Leon Ko
Leon received a Master's degree in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. His musical Heading East won a Richard Rodgers Development Award in the U.S. For his Cantonese musicals, such as The Good Person of Szechwan, Field of Dreams and The Passage Beyond, he won five awards at the Hong Kong Theatre Awards.

His music in the film Perhaps Love garnered a Golden Horse Award in Taiwan and a Hong Kong Film Award. He won Best Original Song at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards for the title song in the movie The Last Tycoon. He was nominated for Best Original Score again in 2008 for his work in the movie Warlords. Other film scores include Mr. Cinema, The Great Magician, Insanity and Dearest and Monster Hunt.

Ko was the musical director of Jacky Cheung's 2004 world tour of Snow, Wolf, Lake, and put together the musical sequences in The Year of Jacky Cheung World Tour concert in 2007 and ½ Century Tour in 2011-12. He wrote new music for the classic Cantonese operas Princess Chang-ping (2006) and The Reincarnation of the Red Plum Blossom (2014). In 2011, his musical Takeaway, the first major British Chinese musical in the UK, premiered at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London.

Leon wrote music for the play The Liaisons for the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Fredric Mao Theatre Project in 2010. In 2014, he wrote music for the play Tonnochy, and an a cappella piece Our Immortal Cantata for the group Yat Po Singers, as well as a musical Sing High to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Macau Cultural Centre.

Lang Lang
Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, the star, Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. He is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

As a testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over four billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Recognizing Lang Lang's powerful cultural influence, in 2008 The Recording Academy named him their Cultural Ambassador to China. Most recently, Lang Lang has been chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and played at the opening ceremony.

Lang Lang has had remarkable success as a classical recording artist. He is the featured soloist on the Golden Globe® winning score “The Painted Veil” composed by Alexandre Desplat and can be heard on the soundtrack of “The Banquet” composed by Tan Dun. Most recently, he is the featured soloist on the movie “My Week With Marilyn”. All of his albums have entered the top classical charts as well as many pop charts around the globe. His album of the First and Fourth Beethoven Piano concertos with L’Orchestre de Paris and Maestro Christoph Eschenbach debuted at #1 on the Classical Billboard Chart. Lang Lang also appeared on Billboard’s New Artist chart at the highest position ever for a classical artist. In 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy® Award, becoming the first Chinese artist to be nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist. He was honored by The Recording Academy with the 2007 Presidential Merit Award; past recipients have included Zubin Mehta and Luciano Pavarotti. Lang Lang recently recorded the movie soundtrack of the Japanese blockbuster film “Nodame Cantabile,” Chopin 24 Etudes for “Project Chopin” (the largest project in honor of Chopin’s bicentenary) ,“Nuit De Mai” with Placido Domingo and performed the opening sequence for Gran Turismo, the most successful videogame of our time.

In February 2010, Lang Lang joined Sony Music Entertainment as an exclusive recording artist; his first album with Sony features a live recording of his 2010 recital at Vienna’s legendary Musikverein. He recently released his new CD “Liszt, My Piano Hero” and DVD “Liszt, Now!” to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the great composer.

Miriam Yeung
Miriam Yeung was educated in Hong Kong and achieved a variety of honors including an award as an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Health and Social Services (FHS), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2007 – 2010, Hong Kong). Miriam participated in the “TVB Chinese New Talent Singing Championship” in 1995. She afterward created her Asia entertainment business and produced more than 40 records in Cantonese & Mandarin. Many of Miriam's published songs are mainstream hits and award winners. "Why Aquarius," "Sisters," and "Small City, Important Matter,” took the Asia region by storm.

