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Vincent Larderet
The Highest End FRENCH Concert Pianist of the 21st Century

International acclaimed French Concert Pianist ~
Artistic Director of the “Piano au Musée Würth” International Festival (France) ~
• Musikhochschule Lübeck
Development cycle with Maestro Bruno-Leonardo GELBER, Piano 2002
• Concert Pianist International Soloist 1991
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HONORS and AWARDS ~
• Prize winner of the National Claude Kahn Piano Competition (France) 1995
• Winner of the International Brest Piano Competition (France) 1997
• Prize winner at Maria Canals Barcelona International Piano Competition (Spain) 1998
• Prize winner at AMA Calabria International Piano Competition (Italy) 1999
• Laureate of the “International Orpheum Foundation for young Soloist” (Switzerland) 2002
• “Classical Revelation” by Adami winner at MIDEM in Cannes (France) 2003
• Member of the Jury International Piano Competitions 2005
• Founder Member of the West Side Quartet 2007
• Classica’s “CHOC”, “MAESTRO” by Pianiste, Diapason 5, France Musique “best of”, Resmusica’s “CLEF” and RITMO 4 stars Awards 2011
• Nominated for the “International Classical Music Awards” (Worldwide) 2015 & 2012
• Pizzicato’s “SUPERSONIC” Award (Luxembourg) 2012 & 2014
• Awarded by the international title of “Steinway Artist” 2013
• Honorary International Artist-in-Residence & Honorary Artist-Faculty Member at Hong Kong Music and Performing School 2014


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The Florent Schmitt NAXOS CD featuring the world premiere recording of “La Tragédie de Salomé” to outstanding international critical acclaim has won 8 prestigious awards (Worldwide) 2011 ~
• Classica’s CHOC (France)
• MAESTRO by Pianiste magazine (France)
• Diapason 5 (France)
• Resmusica’s CLEF (France)
• RITMO’s 4 stars (Spain)
• Pizzicato’s SUPERSONIC (Luxembourg)
• Nominated for the “International Classical Music Awards” 2012 for the best “solo instrument” recording (World)
• “This is definitely one of Naxos’s better releases” May June 2012 in Fanfare (USA)

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ARS Produktion RAVEL SACD-CD “Orchestra & Virtuoso Piano” World Premiere Recording won 8 awards (Worldwide) 2014 ~ 
• “SUPERSONIC” from Pizzicato (Luxembourg, March 2014)
• Télérama 4 f (France, April 2014)
• Diapason 5 (France)
• 10/10 from KLASSIK Heute (Germany, April 2014)
• “Recording of the month” by MusicWeb International (US, May 2014)
• maximum points for interpretation & sound in “PIANO News” (Germany, May/June 2014)
• « JOKER » from CRESCENDO Magazine (Belgium, September 2014)
• “INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS” 2015 IN THE “SOLO INSTRUMENT” (Worldwide, November 2014)

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ARS Produktion Ravel Concerti + Schmitt World Premiere Recording won 8 awards (Worldwide) 2015
• Classique News “Clic” (France)
• Pizzicato’s SUPERSONIC (Luxembourg)
• Diapason 5 (France)
• Nomination for the “International Classical Music Awards” 2016 (ICMA) as the best Concertos recording of the year. Only 25 have been selected worldwide in the “Concertos” category (France)
• Highest ratings 6/6 for interpretation & sound in PIANO News (Germany)
• Resmusica “CLEF” (France)
• Klassik Heute “Empfehlung” (Germany)
• Praised in Fanfare “best recordings of the year” (USA)

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HONG KONG PREMIERE @ LE FRENCH MAY ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 OF THE NEW BRAHMS-BERG SACD PRAISED BY 4 AWARDS (2016, WORLDWIDE)
• MUSICA 5 stars Award (Italy)
• Classica 4 stars Award (France)
• Pizzicato 5 stars Award (Luxembourg)
• Nomination for the “International Classical Music Awards” 2017 (ICMA) as the best solo recording of the year. (Worldwide)

