John Sze-chun Young
Chairman and founder | clarinet
John Young is a Hong Kong clarinettist, studied with Janet Hilton and Michael Collins at the Royal College of Music, London.
Young made his first contact with music at the age of fifteen, and during his time at St. Bonaventure College and High School, he started playing the clarinet as a band member.
In 2007, Young studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for a diploma programme. During the two-year programme, he studied with Ms. Maria Wong, John Schertle, Andrew Simon and Michael Campbell. Young also participated in masterclasses with internationally renowned clarinettists such as Andrew Marriner, Wenzel Fuchs, Yehuda Gilad, Philippe Cuper, Romain Guyot, Chris Richards and Michel Lethiec.
Young has also participated in concerts with the RCM Sinfonietta, RCM String Band, RCM Symphony Orchestra, HKAPA Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Symphonic Winds, and formed trios giving performances in London. During his time at the College, Young has been awarded the ABRSM Jardine Matheson Scholarship. In 2012, Young was accepted into the RCM / ENO Evolve scheme, which includes sit-ins on operatic sitzprobe and orchestral rehearsals at the English National Opera.
Young is the chairman and founder of the NOVA Ensemble.