Cy Leo 何卓彥

Genre
jazz, r&b, funk, classical
Instrument
harmonica
Location
Hong Kong
About
何卓彥乃近年半音階口琴界的新星。其精湛琴技獲得高度讚賞,自2006年起已累積了共十七項國際口琴賽事的冠軍寶座,包括 2013年10月在德國世界口琴節中奪得三項「世界冠軍」,其中有半音階口琴的最高殊榮—半音階獨奏指定曲目組別冠軍。

何卓彥六歲起隨李尚澄先生學習口琴,以古典音樂為基楚。隨後亦獲日本大師Watani Yasuo、挪威大師Sigmond Groven及意大利大師Willi Burger教授。

何卓彥演奏的靈活性極高,曲風不限於古典音樂,亦涵蓋爵士音樂,民謠,搖滾,以至流行音樂,表演的範疇和類別甚廣。他早於2010年已受邀參與英皇口琴五重奏在香港藝術節的演出,其後亦以VELOZ口琴四重奏主樂手的身份,遠赴澳門,新加坡,布拉格,慕尼黑,盧布爾雅那,布拉迪斯拉發等多個國家表演,均大受好評。

另外近年更有幸躋身於國際賽事的評審團,成為最年輕的國際評委。他並以獨奏者身份獲邀到挪威,德國,巴哈馬和韓國的國際口琴節中授教及表演,他現亦為Honher Music 的國際代言人之一。

剛於2014年,卓彥於波蘭多個城市參與阿根廷著名探戈爵士樂隊3-0-3的巡迴演出。該樂隊更被選為金光爵士及藍調音樂節的十二強之一。

近年,何卓彥活躍於爵士及流行音樂界,有幸與幾位本地的資深爵士樂手及歌手合作,包括Eugene Pao, Ted Lo, Yoyo Sham岑寧兒,黃靖 及 Sybil Thomas 等等,踏上大型音樂節 Clockenflap 2015 的主舞台,亦為歌手灌錄多張唱片。
唱作人,熱心推廣口琴音樂;參與世界各地不同演出及音樂製作;2013年獲「世界冠軍」名銜,乃十七項國際口琴賽事冠軍得主、亦為Honher Music 的國際代言人之一。

Cy Leo is a chromatic harmonica virtuosic player and singer-song writer. Receiving classical harmonica training from Lee Sheung Ching and Watani Yasuo, Leo’s talent in the harmonica has given him widespread international recognition and success.

Leo was always destined to become a harmonica player from a tender age, influenced by his father PC Ho, the founder of the Hong Kong Harmonica Association and the world renowned King’s Harmonica Quintet. He won his first international award as a harmonica soloist at the age of 10 at the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival. By the age of nineteen, he had accumulated 17 international titles including becoming Solo World Champion twice at the World Harmonica Festival 2009 & 2013.

However, Leo did not rest on his laurels, opting instead to open a new page in his career. International harmonica festivals came calling and Leo was invited as a guest performer, lecturer and adjudicator. These internationally recognized harmonica events included: The Seoul International Harmonica Festival, The Asia Pacific International Harmonica Festival, The SWISS Harpers Harmonica Association Gala Concert and The Norwegian Harmonica Festival. In 2017, Leo was invited to compose for the Test Piece Solo Category in the World Harmonica Festival. He will also be one of the adjudicators to select the next World Champion.

Leo’s musical exploration is not only limited to the harmonica circle. In 2016, after graduating from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Leo began his full-time music career as a performer, recording artist and teacher. Leo has been frequently invited as a headliner harmonica soloist on 7 international cruise lines including the prestigious Seabourn, Oceania and Royal Caribbean cruises. His soulful, powerful and skilful performances have received countless standing ovations from large audiences across 40 cities. Patrick McMahon, upon watching Leo in action, was moved to say ‘It was one of the most mind-blowing things I have ever seen’.

