Stephen Chong, Clarinet
After finishing his studies in psychology and French in Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chong was accepted by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he obtained Advanced Diploma for Performing Arts (Music) and Professional Diploma for Performing Arts (Music) with distinction. His teachers included John Schertle, Michael Campbell and Anthony Wong. He also studied chamber music with Yiu Song Lam.
In 2004, he won the First prize of the Second Asian Youth Music Competition and a scholarship by Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund. He then furthered his studies in the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, the Netherlands, studying with Sjef Douwes, Principal Clarinet of the renowned Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He also studied bass clarinet with David Kweksilber as well as Erik van Deuren from Conservatory of Amsterdam, who plays regularly in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has the honour to be in the class of the legendary bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay. Moreover, he has participated in masterclasses of Andrew Marriner, Michel Lethiec, Jean-Noël Crocq, Yves Didier and Henri Bok. In summer of 2006, he was awarded the post-graduate certificate from the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, the Netherlands with distinction.