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About Us

Hong Kong's most active premiere percussion group.
 

The Up:Strike Project embodies the nature of the integral movement in percussion: “up” and “strike”. Founded by two Hong Kong-based percussionists, Karen Yu and Dr. Matthew Lau, the diverse and flexible group welcomes percussionists and musicians from all levels, and consistently engages young and emerging percussionists to work together. 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. 

Established in late 2018, The Up:Strike Project regularly curates and presents performances at the Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Arts, produces concerts with the support of the Hong Kong Arts and Development Council and hosts a festival, MINI:Fest, with a goal to foster dialogues between the community of percussionists.

 

The co-founders of The Up:Strike Project are leading percussionists who are actively involved in the percussion scenes 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, experimental sound artist and interdisciplinary arts researcher, co-founder Karen Yu uses sound-making as a medium to question and subvert the relationship between audience and performer. 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 bringing changes to the community, The Up:Strike Project seeks to diversify the percussion repertoire with artistic excellence through collaborations with artists and composers, at the same time, embracing the implication of identity in music-making. 

Who are we?
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Dr. Matthew Lau (he/him)

Artistic Director & Founder

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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 performs a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the meaning and essence of percussion music to its audience, from arrangement of Bach to avant-garde contemporary pieces by Donatoni. Matthew is the co-founder and artistic director of Hong Kong contemporary percussion group The Up:Strike Project. Matthew enjoys an international teaching & performing career, 2019 engagements include countries like USA, Argentina, Mexico, Peru,  Taiwan, Spain, Australia, and Russia. Matthew obtained his DMA in percussion performance from Stony Brook University under Eduardo Leandro.

Dr. Lau is artist endorser of Marimba One, Black Swamp Percussion, and Elite Mallets (Spain), where his signature mallets are manufactured.

Research interest:

- Development of contemporary vibraphone repertoire

- Trend in contemporary percussion repertoire in the past 15 years

- Chamber music and its importance in percussion education

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Percussionist, performance artist and interdisciplinary arts researcher, Karen Yu uses sound-making as a medium to question and subvert the relationship between audience and performer. In explorations of new possibilities in performing arts and concert culture she has collaborated with a number of artists and musicians, including Ken Ueno, Philippe Leroux, Michael Pisaro, Zihua Tan, Vinko Globokar and Jean-Pierre Drouet. Her works were presented at Sound Forms (Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong) and Notating Beauty That Moves (Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Artistree). She has performed for the Percussive Arts Society (Hong Kong and Montreal), Tai Kwun, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Transplanted Roots Percussion Research Symposiums (Guanajuato, Brisbane, Montreal), Biennale Montreal and SoundSCAPE Festival. Formerly an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and a fellow at the Blackbird Creative Lab, Yu is also the co-founder and director of the chamber percussion group The Up:Strike Project and co-founder of the Exordium Collective. Karen Yu obtained a Bachelor and Master of Music from McGill University, Canada, where she was a Schulich Graduate Scholarship holder.

Research Interest:

- Differentiation between percussion ensemble & chamber music

- Chamber music and its importance in percussion education

Karen Yu (she/her)

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Chow Yin Ting Vonald obtained his Master of Music in Performance and graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He studied with David Corkhill (Principal Percussion of London Philharmonia Orchestra) and Tony Bedewi (Co-Principal Timpani of London Symphony Orchestra) on timpani; Sam Walton (Co-Principal Percussion of London Symphony Orchestra). Prior to his graduate studies, he graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music with first class honours and first in class, under the tutelage of Dr. Lung Heung Wing. He obtained LTCL in Percussion Recital in 2010. He was awarded the Dr. Daniel Tse Music Scholarship in 2013.

 

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. Apart from solo and orchestral music, Vonald is also an experienced and avid chamber player, he performed ‘The Invisible Proverb’ quintet with Russell Hartenberger (member of Nexus) and choreographers in London Contemporary Dance School. He was a founding member of Up:Strike, a percussion quartet and Quarter, a quartet of two percussionists and two pianists.

