Louis Siu is the founder and artistic director of Toolbox Percussion. In 2020, he was appointed as curator of The Classical: NEXT 2020 Opening, entitled Hong Kong / TAKEOFF, presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He is an alumni representative of the Asian Cultural Council (HK) Foundation. Siu received his music education at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Chinese University of Hong Kong and graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He further his graduate study at Central Saint Martins’S Arts and Cultural Enterprise programme. Alongside his many orchestral presences as professional percussionist including formerly engagement as the principal percussionist of the Macao Orchestra, he was also an ExxonMobil New Vision Artist at the 40th Hong Kong Arts Festival and a Teaching Artist at the San Francisco Symphony. Currently a part-time instructor at the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize winner Ken Ueno is a composer, vocalist and sound artist who is currently a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Jerry and Evelyn Hemmings Chambers Distinguished Professor Chair in Music. He holds a PhD from Harvard University. Ensembles and performers who have played Ken’s music include Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, Mayumi Miyata, Teodoro Anzellotti, Aki Takahashi, Wendy Richman, Greg Oakes, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Alarm Will Sound, Steve Schick and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Nieuw Ensemble, and Frances-Marie Uitti. Ken’s piece for the Hilliard Ensemble, Shiroi Ishi, was featured in their repertoire for over ten years, with performances at such venues as Queen Elizabeth Hall in England, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and was aired on Italian national radio, RAI 3. Another work, Pharmakon, was performed dozens of times nationally by Eighth Blackbird during their 2001-2003 seasons. A portrait concert of Ken’s was featured on MaerzMusik in Berlin in 2011. In 2014, Frances-Mairie Uitti and BMOP premiered his concerto for two-bow cello and orchestra, and Guerilla Opera premiered a run of his chamber opera, Gallo, to critical acclaim. He has performed as a soloist in his vocal concerto with BMOP, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Lithuanian National Symphony, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and with orchestras in North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and California. A monograph CD of three orchestral concertos was released on the Bmop/sound label. His bio appears in The Grove Dictionary of American Music.