Sui Ming Chu, concert pianist, advocates Dalcroze Eurhythmics In Hong Kong for its great values in fostering musicality and nurturing creativity. She graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music in 1986 then took a Professional Diploma in Performing Arts from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (1992). After further study in the UK, she attained (in 2009) a Bachelor of Arts HES-SO in music and movement from Haute Ecole Specialisee de Suisse Occidentale: Institut Jacques Dalcroze, Geneva to become the first certified Hong Kong Chinese Dalcroze teacher.
Before moving to U.K. in 1998, she appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China, founding the Magic Touch Players as a platform for experimental cross media music/movement performance. While in Europe she set up her own Leading Note school of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and developed her cross media performance style, inter-relating music with other art forms such as dance, poetry, painting and drama. Her most recent piano solo performance was in London’s Conway Hall (Oct 2009), a classical concert to commemorate British painter Cecil Collins, themed on his painting and poetry.
Sui Ming rebased herself to Hong Kong in 2009 since when she has taught in various tertiary institutions including the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Baptist University (Continuing Education), Hong Kong i-Dance festival, Hong Kong Dance Company.
HKUST Art festival and HKU Space. She is an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Asia Open piano competition. Her piano teachers have included Choi Shun Lak, Mary Peppin, Alan Schiller, David Dolan, and Valéria Szervánszky.
Now a freelancer, she is passionate about creating new performance styles using music and movement, collaborating with theatre and dance companies in Hong Kong. She teaches Dalcroze eurhythmics at university, in schools (including special needs), and for art festivals, with a special focus on young children. She founded the HK Dalcroze Music Center in 2012 with a mission to spread this creative teaching in Hong Kong.
In her piano teaching, she aims to help each student build a firm foundation of sensory integration (to develop powers of listening, reading, thinking and feeling as well as playing) using wide-ranging musical repertoire combined with improvisation exercises to unlock their potential for expressive technique and a personalized relationship to the instrument.
Through a well-rounded understanding of musical elements such as pitch, pulse, rhythm, melody, motif, harmony, phrasing and form, we can each unlock our potential for interpreting all types of music in our own special way.
Sui Ming was additionally given the UK Dalcroze Certificate in 2013 on her successful completion of the required classes, which also makes her the first person to qualify as a Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher for adults in HK.