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楊習禮 Raymond Young          香港著名鋼琴家 Hong Kong Pianist

        楊氏自小受到父母對藝術及音樂熱愛的薰陶,首先學習小提琴,後於十一歲學習鋼琴。少年時期亦醉心話劇、朗誦及合唱活動。楊習禮曾旅居維也納十一年,于享負盛譽之奧地利國立維也納音樂及表演藝術大學鑽研多個學科,除了鋼琴演奏及伴奏外,亦攻讀音樂理論及歌劇指導。于大學畢業時,分別獲取鋼琴演奏及伴奏碩士學位、演奏家文憑及鋼琴教學文憑。在求學期間屢獲殊榮,是首位榮獲奧地利政府頒發最高檔別獎學金的香港鋼琴家,亦連續多次奪得奧地利大學協會獎學金。憑著他的成就及多方推薦,楊氏獲得奧地利政府頒授國籍。他曾獲多位名家悉心指導,包含維也納古典派演繹權威巴道拉·史歌達、克拉拉·舒曼(Clara Schumann)的再傳弟子巴諾維茲、弗萊雪曼、盧茲及薛德雷等。此外,他是聖三一音樂學的院士和倫敦皇家音樂學院的副院士。
        楊習禮是香港最多才多藝和最著名的鋼琴家之一,除活躍於獨奏和室樂演出外,又與歌唱家和器樂演奏家協作,參加電臺節目的演出,主持大師班和講座。楊氏亦是一位炙手可熱的評委,為區內多個重要鋼琴比賽擔任評審,包含施坦威國際青少年鋼琴比賽、亞洲青少年音樂比賽、傑出青少年音樂家大獎、香港鋼琴公開比賽、香港校際音樂節及澳門青年音樂比賽等。他又獲邀為全港學生公開音樂比賽擔任首席評判及Yamaha音樂基金會的考官,他亦是鋼琴四重奏組合Piano Extravaganza的創團成員。除了忙於演出外,楊氏於多間專上學院的音樂系任教,包含香港演藝學院、香港浸會大學、香港中文大學和香港大學等。
Hailed by the press as a pianist with ‘imagination and romantic poetry’, ‘exquisite tone, interpretative insight and deep communicative power’, Raymond Young was the First-prize Medallist in the two-piano section and the Silver Medallist in the Duet section at the International Piano Competition in Rome, Italy; and was honoured with a Promising Young Artist Award at the Braunschweig Classix Festival in Germany, and was invited to perform again. His numerous captivating concerts in Europe and Asia over the years have won him great critical acclaim. 
With considerable artistic and musical influence from his parents, Young started learning violin before switching to the piano at age eleven. In his youth, he also enjoyed drama, reciting poetry and choral singing. As the first pianist from Hong Kong to be awarded the highest scholarship by the Austrian Government, Young graduated with a Master of Arts degree in both performance and accompaniment, and a Diploma in piano pedagogy from the prestigious University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, a city where he lived for eleven years.  Besides piano studies, he also majored in music theory and opera coaching. On account of his achievements and numerous recommendations, he was also granted Austrian citizenship. He has benefited from such masters as Paul Badura-Skoda, an authority of the Classical Viennese style; Joseph Banowetz, a grand student of Clara Schumann; Walter Fleischmann; David Lutz and Norman Shetler. He is a Fellow of the Trinity College, and an Associate of the Royal College of Music, in London. 
As one of Hong Kong’s most versatile and renowned pianists, Young performs concerts extensively as a soloist and chamber music player, collaborates with singers and instrumentalists, appears in radio broadcasts, conducts masterclasses and lectures in Hong Kong and around the world. Being a sought-after adjudicator, he has been a judge at major competitions in the region, including The Steinway and Sons International Youth Piano Competition, Asian Youth Music Competition, Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year, Hong Kong Open Piano Competition, Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and the Macao Young Musicians Competition among others; and has been invited to serve as the Head Juror for The Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition. He is appointed as an examiner for the Yamaha Music Foundation, and is the founding member of the piano quartet Piano Extravaganza, consisting of four pianists. Apart from his busy schedule as a performer, he is also enthusiastic on education. Since his return, he is also highly in demand as a piano instructor, and has been on the piano faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong. His future engagements include solo recitals in the Mainland, Taiwan, Australia and North America.