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BIOGRAPHY

Internationally acclaimed Hong Kong pianist Fu Kat-Ho William is known for his deep understanding and maturity in his playing. He has performed in important venues in Hong Kong, Austria, United Kingdom, Scotland, France, Italy, Greece, Japan, Malaysia and China. William has frequently festivals including Le French May Festival, gives several chamber concerts and a piano recital, in which his performances are presented with animation and choreography. Some other past notable performance includes Schumann’s piano concerto with Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra; Rachmaninoff second piano concerto with Scottish Sinfonia; solo recital in Erhbar Saal in Vienna; recital in St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh; recital in Leighton House Museum and City Lit in London, as prize-winners of Musical Odyssey Masterclass; concert in Nordon Farm centre in Maidenhead, to name a few. Upcoming engagements including masterclass and recital in Mahidol University.

 

William enjoys successes from many competitions. He is prize-winner in the 5th International Piano Competition of Piano Island Festival, Lilian Davies prize and Janet Duff Prize from Royal Academy of Music; North London Festival and the Antonio Vivaldi International Music Competition Vienna, to name a few. He has performed with Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Sinfonia, Chung Chi Orchestra, Hong Kong Artists’ Gallery Orchestra and Chinese University Student Orchestra as soloist. 

 

As an active collaborative pianist, William specializes in piano-flute and piano-vocal literature. He has a wide range of repertoire of these two genres. Also, he performs regularly with his Doyle Piano Trio, playing works from Beethoven to Fazil Say and Paul Schoenfield. In addition, William is a all-rounded musician, he devotes his time to other musical outputs- he has been commissioned by various organizations, including Yat Po Singers, Hong Kong Children's Choir, Hong Kong Music Office, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University Choir, to compose or arrange works. He is also keen on keyboard improvisation - he has improvised to silent film in the Piano Festival of Royal Academy of Music in 2018, under instruction of Prof. Neil Brand. William is also a versatile rehearsal pianist. He dedicates his time in playing in the Choir conducting course of the HKUSPACE, the conducting workshop of Pro Arte Orchestra, etc.

 

William has been a visiting student in HKAPA, studying with Prof. Gabriel Kwok. He is graduated from the Master of music from the Royal Academy of Music, with also a DipRAM (excellence in final recital) and LRAM (piano pedagogy) under Carole Presland; bachelor from the music department of Chinese University of Hong Kong with Raymond Young. He has also had masterclasses with various maestros, including Cristina Ortiz, Natalia Trull, Imogen Cooper, Nikolai Demidenko, Dmitri Alexeev, Robert Levin, Pascal Devoyon, Rustem Hayroudinoff, Colin Stone, Danny Driver, Thomas Rosenkranz, Ralf Heiber, Adam Zukiewicz, James Kirby, Nancy Loo, Eleanor Wong etc. He also studies composition with Dr. Hau-man Lo.

As a sought-after pedagogue, students of William have achieved numerous successes, including prizes in International Piano Competition of Piano Island Festival; Gold Medal Award in Hong Kong School Music Festival. Many of them further pursue their study in music, in music schools and conservatories, including Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chinese University of Hong Kong (bachelor and master in arts of music), Hong Kong Baptist University (bachelor in music). Beside, William is a frequently invited as an adjudicator in various local and international competitions, including The VI International Liszt Ferenc Competition (Hungary-Budapest), Hong Kong piano Grand Prix Competition, Music Singapore Internationl Competition, etc. Wiliam also gives masterclasses worldwide. 

William is a lecturer and artistic coach in School of Arts in GuangDong University of Foreign Studies; part time lecturer in HKUSPACE; music director in Choice Music.

 

 

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