Colleen Lee Ka-Ling

1998 Scholar

Colleen Lee Ka-Ling

1998 Scholar  •  Pianist

Colleen first ventured into the fascinating world of piano when she was four years old. She was among the first to be awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship in 1998, while she was studying music at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). After graduating with first-class honours, she received a further scholarship from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund in 2003, which enabled her to continue her studies in Germany. Two years later, she came sixth at the 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw – the highest placing anyone from Hong Kong has achieved in the competition.

Colleen frequently appears on stages around the world. In addition to performing, she teaches music at the HKAPA, The Education University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University. She also collaborates with the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong to teach students with special educational needs.

“I was very fortunate to have met teachers who saw potential in me. The support from them and The Hong Kong Jockey Club has taken me a long way in my music career. I was especially inspired by Professor Eleanor Wong’s enthusiasm in her teaching at the HKAPA and the genuine care she had for her students. Under her mentorship, I not only became a better musician, but also a better person. I want to pass on the blessings I have received, and motivate my students to make positive changes in their lives.

“I always remind my students not to be content with reaching a certain target. They should think about how to exceed it. There was once a student who came to thank me for inspiring him to become more proactive and motivated in life. I am grateful to be able to bring positive changes to my students with my attitude. As long as they never lose sight of their passion and keep pressing on, I believe they can achieve anything in the world.”