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. His performance and concert series across the UK then won critical acclaim. He has also represented Musical Odyssey Masterclass in numerous recitals, including in City Lit in London.  He then gives concerts, masterclasses and serves as competition adjudicator around the globe.

William graduates from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music as a Master of Music student, studying piano performance with Prof. Carole Presland. He receives the DipRAM award for his excellence performance in his final recital, playing music by Copland and Bernstein. 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 Prof. Raymond Young Chap Lai and Dr. Lo Hau-man respectively. He had lessons with teachers including Nikolai Demidenko, Imogen Cooper, James Kirby, Pascal Devoyon, Thomas Rosenkranz, Roland Batik, Nancy Loo and Eleanor Wong.

 

Competition success includes Janet Duff Prize from Royal Academy of Music, first-runner up in both North London Festival- Piano Appelbe Prize, the Antonio Vivaldi International Music Competition Vienna (formly known as Austro-China Piano Competition) and second-runner up in Piano Solo-Gold Medal Award in Hong Kong School Music Festival. He has also participated in the Summer Academy of Mozarteum, studying under Prof. Robert Levin. In 2017, he performs as soloist with the Chinese University Student Orchestra, playing Saint-säens’second Piano Concerto. He frequently receives scholarships, including Talent Development scholarship, CUHK Cash scholarship, C.F. Hu Scholarship and most recently and Yu-Luan Shih Creativity Award. 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 William works intensively with the Flute | Piano duo the Arc. With the flautist Marco Leung, The arc has performed nearly the whole standard repertoire of piano-flute literature. William's ensembleship has brought him to performances in concert halls like the Hong Kong City Hall High Block and St. Mary Abbots Church. He also works with other musicians, including vocalist John Pumphrey and Laura Balla, performing in many other venues.

 

Apart from being a versatile pianist, William is also a multi-talented artist-a composer and festival curator, most profoundly- He was a preparatory member of the Hong Kong Composer’s Guild and is currently a member of Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH). He has received commissions from various artistic groups like Yat Po Singers and Hong Kong Children’s Choir. 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. He has curated some special themed concert, as well as film his own documentary "Unravelling Ravel", serving a medium to promote classical music to the vast majority.

William is a part-time lecturer in HKUSPACE, pianist of duo the Arc, and Doyle Piano Trio.