Chik Yiu Ting, Francis
Consultant Viola/Violin Faculty
-Violinist of Cong Quartet, Active chamber soloist and orchestral player, performed with London Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Sinfonietta etc.
-MMus Royal Academy of Music, BMus Eastman School of Music
-Prizewinner, Salzburg Mozart International Chamber Competition & Kreutzer International Competition etc.
-Artist in residence of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Francis Yiu-Ting Chik is a violinist of the Cong Quartet. Currently the Quartet is the Artist in residence of the Chinese University and was the Ensemble in residence from 2019-2021. The Cong Quartet have won the first place and Grand Prize of the Salzburg Mozart International Chamber Competition 2019 in Tokyo and 2nd place in the Chamber Music Category of the 2021 Kreutzer International Competition.
He has taken part in the Netherlands String Quartet Academy, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Heifetz International Music Institute’s Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar, the Intensive String Quartet seminar at Music Academy Hörpu in Iceland and Madeline Island Chamber Music with the group and have worked closely with the Pacifica Quartet, Dover Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, members of the Danel, Jerusalem, American, Tokyo, Juilliard, Borromeo, Vermeer and Borodin String Quartet among others.
Francis obtained his Master of Arts degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and was awarded the Roth Prize for Violin Finalists for his exceptional performance in the final recital. Before that he obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer's Certificate. Francis had also studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His principal teachers include Hu Kun, Ivan Chan, Hong-Ying Ho, Mikhail Kopelman, Simin Ganatra and Joseph Swensen.
Francis' festival appearances included the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival & School, Heifetz International Music Institute, Nyack Academy of Music Summer Festival and the Hu Kun & Friends International Masterclass. He has also played in masterclasses of world renowned violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Movses Pogossian, Tasmin Little, Federico Agostini, Renee Jolles, Paivyt Meller and Issac Malkin.