Born in Germany, the now British Chinese pianist and curator Chi-Ling Lok was the founder, director and pianist of the award winning British Chinese contemporary music project New Sound China UK.
Lok has curated and performed concerts in leading venues in Europe such as in Kings Place, Bridgewater Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Blackheath Halls, Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), London's Tete-A-Tete Festival, Steinway House, Koblenz, Stadthalle Unna, Dortmund, Ibach-Haus Schwelm and the Feuchtwangen Piano Festival, Germany. She is a regular guest speaker on BBC Radio Manchester, Resonance FM, Spectrum Radio and also broadcasts both her piano solo and Chamber music performances through these networks.
As a commissioner, performer and recording artist of contemporary music, she has collaborated with leading composers such as Stephen Montague, Gabriel Prokofiev, Douglas Finch, Amir Konjani and Litha Efthymiou. Since the inception of New Sound China UK, she has won grants including from the Arts Council England that enables her to realise her passion in promoting Chinese music and culture in the British contemporary music scene and showcasing them in leading concert venues in the UK. Her work has been featured both on the British and Chinese media. Lok holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Music from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Prior to that, she was a guest student at the Folkwang Hochschule fuer Musik in Essen, Germany, and a pupil at the German specialist music school Landesmusikgymnasium Montabaur.
Highlights of concerts Lok curated and performed include:
‘New Sound China UK’ at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 25.09.15, which world premiered a number of new commissions by Gabriel Prokofiev and for pipa and piano by Effy Efthymiou, This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery by the Arts Council England
‘China Then and Now: A Musical Journey’ at Kings Place, London, 08.02.15. This concert happened as part of the concert series in Shanghai, Beijing and London.