KWOK KUEN KOO
Koo Kwok Kuen was born in Shanghai and studied at the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory from 1956 until 1965 under Ma Sisun and Fan Jisen. From 1968 until 1977 he was principal piano soloist with the Zhejiang Philharmonic Orchestra, giving performances not only in Zhejiang Province but throughout China. As principal soloist he frequently performed for important visitors from abroad. He obtained the Master of Music degree in 1985 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Koo moved to Hong Kong in 1977 and had frequent performances as soloist at the Hong Kong City Hall and on radio and television. In Hong Kong he appeared with the visiting orchestra of the Cultural Centre of the Philippines and in Manila in recital. His interests also extend to opera and he was artistic assistant and répétiteur for all opera productions mounted in Hong Kong by the Urban Council from 1977 to 1979.
Koo Kwok Kuen was considered one of China’s most versatile pianists whose repertoire includes not only Chinese compositions but also the most important works of Western Classic and Romantic composers. His previous recordings for Hong Kong Records are “Scenes from China” and “Dances from China”, albums featuring celebrated Chinese piano solo pieces. His performances had been reviewed by newspaper Wen-Hui Bao as possessing “the impression of Chinese calligraphy and watercolor paintings,” and described by Mack McCray, a noted pianist, as “wonderful, exciting, moody, powerful.” He had been invited as a guest conductor for Palo Alto Philharmonic and the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose.