Duo Ping and Ting
The twin sisters Lok Ping and Lok Ting Chau gained a wide recognition of their finest musicality and the fascinating matches of sound. Their performance was exalted by the South German Post : “Duo Ping & Ting reacted precisely and harmonically together with a matching of sound in an unbelievable manner” .
The duo was top prize winners of the 64th ARD International Music Competition in Munich, the Dranoff International Two Pianos Competition, the Fourth International Piano Duo Competition, Bialystok, the Fourth San Marino International Piano Duo Competition and Grieg Á Deux International Two Piano Competition in Oslo. In addition, they were awarded the “André Hoffmann” prize for the best interpretations of new music at the “Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad” International Music Festival in Switzerland. The Secretary for Home Affairs has awarded commendations to the Chau sister for making outstanding contribution in international arts and culture activities in 2009.
The duo has collaborated with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Zurich Orchestra and the Bialystok Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. They have made successful appearances in Miami, Gstaad , Bern, Munich, Hannover, Vienna, Ljubljana, Bratislava and Tel Aviv. They were invited to music festivals worldwide including the Liesborner Chamber music Festival in Germany, the International Gedánsk Piano Duo Festival in Poland, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Joy of Music Festival in Hong Kong, the Gulangyu Piano Festival in Xiamen; They are regularly invited by The Dranoff Two Pianos Foundation in Miami to work with other artists on school projects.
Ping and Ting received their master degrees with first honour at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hochschüler für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany (specialised in Piano Duo). Their mentors included Prof. Eleanor Wong, Genova and Dimitrov, Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen.
The duo is active in education and community service. They will host a piano duo workshop in the HKUSpace in this summer. In addition, they are often appointed as juries in piano competitions, as well as giving masterclass and performance in the music conservatory and universities in the mainland China.