembles which made recordings for Loft Records, New World Records and Bridge Records – the latter of which was nominated for a Latin Grammy. She has worked with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez and Sir Colin Davis. 

Kitty is dedicated to music education. She has given education workshops, including the Chamber Tots Series at London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as masterclasses at numerous universities and music festivals in Hong Kong, the United States, Thailand, Malaysia, etc.

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