These songs played a distinguished role in Miriam's popularity and recognition in music industries around the world. "Small City, Important Matter," and "Maiden's Prayer" won "Best Song of the Year Award" in HK in 2004 and 2000. Her hits also have garnered her countless Asian music awards around the globe, such as 2000, 2002, 2004 “Commercial Radio Best Female Singer Gold Award (HK),” 2002, 2008, 2009 “TVB Jade Solid Gold – The Most popular Female Singer Award (HK),” 2004 “Four Prominent HK Media Best Album Award (HK),” and “Commercial Radio Best Album Award (HK),” 2002 “Canada’s Most Prominent Asian Female Singer Award (Canada),” and 2005 “Asia Pacific Best Asian Female Singer Award (Sydney)” representing Miriam’s well established music career and the result of her contributions to the Asian music industry. She performed a Cantonese version of "It's A Small World," at the grand opening of It's A Small World theme ride and pavilion at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2008.

Miriam Yeung is also a famous actress who has starred in over 30 films. Her most notable works are "Sound of Colors", "Drink, Drank, Drunk," and "Hooked on You." Miriam starred in "Sound of Colors" with Tony Leung, playing a blind woman who found love through a series of fate twisting events. She was nominated as the “Best Leading Actress” at The 9th Golden Bauhinia Awards, a HK film award organized by the HK Film Critics Association. She was also nominated in 2005 for “Best Actress in a leading role” by The 42nd Golden Horse Film Festival Awards in Taiwan for her character in the comedy "Drink, Drank, Drunk." In 2006, Miriam received “My Favorite Actress Golden Award,” from Performer Year Awards voted by the HK public. In "Hooked on You," she was nominated as “The Best Leading Actress” at The Hong Kong Film Critic Society Award. Miriam also stands out at worldwide with her global awards such as the “Italy Udine Far East Film Festival – The Most Popular Artiste Award” in 2002. In 2011 & 2012, Miriam has participated in a few popular films “Perfect Wedding”, “Love In The Puff” and “Love In The Puff” which gained for her “The Most Charismatic Actress” from Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers, “Best Actress in the leading role” from Hong Kong Film Critics Society”. She was also nominated as “The Best Leading Actress” by Hong Kong Film Awards.

Julian Rachlin
Julian Rachlin is one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. For the last 24 years, he has been captivating audiences around the world with his distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship and outstanding interpretations. He has established close relationships with many of the most prestigious conductors and orchestras. Always willing to expand his musical horizons, Julian is also praised as a viola player and, most recently, as a conductor. This year marked the 12th anniversary of the internationally renowned “Julian Rachlin & Friends” festival held annually in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a platform for creative and vibrant projects with today’s leading musicians and actors. Besides delighting his audiences with his musical performances, Julian is also receiving recognition as a young philanthropist for his charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and his educational outreach.

Upcoming highlights include concerts with the Orchestre National de France and Semyon Bychkov, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta and Christoph von Dohnányi, as well as the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev. In October 2012, Julian played the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Double Concerto, which is dedicated to Julian Rachlin, at the Vienna Musikverein with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons. Play & Conduct performances this season include collaborations with the Israel Philharmonic, the Kremerata Baltica, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonica Heliopolis, an orchestra of young musicians from the favelas in Sao Paulo.

Julian Rachlin’s recordings for Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammophon have all been met with great acclaim.

Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 "ex Liebig" Stradivari, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung. He also plays the 1786 viola by Nicola Bergonzi on loan to him, courtesy of Dmitry Gindin, London.

Yundi Li
Yundi, now a household name in China, is an internationally renowned young piano virtuoso. His emergence has caused a sensation in the classical music community. In 2000, at the age of 18, he captured first prize in the International Chopin Piano Competition – the youngest as well as the first Chinese winner in the competition’s history.

He was the first Chinese pianist to sign a contract with Deutsche Grammophon; to become a featured personality in the Wall Street Journal; and to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic and Seiji Ozawa with a live recording. He has been accorded the title “Cultivator of National Spirit”, and elected one of the Ten Outstanding Youth Leaders of China and one of the hundred persons having an influence on the 21st century.

