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 and maturity in his playing. In 2018, he got a high recommendation prize in the prestigious Lilian Davies Prize of the Royal Academy of Music, a “ mature and serious” performance of the penultimate Beethoven Piano Sonata, which brought him a further concert at Norden Farm Arts Centre in Maidenhead, United Kingdom. His performance then wins critical acclaim. Notable performance includes a full-house recital in Leighton House Museum and City Lit in London, representing prize-winners from Musical Odyssey Masterclass. Recently, he has frequently appeared in Le French May Festival, gives many chamber concerts and a piano recital, in which William cooperates with other art forms, including animation and choreography, and aiming to bring innovation to the classical music field.

 

He is the only Hong Kong pianist admitted to the semi-final of the recent Gagny International Piano Competition. Other 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. In 2017, he performs as soloist with the Chinese University Student Orchestra, playing Saint-säens’second Piano Concerto. He frequently receives scholarships, manifesting his achievement in non-performance sector of music, including Talent Development scholarship, CUHK Cash scholarship, C.F. Hu Scholarship, Yu-Luan Shih Creativity Award and Aspect Foundation Prize. He is grateful to be supported by the Nichola Boas Charitable Trust and the scholarship given by the Musical Odyssey Masterclass as well.

 

As an active collaborative pianist William is the founder of Flute | Piano duo the Arc. With flautist Marco Leung, The arc has performed nearly the whole standard repertoire of piano-flute literature. In addition, William is also devoted to composition and other musical fields. He has frequently been commissioned by various organizations, including Yat Po Singers, Hong Kong Children's Choir, Hong Kong Music Office, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University Choir. His works have been performed in Hong Kong and the mainland. He is also keen on keyboard improvisation - he has performed keyboard improvisation in the Royal Academy of Music Piano Festival in 2018, and his performances are well-received. William is also actively involved in piano performances in various workshops, playing the orchestral part, including the Choir conducting course of the HKUSPACE course and the conducting workshop of Pro Arte.

 

William graduated from the master of music programme from the Royal Academy of Music; bachelor from the music department of Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He studies with Prof. Carole Presland and Raymond Young. He has had masterclasses with Nancy Loo, Eleanor Wong, Nikolai Demidenko, Dmitri Alexeev, Imogen Cooper, Robert Levin, James Kirby, Pascal Gallet, Pascal Devoyon, Giuseppe Albanese, Danny Driver, Thomas Rosenkranz. He also learns composition with Dr. Hau-man Lo.