Denise Fan Ching-Yi

2008 Scholar

Denise Fan Ching-Yi

2008 Scholar

Denise is doing a doctorate degree in Historical Performance at Boston University. For her, music, like speaking, is a form of expression. It matters little whether it is produced by a modern cello or baroque replica.

Denise’s journey in music began at the age of ten, when she started learning cello. Two years later, she told her parents that she wanted to pursue a lifelong career in music. At that time, however, she never thought her dream would come true. The turning point came in 2008, when she received a Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship during her undergraduate studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University. The recognition boosted her confidence and opened doors for her to join music festivals in the United States. There, she developed a keen interest in historical performance and decided to make it her career.

Despite Denise’s humbleness, the path she is taking is far from ordinary. “Historical performance is about playing classical pieces, such as those from the Baroque Period, with instruments of the time,” she explains. “While preserving the original character of the piece, I have to demonstrate a distinctive style of my own. It is very challenging.”

She thanks the Club for easing her financial burden through the Scholarship and enabling her to join different orchestras during her free time as an undergraduate. This was what first led her to the fascinating world of historical performance.

Nowadays, in addition to her studies, Denise performs at universities, churches and a wide range of venues. She is well on her way to becoming a professional musician. “Music has allowed me to meet new people and broaden my horizons,” she says. “With music, I hope to reach further, fly higher and see a wider world.”