His widely acclaimed recordings have won the classical music World Platinum Award, the Best Solo Album Award of Germany’s authoritative Classic-Echo Awards, the Special Award of Chins’s 4th Gold Record Awards, and New York Times’ recognition as among the best Classical CDs of the Year, among others. He has been invited to perform in such prestigious halls as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC., Carnegie Hall in New York and Grand National Theatre of China; and has performed with many of the world’s most celebrated orchestras. Some critics have praised him as having attained the highest realm of piano performance. On account of his unsurpassed interpretation of Chopin, the Polish government invited him to take part in performances making the 200th anniversary of the great composer’s birth in 2010.

Yang Xue Fei
Born in Beijing, now based in the UK, Xuefei Yang (Fei) is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.

Prodigious musical talent was evident at all stages.

As the first ever Chinese student to be awarded a full international scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, Fei completed her postgraduate studies with DipRAM, and was also honored with the Principal’s Prize. In 2012, Fei received further recognition from the Royal Academy for her outstanding achievements, when they awarded her the title of Fellow.

As a professional musician, Fei has performed concerts in 50 countries throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She was the very first Chinese guitarist to launch an international career, signed to top agency Askonas Holt & records exclusively for EMI Classics.

The demand for her music sees Fei keeping a busy international schedule including London's major venues (with several sell-out recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall), and concerts at the world’s most prestigious venues including Philharmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, National Auditorium Madrid, Dvorak Hall Prague, Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center New York, plus the main venues across Asia. Fei gave both the first solo guitar, and first guitar concerto, recitals ever in Beijing's National Centre of Performing Arts.

In 2003 she performed 54 concerts for the “Night of the Proms” Tour, appearing in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, to a total audience of over 800,000 people.

Fei is regularly invited to perform concertos with leading orchestras. She also regularly appears in collaborations with other musicians. She performs with the Elias String Quartet gives duo recitals with cellist Jian Wang, and collaborates with tenor Ian Bostridge and flautist Sir James Galway.

Xuefei appears regularly in the media, including the BBC TV Program “History of the Guitar”. Chinese TV produced a biographical documentary on her story. Xuefei was selected as one of the “Top 100 Living Musicians” by UK’s Classic FM.

Katie Chan
I support FIF because the primary purpose of the Foundation is to uplift Hong Kong. No matter the initiative, all efforts are directed towards helping our community.

In particular, I am devoted to benefitting the arts and cultural outreach. FIF has many wonderful cultural and educationally based initiatives. I am very happy to work on behalf of so many community positive projects.

Yu Tsang
Yu Tsang (YT) began her career more than four decades ago with Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (HKCBC) after graduating from St. Stephen’s Girls’ College. Over that time she has gone from teenage DJ to her current position as Deputy Chairman.

Between 1982 and 1988 YT ran her own Mes Amis Productions Company focusing on a wide range of different creative projects ranging from stage to television to film production.

In 2000, YT spearheaded PCCSkyhorse, a joint venture between HKCBC and PCCW exploring multi-media synergistic opportunities between radio, the Internet and other convergent media.

In 2008, YT brought together the Hong Kong Jockey Club, St. James’ Settlement, and HKCBC to launch a Tin Shui Wai based non-profit that offers underprivileged young people opportunities for training and employment in the creative industries. This project is running successfully to the present day.

Takako Nishizaki
Takako Nishizaki is a highly acclaimed Japanese violinist famous in Hong Kong and China for her recordings and performances of Chinese music and internationally for her many world-premiere recordings​ of rarely performed Romantic violin concertos.

She is one of the most frequently recorded and among the best-selling violinists of all time.

​More than 1.5 million copies of her recording​ of Vivaldi's Four Seasons have been sold worldwide.

Her recordings of the Butterfly Lovers Concerto by He and Chen sold more than three million copies in the People´s Republic of China and throughout South-East Asia.

