Fong Hiu-kai Johnny

Originally from Hong Kong, Fong Hiu-kai Johnny was Principal Clarinet of Hong Kong Sinfonietta between 2008 to 2023, and was a featured soloist in the orchestra’s Expo 2010 Shanghai Hong Kong Week Closing Performance.

Fong received his bachelor’s degree from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2006, studying under Andrew Simon. In 2008, under the support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, Fong received his master’s degree from the Mannes School of Music, studying under Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.

Fong was a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2004, and has played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and appeared as Guest Principal Clarinet with the Macao Orchestra. He has worked under the baton of Edo de Waart, Sergiu Comissiona, Takuo Yuasa and Yip Wing-sie, and has performed in the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium in New York, as well as other venues around the world in Asia, Europe, South America and North America.

As soloist, Fong gave his début solo recital in the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall in 2009, presented by Artists International Presentations Inc. He has also recently given a recital at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he was one of the winners of the concerto competition back in 2004 and 2006.

Fong has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and Education University of Hong Kong, and held clarinet masterclasses and lectures at Tom Lee Music. He is the Music Director of Clarinetissimo, a clarinet institution which aims to promote the instrument in Hong Kong.

In April 2022, Fong moved to London to continue his career as a musician. Besides private teaching, he has played with the Northern Ballet Sinfonia as Guest Principal Clarinet.

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