Canadian Youth Chinese Orchestra CYCO
2019 – 2020 Member Registration
Alvina and Lavina
Alvina and Lavina
Lavina & Alvina Cheung (twin sisters) Guzheng as being one of their favourite musical instrument, twin sisters Lavina and Alvina had started their Guzheng classes since they were in Primary one. After over five years of learning and practicing, they have mastered the level eight performance skill and currently working toward the higher level. They have committed to move on as they love Guzheng’s spectacular tone and uniqueness; in addition, the satisfaction and praise during the period is rewarding and invaluable. Lavina and Alvina have been participating in various competitions and recitals both in Hong Kong and Toronto. Their outstanding performance have attracted extreme good remarks/scores and made them stand out in the Hong Kong School Music Festival (champion & first runner up) and International Music & Art competition (gold & silver medal) in the past couple years. Lately, the twin sisters have moved to Toronto Canada with family. With great fortune to join the Toronto Youth Chinese Orchestra (TYCO) & Canadian Youth Chinese Orchestra (CYCO), which were formed by a group of passionate & professional Chinese music lovers, the two little young ladies would have the opportunities to perform and further develop their Guzheng skill. They both found it a great experience of taking part in the Chinese Orchestra and would definitely continue their Chinese musical journey abroad.
Lavina ＆Alvina Cheung(雙胞胎姐妹)古箏作為她們最喜愛的樂器之一，Lavina 和 Alvina 孿生姐妹從小一就開始她們的古箏課。經過五年多的學習和努力，她們已經掌握了八級的表演技巧，目前正朝著更高的水平邁進。她們更諾繼續前進，因為她們喜歡古箏的壯麗氣質, 音色和獨特性;此外，在這時期不同方面的訓練, 使她倆穫益良多。從中得到的滿足感和稱讚更是無價和不可替代，Lavina 和 Alvina 參加了香港和多倫多的各種比賽和演奏會，她們的出色表現吸引了極高的評價及成績，並使她們在過去近年的香港校際音樂節(冠軍和亞軍)和國際音樂和藝術比賽(金獎和銀獎)中，能脫穎而出。
Joe Anderson is originally from Wisconsin, USA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Educational Policy Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and has worked as an undergraduate admissions professional. Joe also serves as the staff advisor for AMIC, a student organization at the university which performs with a number of Chinese and Asian musical instruments and aims to connect international and domestic students through music.
After years of playing Western instruments, Joe encountered Chinese instruments in 2012 and felt a deep connection with the sounds and imagery of Chinese music and its larger symbolic connections with Chinese culture. He has explored a variety of instruments, including the erhu, pipa, yangqin and ruan. He has been fortunate to study pipa and ruan for multiple years under experienced musicians from the Toronto Chinese Orchestra. With his primary instrument as zhongruan, Joe is excited to join the music group, as the experience will allow him to collaborate with other musicians, travel to China for the first time as well as improve his Chinese language ability.
LAU Wing Sing
LAU Wing Sing
LAU Wing Sing got interest in Dizi when one day he accidentally bumped into a musical performance in a shopping mall by a group of youth playing with Chinese musical instruments, and he immediately asked his father to contact the group, to see if he could learn the dizi and join the orchestra. That was about two years ago when he was just 9 years old. He has been receiving training under Wu Lipeng’s guidance since then, and joined the CYCO at the beginning of this year. He loves dizi and enjoys playing it with other musicians.
Alexander Le Nguyen
Alexandr Le Nguyen
Alexander has an undergrad (double major) in mental health and music. He play’s both piano and erhu and is interested in learning different music cultures. Alexander has many years of playing the piano and recently picked up the erhu to expand his musical/cultural knowledge. Alexander joined the Chinese Youth Orchestra to experience a different musical structure and performing. In the coming fall, he will be doing a Master’s in Music Therapy at Wilfred Laurier University.
Chan Yan Tung
Chan Yan Tung
Chan Yan Tung Nicholas
I have been playing erhu for seven years and I really enjoyed playing the erhu. I started playing erhu in grade 2 at Hong Kong Kiangsu and Chekiang Primary School and I still remember how exciting when I first played the erhu. I am really thankful that there are erhu classes in Hong Kong Kiangsu and Chekiang Primary School and how Hong Kong Kiangsu and Chekiang Primary School introduced me to erhu. I achieved Central Conservatory of Music grade 6 in erhu now and I am really proud of myself. Also, I play the piano and achieved ABRSM grade 6 in piano too. Now, Amely Zhou teacher is teaching me and I am thankful for the opportunities she gave me.
我非常感謝香港蘇浙小學有二胡班和教導。 我拉了二胡七年，我非常喜歡拉二胡 。
音樂學院校外音樂水平等級考試六級。 此外，我彈鋼琴, 並在鋼琴上取得英國皇家音樂學院聯合
My name is Jessica Yang and I am fifteen years old, turning sixteen in the summer of this year. I am a student at Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School in Markham. I have a very broad experience with music and I can play the erhu, piano, viola, and the bass clarinet. I started to play the erhu five years ago when I had an interest in playing a string instrument. My piano teacher introduced me to the erhu and started to give me lessons. Since then, I have been taking private hour long lessons with Amely Zhou. As for my erhu exams, I am currently working towards my level 7 exams, having completed levels 4 and 6, and I plan to continue my progress. I have a lot of experience with performing music alone and with a group. Thanks to Amely, I was open to many opportunities, like being a member of the TYCO (Toronto Youth Chinese Orchestra), competing in the Yip’s Music Festival, and participating in a benefit concert for the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation. As for school, I play the viola in my school’s string orchestra for two years where I had also participated in concerts and orchestra competitions in the GTA. My background experience with playing the erhu and the piano had helped me learn how to play the viola quickly. I think that this trip to China can help benefit my musical experience, while allowing me to explore more of the Chinese culture.