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Martin Choy

Head of Woodwind and Brass
Clarinet

Choy Kwok Tin started the clarinet at the age of 12, under the guidance of Norman Foster. He later entered the Hong Kong Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Daniel Silver. In 1985, he furthered his pursuit of music at the Royal College of Music under John McCaw, the principal Clarinet of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


After returning from England he was engaged as clarinetist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the season 1987/88. Choy is now teaching Clarinet and Saxophone at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Music Institute. Besides, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Wind Ensemble Association. He is also the founding member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in which he was the Principal Clarinet from 1990 to 2006. From 2007 to now, he is the music director and conductor of Parsons Wind Orchestra. He performed with the Hong Kong local famous singer, Ivana Wong and pianist Colleen Lee in a charity concert for Ronald McDonald House Charities in February 2011.

Choy performed as soloist with different orchestras such as Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Macau Chamber Orchestra. Since 1996, he has been invited several times to hold master classes in Macau and Guangzhou Conservatory and as an adjudicator for the Macau Youth Music Competition. He is one of the founding member of "Les Six" and overseas consultant of Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. Besides, he is very active as a chamber musician and soloist of numerous festivals, from both local and overseas such as the Musicarama Contemporary Music Festival and the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days. He has been very active in the concert halls of Hong Kong as well as in Macau, Japan, France, Poland and Lithuania.

Choy is also an active band director for Alliance Primary School, Kowloon Tong and Pui Ching Middle School. For the past few years, he has been putting efforts in the cooperation with local composers to write new works for school band training. 
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Martin Choy's Clarinet Camerata

Lessons every Sunday 3:00 to 4:00pm
Tuition Fee: HK$600 / hour
Tutor: Martin Choy
Candidates are expected to play at least to the level of ABRSM Grade 5 or equivalent.
Completion of a graded exam however is not required.

*Audition for joining this class is required. Interested candidates should make a short video recording of the candidates' own clarinet playing for any repertoire for at least 5 minutes, and submit by email to [email protected] for assessment.

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