Nishizaki started performing in public at age 5 and, before she was 10, had already played for artists such as Isaac Stern and Sir Malcolm Sargent as well as the French author, Georges Duhamel. She studied with Shinichi Suzuki and her father Shinji, the co-founder of the Suzuki Method, and combined the best elements of the Suzuki Method and traditional teaching with her own experience as a world-class performer to create her Nishizaki Method.

Nishizaki has performed and recorded with pianists such as Andras Schiff, ​Murray Perahia and Christoph Eschenbach, and has performed in chamber music ensembles with Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman. She founded her Violin Studio in 2005 with the aim of raising the standards of violin playing in Hong Kong. She has a second studio in Auckland, New Zealand. ​ She also teaches​ a chamber music class at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the HKUST.

Ann Hui
Ann Hui is one of the most distinguished directors in the first new wave of Hong Kong film making, which emerged on the international cinema scene during the 1980s. Hui’s best work is more personal in nature. Her films reflect on cultural displacement, and the effect on individuals who are uprooted from one country and culture and planted in another, either by personal choice or political or economic necessity. Hui is especially concerned with how her characters respond to their new surroundings and how they are affected when they return by choice or necessity’ to their homelands.

Among Hui's memorable movies are: The Secret, her first feature, ibased-on-fact suspense drama about a double murder and The Spooky Bunch, a satiric ghost story. Her major cinematic concerns emerged in The Story of Woo Viet, a drama about a South Vietnamese refugee in Manila, and Boat People, her most lauded early film, a semidocumentary account of the plight of downtrodden Vietnamese after the 1975 Liberation, whose only hope for survival lies in their becoming boat people.

Familial conflict is a key theme in Hui’s work. In the two-part historic epic Princess Fragrance and The Romance of Book & Sword, she focused on the dissension between two brothers, one a Manchurian emperor and the other the head of the secret anti-Manchu Red Flower Society. My American Grandson is the story of an elderly Chinese man looking after his 12-year-old American grandson. Here, Hui acutely examines the cultural differences between East and West, the manner in which American-reared Chinese have lost touch with their native culture, and the importance of understanding that culture.

Her most recent acclaimed film (2014) The Golden Era chronicles the life of one of China's most revered woman writers Xiao Hung. She was awarded the prestigious Golden Horse Award as Best Director for the film.

Andrew Lau
Andrew Lau Wai-Keung was born in Hong Kong in 1960. The first film he participated in as a semi-skilled worker in cinematography was “Legendary Weapons of China” directed by Chia-Liang Liu. His position rose throughout the years with films such as “City on Fire”, “Where's Officer Tuba?”, “As Tears Go By”, “Curry and Pepper”, “Lee Rock” and “Lee Rock II”. His work as a cinematographer has also garnered him several nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

His directorial debut arrived in 1990 with “Against All”. He also co-directed the films “To Live and Die in Tsim Sha Tsui” and “Modern Romance”, alongside director Jing Wong. In 1995, he took up the position of director and cinematographer once again for the films “Love of the Last Emperor” and “The Mean Street Story”.

Lau founded B.O.B. & Partners Co. Ltd. jointly with Manfred Wong and Jing Wong. The first film of this company was “Young and Dangerous” which was released in 1996 and became a box office hit. In the same year, the 'B.O.B. trio' produced the film's first two sequels. From 1996 to 1998, he continued to direct films including the “Young and Dangerous Saga”--and "The Storm Riders." Having been involved in the Young and Dangerous films including its four sequels, Lau finished his involvement with the franchise with "Young and Dangerous: The Prequel" in 1998, and "Born to Be King" in 2000.

Lau has also made a name for himself for combining martial arts with computer-animated special effects on the movie screen in such acclaimed films as “The Storm Riders” and “A Man Called Hero”. Other films such as “Sausalito” and “Dance of a Dream” have lightened Lau's film career.

In 2002, Lau established Basic Pictures, a company that started out with the blockbuster movie Infernal Affairs, in which he co-directed alongside co-writer Alan Mak (Alan Mak). The film starred the four top actors of its year-- Andy Lau, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Eric Tsang and Anthony Chau-Sang Wong-- along with the year's two top actresses--Kelly Chen and Sammi Cheng. Infernal Affairs was the number one box-office hit in Hong Kong that year, breaking several box office records alone. The film won many Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Directors (Lau and Mak), Best Screenplay (Mak and co-writer Chong), and Best Supporting Actor (Wong). “Infernal Affairs” also went on win awards at the 40th Golden Horse Awards and the Golden Bauhinia Awards.

Not only was the film successful worldwide, but it later became the inspiration for Martin Scorsese's 2006 film, “The Departed” (2006). In 2003, Lau and Mak had completed the trilogy with the prequel infernal Affairs II and the sequel/prequel “Infernal Affairs III”. Later that year, the directing duo won the "Leaders of the Year 2003" Award in the Sports/Culture/Entertainment Category.

In 2004, Lau and Mak worked on another blockbuster, “Initial D”, which was shot in Japan and released in Hong Kong during the summer. Once again, it was also another successful film for Lau and Mak, winning multiple awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, winning for Best New Performer (Jay Chou), Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Chau-Sang Wong), and Best Visual Effects. In 2006, Lau, Mak and scriptwriter Felix Chong re-teamed to make the 2005 film, “Moonlight in Tokyo” and the 2006 film “Confessions of Pain”, once again re-teaming with “Infernal Affairs” star Tony Chiu Wai Leung.

With his difference in style and aspiration, Andrew Lau, as a prolific director/cinematographer continues to make films that appeal to a mass audience.

Mandy Mui

Connie Chan

Carina Lau
Carina Lau is an award winning Actress who has a world-wide fan base. She graduated from the TVB actors training program and launched her acting career in 1983. Among her early acclaimed roles was in the hit television series Looking Back in Anger, but she quickly moved to starring in films.
I am Sorry garnered her the HK best actress nomination in 1989. She later was chosen by director Wong Kar Wai to play a volatile showgirl in Days of Being Wild opposite Leslie Cheung and Maggie Cheung. The role catapulted her to even greater stardom.
She subsequently chose very daring dramatic roles in Intimates and Curiosity Kills the Cat. In the latter film, she achieved a critically acclaimed and multi-layered performance that led to her winning the Golden Rooster Award for best actress.
Carina Lau attracted world-wide praise for her role in Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, and the film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the prestigious 2010 Venice Film Festival. She won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress in 2010 based on her memorable performance.
She continues to be a film icon, and her filmography includes the popular Infernal Affairs II and Infernal Affairs III movies.

Eason Chan
Undoubtedly one of the most successful male singers in Hong Kong’s music industry, Eason Chan has been praised by Time Magazine as a front runner in the next generation of Cantopop.

His Cantonese album “U87” was nominated by Time Magazine as “Five Asian Albums Worth Buying” in 2005. Eason Chan was the big winner at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards in 2003 and 2009. In 2003, he won “Best Male Singer” and “Album of the Year Awards” for his Mandarin album “Special Thanks To…..”. In 2009, Chan won “Album of the Year” again for his Mandarin album “Don’t Want to Let Go”.

Eason Chan was sent to the UK for study at the age of 12. He attended Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire and later Kingston University majoring in architecture. Eason Chan returned to Hong Kong before the completion of his degree to participate in the 1995 New Talent Singing Awards Competition. He won first place. Capital Artists signed a contract with him and launched his successful career in music.

Eason continues to sellout performance venues in every corner of the globe. In 2012 he embarked on a remarkably successful worldwide concert tour. He was the first Chinese singing artist to hold a solo and sold out concert at the London O2 Arena. All tickets for the event were sold in only 20 minutes for his much anticipated appearance at a venue that has hosted other music legends Michael Jackson, Madonna and Lady GaGa.”