Norwegian violinist Ole Böhn pursues an extensive career as soloist, chamber musician, andteacher.
In 1990 Ole Böhn gave the world premiere of Elliott Carter’s violin concerto with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He has performed this concerto, which was written for and dedicated to him, with the leading orchestras in Europe and the U.S.A. His recording of the concerto on Virgin Classics was nominated one of the best recordings in 1992 by the Gramophone.
Since his debut in 1969, Ole Böhn has performed regularly with orchestras in Europe, the U.S.A. and South America. He has collaborated with conductors such as Moshe Atzmon, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Lukas Foss, Heinz Fricke, Michael Giehlen, Imre Pallo, Marek Janowski, Franz Welser-Möst, and Oliver Knussen.
As a teacher Ole Böhn is widely recognised. His students come from all over the world and he teaches in seven languages. Many of his students have received international prizes and have won seats in leading orchestras in Europe, South America and in the U.S. In March 2009 Ole Böhn joined the faculty of the Sydney Conservatory of Music. He has taught at the Royal Danish Conservatory and at the Conservatory of Music in Oslo. He has given classes
at the Eastman School of Music, The Norwegian State Academy of Music, the Gedai Institute in Tokyo and the University of Northern Illinois. Ole Böhn has also acted as member of the jury in national and international competitions such as the Sparre Olsen Competition in Norway,
The Grieg Society’s International Competition for Composition., the Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York , the Canadian Music Competition, Concurso Paulo Bosisio in Brazil,
The Kendall violin competition in Australia, Schoenfeld Competition in China, Hong Kong International Music Festival, Lipizer Violin Competition in Italy and the London International
String Quartet Competition .
Ole Böhn is the recipient of the Medal of Merit in Gold awarded by King Haral V of Norway. Ole Böhn uses a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1766 and a Domenic Pecatte bow which were acquired for his use by Nordea Bank of Norway. In 2006, Norwegian King Harald V awarded OleBöhn the “King’s First Gold Medal”, thanks to
OleBöhn ’s great contribution to the Norwegian opera art. OleBöhn has been a jury for the Hong Kong International Music Festival for three terms (2016, 2017, 2018)
Wang Zhenshan was born in Changchun City, Jilin Province of China in 1935. He worked in the Jilin Provincial Cultural and Art Corps and studied at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 1955 – 1963, he studied at the Bartok Music School and the Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary, obtaining a diploma in performance and teaching upon graduation in 1963. After graduation, Wang taught violin and chamber music at Central Conservatory of Music, and held master classes throughout the country. His teaching achievements have been remarkable for many years. Students under his guidance won the Gold Awards at Paganini Violin competition. Many of his students become concertmasters of major symphonies and professors at various conservatories across China. And professor of music school. In 1980, he proposed a nation-wide youth violin competition to the Ministry of Culture in China, in which he served as a judge for many years. Wang Zhenshen also judged for major International Violin Competitions such as David Oistrakh International Violin Competition (Ukraine) for two terms and Issac Stern International Violin Competition.
Dr. Yip Wai Hong, a legendary music teacher and composer, has been dedicated himself for the Hong Kong music education for over 6 decades. He studied in the former Yenching University Music Department in Beijing in early years, then graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music, majoring in theoretical composition. In 1970, he obtained a master’s degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, USA. In 1979,
he became a Doctor in Music Art at the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. Dr. Yip’s works include symphonies, instrumental music, chorus, oratorio and folk songs. Yip taught the Hong Kong Baptist University from 1963 to 1992, then established its Music Department in 1973 with over two decades leadership. He also served as the Art Faculty of
the HKBU for 4 years. Dr. Yip further became the Council of the institution in 1993. Hailed as the ‘Father of Children Chorus Music’, Dr. Yip founded the Hong Kong Children’s Choir in 1969 as Music Director and Conductor until 1983. In 1976, Dr. Yip established the Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. Its success pioneered the Concert Seminars in Strings Education in the territory and gained support from the Cultural Program Section of the Hong Kong government. He was also invited to conduct the Shanghai Ballet, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Yip founded the Yip’s Children’s Choral and Performing Arts Centre in 1983 which toured across continents for three decades. I Dr. Yip further created the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra in 1996 which expanded the scope of children’s music education. In 2013, the Hong Kong Professional Wind Orchestra was established, which led the First Asia-Pacific Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Festival successfully held in Hong Kong in 2018. Dr. Yip was accredited honors extensively in Hong Kong, such as Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region in 2003; Hong Kong Baptist University awarded Honorary Fellowship to Dr. Yip in 2006. He was granted the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2011, then awarded the Montblanc International Art Sponsorship Awards in 2013. In 2017, Dr. Yip got the Music Achievement Award from the Hong Kong Composers and Authors Association (CASH) to appreciate his social contribution in music creation.
Madam Lola Young, a soprano of Chinese and French origin, is the only Hong Kong Arts singer acquiring the Queen’s Award. Educated in China, Lola Young speaks several languages and listed as the Dean of The China Academy. She studied vocal music from the Hong Kongbased Italian Prof. Elisio Gualdi in early years, then further studied music conservatories in Rome. With outstanding outcomes Young was offered four scholarships for summer research studies in institutions in La Serra and Venice.
Lola Young founded ‘the China Voice Choir’ in 1968 and became its voluntary Music Director, frequently hosting concerts for gifted young musicians both locally and abroad. Apart from private tuition, Young has also been vocal professor for Tsinghua University and Hong Kong Music Institute for years. She was the examiner of graduation exam as well as jury for graduation concert for the then Hong Kong Institute of Education. Since 1974 Lola Young is the voluntary Music Director, president and chief tutor for the Wong Tai Sin’s Children Choir in Hong Kong for four decades. She was awarded by the ‘Outstanding Voluntary Teachers’ Award in Solo Operatic Singing’ from the Ministry of Education in China.