Mr. Tam Chi Chung, Kelvin (Music Director)
Mr. Tam Chi Chung, Kelvin
"I admire his vast knowledge of the music he conducts. Kelvin is very skilled in communicating with the orchestra, through very clear gestures and precise technique. His sense of rhythm and phrasing bring about the best performance of the musicians playing under his baton."
- Ms. Gabriela Morillo-Bohnett, International Youth Orchestra ASP, Artistic and Musical Director Virginia, USA
"His reading of many familiar scores brings a youthful freshness and vibrancy to them... the attention to dynamics is a joy to hear, with sensible tempos that let the music breathe..."
- Mr. Charley Brighton, guest conductor of BBC Winds
"Kelvin has an energetic conducting technique on the podium..."
- Mr. Travis Jürgens, Music Director / Conductor, Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City
"I have enjoyed following his excellent progress as a conductor and know that there will be a very bright future ahead for him"
- Mr. Harold Weller, American composer and founding Music Director of Las Vegas Philharmonic
Kelvin received an award from
Mr. Wong Yan Lung, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice
on behalf of UFO.
For 8 years now, Kelvin has been very involved in music. He studies French horn with Mr. Supreetti, principal horn of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and he also plays the piano and violin. Kelvin had been a student of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since 2001. During his years of study at the Academy, he was principal horn of the Academy's Junior Wind Band and a horn player of the Junior Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Kelvin acted first as principal trumpet, then as principal horn for his primary school's wind band.
In the field of exposure, Kelvin was invited repeatedly by ATV/Pearl as a guest performer for TV demonstrations. In 2006, he recorded a wind ensemble piece for the CD "Annan foods Mozart miracle Journey", sold for charity purposes. Kelvin is also an experienced orchestra hornist. He was a guest horn player for the China Philharmonic Orchestra of Hong Kong and principal horn of the East Kowloon Orchestra. Most notably, he has served as principal horn of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYO) since 2003. In the past 6 years, he travelled to Macau and Austria with MYO to participate in masterclasses taught by Prof. Michael Koller and Mag Hannes Haider, who is a former player of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In July 2009, Kelvin embarked on a journey to Austria again, this time performing with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the Orchestra's former concertmasters, Professors Peter Gulth and Ernest Smole. The concert took place in the prestigious Haydn Hall in Vienna.
Kelvin's musical endeavours have been recognized by adjudicators of local music competitions. Prizes he has won so far include 2nd place in French Horn Solo (Primary Senior) and 3rd place in Wind Duet (Intermediate) in the Hong Kong Schools' Music Festival. Apart from passion for music, Kelvin also has a heart to serve and often participates in charity events to help the needy. He performed in a charity event, "Music Heals Japan" with Joint University Philharmonic Orchestra to raise funds for the victims of Japan Earthquake in 2011 and in charity concerts and worked with leading musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Les Six, Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra and Magic Circle Mime Company. He also collaborated with outstanding talents of the day such as cellist Wang Jian, pianists Michelle Kim, Nancy Lo and Colleen Lee, violinist Lu Si-qing, composer Peco Chui, Maestro Yang Li, and a large number of pop singers including KellyJackie, Shirley Kwan, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, etc.
Kelvin is appointed to be Managing Director and Principal Conductor of United Friends' Orchestra this year. Through this ensemble, he hopes to contribute more to promoting classical music in Hong Kong and serving the local community.