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Leonard Ng

Solicitor and Musician

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Law. Music.

Leonard Ng was born and raised in Singapore. He studied law at the National University of Singapore and qualified as a lawyer in Singapore in 1996. He then obtained a LL.M degree at the University of Chicago Law School in the United States in 1997. Leonard went on to join the London office of Sidley Austin LLP and is currently a partner in the International Finance Group of the firm in London. Sidley Austin is one of the world’s largest law firms, with over 1,800 lawyers practising in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Leonard specialises in UK and EU financial services regulation and structured finance. He advises banks, investment firms, hedge funds and other entities on a wide range of regulatory issues. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences on regulation and structured finance.

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Chinese contemporary and classic music

Sun Zhuo

PhD in Ethnomusicology at School of Oriental and African Studies University of London

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Culture. Music.

Sun Zhuo - zheng (Chinese zither) performer, top graduate from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, where she gained her BA and MA from, both was majoring in zheng performance. She is now continuing her PhD studies in London. She is in high demand as a guzheng player both in China and abroad, most recently working on new compositions and contemporary styles.

Sun was born and brought up in Xi'an, the ancient walled capital of Imperial China. Started from the age of 5, taught by her mother Qu Yun, a well-known zheng master with deep understanding of the core and essence the zheng. From there, and after winning a string of prizes and accolades and appearing on the cover of Music Life and Music Weekly, she embarked upon a distinguished career as a zither soloist.

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Vanessa Mae at The Pearl Awards, Royal Festival Hall, November 2007

Vanessa Mae

British pop and classical musician

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Entertainment. Music.

Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson (born October 27, 1978), known professionally as Vanessa-Mae, is an internationally known Singaporean-born British pop and classical musician, especially noted for her violin skills. Her music style is self-described as "violin techno-acoustic fusion", as several of her albums prominently feature the techno style.

Vanessa-Mae was born in Singapore to a Thai father and a Chinese mother. After her parents separated, her mother married Englishman Graham Nicholson, and the family moved to England when Vanessa-Mae was four years old. She grew up in London and is a British citizen.

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Dr. Kimho Ip

Composer, creative producer, conductor

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Community. Culture. Music.

Kimho Ip works in the UK as composer, director, producer and Yangchin performer. He studied in Germany and Scotland and received his PhD in 2004 at the University of Edinburgh with the support of the Composers & Authors Society of Hong Kong, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

His orchestral and chamber music works have been performed at the Gaudeamus International Music Week, Amsterdam (2006) and ISCM World New Music Days (2002/ 2007), by ensembles such as the Paragon ensemble, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.

Commissioned by Cinema China 2007, he composed a soundtrack plus live music performance for the historical Chinese silent film, “The Goddess”. In April 2008 he will compose and perform “Song of the Fishermen” in the Five Circles series at ROH2, London.

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Eric Lau

Music Producer

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Music.

Eric Lau is a London-based producer who has been busy making musical waves for others. He may well be a producer you’ve heard, but not heard of, by way of his productions for the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Dudley Perkins, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Guilty Simpson, Wildchild, Tanya Morgan, Hil St Soul, and a family of up n’coming artists who feature on New Territories, his debut solo album.

His slick and edgy productions have turned the ears of Gilles Peterson (Lau appeared on his Brownswood Bubblers release of October 2006) and Fat City Records who released Eric Lau presents Dudley & Friends in January 2007. Tastemakers and peers like Benji B (BBC Radio 1Xtra) called Lau’s soulful street sounds “Heavy!”, Phonte (of Little Brother) added that Lau is “One of the illest beatmakers”, Dudley Perkins (Stones Throw) said “His music did something to me,” and Dego (of 4Hero) asked “Who the f$%k is Eric Lau!?”

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K H Li

Youth Orchestra Leader

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Community. Music.

Mr K H Li is leader of the Youth Orchestra at the Pagoda Chinese Community Centre in Liverpool, which he established in 1980, having spent time in China and Hong Kong involved in various types of Cantonese music performances and composition. Over 200 young people aged 4-18 have learnt how to play Chinese instruments under his tutelage in Liverpool.

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Jiang Li

Chinese Composer

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Culture. Music.

Jiang Li is a Chinese composer based in the UK whose music includes traditional Chinese, contemporary and East meets West styles. Of particular interest is his innovatory internet collaboration created to compose signature tunes for the BBC World Service.

This innovation was born out of difficulties arising from the lack of an established Chinese orchestra in the UK, therefore necessitating the introduction of technology to create online music collaboration. This method was used again in an East Meets West project to compose new music for Chinese New Year’s day 2002.

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Ping Hua

Research Scientist

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Community. Music. Science.

Ping Hua is a research scientist and staff PhD candidate at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the internationally renowned research institute at the University of Southampton. She conducts independent research into integrated optical sensors and sensor systems that apply to biology, chemistry and environmental monitoring systems.

In addition to her research work, Ping has been the chair of the Chinese Association of Southampton for a number of years.

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Cheng Yu

Musician

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Education. Music.

Cheng Yu is an internationally renowned pipa and guqin virtuoso, scholar and specialist in Chinese music. She holds degrees in Chinese music from the Xi’an Conservatory of Music, China (BMus.) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (MMus, PhD). She performs, records and researches both traditional and contemporary Chinese music, and does cross-cultural music collaborations. She is the founder of the UK Chinese Music Ensemble and London Youlan Qin Society and currently teaches the pipa and guqin at SOAS.

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