Apr 2013

a spring concert

Cabaret Theatre, Fringe Club

Theatre du Pif and friends welcome the coming of spring with an evening of songs, music and poetry that celebrates the works of Italo Calvino, Federico Garcia Lorca, Augustin Barrios, Yuquijiro Yocoh, Jacques Brel, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Joseph Koo, The Beatles, The Proclaimers...

The concert features award winning Mark Chan (harmonica), Stephen Chau (classical guitar) and Sean Curran (vocals) as well as guest performances by friends of Theatre du Pif.

Featured Artists

Mark Chan
Mark started learning harmonica at the age of nine with Mr. Fung On. During his secondary school years, he was an active member of the renowned Chinese YMCA Harmonica Orchestra and a frequent winner at the Hong Kong School Music Festival.

In 2001, he was awarded Champion in the Open Category (Duet) at World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany. In the following years, he teamed up with guitarist Stephen Chau and won the Gold Prize in the Open Category at the Asian Pacific Harmonica Festival in Atsugi, Japan. They were also awarded the prestigious Mayor Award - the highest award at the Festival. Since then, other than local performances, Mark has performed in Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai.

Stephen Chau
Stephen Chau began studying classical guitar in 1980, and won the first Prize at the Hong Kong Guitar Festival, Classical Section in 1982. He entered the Hong Kong Music Institute in the same year, majoring in guitar performance. In 1984, he received a scholarship to participate in Musica en Compostela in Spain, and furthered his studies at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Madrid in 1987, studying under renowned guitarists and composers, among them Manuel Barrueco and Leo Brouwer.

In addition to solo performances, Stephen is also keen on chamber music, and recorded his "Duet" CD on guitar chamber music in 1996, "Guitar New Age" in 2005 and "Lollipops" which with Hong Kong renowned harmonica player Mark Chan in 2012. To date, he has premiered over 20 guitar works by Hong Kong composers.