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Ka Wing Karen Wong
Notes on the performers
Trio Fioritura is made up of three Hong Kong-born musicians:
Lance is a pianist and composer. He is noted for his interest in and mastery of a wide repertoire of diverse styles and advocacy of contemporary music as well as hidden gems in the traditional repertoire. He has performed around the UK, Poland, Finland, the United States, Korea, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong, some of which have been broadcast by Radio Television Hong Kong and Television Broadcasts Ltd. His compositions are often inspired by social issues and literature. His song cycle in Cantonese Transmigration: 7 Songs of Remembrance was premiered by Ponte London Orchestra in St John’s Smith Square in December 2022. Its original version for voice and piano will travel to Boston later in 2023. Lance is a master’s graduate in Piano Performance from the Royal College of Music.
Karen is devoted to chamber and orchestral playing. She has recently worked with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra, Orion Orchestra and Guildhall Symphony Orchestra. After obtaining her master’s in Orchestral Artistry (Distinction) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Karen is pursuing her Artist Diploma, studying flute, piccolo and Baroque flute with Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke, Christopher Green and Lisa Beznosiuk. In 2022, Karen won 1st Prize in the British Flute Society Young Artist Competition and 2nd Prize in Tampere Flute Fest Piccolo Competition. She performed as a concerto soloist with the Klangkollektiv Wien in Austria after winning the mock audition at the Penthesilea Academy 2022. In recognition of her academic and music achievements, she is a Guildhall Scholar and an Ian Fleming Award holder, supported by Help Musicians.
Hazalen is currently a Junior Fellow at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, after graduating there with a master’s in Orchestral Artistry. With the support of the Margaret B Adams Award, she studied bassoon and contrabassoon under the tutelage of Daniel Jemison, Helen Simons, Richard Ion and Dominic Morgan. Apart from playing principal bassoon in the Young Musician Symphony Orchestra, Hazalen has worked with Amadeus Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Ubu Ensemble and YASP orchestra by Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. She has also participated in Voksenåsen Academy Winds, Oslo (2022), and won a position in the Guildhall Wind Soloists (2021-2022).
Carl Maria von Weber (1786 – 1826)
Trio in g minor, Op.63
- Allegro moderato
- Scherzo: Allegro vivace
- Schäfers Klage: Andante espressivo
- Finale: Allegro
Trio for Piano, Flute and Cello in G minor, Op. 63, J. 259 was composed by Carl Maria von Weber in 1818–1819 and published the next year. It is one of his most substantial chamber pieces. The composition process can be traced from entries in Weber’s diary: on 8 April 1818 he “worked on trio”; on 12 May he probably began composing the finale rondo (in Dresden). He then fell ill and resumed work on two first movements only in July 1819. The whole trio was finished on 25 July 1819 in Hosterwitz, the composer’s summer residence. Surprisingly no traces of the third movement can be found in the diary. These is an assumption that it was derived from Adagio with Variations for cello and piano, J.Anh.42 (composed in 1813 in Prague), a work today lost. It is believed that the composer revised it for piano, flute and cello (or viola) in 1815 (J.Anh.58). This was composed for Weber’s friend Dr. Philipp Jungh, a fine flautist: they met in Prague in 1813. He also became the dedicatee of the Trio. Another Prague friend of Weber was Johann Baptist Gänsbacher, a composer, violinist and cellist. The Trio was probably written as a souvenir of convivial musical evenings held by the three.
Richard Stoker (1938 – 2021)
4 Miniatures, Op.8
Stoker was a British composer, writer, actor and artist born in Castleford, Yorkshire. He entered the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in 1958 to study with Lennox Berkeley. Richard went on to win several prizes at the RAM, including the Mendelssohn scholarship in 1962, which enabled him to study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. Returning to London in 1963, he was offered a teaching post at the RAM, and was professor of composition there for more than two decades. It was in 1963 that he wrote the French-influenced 4 Miniatures Op.8.
Jan Koetsier (1911 – 2006)
Jan Koetsier was a Dutch composer and conductor. In 1950, Koetsier became the first Kapellmeister of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. After leaving the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich in 1976, Jan Koetsier retired to his home in the Upper Bavarian town of Heldenstein, in the district of Mühldorf am Inn, and devoted himself primarily to composing for the next 30 years. He wrote Trio, Op. 86 in 1980