Prison Yard Festival: music from within

Goldberg illuminations

Into the blue

Music on the silver screen

Solitary reunion

Prison Yard Festival: music from within

Goldberg illuminations

Weekend yard music

Beethoven by moonlight

Open Air Concert: String bouquet

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra “Music from within”

Date & Time

21 - 22 Jan, 2022 21.01.2022 | 9pm


JC Cube




Piano Sponsor

In response to the regulations made under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance by the Government, the performances of Prison Yard Festival: music from within, originally scheduled on 14 to 23 Jan 2022 have been cancelled. Please refer to below for refund arrangements:

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Tai Kwun’s intimate auditorium the JC Cube is perched above the Prison Yard and adds a remarkable dimension to the concert experience with its wide, architecturally framed window on the yard revealing the austere Prison Wall, the concrete and metal boldness of the galleries, the Victorian arches of D Hall and the leafy treetops of its mini-forest. Tai Kwun’s unexpected and occasionally eccentric collision of historic and contemporary architecture has inspired a completely new look at one of classical music’s landmark compositions.

In tackling JS Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations for the first time, acclaimed Hong Kong pianist Rachel Cheung has collaborated with the highly creative lighting designer Amy Chan to delve into the complex symmetries, mathematical puzzles, inversions, reversals and mirror images which, at times, make this baroque score look like a book of patterns designed by Escher and borrowed by Rorschach.

Across the vast span of its two arias and 30 variations, the Goldberg Variations will be revealed literally in a new light as two of Hong Kong’s brightest artists devise a completely new concert experience.


J.S. BachGoldberg Variations, BWV 988

Duration: Approximately 1 hours 10  minutes without intermission


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Rachel Cheung
Amy Chan

Young Steinway Artist and Cliburn finalist Rachel Cheung was an early crowd favorite in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, earning the audience award for “outstandingly lyrical” playing that showed “nobility in her interpretation” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). In 2016, she was awarded the special prize at the New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition, which included a Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. 

Also a prize winner in the 2009 Leeds, 2010 Chopin, and 2012 Geneva International Piano Competitions. Ms. Cheung has collaborated with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Orchestra de chambre de Paris, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony and was on concert tour with the Asian Youth Orchestra. She has performed recitals at the Auditorium du Lourve in Paris, London’s Steinway Hall, the Richmond Hill Center for Performing Arts in Toronto, the Robert Schumann Saal in Düsseldorf, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, among others. 

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Rachel graduated with first class honors at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Eleanor Wong, and later studied with Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists. Rachel was awarded Artist of the Year (Music) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2019. 

Light and theatre artist, focusing on the musicality, performativity and theatricality of light in theatre and installation, and the in-betweens of light-music, and arts-medicine. Her major works include light installation-performance Inter-Face, Things That Talk and Morbid Anatomy, and solo light installation Memento Mori: Sonata for Light (presented by Lumenvisum). 

She is active in music-light collaborative projects, working with celebrated composers and musicians including Ken Ueno, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and The Up:Strike Project, in various productions such as New Vision Arts Festival, West Kowloon Freespace Jazz Fest and Sound Forms 2021 Tai Kwun Edition, etc., covering new work premieres, contemporary music, classical music, electronic music and free improvisation. She has also designed light for over 80 performances, art gallery and installations, including A Tree to be Found, the award-winner of Hong Kong Arts Biennial 2003 and a collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art. 

A Master of Fine Arts (with distinction) graduate of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, major in lighting design, with focus on light in postdramatic theatre, her artistic research was published in peer-reviewed journals such as Performance Research and Critical Stages, and presented in international conferences. She was an invited speaker of Postdramatic Theatre Worldwide Symposium (2019) in Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany.