It will be first time Cong Quartet performing at the afternoon series since December 2019, before the pandemic start. This time, the quartet are going to perform a beautiful Jazz music “In a Sentimental Mood” by the famous Duke Ellington, together with three of their favourite string quartet arrangements of popular Japanese song as well as the gorgeous Tchaikovsky first string quartet.
In a Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington/arr. Daniel Schlosbery
BUTTER-FLY from Digimon by Kōji Wada/arr. Mikuni Kohei
Guren no Yumiya (Crimson Bow and Arrows) from Attack of Titan by Revo @Linked Horizon / arr. Mikuni Kohei
Ruriiro No Chikyuu (“Azure Planet Earth”) by Seiko Matsuda / arr. Yan-Ho Cheng
String quartet No.1 in D, Op.11 by Tchaikovsky
Performed by Francis Yiu-Ting Chik (Violin), Chow Yip-Wai (Violin), Caleb Wong (Viola), Yan-Ho Cheng (Cello)
About the artists
Founded at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the United States, Cong Quartet has performed around the globe and established themselves as an energetic and enthusiastic group. Currently the Ensemble-in-Residence of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Cong Quartet was the first prize and Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Salzburg Mozart International Chamber Competition in Tokyo.
Supported by the Emerging Artists Scheme of the Hong Kong Art Development Council (ADC), Cong Quartet is currently a quartet of the Nederlandse Strijkkwartet Academie (NSKA) in Amsterdam, they are also on the young artist roster of the Musethica in Europe and are invited to participate in the upcoming Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. In the past few years, The Quartet has performed concert series in New York, Tokyo, recitals at the Bard College and Texas Christian University as visiting artists, a residency for the composition department at University of North Texas, served as the performing quartet and judges of the New Generation 2019 call-for-score competition of Hong Kong Composers' Guild, as well as collaborations with local venues & organisations in Hong Kong such as the Hong Kong Museum of Arts, RTHK, Tai Kwun, West Kowloon Cultural District, World Culture Festival and St. John‘s Cathedral.
Cong Quartet share the philosophy of promoting Asian and Hong Kong’s chamber repertoire, as well as integrating chamber music into daily lives of the audience. The name of the quartet, “CONG” is a combination of the quartet founding members’ last names that alludes to Hong “Kong”, where the members grew up and played together since their teenage before the Quartet was officially formed.
Cong Quartet is currently under the support of the Stichting Utopa (The Utopa Foundation).