IRISH/CHINESE YOUTH 2017 CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT
Come join the talented performers of the Irish/Chinese Youth Concert Organisation for a spectacular musical event to mark the final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Enjoy a mix of classical and contemporary recitals from accomplished Chinese and Irish students in the beautiful surrounds of the Hugh Lane Gallery, including performances by award-winning 17-year-old pianist Aidan Chan and opera singer Florence Chong.
Since its foundation in 2015, the Irish/Chinese Youth Concert Organisation has provided a platform for valuable cultural exchanges and helped showcase the skills of a new generation of musical stars.
About Irish Chinese Youth Concert Organisation:
Irish/Chinese Youth Concert Organisation is a platform for international and Chinese cultural exchanging! It provides the opportunity to present a new model for qualified young music lovers, to form a part of their educational curriculum, and for the development of children with their future and social foundation.
Aidan Chan studies at the DIT Junior Conservatory. He has won over 40 first prizes in Irish competitions, including the prestigious Fr. Frank Maher Classical Music Award last November. He has also won three 2nd prizes in international competitions in Germany and the UK.
Aidan has performed in many notable venues in the UK, Switzerland and across Ireland including the Hugh Lane Gallery and the National Concert Hall.
He has also appeared as soloist with the DIT Sinfonia and the Budweis Philharmonic Orchestra.
Malaysian soprano Florence Khei Kuan Chong began her music training as a pianist in 2002. In 2007, she was awarded a full scholarship to study on the Diploma in Music course in SEGi College Subang Jaya, where she studied piano and violin. In 2009 Florence decided to switch her major from piano to voice on the recommendation of her singing teacher and her developing passion for singing.
Florence is currently a student of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland where she studies voice with Virginia Kerr and Seho Lee. She has actively participated in competitions and music festivals in Ireland and has won numerous awards, including the Newpark Music Festival Ruth Beare Perpetual Cup (2015), the Margaret Dillon Prize (2015), and the Adult Vocal Baroque Aria Prize (2014).
She has been selected to perform in masterclasses given by world renowned coaches and singers, such as Emma Kirkby, Kamal Khan, Roy Laughlin, Ann Murray, Brenda Hurley and Mirella Parutto. Florence also had the privilege to attend the North Sea Vocal Academy 2015 where she studied voice with Lena Hellström-Färnlöf and Audrey Hyland in Denmark last July. She has made her solo debut in Bangkok, Thailand as well as her solo recital in Malaysia in August 2015.
She has sung the cover role of Papagena from Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute in January 2016 and the role of Clori from Handel’s comic cantata, Clori, Tirsi e Fileno in March 2016. She was invited as a guest performer in Talinn, Estonia in April 2016. She had her solo recital at the Central Library of Dublin in May 2016. She was one of the performers at the Festival de la Musique in Leran in the South of France in June 2016.
She has sung the roles of the Second Fairy, First Woman and Night from Purcell’s opera, The Fairy Queen, with RIAM Opera in January 2017. She also travelled to Budapest to play the role of Clori with RIAM Opera in January 2017.