Seventh Issue - September 2017, Vol. 3 No. 1
The current issue of Vantage features:
* Interview with composer Fung Lam of HK Phil
* Dialogue with musicologist Professor Daniel Chua of HKU
*Analysis on Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
* Patronage in Music and Arts
*Articles on musicians' common injuries and prevention
*Snapshots of Vantage Music Artists' New York Tour
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Third Issue - May 2016, Vol. 1 No. 3
The third issue of Vantage features versatile saxophonist Timothy Sun and Trio Morisot for their upcoming concerts. Pianist Chiyan Wong also contributed an intriguing article on Prokofiev’s second piano concerto, which he recently performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. A new YMS column is now created to pay tribute to the participants of Young Musicians Series for their intellectual contribution beyond music performance!
Fourth Issue - September 2017, Vol. 2 No. 1
Cover stories include soprano Jovita Leung and tenor David Quah, an interview with Sean Li and Kilian Chan of the Festival Orchestra and a prologue to Vantage Music’s grand concert series “Inspirational Liaisons”.
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Fifth Issue - January 2017, Vol. 2 No. 2
The January 2017 issue of Vantage presents a cover story on pianist Choi Sown-Le: A life in Music, together with an interview with his good friend Lau Siu-Ming on music and art. The Paris-based Thymos Quartet will also tell us more about their upcoming Tour in China.
Sixth Issue - May 2017, Vol. 2 No. 3
A cover story of one of the Hong Kong foremost singers, Carol Lin; An interview with cellist Professor Alan Harris Harris from Eastman School of Music as a prequel to his concert and masterclass in August in Hong Kong; An analysis on Bach’s play of dissonance and Articles on Shakespeare and Nietzsche
Second Issue - January 2016, Vol. 1 No. 2
We have a cover story on Romer String Quartet and a feature HK Duo’s upcoming concert “Journey of Romance." Also included are: RAM alumnus Dr. Olivia Sham introducing the idea of “creative resistance,” Bastian Brook’s Bookish Corner and the other regular columns on concert reviews and music matters, plus a coverage on the YMS 2015’s “It’s Story Time. Let’s Dance!”!
Inaugural Issue - September 2015, Vol. 1 No. 1
The feature story is an interview with the British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen on her latest recordings of Joachim Raff’s piano works for the Naxos-Grand Piano label. There are also concert reviews, articles on musical matters, a section on music-related books and a special coverage on the YMS 2015 UK Tour.
Call for Articles
One of the aims of setting up Vantage is to facilitate the all-round education of young musicians. By that, we mean musicians who are aware of the world beyond the physical proficiency of playing an instrument. Part of this world-beyond-the-instrument is already included in mainstream assessments under the headings of aural, sight-reading and theory. However, aural training, in and of itself, does not necessarily equip you with the means to decipher the trillions of audio stimuli that enter your ears when you play a piece of music. Similarly, drilling theory exercises offers little guarantee that you will actually understand how music works.
The key in all things is to think—to think about what you are hearing, what you are seeing, to question what is going on in the music. Cogito ergo sum. “I think therefore I am.” Thinking defines our existence, and the best way to facilitate thinking is to put it in words, either spoken or written. To write about music is to think about music.
It is with this in mind that we send out this invitation to students: make use of this platform and submit your writings on music; let others scrutinise your thoughts. It can be on any musical topic and in any format such as essays, programme notes, reviews etc. Word count should be at least 300. We will publish the ones that are written with the most conviction and award a prize to the chosen student(s). Submission is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the deadline is 1 July 2017 for the next issue in September 2017, though late submissions will still be considered for subsequent issues. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Editorial Board
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