Back in his home town of Hong Kong, Leo is no stranger to the mainstream music industry. He has collaborated with many A-list local artists including Sandy Lam, Lowell Lo, Hacken Lee, Leo Ku and Louis Koo. Recently in 2017, Leo’s recording attracted extensive recognition when it appeared in the movie ‘This Is Not What I Expected’ starring Takeshi Kaneshiro. In Lowell Lo’s concert, ‘Beyond Imagination’, at the Hong Kong Coliseum with over ten thousand concert goers, Lowell lauded Leo on stage as ‘the best harmonica player in the world’.

Leo has also participated in many local indie and high culture music activities. He has appeared at two of the biggest music festivals in Hong Kong including the 32nd Hong Kong Arts Festival and Clockenflap 2016. Being widely recognized as a classical musician, a jazz musician and a singer-song writer, he has achieved recognition in a great number of musical activities in Hong Kong. His unique stories often attract media attention, and have featured on CCTV 1, TVB, Pearl TV, Ming Pao Daily News, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Metropop, and the RMM Journal.

Recently in 2017, Leo was invited to launch and direct the first Hong Kong City University harmonica team. His mission is to promote, develop and advance harmonica playing and performance in Hong Kong. As a member of the Veloz Harmonica Quartet, Leo has often appeared in community promotion projects and major government events such as performing at the National Day reception. Leo is also currently the international endorser of Hohner music.


Band interests:

Invierno Porteno in Norway,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjHqw1QjFmw

Invierno Porteno in APHF,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-qHA7W_w0k

Rhapsody in Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o8rxXmec1o

Moment and Movement in APHF,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luqiGvJuPJ8

Prelude and Dance in Germany World harmonica festival,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hdRZZzIeXw

Intermezzo Giocoso in Norway,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytp67FElipo

Symphony No.5 First Movement, Beethoven,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVOvhd8MGt0

Tico Tico, by Veloz:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA1TWO8pCjI&list=LLpvusy6XzL5Blx_wE9dmzKA&feature=mh_lolz

William Tell Overture by Veloz,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HlXgYObeeo

Libertango by Veloz,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rnwKWVp6sk


<Young Chromatic Talents> in WHF 2013

Begin the Beguine,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RUDtvQl3to

Intermezzo Giocoso,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46-7Ns8DOik

Invierno Porteno,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whSNEsrEmuU

Rhapsody in Blue,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-Vwgoz6E_Y

It aint necessarily so,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHNkV4dOUlM


(Quoted from facebook)

 

Past Gigs

Lost stars with wow and flutter present - Live Stars CY LEO

20 Jan 2019 (Sun) 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Venue: 
Lost Stars Livehouse Bar & Eatery
Square Mile, 11 Li Tak St, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong

Music Delight Series: 'Beyond Boundary, Beyond Time' 樂趣系列:「無界.無間」音樂會

5 Jan 2019 (Sat) 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Venue: 
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
9 Yuen Long Tai Yuk Rd, Yuen Long, Hong Kong

指魔俠× 琴戀克拉拉× SMASH(重演)

29 Nov 2018 (Thu) 8:00PM - 9:40PM
30 Nov 2018 (Fri) 8:00PM - 9:40PM

Venue: 
Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
Hong Kong, Central, 愛丁堡 廣場5號

JWLS: Harmonica Summit

12 Nov 2018 (Mon) 8:15PM - 10:15PM

Venue: 

8 Oct 2018 (Mon) 12:45PM - 2:00PM

Music in the Orb | Cy Leo // LOST IN TIME //

27 Sep 2018 (Thu) 9:00PM - 10:15PM

Venue: 
1563 At The East
Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Rd E, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

SMASH: Originals [Music Lab Festival 本地薑音樂節 2018]

21 Jun 2018 (Thu) 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Venue: 

Pop Up SMASH!

19 Jun 2018 (Tue) 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Venue: 
Fringe Dairy
Fringe Club 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, Hong Kong

粉紅色的一生 “Life Thru Rose-colored Glasses!”

9 Jun 2018 (Sat) 5:00PM - 11:00PM

Venue: 
MoM Livehouse
B39 7 Seas Shopping Centre, 113-121 King's Road,, North Point, Hong Kong

Jazz Duo

25 May 2018 (Fri) 8:15PM - 10:15PM

Venue: 
Wontonmeen
135 Lai Chi Kok Rd, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong

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