Timothy Kwok

Praised by music critic for his “exquisite and refined” playing, pianist Timothy Kwok has performed extensively in the States, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared in festivals and concert series such as New York’s International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Prague International Keyboard Institute, Cincinnati’s Bearcat Piano Festival, Hong Kong Government’s Our Music Talents recital series, Le French May Arts Festival, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra’s season opening, and Foshan Music Festival. He has collaborated with renowned musicians like Paganini International Violin and Munich International Music Competitions champion Bin Huang, suona maestro Yazhi Guo, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra’s Resident Conductor Huan Jing, Romer String Quartet, erhu master Xiu-Rong Cheng, baritone Guodong Feng, soprano Xi Wang, soprano Amanda Li, and dizi virtuoso Ricky Yeung. He was also invited to partner with Yazhi Guo in his album City Rhapsody on M. A. Recordings, on which they made the world première recording of the suona and piano version of Birds Pay Tribute to the Phoenix. His recent recording highlights also include the complete Fauré-Naoumoff’s Requiem, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Liszt’s Harmonies du Soir for the Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4, and a duo recording at Fazioli Concert Hall with pianist Lucas Wong on Titanic Records. An avid performer of contemporary music, Kwok was a prizewinner of the Lou Harrison Piano Concerto Competition at the University of Cincinnati. He was also invited to give four performances of Chinese-French composer Qigang Chen’s piano concerto Er Huang, including the concerto’s Guangzhou and Foshan premières. Recently, he has performed Igor Stravinsky’s piano concerto with the Chung Chi Wind Orchestra of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. During his stay in the United States, Kwok was appointed as the only Tangeman Graduate Teaching Assistant of Early Music at the University of Cincinnati, teaching Baroque interpretation, basso continuo, and harpsichord performance. Since graduation, Kwok joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong as a piano and harpsichord faculty member. He is currently a full-time lecturer of the Bachelor of Music Programme at the Macao Polytechnic Institute, teaching piano performance, chamber music, and other performance-related classes. He has also given performances, masterclasses, and conducted seminars at schools like Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, China’s Capital Normal University, The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Education University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Hong Kong Music Institute. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kwok began studying the piano at the age of six. His major mentors include Mary Wu, Edmund Battersby, Eugene Pridonoff, Elisabeth Pridonoff, and Vivian Montgomery. Additional studies were with Gabriel Kwok, Emile Naoumoff, and Nelly Akopian-Tamarina. He also played for Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Akiko Ebi, James Tocco, Ann Schein, Ian Hobson, Alexander Toradze, and Edward Auer in masterclasses, among others. Kwok graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music, and was named a Fellow of Trinity College London. With the C. F. Hu Memorial Scholarship and Jacobs School of Music Graduate Scholarship, Kwok furthered his postgraduate studies at Indiana University Bloomington, and graduated with a Master of Music degree in piano performance. Kwok then studied at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati with a full-assistantship and stipend; and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance in twenty-eight months, setting a new record in the history of the school.