Chinese x Dutch Music
@ Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School
by Tosca Opdam, violin and Daria van den Bercken, piano
Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School
6 Caldescott Road
Piper's Hill, Kowloon
18 April 2019
Only open for students of Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School
Dutch pianist Daria van den Bercken and violinist Tosca Opdam will give masterclasses and performances to Hong Kong students and young Hong Kong musical talents. Along with renowned Chinese instrumentalist Melody Yu, they will explore the boundaries between Western and Chinese classical music. In doing so, they will offer a new musical experience and cross-cultural experience. The music demonstration will bridge the cultural differences between Hong Kong and the Netherlands.
About the Musicians
Chinese classical instruments
Melody Yu was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1984. She received regular sulcimer lessons from Professor Xili Gui and guqin lessons from Professor Li Xiangting. She was awarded bachelor's degree with honors in 1988. Now she teaches at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and a few universities. She was hired by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra s Duilcimer Principal from 2001 to 2016 and performed with the Orchestra on tour in many cities of China, Europe, the USA and Canada at famous concert halls such as the Golden Hall in Vienna and the Carnegie Hall in New York, and participated in EMI and BMG recordings.
When violinist Tosca Opdam, born and raised in Amsterdam, decided to continue her studies in New York, a new world opened up for her. It shaped not only her musicianship, but every aspect of her life. Tosca now describes herself as “a product of two worlds,” embracing the idiosyncratic qualities of Europe and the United States to enrich a personal expressiveness in music.
Daria van den Bercken
Celebrated for the fresh way she brings piano music to new life, Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken is regarded as “a model for musicians of the future.” Her passion is to actively reach as many people as possible, enticing both classical music lovers and new audiences alike. As a 2016 Artist-in-Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, she presented all the aspects of her successful approach, both in recital and concerto performance, and also in educational and social outreach.