Gigi Ip Nga-Chi
Gigi Ip Nga-Chi
Gigi is a 2005 Scholarship recipient and a renowned pianist. Upon graduating from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she continued her studies in Germany and embarked on a journey of music performance and education. With a strong belief in the healing qualities of music, she established Chamber Music for Life Hong Kong, a non-profit organisation that brings live music to the elderly and people with disabilities, while providing the performers with a chance of self-discovery. Gigi’s dedication to the community reflects the caring spirit shared by JC Scholars.
How did the Scholarship scheme shape your views on community service?
Schoolala, a community service programme organised by the Jockey Club Scholars Alumni Association (JCSAA), gave me the opportunity to develop a workshop and share with children my journey in the pursuit of my dream. The wonderful experience strengthened my belief in staying true to what I want to be.
Why did you establish Chamber Music for Life Hong Kong?
We once gave a performance at a neurological hospital in Germany. Afterwards, a gentleman came up to us and said his wife, who had been paralysed for years, had shed tears while listening to our music. That was the pivotal moment when I realised the ability to inspire others with our talents is a wonderful gift. I would like to use my gift to bring music into homes for the elderly and rehabilitation centres and provide a platform for local musicians to shine.
What are your plans for Chamber Music for Life Hong Kong?
My goal is to garner more support from local musicians and expand our services to cover more rehabilitation centres. We are also looking to join forces with health and science institutions to explore the possibilities of live music therapy.