Percussion Judge Panel
David Christopher Panzl
The Austrian multi-percussionist David Christopher Panzl was born in Salzburg and began his percussion education at the age of four. He performed his first solo concert at the age of 13, and visited New York multiple times to study jazz while still in school. David received his Master of Arts degree, graduating summa cum laude at the Conservatory of Vienna and went on studying marimba under the tutelage of Keiko Abe at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo.
David teaches at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, is often assigned as a judge at international music competitions and leads master classes around the world. David has appeared as a soloist in some of the most significant concert halls including the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Seoul Art Center, and the Vienna Concert Hall. He has collaborated with the Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the German Chamber Orchestra of Berlin. Some of the exceptional artists he has performed with are Keiko Abe, Nebojsa Zivkovic, and Jeff Queen. He has also premiered works by Keiko Abe, Shih, Johannes Motschmann, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Enjott Schneider and J. Peter Koene. David Christopher Panzl is a Yamaha artist, endorsing Mike Balter Mallets and Loyal Drums.
Ms. Pi-Tzu Yang has been recognized as a multi-development and cross-border integration percussionist. She has won the Konzertexamen degree at the Detmold Musik Hochschule of Germany. Praised by the press “Passion as fire, grace as water, enchanted", "Her music reveals naturally from her fingertips, so freely and smoothly as if the sound comes out from her soul".
She teaches currently at Fu Jen Catholic University, Soochow University, TungHai University and Chinese Cultural University. Pi- Tzu is percussionist of Taiwan Philharmonic since 2004. She is also the conductor of Daan Percussion Ensemble.
Cheng Mei Kwan, Emily
Cheng Mei Kwan, Emily, Co- founder of the Hong Kong Percussion Academy. Coach of HKAPA Junior Music Programme (Western Percussion). She completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) with First-class Honours and Master of Music with Distinction with full scholarship at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She also won the concerto trial in HKAPA in 2013.
She has participated in numerous performances which comprise diverse styles and forms – solo, chamber, orchestra, opera, and multimedia. In 2019, Emily was selected to be one of the Artists of World Percussion Group 2019 directed by Maraca 2, completing tour of United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal, and feature the World Premiere mallet quartet piece “Powder Keg”. Also, she was invited by Sha Tin Symphony Orchestra to perform a concerto “Frozen in Time”. In 2018, she performed in a percussion trio at the Hong Kong Arts Development Centre Awards 2017 Presentation Ceremony, which was broadcast on the television. In 2014, she was the FIRST female drummer collaborating with the Hofesh Shechter Company and garnered praise for her performance in “Political Mother” in the New Vision Arts Festival at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. After that she was invited by Dr. Coleman, Associate Professor of the Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Music, to World Premiere his newly composed marimba solo piece “Triptych I”. She took part in the Philharmonic APA performance with Vienna Boys’ Choir in Vienna.
She was twice successful in her auditions for the Asian Youth Orchestra, completing consecutive summer tours in Asia. Emily formed a percussion duo RE?MIX, which was invited by different parties to perform in various places such as Taiwan, Shanghai and Macau. This year, they are invited to play in the concert “Now, 30”, to celebrate the anniversary of Hong Kong Cultural Center.
Emily is actively involved in professional ensemble performance, and is a freelance percussionist with nearly all of Hong Kong’s music ‘flagship’ ensembles, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, among others. She is also a core member of Four Gig Heads, toolbox percussion and associate member of The Up:Strike project.