Royal College of Music, MMus
Hong Kong-born British flautist Sirius Kei Lok Chau is the recipient of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Postgraduate Study Award 2016-17, the Drake Calleja Trust Scholar 2016-17 and the Royal College of Music Study Award 2016. He received a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Professor Katie Bedford and Professor Sue Thomas.
Sirius started learning the flute at the age of eight under the supervision of Matthew Wu. He was later awarded a scholarship from the Sir Robert Black Trust Fund Committee Grants and had also been elected as the Art Ambassador by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He was a prize winner in the 2015/2016 Enkor International Music Competition (Chamber Music) in Germany, the 4th Hong Kong Students Open Music Competitions and the Hong Kong Flute Academy Concerto Competition. Sirius is an active soloist and orchestral player, performing in the Regent Hall, St. Mary Abbots Parish Church, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Claremont Centre, HTB Onslow Square, Hong Kong City Hall and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
He performs regularly as the members of RCM Symphony Orchestra and RCM Philharmonic, and has worked with renowned conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Emmanuel Siffert and Michael Seal. Sirius was also the principal flute in the UBS Orchestra, the Hong Kong Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra. He is an active ensemble player and was a major flautist of Tutti Flutti in the Hong Kong Flute Academy. Sirius worked as a concerto soloist with Tutti Flutti, playing Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in D and Mozart’s Concerto in D. He had masterclasses with Michael Hasel, Derek Jones, Katherine Bryan, Paul Edmund-Davies and Sharon Bezaly.
Sirius is also a keen piccolo and baroque-flute player, under the mentorship of Professor Kathleen Stevenson and Professor Rachel Brown respectively. Sirius is currently pursing his Master of Music in Performance studies at the Royal College of Music as a RCM Award Holder supported by a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship. His study is also generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Drake Calleja Trust.