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Honored by the revered title of “Steinway Artist” and internationally renowned as a Ravel specialist, VINCENT LARDERET is worthy of the title of highest end French concert pianist of the 21st century. His 3 world premiere recordings of Schmitt’s La Tragédie de Salomé, Ravel’s Orchestral & Virtuoso Piano and Ravel’s Concertos & Schmitt J’entends dans le lointain… won a total of 24 worldwide awards. Larderet is the only living French pianist who received this honor and attracted international recognition for the exceptional intensity of his very personal and deeply inspired interpretations often compared to the piano legends such as Michelangeli, Arrau, Zimerman and Argerich.  Vincent Larderet CD Charity Sale. Net proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Music and Performing Foundation for charitable purposes, to enhance and publicize the education of music and arts for the future generations.
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Larderet HK Debut in Retrospect
Chinese Who’s Who Society “Celebrity Videos” Exclusive Interview (March 1, 2014 Hong Kong)


Chinese Who’s Who Society “Post Concert News” (March 4 & 5, 2014 Hong Kong) 

Hong Kong Music and Performing School PREMIERE CONCERT Photo Album 

 

Nicolas Koeckert
The first GERMAN prize-winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition

Nicolas Koeckert
Honorary Professor of Cello and Chamber Music
Hong Kong Music and Performing School

The German-Brazilian violinist Nicolas Koeckert, who comes from a traditional musical family, was born in Munich, Germany. At the age of 5 he received as a gift his first violin from his grandfather. Nicolas started his academic studies when he was 16 at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg with Grigori Zhislin. Continuing his studies with Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule für Musik Köln from 1998, Nicolas started to perform regularly as an international soloist. In 2005 he graduated with highest distinctions and two years later finished his Master’s degree.

In 2001, he won the first prize at the ‘International Competition for Young Violinists Novosibirsk’ in Russia, where he also received the special prize for the best performance of the commissioned composition and the ‘Cultural Prize of Novosibirsk’. In 2002 Nicolas Koeckert became the first German to win a prize at the world-famous ‘International Tchaikovsky Competition’ in Moscow. As a recognition for his artistic achievements in the same summer he was awarded with the ‘Artist Promotion Prize of the Bavarian Government’. In the year 2003, he was prize winner at the Montreal International Musical Competition and also was awarded the second prize at the ‘Liana Isakadze International Violin Competition’ in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Nicolas performs regularely as a soloist with leading orchestras from Europe, Asia, Brazil, Mexico and North Amerika like ‘Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal’, ‘Russian National Symphony Orchestra’, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, ‘KBS Symphony Orchestra’, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo’, ‘Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira’, ‘Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Brasilia’, Orquestra Experimental de Repertório, ‘Norrköping Symphony Orchestra’, Capella Istropolitana, ‘Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra’, ‘Georgian Chamber Orchestra’ and Munich Chamber Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Sir Colin Davis, Michail Jurowski, Jonathan Nott, Asher Fisch, José Serebrier, Christoph Poppen, Saulius Sondeckis, Theodor Guschlbauer, Andris Nelsons, Ari Rasilainen, Ira Levin, Nicholas Milton, Marc Piollet, Emil Tabakov, Victor Pablo Pérez, Osvaldo Ferreira, Fabio Mechetti, Benjamin Northey, Gabriel Feltz and Markus Poschner, among others.

For the Bavarian Radio Station, the violinist has recorded various pieces like Ballade Sonata for solo violin No. 3 by Eugène Ysaÿe, Edvard Grieg’s Sonata in C minor, the Sonata by Maurice Ravel, Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34 and Melody, Op. 42/3 by Tchaikovsky, the Béla Bartók’s Solo Sonata, Antonio Bazzini’s Dance of the Goblins, Sibelius and the Second Violin Concerto of Karol Szymanowski.

The CD recording released by Naxos and featuring the Russian and Slavonic Miniatures by Fritz Kreisler was twice selected as the Recording Of The Month in 2006 by both The Strad Magazine and in 2004 by Naxos in Germany.

