ABOUT ELLYSES KUAN
Founding member of Duo Amie and a native of Hong Kong, Ellyses started taking piano lessons at age three. She received a full scholarship for her Masters Degree, studying Piano Performance with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music, and was selected to represent Hong Kong at the International Kirishima Music Festival in Japan. Among her other major teachers and mentors were Dr. Siu-Wan Chair Fang, Paul Odette and WU Dao-Wai. She also performed in masterclasses by John Perry, Dang Thai Son and Malcolm Bilson. Ellyses is enthusiastic about chamber music and collaborates with artists from all over the world. She also performs as a soloist and is particularly passionate about Baroque and Classical performance practices, striving to bring authentic music interpretation to her audiences. Ellyses also holds an Information and Library Science degree and practiced as Collection Development and Technical Services librarian for over 10 years before she transitioned to full-time pursuit of her musician dream. Aside from being an active performer, Ellyses is currently the music director of EKS Music School. She has taught piano master classes in Boston, New York, Toronto, San Diego and recently Hong Kong. She is also a founding member of Duo Amie (www.duoamie.org). She performed at the Esterhazy Schloss in Austria in 2016, and was invited to speak at the Teacher’s Roundtable at the Piano Seminar at the Classical Music Festival there. She also spoke on the Boston GuitarFest Roundtable Panel on Entrepreneurship and Making a Career in Music Work, in 2014. Her music school was also featured in the Boston Globe the same year. Recently, she was elected President-Elect of the Massachusetts Music Teacher Association. Her goal is to build a community, promote performing arts awareness, and support local young musicians through advocacy, inspiration and performance.
Photographer: Cary Chu