WHO ARE WE?
We are The Up:Strike Project
The Up:Strike Project aims to embody the nature of the integral movement in percussion: “up and strike.” Founded by two Hong Kong-based percussionists, Dr. Matthew Lau and Karen Yu, The Up:Strike Project is a diverse and flexible group, aiming to thread the community together by welcoming all levels of percussionists and musicians, and consistently engaging different young and emerging percussionists to work with us. By bringing professional and emerging percussionists together, presenting and championing a diverse mix of percussion music, and supporting the future leaders of percussive arts, The Up:Strike Project endeavors to strike and stand out as the pioneer of the ever-changing art form in percussion and contemporary music.
Dr. Matthew Lau & Karen Yu | Artistic Directors & Co-Founders
The co-founders of The Up:Strike Project are prominent percussionists who are actively involved in the percussion scene in Asia and North America, with additional appearances in Australia, Europe, and Latin America. Dr. Matthew Lau is one of the most prominent percussionists in Hong Kong who performs a wide range of repertoire with absolute commitment to communicating the meaning and essence of percussion music to audiences. As a percussionist, performing artist and interdisciplinary arts researcher, co-founder Karen Yu believes that music is beyond pleasure for our ears and she is keen on exploring the possibilities of combining sonic and performing arts. The co-founders have most recently performed in the Transplanted Roots Percussion Research Symposiums, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, IRCAM Manifeste Academy and Bang On A Can Marathon Concert. Devoted to bring changes to the percussion community by elevating the artistry, The Up:Strike Project seeks to broadening the range of performed repertoire, and enlarging the audience circle through reducing the distance between the society and us.
Up:Strike一名源於演奏敲擊樂的動作：提起、敲打，由兩位在香港土生土長的敲擊樂手余林橞和劉語博士創辦。Up:Strike是一個充滿活力的藝術團體，與年青和新晉樂手合作，希望來自不同背景的敲擊樂手和音樂家能共冶一爐。海納百川，有容乃大，敲響樂和當代音樂作品種類如百花齊放，Up:Strike作為樂界的先驅，致力於匯聚專業和新晉樂手，演出不同類型的作品，培育敲擊樂的新一代。Up:Strike的兩位創辦人活躍於亞洲和北美的敲擊樂界，間中亦會亮相於澳洲、歐洲和拉丁美洲的舞台。劉語博士在香港敲擊樂界頗具名氣，他演出的樂曲類型廣泛，力求將樂曲的意義和精髓一絲不苟地呈現於觀眾眼前。余林橞集敲擊樂手、表演藝術者及跨域藝術研究者於一身，她認為音樂不只局限於聽覺的享受，為此，她醉心於發掘音樂與表演藝術融為一體的可能。劉氏和余氏近期遠赴Transplanted Roots Percussion Research Symposiums、Aspen Music Festival、Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity、IRCAM Manifeste Academy和Bang On A Can Marathon Concert演出。為了提升敲擊樂的藝術水平，Up:Strike演出多元化的作品，希望能擴闊觀眾層，令更多人享受敲擊樂的樂趣，為敲擊樂界揭開新一頁。
Artistic Director & Co-founder
Hailed by the Aspen Times for his “soulful and technically impressive solo” at his vibraphone concerto debut at the Aspen Music Festival, percussionist Dr. Matthew Lau enjoys an international career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. For more info go to www.matthewlaumusic.com
Artistic Director & Co-founder
A percussionist, performing artist and interdisciplinary art researcher, Karen Yu enjoys discovering the possibilities of combining sonic and performing arts. Through the unique blend of sight and sound inherent in percussion performance, Karen proactively seeks for new sounds through the utilization of found objects and electronics, and new approaches to transform the existing concert culture. www.karenyu.net
Chow Yin Ting Vonald obtained his Master of Music in Performance and graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 2015, he participated and performed with Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh, United Kingdom and performed solo in International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy in Hannover, Germany. Vonald performed with London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Simon Rattle in Barbican Hall in July 2015.
With full support from the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund, Ng Chin Pok Bevis is currently in the Bachelor of Music (Hons.) at the HKAPA, majoring with western percussion. Bevis is a versatile musician, who has great interest in solo, chamber and even orchestral music. He has his TV and Radio debut as the final candidates of RTHK 4 Young Music Maker 2019. He is selected as one of the ensemble artist in World Percussion Group 2019 Spain/Portugal tour. He is a freelance percussionist at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Emily Cheng, WPG 2019 Artist, AYO(2010,2011). Bachelor of Music (Honours) with First-class Honours and Master of Music with Distinction at the HKAPA, including a full scholarship from The Society of APA. She also won the concerto trial in HKAPA in 2013. She has participated in numerous performances which comprise diverse styles and forms – solo, chamber, orchestra, and multimedia. Besides, Emily is co-founder of the RE・MIX Percussion Duo.
Emily is actively involved in professional ensemble performance with nearly all of Hong Kong’s music ‘flagship’ ensembles, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic among others.
Sunny HO is currently a bachelor of music student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2018, he has been selected in Asian Youth Orchestra. In 2019, HO participated in Hong Kong Arts Festival - Young Friends Special “From Classic To Future” with Li Biao and Li Biao Percussion Group, Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar and So Percussion Summer Institute.
HO won the 3rd Prize of the 2016 Parsons Music Scholarship for Wind, Brass and Percussion Instruments. Also, he is a scholar of Cecil Leong Scholarship, The Hong Kong Children’s Choir Chan Ho Choi Memorial Scholarship and HSBC Hong Kong Scholarship in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Currently a master student studying percussion performance at HKAPA. Touring with Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), Kwong performed in Young Euro Classic Festival, Lucerne Festival etc in 2017. She actively participated in the masterclasses from Markus Rhoten, Rainer Seegers, David Herbert etc. Kwong was selected as ensemble artistic and going on European Tour with World Percussion Group hosted by Maraca2 in 2019. She joined IKMMA 2017 and SoSi 2019.
Kwong is a freelance percussionist of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Eyo Li, Co-founder of The Pegasus Vanguard. Marching percussion enthusiast. Champion of Drum Corps International Drumline Battle (International Division).
She is the artist of Evans Drumheads, Percussion Accessories, Promark drumsticks, PureSound Percussion (D'Addario & Company).
Having played percussion since six years old, Michael Yeung has been greatly influenced by his musical upbringing, while also being inspired by the global percussion community. His appearances cover Asian countries in the Asian Youth Orchestra 2018 Tour; over to Princeton, NJ in Sō Summer Institute 2019; to Barcelona, Spain in the 33rd Festival Castell de Peralada.