Rod Yu (小智)

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Rod Yu is a conductor and pianist who takes up different roles in orchestral, opera, chamber music and vocal piano accompanying.

As an active pianist, he was invited to perform with the Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, Guildhall New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and HKBDA Wind Orchestra. He has also performed in international music festivals in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, Austria and Hong Kong. His performance included Cecilia Heejeong Kim’s My Arirang, How Much I am Missing You (2013), Joyce Tang’s Reflections on Arirang (2013), Nigel Clarke’s The Flavour of Tears (2013), Luis Serrano Alarcón’s Three Sketches (2014) and Brett Dean’s Wolf-Lieder (2006) that has been broadcasted in the BBC Radio 3 in London.

Rod completed his Master’s Degree with Distinction with the support of Leverhulme Trust at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Bachelor’s Degree at the Hong Kong Baptist University, studied under Caroline Palmer, Graham Johnson, Gordon Back, Pamela Lidiard and Norman Lee. He has also trained as a conducting student of Sian Edwards – former English National Opera Music Director in London. He has received the Scotiabank scholarship to be the Art of Song Fellow during the 2013 Toronto Summer Music Festival, where he received intensive coaching from Elly Ameling, Julius Drake and Michael McMahon. Rod was trained as a lieder coach by Konrad Jarnot and Christoph Berner during the 2014 Internationale Sommerakademie in Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

余啟智是位多才多藝的鋼琴家,在不同領域上有傑出的表現。與他合作過的樂團包括:香港巴羅克樂團、倫敦市政廳當代音樂樂團、香港創樂團、香港管樂協會導師樂團。他也活躍於世界各地,並在多個國際音樂節中演奏,包括多倫多夏季音樂節、薩爾斯堡莫扎特大學音樂節、英國廣播公司現代作曲家音樂周,他的演出在英國廣播公司第三台亦有播放。

余氏於香港浸會大學音樂系畢業後,以優異成績於倫敦市政廳音樂學院修畢鋼琴伴奏碩士,師承多位音樂大師,Caroline Palmer、李廷強、Graham Johnson、Julius Drake、Elly Ameling、Gordon Back。余氏亦是2013年Socitiabank獎學金得獎者並於同年擔任多倫多夏季音樂節的學院鋼琴家。