Selected as the Tillett Trust Young Artist and Manchester Mid-day Concerts Artist, Hong Kong-born flautist Sirius Chau is a young rising soloist and orchestral player in the U.K. and Asia. Sirius was awarded the Master of Music in Performance with Distinction at the Royal College of Music (RCM), where he is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma in Performance under the tutelage of Katie Bedford and Emer McDonough as the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Scholar. He is the recipient of the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal (2018) in recognition of his contribution to the life of the RCM.
Sirius’ competition successes and scholarships include: Eastbourne Competition (2018), RCM Concerto Competition (2018), RCM Woodwind Competition (2018), Westbourne Competition (2018), Talent Unlimited (2018), Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund (2018-19), EMI Music Sound Foundation (2018), Help Musicians UK (2018), Loan Fund for Musical Instruments (2018), Drake Calleja Trust (2016-19), Countess of Munster Musical Trust Postgraduate Study Award (2016-18), Kathleen Trust (2017), St Marylebone Educational Foundation (2017), RCM Study Award and Postgraduate Award supported by a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship (2016-18), Enkor International Music Competition (2016). He was the Alain-Marion Scholarship holder at the Domaine Forget International Music Academy (2017) in Canada where he studied privately with Emmanuel Pahud, Mathieu Dufour, Philippe Bernold and Ulla Miilmann. He also won the Best Performance Award at the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival (2018) in Japan where he studied with Philippe Pierlot; and won scholarships to receive trainings at the Orford Music Academy (2018) in Canada studying with Paula Robison and the Alion Baltic International Music Festival (2017) in Estonia.
As an active soloist and orchestral player, Sirius has performed at major venues in London, Hong Kong and Estonia, including Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall and LSO St. Luke’s. He has appeared on stage as a member of the English National Opera Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and London Firebird Orchestra; and has worked with renowned conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon and Martyn Brabbins. As a concerto soloist, Sirius has performed the world premiere of Ray Leung’s alto-flute concerto Waiting, Ibert’s Flute Concerto, Mozart’s Flute Concertos in G & D and Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in D with the Westbourne Orchestra, Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, RCM Wind Ensemble and Hong Kong Flute Academy.
Future highlights include his debuts at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Yamaha Ginza in 2019, as well as a concerto performance with the RCM Philharmonic in February.