Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chak-yin Pun received his Diploma and Bachelor of Music degree in cello from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012 and 2015, under the tutelage of cellist Karey Kwok Chee-ho. In 2017, Pun completed his Master of Arts degree in cello performance at Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Mary Stuart Harding entrance award, under the tutelage of Professor David Strange.
Pun has participated in masterclasses with cellist including Professor Li Ju-wu, Bion Tsang, Professor Zhu Yi-bing, and Peter Maintz. He has also participated in music festivals and projects, such as the Musicus Festival, and the Modern Academy with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Over the years, Pun was awarded scholarships including the Breguet Trey Lee Scholarship in Pursuit of Musical Excellence, Freemason’s Lodge Scholarship, First Initiative Foundation Music Scholarship, and the Breguet Trey Lee Performing Arts Scholarship.
Active in chamber music playing, Pun has participated in masterclasses with Valdimir Mendelssohn and Miami Quartet, and gave performances of string quartets and piano trios, including at the “Academy New Generation Artists Concert” and “Academy Dance : Opus 16 - Point of Departure” while studying at the HKAPA. As the cellist of several ensembles, Pun also gave performance in St John’s Smith Square, “Concert of Finland 100 & Hong Kong 20th return”, and “The 19th China Shanghai International Arts Festival”.
Pun has been a core member of the NOVA Ensemble since 2017.
Chak-yin Pun debuted at PRISM Chamber Music Festival in 2018 with NOVA Ensemble, performing works by Rautavaara, Takashi Yoshimatsu and Jolivet.