Enrique Granados fell in love with Francisco Goya's paintings while composing his piano suite, Goyescas. Heavily influenced by Goya's romantic and luminous works, Goyescas is melodic as well as poetic. Dr Estela Ibáñez-García, currently teaching at The University of Hong Kong, will show us how Granados used his musicality to echo the Goyaesque universe, as well as the historical and cultural background of both the music and the paintings. Pianist Dr Crystal Lam will then perform the selected pieces of Goyescas. Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the connections between these two great and influential artists.
Enrique Granados: Goyescas (Piano Suite)
No 3 - The Oil Lamp Fandango
No 4 - Complaints or the Maiden and the Nightingale
No 7 - The Straw Man
Dr Estela Ibáñez-García obtained her PhD in Musicology from The University of Hong Kong. In 2010-2011, she was a Research Fellow in the Film Studies Department of the University of Stockholm. She holds degrees in Art History and Musicology, a Higher Diploma in Guitar, and Master’s Degrees in History and Aesthetics of the Cinema and Advanced Studies in Philosophy. Her research interests include: representations of audiences' aesthetic experiences in film, theatre, and visual arts; music and imagination; (inter)mediality; metatheatricality; performance and ritual. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the African Studies Programme of The University of Hong Kong.
Crystal Lam began studying piano with Miss Shirley Ip as a junior programme student at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). She has completed the bachelor degree with first class honours at HKAPA under the tutelage of Professor Gabriel Kwok. Lam was awarded the Bernard Van Zuidan Music Scholarship and Texas Christian University (TCU) Scholarship, which she earned the Master of Music degree studied with Dr. Tamas Ungar. Upon graduation from TCU, she was awarded a full scholarship, went on the enthusiasm with Dr. Jack Winerock and Dr. Scott Smith respectively, and received the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at The University of Kansas (KU).
Lam has been featured as a soloist, performed with the KU Symphony Orchestra and the HKAPA Academy Orchestra. Lam has enjoyed many achievements in music competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Naftzger Young Artist Competition in Kansas, First Prize (Kansas State & West Central Division) and National Third Prize at the Music Teacher National Association Piano Young Artist Competition in USA, and First Prize at the Asian Youth Music Competition in Shanghai, to name a few.
Lam is actively engaged in chamber music as a collaborative pianist, the founder of the Wakarusa Trio in the United States. The Trio has won top prizes in chamber music competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Ensemble National Championship in the United States. The Trio was invited by the Kansas Public Radio to give a live broadcast performance and made the Carnegie Hall debut in New York. Lam was invited to perform a piano solo recital, organised by the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department, “Our Music Talents Series” at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. Recently, Lam was invited to give duo recitals and piano master classes in Malaysia. Lam also performed as a soloist in the“Concert in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Enrique Granados” in Hong Kong and Macau, organised by the Musica Viva.
Lam has worked with a few organisation, including Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Hong Kong Ballet. Lam currently works as a faculty at the HKAPA, and has been invited to serve as adjudicator for piano competitions in Hong Kong.