BIOGRAPHY

  • Master of Music (M.Mus) in Royal Academy of Music (RAM)

  • Diploma of Royal Academy of Music (DipRAM)

  • Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) 

  • B.A in Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

 

Hong Kong pianist Fu Kat-Ho William is known for his deep understanding, maturity and warm sound in his playing, which brought him to performances in Hong Kong, Japan, Greece, United Kingdom, Vienna extensively. In 2018, he got a high recommendation in the Lilian Davies Prize, a “mature and serious” performance of a Beethoven Sonata, which brought him a further concert opportunity in 2018 at Norden Farm Arts Centre in Maidenhead, United Kingdom. Later, his concert series across the UK won critical acclaim. He has also represented Musical Odyssey Masterclass in numerous recitals, including in City Literary Institute in London.  Upon his return back to Hong Kong, he spends his time in playing concerts, teaching, give talks, while he also serves as competition adjudicator.

 

Other competition success includes Janet Duff Prize from Royal Academy of Music, first-runner up in both North London Festival- Piano Appelbe Prize and the Antonio Vivaldi International Music Competition Vienna, a semi-finalist in Gagny International Piano competition.  He has performed with orchestras including the Chung Chi Orchestra (Stravinsky’s Petroushka) and Chinese University Student Orchestra(Saint Saēns Piano Concerto No. 2). Supported by the Nichola Boas Charitable Trust and the scholarship given by the Musical Odyssey Masterclass, William studied intensively with Nikolai Demidenko in Greece in 2018, and he was awarded with the Aspen Foundation Prize, which led to a full-house recital in Leighton House Museum in London.  

 

As an active collaborative pianist and chamber musician, William has founded the Flute | Piano duo the Arc and Doyle Piano Trio, performing in the Hong Kong City Hall High Block, St. Mary Abbots Church, Victoria and Albert Museum, Youth Square, etc. He has also worked with internationally acclaimed musicians, including vocalist John Pumphrey and Laura Balla, performing in many other venues in Europe. Besides, he frequently receives scholarships, including Talent Development scholarship, CUHK Cash scholarship, C.F. Hu Scholarship and Yu-Luan Shih Creativity Award. 

 

Apart from being a versatile pianist, William also devotes his time in composing and other fields in music. He has received commissions from various artistic groups like Yat Po Singers and Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Hong Kong Music Office and PolyU Choir, bringing to stages in Hong Kong and the mainland. He is also passionate about keyboard improvising, and he improvised on the piano festival of the Royal Academy of Music in 2018, which is a well-received and highlighted event in the whole festival. William is also active in playing the orchestral piano part in various workshops, including HKUSPACE’s choral conducting courses and Pro Arte’s conducting workshops.

 

William graduates from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) under the Master of Music programme, studying piano performance with Carole Presland. He receives the DipRAM award for his excellence performance in his final recital. His communicative teaching style and research on piano pedagogy has earned him also the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM). He finishes his bachelor of arts in music from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), majoring piano performance and composition under the tutelage of Raymond Young Chap Lai and Dr. Lo Hau-man respectively. Also, He had lessons with pianists including Dmitri Alexeev, Imogen Cooper, Robert Levin, James Kirby, Pascal Devoyon, Thomas Rosenkranz, Roland Batik, Nancy Loo and Eleanor Wong, to name a few.