David Quah (Music Director/Tenor)
Born in Malaysia, renowned tenor David Quah moved to Hong Kong in 2000 and started teaching singing at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. David has premiered many roles both locally and overseas. Most recently, he sang the title role of “Man” in Chan Hing-yan’s chamber opera “Ghost Love” in January 2018, and toured the production to Taipei for Taipei Hong Kong Week 2019. Besides classical music, David also boasts a wide range of repertoire that includes contemporary works, Chinese folk songs and Broadway musicals. Between 2014 and 2018, David, in collaboration with pianist Timmy Tsang, was the first singer to have performed all three of Schubert’s complete song cycles Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise and Schwanengesang, setting a milestone in the Hong Kong vocal music scene.
David is currently Music Director of Bel Canto Singers and is involved in performing, composing, arranging, script-writing and directing. Bel Canto Singers has thus far, nurtured several young singers and produced numerous concerts, musicals and pop opera productions to critical acclaim, in its endeavour to promote the genre of vocal music to the public. Recent productions by Bel Canto Singers under David’s artistic direction including the two original musicals The Happy Prince & The Other Wise Man and Esther, and the pop operas When Mozart Meets Da Ponte and My Beloved.
David Liu (Figure Skating/Choreographer/Co-director)
Originally from Taiwan, David immigrated to the United States at the age of six and began formal training in both dance and figure skating by the age of eight. In dance, he attended New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet (SAB) on full scholarship and was chosen by George Balanchine to undergo further intensive training with the great Stanley Williams as part of a special class for young talented dancers.
After concluding his dance training at SAB, David went on to hone his skills as a competitive figure skater and competed at the Olympic Games representing his native country, Taiwan in 1988, 1992 and 1998. Professionally, David has produced, choreographed, and performed in numerous dance performances and skating exhibitions and was Co-Artistic Director of Ice Theatre of New York, a not-for-profit dance/skating ensemble company. Choreographically, David has worked with companies such as Hong Kong Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, and City Contemporary Dance Company. In 2016, David created and directed a two-year touring show in Europe for Holiday on Ice.
David’s continual interest in expanding his understanding of dance and movement led him to live in Israel to study Gaga, a contemporary dance movement, with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company. He completed the teacher training course there in 2012. After becoming a certified Gaga instructor, David went on to earn an MFA degree in dance and 2018 an M.A. degree in Counseling. Currently, he teaches Gaga at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and maintains his practice as a mental health therapist.
Raymond Young (Pianist)
Pianist Raymond Young graduated with Double Master of Arts degrees in performance and vocal accompaniment, and a Diploma in piano pedagogy from the prestigious University for Music and Performing Arts (MDW) in Vienna. He won the First-prize Medal (Two Piano section) and the Silver Medal (Piano Duet section) at The International Piano Competition in Rome, Italy, and was honoured at the Braunschweig Classix Festival in Germany with the ‘Förderpreis’. He is a Fellow of the Trinity College, and an Associate of the Royal College of Music, in London.
The first Bösendorfer artist from Hong Kong, Young performs concerts extensively as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician around the world, and has collaborated with singers and instrumentalists in recordings and radio broadcasts. As an educator, he also frequently conducts masterclasses and lectures, and serves as adjudicator and examiner around the world. He has been appointed as a Guest Professor of The Hainan University and Sichuan University of Culture and Arts, and on the piano faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong. Currently, he is the Artistic Advisor of Hong Kong International Musician Association, Honorary Consultant of Global Musician Association and a committee member of Hong Kong Music Tutors Union and Hong Kong Piano Music Association.