Co-founder/ Artistic Director: Mrs. Wu Pong Sin Yu, Monique
Bachelor of Music graduate from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts majoring in piano with Ms. Eva Lue and in music pedagogy with Prof. Eleanor Wong with outstanding academic results.
After graduation, she worked as a music teacher in a primary school. Subsequently, she advanced her education in Ecole Normale – an elite institution located in Paris, France that provides training to teachers, studying with Germaine Mournier (President Jury of International Chopin Competition).
As a passionate and devoted music educator, Monique has acquired over 25 years of experience in child education and teacher training, making her work at the Music Children Foundation a natural continuation her passion for introducing the world of music to young children.
She has vast experience and competence in music education and conducting performance and workshops for teachers and students. Founded Music Children@Shamshuipo programme in 2013, aiming to provide underprivileged children with free comprehensive music education programme through the teaching of music instruments, music appreciation, and attendance of music and other multi-dimension arts performance.
Co-founder/Executive Director: Ms. Pong Chau Ngan, Annike
Experienced actress graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts majoring in acting. She is currently teaching at Hong Kong Baptist University – academy of film as a guest lecturer; is passionate in acting education and training the next generation to develop their performing arts.
She also received Executive Master of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at The Education University of Hong Kong. As the Executive Director of Music Children Foundation, she focuses on contributing to society with professional music education and development of Music Children Foundation to extend the service more districts in Hong Kong.
“It costs a lot to learn music!”
How many children have lost their opportunity to learn music because of this statement?
Music is equivalent to beauty. While bringing about relaxation, it can carry the audience to a boundless universe. Music does not select its audience, nor would it be limited by racial or physical differences.
Unfortunately, there is large disparity between the rich and the poor in Hong Kong. Social stratification is very significant. Children of new immigrants, grassroots or single-parents need more than supporting their livelihood but means to set aside their worries. However, learning music and attending concerts seem so remote for them. Crowded living condition and financial constraint have caused these children to give up the hope on learning music.
The Music Children Foundation has opened a new window for these children. Let us join hands and bring them into a life-changing musical journey.
Board of Governors (Voluntary)
|Chairman:||Ms. Lee Ming Chi, Sheryl|
|Secretary:||Mrs. Chow Chan Ngar Mei, Amy|
|Treasurer:||Mr. Tai Lun, Paul|
|Governors:||Mrs. Kwong Lau Kuk Fan, Amanda|
|Ms. Lok Tsz Kwan, Jenny|
|Ms. Mak Sau Ying, Clara|
|Ms. Ho Wai Man, Helen|
|Mr. Fan Lok Pui, Jimmy|
Music Children Foundation was founded by a group of music professionals graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and various overseas music institutions. Hence, MCF has strong connection with professionals in these music academies.
Jacky is one of the most recent young classical and jazz saxophonists in Hong Kong. He started to play the Euphonium and Tuba when he was nine, and was so inspired that he expanded his musical repertoire, and took up the Saxophone, Trombone and other woodwind, brass instruments, he finished Diploma program in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the Parsons Music Foundation scholarship. Recently, he won the concerto prize in APA again and will be performed with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Orchestra.
Primarily trained as a violinist, Adrian Leung has received an associate diploma in Recital in Violin from Trinity College and a bachelor degree in Business Administration in Banking and Finance from the Open University of Hong Kong and.
Leung has been under the tutelage of some famous violinists and violists including Dr Gilbert Sak and Mr Wong Wai Ming. Before Leung started teaching both the violin and viola in Music Children Foundation, Leung had been teaching in Kowloon Tong School (Primary Section) for over six years. Leung is currently an active member of Shatin Philharmonic Orchestra in Hong Kong.
Chris Choi Shu Lun — Viola
Born in Hong Kong, Chris Choi Shu-lun began studying violin at the age of six and viola at 17 under the tutelage of Wang Jiayang and Ivan Chan at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he completed his Master of Music Degree with full scholarships.
First Prize winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld 1st International String Competition (Chamber Music Division). Chris has performed extensively across Asia and Europe in venues such as the Royal Academy of Music, the West Dean College, the Wells Cathedral, the Central Conservatory of Music,the Shantou University, the Harvard Club of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong City Hall; and in music festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Chilingirian's Chamber Music Festival (U.K.), Musicus Fest (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. He also participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at the Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as toured with the Asian Youth Orchestra as Assistant Principal Viola. Other performances includedWalton's Viola Concerto and Forsyth's Viola Concertowith the Academy Symphony Orchestra, as well as solo performances at the ABRSM Prize Ceremony Presentation 2014-2016.