Nicolas teaches regularly and gives masterclasses in Germany and abroad. He is a teacher at the Vienna Conservatory.

Founder
AU YEUNG Wing Kam

In 2017, AU YEUNG Wing Kam began the field of internet e-commerce. VWOnlineLuxury is an Internet e-commerce S2b2c company, the world’s first online shopping and media platform that specializes in high-end art music, vogue and health culture. V is very valuable, W is spiritual wealth and LUXURY is a life attitude, beauty and intelligence, she has a strong natural miracle creation ability. VW is a dream maker, with an enthusiasm for strong artistic personality, expresses a truly contemporary aesthetic, realize classical music artist implementing new ideas to create value.

• AU YEUNG Wing Kam was born into a family of grass-roots in Hong Kong, China.

• AU YEUNG has established herself as an all-rounded Music Pedagogue, Piano Pedagogue, Pianist, Music Writer, Music Thinker and Music Innovator.

• She fell in love with piano since she was three years old and started learning the piano when she was nine years old. She made her debut at the age of sixteen. As a recipient of the Principle of Helen Woo Foundation Scholarships, Au-Yeung began her formal musical training in her early years and received four years of professional training in piano performance. Later she graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) in Music and was also awarded a Performer’s Certificate and a Performer’s Diploma in Pianoforte from the Trinity College of Music, London.

• A versatile musician, AU YEUNG Wing Kam gives masterclasses, solo performances and performs as a piano accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. In 1998 she performed the world premiere of a series of piano works for four hands by several prominent Hong Kong composers. In 2009, she was invited to perform in a concert organized by the Music Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Over the years she has also assume various roles in musical education. In addition to being a piano instructor, she has taught Western Music Theory and Western Music Appreciation courses at The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She was previously a choir instructor of the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, and served as a piano accompanist and instructor in general musicianship, theory and aural-training at the Hong Kong SAR’s Music Office.

• From 2002 to 2007, AU YEUNG wrote the following teaching materials: “Notes to Music Theory” Based on the Syllabus of Grade 5 Theory Examination and “Notes to Aural Training” Based on the Syllabus of Grade 1 to Grade 8 Aural Tests for Practical Examination. All are published by the Hong Kong Music and Performing School. Net proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Music and Performing Foundation for charitable purpose, to enhance and publicize the education of music and arts for the future generations.

• In 2008, AU YEUNG established the Hong Kong Music and Performing School. The Hong Kong Music and Performing School is a non-profit charitable organization, established since 2008 and has developed become a world-class international performing arts organization. The Hong Kong Music and Performing School is not just a world-class music and performing arts academic institution, it is also with traditional and modern spirit of Chinese cultural innovation and aristocratic spirit music art institute and cultural destination. The school founding artists composed by French pianist Vincent Larderet, Chinese cellist Chu Yi-Bing, German violinist Nicolas Koeckert and Italian conductor Giuseppe Cataldo, four distinguished world-class international performing artists and music authoritative professors. The Hong Kong Music and Performing School is a non-partisan, non-political, inspiration from the unity, ecology, non-violent music performing arts school, understand that we are an important part of education and culture. The highest goal of the academy is to become one of the world’s leading performing arts schools and leading music art development institutes, to cultivate the next generation with world vision, have both talent and virtue high-end performing artists and music and art education professionals of the 21st century.

• In 2008, AU YEUNG also founded the Hong Kong Music and Performing Association, and the Hong Kong Music and Performing Foundation. All these establishments become a charitable organization under section 88 of Inland Revenue Ordinance in 2009.

• In 2011 and 2014 respectively, under the umbrella of HKMPS, AU YEUNG successfully launched the first Hong Kong International Summer Music Camp at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the HKMPS Artist-Faculty Premiere Concert, “Vincent Larderet HK Debut x Charity Fundraising Concert for the HKMPS plus World premiere concerts for the release of the new ARS Produktion Ravel Orchestra & Virtuoso Piano” at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

• In 2016, AU YEUNG founded the Beijing Hong Kong Music and Performing Management and as the chairman of the board and the Artistic Planning Director. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR, the 53rd Anniversary of Sino-French Diplomatic Relations and efforts to promote Xi Jinping’s “The Belt and Road”, the first artistic brand planning project was the world-class international Cultural Arts Feast “The Belt and Road” Le French May Incomparable Music with Vincent Larderet. This concert series includes Vincent Larderet Piano Recital and Hong Kong Music and Performing School Faculty Artist Chamber Concert.

