Currently Suona Principal and a guan virtuoso with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO). Visiting Artist at the School of Music of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2017
Ma learned Chinese wind instruments from his father, Ma Wing-sing, at a young age. He completed his Master’s degree programme with double major in suona and guan at the HKAPA (2015)
Winner of the Silver Award-Folk Instruments section at the 16th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan in 2015 and Received Award for Young Artist (Music), Hong Kong Arts Development Awards (2016)
Highlight solo performances included solo recital “Suona and Guan Concert by Ma Wai-him” (2015) presented by LCSD. Also curated two HKCO concerts The Chinese Music Time Machine and The Chinese Music Time Machine II in 2015 and 2016 respectively
Ma reinvented the suona by performing in pop and jazz music crossover productions. He also performed original compositions as member of the Majestic G band (which he co-founded) at Clockenflap 2013, Endless Summer 2013 and the Heart-Town Festival 2014
Suona and Guan Concert by Ma Wai Him
The concert features suona and guan classics, with Ma Wai-him playing invigorating renditions of works spanning music genres ranging from the ‘spirit music’ of Hong Kong during the 1950’s to themes of motion pictures. Ma will also play original songs with the local funk/soul music group, The Majestic G. The general impression of suona is re-written by giving it a contemporary colour to go with the times.
The programme will include suona solo piece Set tune – Dai-Kai-Man, Xiao-Kai-Men, houguan and yehu work The Toll of the Temple Bells, and the houguan and Chinese Music Ensemble compositions Dance of the Dragon and the Phoenix in the Sky and Jin-Bu-Huan. Also to be performed are the guan, sheng and percussion piece Donkey Grazing; suona and piano work Chinese Rhapsody No.3 (Movements 1, 2 and 3); suona and Chinese Music ensemble compositions Beating Dates and Tante (Uneasy); The Pink Panther theme, Colourful Clouds Chasing the Moon”and the newly composed piece Curveball.