Javan Tong Wai Ho — Cello
Tong Wai Ho started to learn the cello at the Music Office at age of seven. In 2002, Tong entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to study the Diploma in Music Programme. His first teacher at the Academy was Monica Su. Tong also obtained the Dip ABRSM of the Associated Board of Royal School of Music in 2003. Tong later studied with Prof. Ray Wang for his Bachelor Degree in Music in the Academy and he finished the programme in 2007. From 2005 to 2007, Tong was awarded Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation scholarships thrice and the Esson Mobil Scholarship. Tong is also an active orchestral player in Hong Kong. He took part in performance of Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shatin Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong New Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and Hong Kong Academy Symphony Orchestra. Tong was also the cello principal of the Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong from 2007-2009 and is currently the cello tutti of the City Chamber orchestra of Hong Kong. Tong has been performed in many concerts and play with IL DIVO, ASKA, Louie Castro, Liu Jia Chang, Paula Tsui, Leo Ku, Ivana Wong, Kit Chan, Michael Lai etc.
Tong was also invited to perform in Welcome to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge 2008 and SJM (Sociedade de Jogos de Macau) Lunar New Year's Eve gala dinner in 2014. In September 2013, Tong went music touring to nine Cites in China with the Macau Virtuosi. And, Tong played as principal cellist in 2014 Viva Mozart concert in Macao Arts Festival.
Michael started to learn cello at the age of 12. Wong started to take music as his elective subject since he was in high school. Wong entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to study the Diploma in Music Programme in 2015.
Carmen Ma - Flute
Ma first started her flute lesson with Dr. Lam Wing Cheong. She later got into the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where she studied flute performance with Timothy Wilson, and piano performance with Nancy Loo and Choi Sown Le. Graduated with the Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma in flute performance in 1995, Ma was then granted the scholarship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund and pursued further study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under Peter Lloyd, Wissam Bonstany and Karen Jones. Besides, Ma studied piccolo with Patricia Morris.
Ma has been giving performance extensively with diverse repertoires. In 1993, still a student at the Academy, she was invited to perform in the program “Young Musicians’ Platform” produced by RTHK Radio 4. Right after she returned from her UK study, Ma appeared in the “Hong Kong Concert Hall” event in 1997. She later joined the Hong Kong Sinfonietta as flutist and was on world tours to perform with the orchestra in France, Italy, Warsaw, Lithuania, Monaco, Taiwan, Japan, China and Bangkok. Ma also played in Broadway Asia Company’s musical theatre productions such as Cinderella and The Sound of Music. She was the guest soloist of the HKUST Wind Ensemble and Hong Kong Young Musicians' Wind Orchestra. Recently, Ma has performed as a freelance flutist with the Macao Orchestra.
As an active performer of contemporary music, Ma has been invited to play in Hong Kong Arts Festival, Musicarama and Hong Kong Composers’ Guild Composition Workshop. In 2004, Ma participated in the 36th International Encuentros Festival held at the Golden Hall of Teatro Colon and Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Ma is currently the instrumental instructor at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She was theadjudicator of Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition.
May Lam - Clarinet
May Lam attained the Bachelor of Music (Hon) and Professional Diploma from the Hong King Academy for Performing Arts in 1997 and 1998 respectively, major in clarinet, minor in piano. She appeared as a freelance clarinet player and worked with many music organisations including the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Hong Kong SAR Philharmonic Orchestra.
May is currently a clarinet tutor at several local schools, and also the clarinet tutor at the Hong Kong Wind Ensemble.
Ma Man Ki — Trumpet
Ma Man Ki is a band conductor, a composer and a trumpet tutor.
In his alma mater, Man Ki serves as the Wind Director and conductor of St. Stephen’s College Symphonic Band. The college band gained a several prizes in competitions, including the second-runner-up of intermediate concert band class in the 70th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival; the Gold Award in senior division of the 8th and 9th Winter Band Festival 2016 and 2017; the Gold Award in Community division of The Hong Kong International Band Fair 2018. Man Ki led the college band to perform in different occasions including the 28th Australian International Music Festival in summer 2017. Man Ki also serves as the conductor of Good Hope Primary School Intermediate Band, conductor of Kowloon Tong School (Primary Section) Junior Band and St. Stephen’s College Orchestra assistant conductor. On top of his passion in music education, Man Ki conducts the Symphonic Band of Music Children Foundation, where he can reach out for the underprivileged young ones and their families through music making.
In 2014, Man Ki’s arrangement of Dance of the Yao Tribe for chamber orchestra was performed by Collegium Musicum Hong Kong in Carnegie Hall, New York and later in Musikverenin, Vienna. His composition for Suona and Chinese Orchestra Another Way entered the final three of Nanyang Award in the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestra Composition 2015. In the same year, Man Ki was invited to arrange Chet Lam’s Riddles of the Road for guitar and Chinese Ensemble to be performed in the concert “Chet Lam & HKCO”.
Man Ki gives trumpet lessons in schools and privately. Under his guidance, many of his students gained distinctions in ABRSM exams and prizes in Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.
Ma Man Ki graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Music, with first class honor.
