Yuen Siu Fai, BBS, BH
Professor Yuen Siu Fai is a Cantonese opera maestro and a performer/researcher of Nanyin( 南音) in Hong Kong. He started his acting career at the age of seven. He was first a movie star, and then set foot on the Cantonese opera stage. He is also one of the few Cantonese opera artists who is famous for being able to perform across “Xing Dang” (粵劇行當), his roles includes not only Wenwusheng (文武生), Xiaosheng (小生), but also Chousheng（丑生）、Xusheng (鬚生)、Hualian(花臉) and Caidan(彩旦). Besides acting, he is also a Cantonese Opera scriptwriter and his famous works includes highly praised " Lu Mengzheng"《呂蒙正 . 評雪辨蹤》," Wen Ji Gui Han “《文姬歸漢》", " 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘈𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦"《大鬧廣昌隆》...
He was awarded the "Hong Kong Artist of the Year Award” in 1991, the "BH Medal of Honor" in 1992, and the " Art Achievement Award " by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2003. Prof. Yuen is dedicated to the education and inheritance of Cantonese opera, he often gives lectures on Cantonese opera in universities and secondary schools. In 2012, he was presented an Honorary Fellowship by The Education University of Hong Kong. In 2014, he was awarded the "Bronze Bauhinia Star" by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, and in 2016, he was awarded the " Award for Outstanding Contribution in Arts " by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He is also an author and his works includes "Yuen Siu Fai’s Life Passion - Cantonese Opera”「阮兆輝棄學學戲─弟子不為為子弟」, "Cantonese Opera 101"「生生不息薪火傳─粵劇生行基礎知識」and his memoir “My life has no regrets” 「此生無悔此生」.
Professor Yuen is currently the Advisor of Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department Museum(Cantonese Opera) (香港康樂及文化事務署博物館( 粵劇 )), the Artistic Director of One Table Two Chairs Charitable Foundation and also Professor of the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong(香港中文大學音樂系).
Musette graduated from Drama School at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a BA (Honours) degree. She majored in acting. Although she studied Western drama, she has been exposed to Cantonese opera since childhood. In 2014, as a director, screenwriter and actor, she and Professor Yuen Siu Fai created BACKSTAGE, a contemporary drama in English telling the story of what happens in the backstage of a Cantonese opera troupe. Since its 2014 premiere in Edinburgh Fringe Festival, BACKSTAGE has received invitations to be performed at the Italian Opera Festival, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hawaii, Mexico, China, South Korea, Singapore, and of course our hometown Hong Kong. In 2015, she and Professor Yuen were invited by Bendigo Golden Dragon Museum, Australia to go on a field trip to study, research and authenticate their exhibits which are related to Cantonese opera, including costumes, props and cultural relics with a history of more than 100 years.
In 2018, Musette co-founded One Table Two Chairs Charitable Foundation with Henry, a charity which is committed to the inheritance, conservation, promotion and development of Cantonese opera. Musette plans to inject new energy and thinking into this traditional art form and raise the awareness of international audiences. She has also created a Youtube channel and an Instagram account for OTTC with English commentaries in order to broaden the audience base (in terms of race and age) of this art form.
Henry Cheng FCPA
Co-founder and Chairman
Henry is a Fellow Accountant (資深會計師 ), he has served various senior roles in international and Chinese financial institutions, including Head of Equities Management, China Merchant Securities Intl; Director, China Equities Management and Development, Chief Representative of Shenzhen Representative Office, Royal Bank of Scotland; Head of Equities Compliance, ABN Amro; Head of Equities Research Compliance, Asia Pacific including Japan and Australia, Citigroup.
He admires Professor Yuen Siu Fai’s artistic accomplishment and is deeply impressed by his enthusiasm and commitment for the inheritance and development of Cantonese opera (Xiqu). He firmly believes that if the status and importance of Cantonese opera can be further enhanced on an international level, and the commercial value of Cantonese opera can be revealed and recognized, more resources could be attracted and secured in order to make the inheritance and development of Cantonese Opera more efficient, effective and comprehensive. Therefore, in 2018, he resolutely gave up his prestigious career and co-founded One Table Two Chairs Charitable Foundation with Musette. He is determined to utilise his previous work experience and business acumen to approach the conservation and development of Cantonese Opera in a more effective and systematic way, keeping in mind that this is a journey and not a destination.
CHAN MING KIT
Visual Image Director
Olympus Hong Kong's first PRO-photographer partner
In 2019 he was sponsored by Olympus HK to hold his own exhibition of photographic work titled 思想 . 偷窺 at HK Cultural Centre.