Clara Tsang Fung 曾鳳
Clara Tsang graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), majoring in Music (Cello Performance). She had studied under different cellists, including Richard Bamping and Professor Ray Wang, and attended master classes held by late Timothy Landauer, Martin Menking, Gerhard lberer and Mario Brunello, and had private lessons with Natalie Gutman, Bion Tsang, Thomas Grossenbacher and Antonio Pleeth. She graduated from the Master of Expressive Arts Therapy program at the University of Hong Kong in 2021 and is now a certified expressive arts therapist.
Clara's passion and vision in bringing music to as many people as possible has led to the establishment of Cello Factory and Hong Kong Cellist Society (HKCS) in 2004. Cello Factory, where she serves as the School Principal, is a music school that offers music education for string and other instruments and for ensemble musicianship. On the other hand, HKCS provides a platform to all musicians for music exchange and sharing and opportunities for performance; to nurture a healthy appetite for classical music; and to encourage interaction between musicians and the public.
Under the support of Forever Red Project by HKCS, she had her first Cello Recital in 2012 and started her journey of musical reflection and discovery in her annual concerts in collaboration with different media and artists in Hong Hong.
In view of her success in the local music scene, she was encouraged to explore with her music and was also invited to perform abroad. She made her first international debut in Carnegie Hall, New York in March 2014 with the Fellowship granted by the Asian Cultural Council (New York) and performed in the Faculty House at Columbia University. In 2015, she held two concerts with new concepts - a "Serendipity" encounter with modern dance and "The moment" of ground-breaking performance on music and the theory and philosophy of martial art, Wing Chun - which brought veteran dancer and martial art master to the stage to perform with the cellist. Later, she was welcomed by Shen Shu Yi Foundation to play in Shanghai and brought her concert "My Dearest" for a Taiwan Tour in 2017 by the invitation of Nicola's Creative Agent. 2019 will mark a new milestone for Clara as she will launch a cello CD with financial support raised via crowdfunding under the theme of "Just Meet You" in hope to bring her music and passions to more audience.
Apart from her recital exposures, she has also been actively involved with a variety of local musical projects with local and international orchestras to perform in Hong Kong and abroad since her study. She was also invited to participate in various local music activities and multimedia events in collaboration with local and overseas artists, corporations and charities such as production of documentary on Wing Chun; performances in Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival, National Geographic Asia Opening event, and Hong Kong Asia Film Festival; live concert performances with pop stars Leo Ku, Leon Lai and Hacken Lee from Hong Kong and Yoshiki from Japan; and pop music recording and music video production with choreographer and dancer Mui Cheuk-yin and stage actor and comedian Jim Chim.
She is currently working on her latest “V-Match Project,” a pop music video production that brings cello music to the public through refreshed music arrangements and Hong Kong’s local sceneries and iconic elements on YouTube.