Ng Chung Pang — Trombone
Born in Hong Kong, graduated from St. Bonaventure College and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, got a bachelor's degree in trombone from Music Conservatory Hochshule fur Musik und Theater Hannover. Wu followed his teacher Mr. Huang Rizhao, a university professor Mr. Jonas Bylund, Mr. Maciek Walicki, Mr. Peter Sullivan and Mr. Jorgen van Rijen.
During the school year, Wu was the winner in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Concerto Competition, and be the soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. He also participated in many music festivals and enthusiastic summer camp, including the International Music Camp in Guangzhou, China and Hong Kong International Music Festival. Wu actively involved in various orchestras and solo performances. He is currently Principal Trombone Hong Kong Symphonic Orchestra. In addition, he served as special trombone musicians in various professional orchestras including the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Dennis Tsui Wang Chun — Horn
Dennis Tsui began his horn playing at the age of 13 in S.T.F.A. Seaward Woo College where he studied with Vincent To. In 2010, He started studying with Homer Lee at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Dennis was the co-principal hornist in Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra. He was also the co-principal in Collegium Musicum Hong Kong which was invited to give performances in Europe, including Leipzig, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich in 2012.
In 2014, Dennis was selected to a hornist in Aurora Music Festival in Sweden. During the festival, he worked with Will Sanders (Horn), Sarah Chang (Violin), Konstantin Bogino (Piano) etc. for chamber Music and also orchestral Music.In 2010, Dennis was selected to perform in horn masterclasses of Jeff Nelson, a member of Canadian Brass and in 2012 a masterclass by Komsun Dilokkunanant.
Dennis became a member of Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra and represented Hong Kong in Expo 2010 Shanghai China in 2010. In 2011, he joined Galaxy Wind Ensemble to go to Taiwan for the Chiayi City International Band Festival. Now, he is the principal horn of Hong Kong Chamber Wind Philharmonia which performed in Thailand for a joint band performance in the late summer of 2012. Apart from Orchestra playing, Dennis also engages in different chamber music ensemble. He is currently a member of Groove Wind Quintet. In 2015, the quintet was invited to perform in International Double reed Society Conference 2015 in Tokyo.
Ko Wai Chun — Euphonium
Ko Wai Chun, Alex, 24 years old, was born in Hong Kong. He studied at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 2008 - 2013, majoring in Bass Trombone with scholarships such as Y.S.LIU foundation Scholarships, SAR Philharmonic Scholarships etc. He Studied under Mr. Michael Priddy(former Bass Trombonist of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), Roland Szentpail(Tuba soloist) and Pieter Wyckoff( Bass trombonist of HKPO). After the study in Hong Kong, He went to Rotterdam(Netherlands) to continue study in bass trombone with Brandt Attema.
During his study in both Hong Kong and Rotterdam, He had participated in several Master Classes including Mr Joseph Alessi,(New York Philharmonic Orchestra), My Jorgen Van Rijen(Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Mr. Charles Vernon(Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Dr Paul Pollard(New York Metropolitan Opera Orchesrta), Mr. Ben Van Dijk(Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) etc.
He plays in several orchestras as a freelance player since 2010, such as Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, Delft Symphony Orchestra etc.
Raymond Vong Wai Man — Percussion
Currently tutti Percussion of City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Vong Wai Man, Raymond was born in Macau. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree and Master of Music (with distinction) with scholarships from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Raymond is an active performer in Macau and Hong Kong. He has been regularly invited to perform with the Macao Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the North Carolina Orchestra in the US, and others.
Raymond serves as a faculty member of the HKAPA. He also teaches in the Macau Band Directors’ Association, St. Paul's Co-Educational College and some schools in Hong Kong. In addition, he has conducted some percussion workshops for students and teachers in Hong Kong and Macau. Raymond was one of the founding members of the Macau Percussion Association. He is currently the executive director in the association.
Graduated from the Hong Kong Institute of Education Primary Education (Hons) degree, majoring in music, and subsequently obtained (music) Master of Arts degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, is now the Hong Kong Institute of Education (music) education doctoral students, and served as Tai Po Choir as the music director and a number of our primary and secondary school choir conductor.
(In alphabetical order according to last name)
Mr. Kuok, Julie (Pianist)
Ms. Lee, Colleen (Pianist)
Mr. Lee, Warren (Pianist)
Ms. Loo, Nancy (Pianist)
Ms. Lue, Eva (Pianist)
Ms. Ng, Poly (Composer)
Mr. Tam, Victor (Oboist/Conductor)
Mr. Tsoi, Ray (Violinist)
Mr. Wu, Matthew (Flautist)
Ms. Wong, Zerlina (Senior Instructor of IED)
Dr. Chan, Phyllis (Psychiatrist)
Ms. Hong, Janet (Family Therapist and Registered Counselling Psychologist)
Dr. Poon, Rachel (Clinical Psychologist)