• AU YEUNG Wing Kam is a Founder, Chairman and Artistic Planning Director of the Jinggang Culture and Art Communication. Au-Yeung’s next goal is to become the most valuable Chinese classical music entrepreneur.

Chu Yi-Bing Cello Ensemble on Silk Road

Chu Yi-Bing
Honorary Professor of Cello and Chamber Music
Hong Kong Music and Performing School

Chu Yibing is a Chinese cellist. He contributed to spreading ensemble music all over China. His ensemble China Philharmonic Cellists, made up of 12 Chinese cellists, gives concerts all over the country.

He was imparted rudimentary knowledge of music by his parents, both of whom were professors in the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, when he was a kid. His mother is half-Swiss half-Chinese. Chu’s father was an excellent cellist and a strict teacher, so Chu laid a solid foundation before he studied abroad in Europe.

He went to Europe to pursue music studies in 1983. In France, he studied with Maurice Gendron. In 1986, he was awarded several prizes in an international cello competition in Geneva, which made him the first Chinese cellist that had won an international competition. Chu graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris in 1987 with Premier Prix, becoming the third Chinese musician (after Ma Sicong and Xian Xinghai) who ever got a degree with merit from the Conservatoire de Paris. Then, Chu began to study on 20th-century music, working with Inter Contemporain and Pierre Boulez.

Chu became the principal cellist of Sinfonieorchester Basel, Switzerland, in 1989. In 1999, he was the guest principal cellist of Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Chu was invited by his German cellist friends as one of the 6 members of the Cologne Philharmonic Cellists and gave many performances all over Germany. A large amount of traditional works have been revised by this group into cello ensemble works, with modern perspectives and popular styles. Besides, as an outstanding cellist, Chu had opportunities to play with other great cellists such as Rostropovich, Greenhouse, etc.

For knowing music from a new approach, he decided to study conducting at the Basel Music Academy. Then, he began to conduct symphony orchestras in Switzerland. Chu has conducted the Hallé, Britain’s longest-established symphony orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Symphony Orchestra.  

In 2004, after 21 years studying and playing in Europe, Chu came back to China and was appointed as Professor of Cello at the Central Conservatory of Music. After that, he and his followers began to spread music as well as ideas of music education over China by giving concerts in various forms and propagating western music studies.

Chu believes that Chinese people are the most suitable group of people for appreciating chamber music because of the Chinese historical backgrounds. So, he founded the China Philharmonic Cellists and tour around the country giving performances with amazing energy and exquisite tastes. Chu’s efforts have been well-recognized and highly appraised by mainstream media in China.

CUI XI MIN 

Cui Ximin was born in Beijing in 1963. He was fond of painting since childhood and entered into the painting class of Beijing Youth Palace for study when he was six and half years old, and received the guidance of many famous masters. In recent years, his works are mainly flowers and birds, and has been collected by Zhongnanhai, Great Hall of the People, the Palace Museum, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Red Cross Society of China, China Association of Poverty Alleviation,China Charity Federation, Museum of the War of Peoples Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, Capital Library of China, Jingfeng Hotel, University of California, American International Times, political VIPs of Burma, South Korea and Japan and foreign friends and people from all walks of life. Now Cui Ximin is council member of China Painting Calligrapher Association; academician of China Calligraphy and Painting Art Institute for Research; vice president and secretary general of Beijing Creation Academy of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Research Institute and member of Beijing Artists Association. As the “city card” of Beijing, Cui Ximin is making outstanding contributions to promoting Chinese traditional culture. At the World Tourism Cities Federation established in Beijing in September 2012, Cui Ximin’s traditional Chinese realistic paintings were assigned as Chinese painting gifts and presented to the UN officials and mayors of the cities participating in Beijing Xiangshan Summit; in March 2014 Cui Ximin was invited to “2014 China Culture Week” held in America, during which Cui Ximin’s individual works were specially exhibited and won the top prize “Mountain Bear”. In March 2014, Cui Ximin participated in the 1st 100 China Artists Association Chairman Masterwork Exhibition sponsored by Shenzhen Entrepreneur Association and Shenzhen Enterprise Confederation and held in the art gallery of Shenzhen University. Cui Ximin’s four screens of flowers and bird won consistent praise.

