Artistic Director

Dr Cecilia I-Ian Long


“She is the representative of my music.” – Renowned Macao Composer Doming Lam.

Pianist, music theorist and music educator Cecilia Long was the winner of the Italian International competition IBLA Grand Prize and the HKAPA Piano Staff Prize. During her childhood, Cecilia has won a large number of prizes in the Macao Young Musician Competition and in the 21st year of the contest, she was the winner of five categories and was awarded that year’s “Cultural Affairs Bureau Prize”. As a scholarship recipient from the Macao Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Macao Foundation, the Sing Tao News Corporation, Tom Lee Music and Parsons Music Scholarship, she studied music majoring in piano performance and minoring in conducting, fortepiano performance and composition under the guidance of Professor Gabriel Kwok. She is currently a fellow in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London, as well as a doctoral graudate of the University of Bristol. She was awarded “Youth Incentives Plan – Stimulating Positive Energy” Outstanding Young Person of 2017 by the Macao Government.

She has been a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian SBS Youth Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra, the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Youth Band and the Symphonic Cordiality HK, of which performances have been held in China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. She has collaborated with various musicians including the famous conductor Yu Feng, Lio Kuok Man, Reed Thomas, violinist Robert Davidovic, Lynn Chang, cellist Ronder Rider, flutist soloist Megan Sterling and Linda Stuckey, horn soloist Geoff Colinson, and the Erhu masters Xiao Bai-Yong and Wang On-Yuen. Several of her performances have been broadcasted in RTHK 4.

Cecilia enjoys performing music in films, including the famous Hong Kong film ‘A Simple Life’ by Ann Hui and another local film ‘Floating City’. She is also invited to be the guest lecturer and performer by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, promoting contemporary works by local composers. Moreover, she has commissioned Macao famous composer Doming Lam to compose a piano trio ‘Oriental Pearl II’ that premiered in 2011. In 2012, Cecilia was invited to perform with the renowned composer Lam Bun Ching’s piano solo work in ‘Siu Lien Ling Wong Visiting Fellows Programme’ at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

In recent years, Cecilia is keen on doing research on music and education. Her research interests cover the music and cultural developments of Macao and the music instrumental training of children with Down syndrome. Published works include a chapter in Aureo Castro – A Musical Portrait (2015). She is also the vice-editor of the ‘Macao Piano Music Research Project’ and ‘Chinese Folk and Ethnic Culture and Arts Collections – Macao Volume’ led by Professor Ding-Cheng Dai

As a lecturer in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Academia de Musica S. Pio X, as well as the president in Greater Bay Area Arts Education Association, Cecilia is invited to be the adjudicator of the annual Hong Kong International Piano Invitation Competition, Macao International Arts Competition and the Macao-Asia Pacific Youth Piano Competition. She is also the Artistic Director of ASCO International Music Competition and a Graded Examiner of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).