Sirius Chau

Award: Fleming Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Flute

Location: Royal College of Music

Recently selected as the Tillett Trust Young Artist and Manchester Mid-day Concerts Artist, Hong Kong-born flautist Sirius Chau is a young rising soloist and orchestral player in the U.K. and Asia. He won scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, EMI Music Sound Foundation, Help Musicians UK (Ian Fleming Award), Kathleen Trust, Loan Fund for Musical Instruments, St Marylebone Educational Foundation, as well as to participate in the 2018 Orford Music Academy in Canada and Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Estonia where he received orchestral training. He also won the Alain-Marion Scholarship as the most understanding flautist at the 2017 Domaine Forget International Music Academy in Canada. 

Sirius’ competition successes include the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra (ESO) Young Soloist 2018, Enkor International Music Competition in Germany and Hong Kong Flute Academy Concerto Competition. He received a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours from the Royal College of Music (RCM), where he continued to study his Master of Music in Performance as a Scholar with Katie Bedford and Sue Thomas, supported by a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship.

Sirius has performed at the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, LSO St. Luke’s, St John’s Smith Square, London Coliseum, and major performance venues in Hong Kong and Estonia. He has appeared on stage as a member of the English National Opera Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra; and has worked with renowned conductors Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Nicholas Collon. He made his London concerto debut last year with the RCM Wind Ensemble, performing the world premiere of Ray Leung’s alto-flute concerto 'Waiting'.

Future highlights include his debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester during the 2018/2019 season, as well as a performance of Ibert’s ‘Flute Concerto’ with the ESO in October.