Vonald Chow (he/him)

Artistic Director & Founder

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www.karenyu.net

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Core & Founding Member

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Bevis Ng (he/him)

Core & Founding Member

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With full support from the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund, Ng Chin Pok Bevis is currently in the Bachelor of Music (Hons.) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in Percussion. His teachers include Dr. Matthew Lau, Dr. Lung Heung Wing and James Boznos. Bevis is a passionate solo performer. The highlights of his solo playing include a solo recital at Tai Kwun and performing "Concerto for Marimba and Strings" by Emmanuel Séjourne with the Academy Symphony Orchestra in 2018. He was chosen as the final 16 candidates for RTHK4’s Young Music Maker 2019, where he made his TV and radio debut. Besides solo playing, Bevis is an active chamber percussionist. He was selected as one of the ensemble artists in the World Percussion Group 2019 touring Spain & Portugal. He is a scholarship recipient at the So Percussion Summer Institution 2019. He is a core member of The Up:Strike Project, an emerging contemporary percussion chamber group in Hong Kong. Bevis is a freelance percussionist at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Currently a master student at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Eugene Kwong is studying percussion performance with Aziz D. Bard Luce and James Boznos, as well as much musical inspiration from Dr Matthew Lau, under the full financial support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. As a former member of Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) 2015-2017, Eugene went on a world tour and performed in Ravello Festival, Young Euro Classic Festival and Lucerne Festival with the group in 2017. She actively participated in the masterclasses from David Herbert, Markus Rhoten, Rainer Seegers, Christopher Deviney, Li Biao, Pius Cheung and Leo Yu etc. The HKAPA percussion studio was invited to perform ‘ Ionization’ by Edgard Varèse with Li Biao percussion group in Hong Kong Arts Festival 2019. Eugene was selected as ensemble artistic of World Percussion Group 2019 hosted by Maraca2, going on UK, Spain and Portugal Tour with the group. She joined International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy 2017 and So Percussion Summer Institute 2019. Kwong is a freelance percussionist of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Opera Hong Kong, Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Die Konzertisten etc.

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Associate Member

Eugene Kwong (she/her)

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Eyo Li (She/her)

Eyo Li , freelance musician of marching percussion & western percussion , conductor, drill designer and show designer,.She started to learn music when she was 3 years old. From piano to percussion. She learn both of marching percussion and western percussion when she was learning music. She has been learning timpani from Mr. Choy Lap Tak and concert percussion from Miss Sophia Woo. Furthermore, she learnt conducting with Dr. Joseph Yu.She made performances with Hong Kong Young Musician Wind Orchestra around the world. In 2005 and 2008, Eyo attended marching percussion and color guard courses and obtained a marching band instructor qualification in Japan.Regarding the rudimental drumming and marching music, Eyo learnt rudimental drumming with the Santa Clara Vanguard Battery Captain Mr. Murray Gusseck. Band management and training from the Drum Corps Internation(DCI) judge, Mr. Steve Ulicny.She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Pegasus Vanguard which is the leading Marching Band in Hong Kong since 2010. The Pegasus Vanguard won The Champion of Drumline Batt;e (International Division) in Drum Corps International 2016 which is the first Hong Kong group step into the DCI community and the first Hong Kong group won this competition. Also, she joined the show design team with different singer like Jonathan Wong, Sammi Cheng Concert 2019 etc. 
She is the Artists of Evans Drumheads, Percussion Accessories, Promark, PureSound Percussion (D’Addario & Company). Also, she is a committee of Percussive Arts Society (Hong Kong Chapter) now.

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Samuel Chan (he/him)

Associate Member

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Garnering international acclaim, Samuel Chan is establishing himself as a versatile percussionist and daring art advocate with frequent performances across multiple continents. He is a top prize winner in numerous prestigious competitions, including the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Percussion Competition, Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, Great Plains International Marimba Competition and Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year Competition.Samuel’s concert engagements had took him to celebrated concert halls and festivals around the world, including Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Jordan Hall (Boston), David Geffen Hall (New York), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), KKL Lucerne, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Kuala Lumpur), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, First Monday Chamber Music Series (Boston), Focus! Festival (Lincoln Center), among many others. His past performance highlight includes appearance as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as orchestral musician with the Malaysian and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and at the Lucerne, Verbier, Edinburg and Pacific Music Festivals. He toured around Europe as the co- principal with the World Percussion Group, and has performed chamber music with acclaimed artists including Lawrence Lesser, Angelo Yu, Orli Shaham, and Aiyun Huang. He also premiered music by prominent composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen and Tan Dun.He is a passionate educator with teaching experience across continents. In addition to his former teaching position at the Colburn School’s Jumpstart Young Musician’s Program, he has presented clinics at renowned institutions including Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Danish Royal Academy of Music, and Norwegian Academy of Music.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Samuel obtained his Artist Diploma from the Colburn School and Master of Music from The Juilliard School, as well as previously studied at the New England Conservatory and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

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