Music Director

Christopher Cheng    鄭智山

Chris Chi-shan Cheng graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong with BA, PgDE and MA degrees in music. He holds Dip ABRSM and LRSM (percussion) and certificates (singing and piano) with distinctions. He also holds an American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Level I Handbell Director’s Certificate. He is currently the music director of Hong Kong Youth Choir and a masters student, majoring in choral conducting at Messiah College.

Cheng’s conducting teachers include: Jon Washburn (2018 and 2012 Vancouver Chamber Choir National Conductors’ Symposium), Brady Allred (Association of Irish Choirs 38th International Choral Conducting Summer School), William Weinert (2016 Hong Kong SingFest), Nicolas Fink (2016 Hong Kong Arts Festival Conducting Masterclass), Chen Yun-hung (2015 Die Konzertisten Conducting Masterclass), Dénes Szabó (World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival Hong Kong 2015, conducting Hungary Cantemus Pro Musica Girls’ Choir), Stephen Coker (2015 Hong Kong SingFest), Rolf Beck and Helmuth Rilling (2013 Hong Kong SingFest, conducting Hong Kong Sinfonietta).

Cheng has prepared chorus for John Rutter in Look at the World with John Rutter and Jimmy Chiang for Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival: Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. He has given the Hong Kong Premieres of Rutter’s Feel the Spirit and The Sprig of Thyme. His recent repertoire includes a concert version of Schönberg’s Les Misérables, Basler’s Missa Kenya, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, complete J. S. Bach’s Lutheran Masses, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Coronation Anthems, Rutter’s Gloria, Mass of the Children and Visions and Poulenc’s Gloria.   

Projects conducted by Cheng have received Hong Kong Arts Development Council Emerging Artist Grant and Project Grant for multiple times, and he was a receiver of Pro Arte Orchestra Scholarship for many years.

Cheng captured the category champion (Musica Sacra) with a gold medal with Hong Kong Youth Choir in 2016 Singapore International Choral Festival, and a Silver with St. Joseph’s College Chamber Boys’ Choir in Hong Kong Winter Choral Festival 2017. He has collaborated with Hong Kong Oratorio Society, SingFest (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Hong Kong Treble Choir, Christian Choir, HKUSU, UST Christian Choir, Aqua Voice (Hong Kong), choir of St. Andrew’s Secondary School (Singapore), choir ofictoria Junior College (Singapore), choir of Anderson Junior College (Singapore), choir of Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, choir of Marymount Secondary School (Hong Kong) and chamber orchestra of La Salle College (Hong Kong). He is also a translator of Taiwan Choral Music Center (TCMC).

 

 

鄭智山於香港浸會大學及香港中文大學畢業,先後獲取音樂系的文學學士,並學位教師教育文憑及文學碩士學位,並持有英國皇家音樂學院聯合委員會文憑(敲擊樂)及演奏級文憑(敲擊樂)、聲樂及鋼琴證書(優異)、美國手鈴協會手鈴一級證書。他現時為香港新青年合唱團音樂總監,以及於彌賽亞學院修讀碩士,主修合唱指揮。

鄭氏曾師從瓦許本(2018及2012年溫哥華室內合唱團全國指揮大會)、奧爾雷德(愛爾蘭合唱協會第38屆國際合唱指揮暑期課程)、韋納德(2016年聲蜚合唱節)、芬克(2016年香港藝術節指揮大師班)、陳雲紅(2015年Die Konzertisten 指揮大師班)、Denes Szabo(2015年世界青少年及兒童合唱節,指揮匈牙利Cantemus Pro Musica女子合唱團)、柯克(2015年聲蜚合唱節)、貝克及瑞霖(2013年聲蜚合唱節)研習指揮。

鄭氏曾於「與約翰‧盧特看世界」音樂會為約翰‧盧特訓練合唱團,亦於2016年香港維也納音樂節的馬勒《第八交響曲》演出為曾智斌訓練合唱團。鄭氏曾於香港首演盧特的《同感靈風》和《百里香枝頭》,而其他曲目包括荀伯克《孤星淚》音樂會版本、巴斯拉《肯亞彌撒》、佛瑞《安魂曲》、莫扎特《加冕彌撒》,全套巴赫《路德彌撒》,韓德爾《上主如是說》及《加冕頌歌》,以及浦朗克及盧特的《榮耀頌》。

鄭氏指揮的演出曾多次獲得香港藝術發展局「新苗資助」及「計劃資助」等項目支持,其本人亦多年獲得Pro Arte管弦樂團的獎學金。

他曾聯同香港新青年合唱團,於2016年新加坡國際合唱節宗教歌曲組的獲取金牌,並於2017年香港冬日合唱節聯同聖若瑟書院室內男子合唱團獲取銀牌。以往曾合作的團體包括:香港聖樂團、聲蜚合唱節(香港)、香港兒童合唱團、香港童聲合唱團、香港大學學生會基督徒詩班、香港科技大學學生會基督徒詩班、Aqua Voice (香港)、新加坡聖安德烈中學合唱團、新加坡維多利亞初級學院合唱團、新加坡安德森初級學院合唱團、台北市立建國高級中學合唱團、香港瑪利曼中學合唱團及香港喇沙書院室樂團。他亦為台灣合唱音樂中心的翻譯。