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崔西民參展情况
• 作品《香雲》入選2002年迎奧運全國中國畫大展
• 作品《秋韻》入選中國美協主辦的2003年國際雙年展序列展“海潮杯”中國畫大展
• 2003年《水墨新世界》首都知名畫家10人展
• 2003年參加《紀念紅十字會100周年》大型畫展作品《一藍春色》被中國紅十字會收藏
• 作品《秋歌》入選中國美協主辦的2004年《菜鄉情》中國畫提名展獲提名獎
• 作品《醉秋》入選中國美協主辦的《太湖情》中國畫提名展獲提名獎
• 作品《淡妝高韻》入選中國美協主辦的《長江頌》中國畫提名展獲提名獎
• 作品《柱頂紅》榮獲第三届中國農民書畫大展暨千兆杯書畫大賽優秀獎
• 作品《笑對冰天》榮獲首届“盛世中華”全國書法、美術作品大展一等獎
• 2006年參加中國殘聯及全國政協主辦的《牽手同心迎特奧》大型畫展
• 2006年榮獲“國際華人”書畫百傑
• 2006年應邀到新加坡及馬來西亞參加《中國書畫名家展》
• 作品《清韻》參加中國美協舉辦的《2007年中國畫展》
• 參加中國美協舉辦的《草原情》中國畫提展獲提名獎
• 參加中國美協舉辦的《第二届齊白石國際文化藝術節》中國畫提名展獲優秀獎
• 2007年隨中國文聯代表團到韓國參加《中國書畫名家精品展》
• 2007年九月在中央美術學院美術館與崔澤培舉辦《崔澤培、崔西民畫展》
• 2007年參加《世界華人藝術家迎奧運暨倒計時一周年書畫展》
• 2008年5月在愛家收藏世界舉辦的《人文奧運首都著名畫家七人畫展》
• 2008年5月在北京電視臺BTV-3《藝術北京》播出的專題片《崔西民花鳥畫選》
• 2008年5月在中國網絡電視臺《翰墨人生》做著名畫家專訪
• 2008年6月在首都博物館舉辦《崔西民畫展》
• 2008年3月15日慶祝內蒙古自治區成立60周年,首届《星安杯》全國書畫大獎中榮獲銀獎
• 2008年3月15日慶祝內蒙古自治區成立60周年,首届《星安杯》全國書畫大獎中作品永久收藏
• 2008年6月15日中國電影美術協會主辦大展中國畫作品入選2008年中國影視名人迎奧運書畫大展組委會永久收藏
• 2008年8月1日由北京華夏藝術學院,《中外藝術》雜誌及豐台美協主辦的畫展中獲中國人民武裝員警部隊,北京總隊文化藝術事業貢獻獎
• 2008年8月8日獲世界華人慶奧運名家書畫大展入選作品
• 2008年8月8日獲中華民族藝術珍品珍品文化節奧林匹克之旅捐贈證書
• 2008年9月17日獲接待北京第29届奧林匹克運動會嘉賓獎禮品
• 2008年12月1日花鳥作品獲得隆重紀念改革開放30周年,全國名人名家書畫邀請大展金獎
• 作品曾先後在《中國書畫報》、《書畫產業報》、《中國花卉報》、《人民日報》、《北京日報》、《羲之畫報》、《北京晚報》、《北京工人報》、《美術之友》、《翰墨典藏》、《國畫經典》、《畫壇名家》、《北京旅遊》等報刊雜誌發表

 

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