received his early musical training at the Hong
Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the guidance
of Eva Lue. But later, he spent four years to
study at the business school of the Chinese University
of Hong Kong, majoring in finance. Upon his graduation
in 1996, his passion for music brought him to
the Eastman School of Music in the United States.
During his study, he was the recipient of the
Eastman Scholarship and served as the first teaching
assistant of his piano professor Douglas Humpherys.
Two years later, he graduated with a master degree
of music and a specially awarded performer’s
certificate. Subsequently, he furthered his study
with pianist Edward Auer at the Indiana University
at Bloomington, where he was at the same time
a music theory instructor teaching undergraduate
and graduate review classes.
He has also benefited from studies under Jorg
Demus, Gabriel Kwok and Kum-sing Lee, and from
playing for such musician as Arnulf von Arnim,
Michel Beroff, Malcolm Bilson, Gilbert Kalish,
Vladmir Krainev, Robert Levin, Susan Starr and
Melvyn Tan in their master classes.
As a devoted teacher himself, Kin-wai has been
on the piano faculty of the Hong Kong Baptist
University since 2001, and now also teaches at
the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and
at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies,
Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Recently, he was presented the certificate of
commendation by the Secretary for Home Affairs,
the government of the Hong Kong SAR in recognizing
his musical achievements.