Francis Yiu-Ting Chik 戚耀庭, Violin 小提琴
Having begun his violin studies at the age of 5 at the Junior Department of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where he studied with Lily Lee and Tina Qu, violinist Yiu-Ting Chik (Francis) is a rising performer who touches the audience’s hearts with his passionate playing.
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 from the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer's Certificate. He has 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 European Youth Summer Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival & School, Verbier Festival, Nyack Academy of Music Summer Festival, Harpa International Music Academy, Madeline Island Chamber Music and Hu Kun & Friends International Masterclass. He also played in masterclasses of world renowned violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Movses Pogossian, Tasmin Little, Federico Agostini, Renee Jolles, Paivyt Meller and Issac Malkin.
Francis’ passion for chamber music started when he was young. He won the first prize in the string ensemble category with his quartet in the 60th and 61st Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. He was the concertmaster of Diocesan Boys’ School Orchestra. During his time at Eastman School of Music, Francis' chamber groups were highly recognised and were selected for the Honors Recitals as well as in the intensive chamber program. Francis was the assistant concertmaster of the Indiana University Orchestra. He performed the Mendelssohn Octet with the Ying Quartet in 2015.
Francis is a founding member and violinist of the Cong Quartet, He took part in the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute in New York, the Intensive String Quartet seminar at Music Academy Hörpu in Iceland and have worked closely with the Pacifica Quartet, Dover Quartet Shanghai Quartet, members of the American, Tokyo, Juilliard and Borodin String Quartet among others. Recently, Chik has won the Grand Prize in the 2019 Salzburg=Mozart International Chamber Competition in Tokyo with his group. He is also a freelance musician of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong String Orchestra.
戚氏畢業於美國紐約伊士曼音樂學院及英國倫敦皇家音樂學院，並曾在印第安納大學積可斯音樂學院就讀，師隨胡坤(第一位在國際比賽中獲獎的中國小提琴家)、何紅英、陳浩堂、米哈伊爾·高柏文 (前鮑羅丁四重奏和東京四重奏第一小提琴手)、施明·加納特拉(太平洋四重奏第一小提琴手) 及約瑟·史雲遜。中學期間，在拔萃男書院的管弦樂團和弦樂團擔任團長，曾連續兩年在香港學校音樂節的室樂組奪冠，並在弦樂個人公開組中勝出。在伊士曼音樂學院修讀時，戚耀庭獲學校頒發演奏者證書，亦與其四重奏獲選進室樂研習班和榮譽演奏會等。在倫敦深造時，又獲皇家音樂學院頒發Bache Fund獎以表揚他在學時的成就，亦踵武同門師兄小提琴家寧峰，成為羅斯獎（用以表揚演奏會最高分的學生)的得主。 戚氏亦曾在印第安納大學樂團擔任助理團長，以及為「皇家音樂學院森寶利獨奏家」樂團成員之一。