Accepted to the Carl Nielsen International Competition 2019, Hong Kong-born flautist Sirius Chau was selected for Tillett Trust’s Young Artists Platform and Manchester Mid-day Concerts Series in 2018/19 season. After receiving the highest classification ‘Exceptional Distinction’ in his graduation recital, Sirius was awarded the Master of Music in Performance with Distinction at the Royal College of Music (RCM), where he is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma under the tutelage of Katie Bedford and Emer McDonough as the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Scholar. He received the Tagore Gold Medal from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the RCM.
In 2018/19, Sirius won Magalif’s Concerto International Competition in the USA, Eastbourne Competition, RCM Concerto & Woodwind competitions, Westbourne Competition, and scholarships from the Drake Calleja Trust, Talent Unlimited, Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund and Help Musicians UK. Sirius was the Alain-Marion Scholar at the Domaine Forget International Music Academy (2017) where he studied with Emmanuel Pahud and Mathieu Dufour. He also won the Best Performance Award at the Hamamatsu International Academy and Festival (2018) where he studied with Philippe Pierlot.
As an active soloist and orchestral player, Sirius has performed at major venues in London, Hong Kong and Estonia. He has appeared on stage as a member of the English National Opera, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra; and has worked with renowned conductors Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Rafael Payare. As a concerto soloist, Sirius has performed with the Westbourne Orchestra, Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, RCM Wind Ensemble and Hong Kong Flute Academy, including the world-premiere of Ray Leung’s alto-flute concerto Waiting.