Pre-Concert Talk | De-Mystifying the Harpsichord: Modern Misconceptions and Re-Appreciation of the Bygone Epoch  

3:30pm - 4:15pm
Tsang Shiu Tim Art Hall

Join us for an enlightening Pre-Concert Talk:

De-Mystifying the Harpsichord: Modern Misconceptions and Re-Appreciation of the Bygone Epoch


During the talk, we will explore:


A. What is the harpsichord?

B. What is the mechanism of the harpsichord?

C. Myth 1: What is the ancestor of the harpsichord? Is the harpsichord the forerunner of the pianoforte?

D. Myth 2: Is the harpsichord used only for performing Baroque music?

E. Myth 3: Is harpsichord a non-singing keyboard instrument?

F. Myth 4: What can we learn from the harpsichord and other historical keyboards as classically-trained musicians?


Time: 3:30 PM

Registration: HERE



Harpsichord Recital by Kenneth YEUNG

Time: 7:30 PM

Details & Registration: HERE




Dr. YEUNG Ki Fung (Kenneth)

DM (Bloomington, Indiana); MM (Oberlin); BA (CUHK); LMusTCL; DipABRSM; ATCL

Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Ki Fung (Kenneth) Yeung is a versatile performer of historical keyboards (harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord) and strings, scholar and director. A harpsichord laureate of the 31st International Competition of Early Music Yamanashi (Kohu, Japan), Dr. Yeung is also a recipient of major scholarships.

As an avid performer, Dr. Yeung gives solo, chamber and improvisational performances worldwide, including the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau. He has been invited to give recitals, lectures and presentations for conferences and festivals; moreover, he worked and performed with John Butt, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Bojan Čičić, Bruce Dickey, Jeffrey Thomas, Matthias Maute, etc. As a scholar, his current research explores musical directing practices from 1500 to 1800 and pedagogy in historical improvisation.

Currently, Dr. Yeung works as a part-time harpsichord instructor in The Chinese University of Hong Kong.




  • Free admission with registration.
  • For HKUST members, and invited guests only.
  • Online registration is required; each registration admits one person regardless of age.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the show time.
  • Age Limit: Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
  • The organizer reserves the right in its sole discretion to make changes to the event program without prior notice.
Event Format
Shaw Auditorium Unit
Center for the Arts
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