Our April 2021 Living Composer is Anna Vienna Ho - a Hong Kong-born musician with many strings to her bow! She has worked professionally as a piano soloist, piano accompanist/collaborative pianist, répétiteur, vocalist, and composer.
Anna gained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music at the Hong Kong Baptist University, where she was awarded the Hong Kong Government Talent Development Scholarship for two consecutive years. She then completed an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Music in Piano Performance with distinction from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she received a number of awards and scholarships. She has won prizes in numerous international piano competitions. As well as her achievements in piano, she is an experienced soprano classical singer with a number of performances and awards to her name. In her career so far, she has worked in different capacities with many opera companies and music organisations, and has performed in concert venues across Asia and Europe.
Anna's interest in composition began in secondary school, and her works, including vocal, piano, and chamber music, have been performed worldwide:
Her hymn "A New Creation" was included in a CD album published by ICQM (a music school in Hong Kong) in 2010.
Her string quartet "The Forester" was premiered at RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) Studio One and broadcast on RTHK Radio 4.
In 2018, her solo piano piece "Images" was included in the RMN Classical (a London-based music production studio) album "Modern Music for Piano" and distributed in stores and on digital platforms.
Her choral work "The Infinite Shining Heavens" was premiered by London Oriana Choir in their 2019 annual concert.
Her new opera "Buddha and the Monkey King" premiered at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in September 2020.
She was commissioned by the Birmingham Opera Company for its recent digital project "It Gets Lighter From Here!".
Her composition "Chase", for solo clavietta, has been selected as part of David Bohn's composition project.
Learn more about Anna: https://annaviennaho.wixsite.com/pianosoprano
Buddha and the Monkey King (opera)
Learn more about Chinese music and the production of this opera:
The Infinite Shining Heavens (choir)
The Forester (string quartet)
Album "Modern Music for Piano" (including Anna's track "Images") available on streaming sites: https://rmnmusic.com/modern-music-for-piano/
Anna's top 5 classical music picks:
Puccini: La Bohème
Watch the full opera (with English subtitles) here!
Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals
Chopin: Études (Op. 10 and Op. 25)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
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