Louis Siu, Percussionist, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble

Louis Siu
Percussionist, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble


Hong Kong born Timpanist/Percussionist LOUIS SIU appeared in the acclaimed sold-out performance of the 40th Hong Kong Arts Festival ExxonMobil New Vision Series "Louis Siu and Friends Percussion Recital". Siu has received numerous awards for his outstanding performances including the youngest finalist at the 2nd International Timpani Competition of Lyon (2008), First prize in the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod (2003), Asian Cultural Council AIA Foundation Music Scholarship (2005), Hong Kong Arts Development Council Emerging Artist Grant (2010), Percussive Arts Society Cloyd Duff Family Scholarships (2005, 2006), Music Encore by the Board of Studies New South Wales (2003), and finalist at Fort Collin Symphony Young Artist Competition (2007) and San Francisco Symphony's Concerto Competition (2006).

Siu currently serves as percussionist of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, he was previously the percussion solista of the Macao Orchestra, a position appointed by Maestro Lü Jia between 2010-2013, he serves as Guest Principal Timpani and Percussion in selected performances from 2014. Since 2008, he has been actively performing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta as an extra percussionist, including in subscription concerts, TV broadcasts and a tour with Edo de Waart and Yip Wing-sie; and he was an intern with the Four Gig Head Percussion Group. In 2007, he performed and toured with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and in 2006 he performed with the Asian Youth Orchestra.

In 2005 he participated in the Aspen Music Festival on a full scholarship, where he worked with Benjamin Herman, Dallas Symphony's Douglas Howard and Philadelphia Orchestra's timpanist Don Liuzzi. He made his Davies Symphony Hall debut in the same year with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) with Benjamin Shwartz conducting. During his tenure with the SFSYO he worked with Kurt Masur and Michael Tilson Thomas, Siu also served as Opus Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Symphony's outreach and education programs. Siu also performed with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra with Ha-nan Chang conducting.

Siu received his music education at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He studied with Hong Kong Philharmonic timpanist James Boznos and was a scholarship student of Jack van Geem, former principal percussionist of San Francisco Symphony and David Herbert, principal timpanist of Chicago Symphony. He was also invited to study with Paul Yancich at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Other mentors included Rebecca Ng of City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Mark Robinson of Sydney Symphony, and Alison Eddington of Synergy Percussion.

Dedicated to new music, Siu was one of the founding members of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and currently serves as convener of creative think tank "Muse3 Creations". He also founded PROJECT.T.T. in 2007, the project aims to promote music for percussion and tenor timpani and create a platform for composers to experiment and develop instrumentally. Siu has given masterclasses at Silpakorn University and Kasetsart University in Bangkok in 2011. Siu has premiered works by Heinz Hollinger, Tang Lok-yin, Samson Young, Lam Bun-ching, Alain Chiu and Austin Yip.

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