Barbara Sze 施盈琳
graduated with the Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) and Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majored in harp performance with Mr. Christopher Sidenius, Principal Harpist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She was awarded the Jacky Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship during her study at HKAPA. Later on, she obtained the Advanced Certificate of Arts and Entertainment Management by the Binghamton University (SUNY), the Postgraduate Diploma in Education by the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Master of Arts degree in Music by the Hong Kong Baptist University.
Barbara performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Academy Orchestra, SAR Philharmonic Orchestra, Macau Orchestra, Bangkok Opera, China Film Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra, International Orchestra of Italy, KBS Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. From 2009 to 2015, she was invited to be the adjudicator for the harp contest of the Macau Young Musicians Competition and the Hong Kong Harp Competition.
Barbara devoted herself to teaching harp at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Education University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Music Office. In 2004, she established the Hong Kong Harp Academy to further promote harp playing and to groom promising harpists in Hong Kong.
Amy Tam Wai-Li 譚懷理
Amy Tam is well-known to the Hong Kong audience as a harpist being currently active in regular performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra as well as a pedagogue instructing at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Having graduated at the China Central Conservatory of Music, Amy also received the Professional Diploma with distinction from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and her Master of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the full support of The Molly McAulay Scholarship.
In her early years, Amy was invited to join the China Youth Symphony Orchestra and perform in a series of public performances presented by China Central Television & Radio. She accompanied the China Youth Symphony Orchestra to Taiwan as the Principal Harpist and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra as the China Delegation to the Berlin Music Festival followed by a performing tour to Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Besides being a soloist, Amy is also an avid chamber musician and worked on Ensemble and Chamber Music intensively. Over the last few years, she has also got numerous opportunities to have exchange with and guidance from Louise Johnson, the Principal Harp of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the world-renowned harp soloist Alice Giles from the Australia National University.
Lok Man Ho has been one of the most active harpists in her generation in Hong Kong. She is the first ever local harpist from Hong Kong to get admitted to the masters degree program of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, London.
Ho obtained her Master of Arts degree with Merit from the Royal Academy of Music, London and the University of London, majoring in harp performance. Her masters study at the Royal Academy is generously supported by the Nina Young Memorial Scholarship. Jennifer has been the first musician to receive this scholarship from the Friends of the Harp (Hong Kong) as a rising young concert artist.
She is active as a performer and has been successful in competitions including being a prize winner of the First Hong Kong Harp Competition in the professional division (2010).
She works as a harpist for local professional orchestras, freelancing for orchestras regularly such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Macau Orchestra and Shenzhen Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016, she also played in Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Young Euro Classic in Berlin Concert House and Concert in Copenhagen as an orchestral harpist. She had also worked with world renowned musicians such as Edward Gardner, Jac Van Steen, Langlang and Jian Wang.
Over the years, Ho has given numerous harp recitals in Hong Kong and in London. Ho has also been invited by a number of orchestras to play as soloist performing Concerto for harp in E flat minor by Reinecke, Danses by Debussy and the Concerto for flute and harp K299 by Mozart in Hong Kong and in London.
Ho is invited to perform in World Harp Congress 2018 for New Music , world premiered the new piece ‘Cantonese Images’ by Paul Patterson in an international platform. She is also the performer for the Leading Professional of Asia concert in Seoul, Korea for the prestigious Asia Harp Festival 2016. And also served as a guest performer in Taiwan Harp Festival 2015.
During the years 2015-2018, Ho has joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in completing the project of “the Ring Cycle” and recorded an album at Naxos.
During February 2020, Ho has accomplished an Europe tour with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and performed internationally in 7 concerts in 15 days in major venues in different countries including Lucerne(Switzerland), Brussels (Belgium), Dresden(Germany), Stuhr(Germany), Bonn(Germany), Budapest (Hungary), Austria.
Judy, Ho Ching Man, Harp
Born in Hong Kong, Judy is one of the most sought-after harpists of her generation.
She studied for her master's degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Under the tutelage of Imogen Barford, she graduated with distinction, and was later
awarded an Artist Fellowship. Her early harp training began with Ann Huang at the
Music Office and later gained her bachelor in music(hons) at the Chinese University
of Hong Kong with Amy Tam. She also held a visiting position at the Hong Kong
Academy of Performing Arts under the tutelage of Dan Yu.
Judy currently enjoys a diverse career and performed across Europe and Asia as
soloist, chamber, orchestral player and cross-arts collaborator. She has worked with
orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra and
the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. She has recently completed the 4-year Wagner
Ring Cycle Project with the HKPhil, which their live performance was recorded and
released on CD by Naxos Label. Other renowned festivals and Orchestral Academy
Judy has played include the Salzburg Festival (Austria), Schleswig Holstein Festival
(Germany), Asian Youth Orchestra, Oslo Chamber Music Festival (Norway), Young
Euro Classica (Berlin), City of London Festival, Singapore Harp Festival and Asia Harp
Festival in Korea etc.
In Hong Kong, Judy has held solo recitals at the St John's Cathedral, LeeHysan
Concert Hall, Chinese Methodist Church and All Saints Church. During her studies,
she performed the Mozart K.299 Flute and Harp concerto with the Chung Chi
Orchestra and Ravel Introduction and Allegro in London. For chamber music, she is
regularly invited to perform at the Hong Kong Museum of Arts as part of the Sound
of Arts Series and Musica del cuore Concert Series.
In 2015, she formed Duo Reine with Soprano Jessica Ng. They explored and
performed music ranged from French Baroque to contemporary. In 2017 they were
invited to perform the works of award-winning young composers Pieter
Bezuidenhout and Franco Prinsloo at the Aardklop festival, South Africa and the 13 th
World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. Her Flute, Harp and Viola Trio (Trois Voix)
performed at the Wigmore Hall and led workshops for young children there. They
have given a concert at the Kunst Gallery in Norway and recently a recital in Hong
Jointed with her sister Jennifer, she formed the Symmetry Harp Duo in 2013. They
have given performance in many countries. Their appearances with new duo
arrangements have won high acclaims at the Taiwan International Harp Festival in
2015 and and Korea's Asia Harp Festival in 2016. With the generous support of Tanza
Trust, Symmetry Duo has commissioned and premier renowned composer Paul
Patterson's new duo piece at the World Harp Congress 2017 in Hong Kong. In the
same year, they gave a double harp concerto performance with the Chung Chi Wind
Orchestra at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Apart from performing, Judy is also passionate in teaching. She has taught in the
Macau Conservatory (Junior) and now in Hong Kong Music Office and private music
institutions. Her students are prize-winners of local and international harp
competitions. Recently she was awarded as An Outstanding Teacher by the China
Artist Association HKSAR Secretariat and the Hong Kong Arts and Cultural