Composer’s Notebook #5

Announcement of première performance of Three Concert Pieces for piano

I am very pleased to announce that my Three Concert Pieces for piano will receive its première performance in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House on 9 February at 7 pm. The pianist is a good friend and colleague, Nicholas Young, with whom I collaborated frequently during our time at the Sydney Conservatorium. It is a pleasure to work with him again, but this time as a composer!

For more information about the concert and ticketing, click here to be directed to the corresponding page on the Sydney Opera House website.

For some insight into Nicholas’ project, and the rationale behind such a concert, you may be interested in this interview for CutCommon magazine.

The program notes for the concert are available online now.

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Charity Concert at Town Hall, March 2015

Some of you know that I conducted a concert featuring my own arrangements of Chinese and Western popular music in Sydney Town Hall in March this year. This event was organised by the Chinese Parents Association (CPA) for Children With Disabilities, and featured musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music along with children in CPA’s music program and two guest soloists: soprano Sarah Wang, and  Cantonese singer Edward Lee. It was a daunting experience for me – not only because this was a huge project in terms of arrangements, but especially since this was the first time I had conducted anything in public (with virtually no prior experience). And I got to do it in Sydney Town Hall! The concert was a great success, and afterwards CPA asked me to write some words recounting my experience of the concert. Here is my full statement:

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