李家謙 Nero Lee
總結學習生涯，李氏先後隨彭銳聲、霍世潔、余其偉、陳耀星及黃安源學習不同種類胡琴，並隨何文川學習指揮；就讀香港演藝學院期間獲頒多項獎學金，包括「Music First / 李雲迪獎學金」、「演藝學院友誼社獎學金」，及兩度獲頒發「匯豐銀行獎學金」，多次遠赴北京隨陳耀星深造二胡演奏，並於2010年獲香港國際胡琴團體展演邀請賽一等獎。香港演藝學院音樂學院出版的《粵樂薪傳》唱片，收錄李氏演奏之二胡獨奏《流水行雲》及傳統粵樂《昭君怨》；《華韻新章》唱片，收錄其演奏之椰胡獨奏《絲絲淚‧三疊愁》。
李氏曾與多位著名指揮家、作曲家合作，於多個音樂會擔任獨奏演出，重要演出包括：2009年「粵海琴思 – 李季忻（李助炘）作品音樂會 」，以椰胡與樂隊《絲絲淚．三疊愁》，指揮家何文川擔任指揮、2010年「永遠梁祝：何占豪協奏曲之夜」，演出高胡協奏曲《梁山伯與祝英台》，作曲家何占豪擔任指揮、2012年「香港女青中樂團 – 慶典音樂會」，演出二胡協奏曲《紅梅隨想曲》，指揮家夏飛雲擔任指揮、2014年「天下中華情 – 劉錫津作品專場」，演出高胡協奏曲《魚尾獅傳奇 – 情系南洋》，指揮家洪俠擔任指揮；2014年與薩克斯管演奏家孫穎麟合辦《光影歲月》音樂會、2016年舉辦［李家謙二胡與高胡音樂碩士畢業演奏會］、同年舉辦［李家謙與好友胡琴演奏會］，演出獲一致好評。
作為胡琴獨奏家，李氏曾獲香港貿易發展局邀請，代表香港演藝學院出訪比利時、荷蘭、德國、奧地利及新加坡等地巡迴演出；又獲香港駐悉尼經濟貿易辦事處邀請，以指揮家身分於澳洲墨爾本演奏中心Melbourne Recital Centre，指揮香港女青中樂團及墨爾本肇風中樂團成功演出［雙韻迎雙慶］音樂會。此外李氏曾任香港聯校音樂大賽比賽評判，並積極參與香村音樂節、香港博物館節、不貧窮藝術節、音樂國際日等本地藝術演出。
除了中樂演出，李氏亦經常參與跨媒體演出，包括參與戲曲團體一才鑼鼓《南音遊記 – 行到邊．唱到邊》香港巡演、香港亞青樂集《激越》多媒體音樂會、香港舞蹈團與桃花源粵劇工作舍《紫玉成煙》舞蹈劇場，多次參與探戈音樂演奏會及探戈舞蹈節演出，並獲香港迪士尼邀請擔任演出及錄音工作。李氏近年亦多次應邀於不同媒體作演出嘉賓及訪問，包括：ViuTV節目《Chill Club》、香港電台第二台節目《騷動音樂》、香港電台第四台節目《自投羅網》、港台電視31節目《日常八點半》、TVB節目《文化廣場》、《文化新領域》及信報《人言人語》人物專訪￼￼。
Nero Lee Ka-him
An active Erhu musician, Nero Lee Ka-him was born in Hong Kong, and graduated with a Master of Music degree (Double majoring Erhu and Gaohu) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). Nero is currently Erhu instructor of the HKAPA and the Education University of Hong Kong, guest musician of The Gong Strikes One. He is actively engaged in abundant art-related activities as an independent musician. Nero’s music distills the very essence from traditional and modern. Besides traditional Chinese music and Cantonese music Nanyin, Pop music, rearranged Western pieces, Modern music are all his specialty.
Nero has served as the conductor of the Kowloon Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, the concertmaster of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Chinese Orchestra, member of the Hong Kong Art of Huqin and Assistant Music Officer of the Hong Kong Music Office.
Nero studied various types of Huqin with Pang Yui-sing, Hou Shin-chieh, Yu Qiwei, Chen Yaoxing and Wong On-yuen, and advanced his profession in conducting through learning from Ho Man-chuen. He was a recipient of several scholarships while studying at the HKAPA, including Music First / Yundi Li Scholarship, The Society of APA Scholarship and The Hongkong Bank Foundation Hong Kong-Mainland Exchange Scholarships for twice, to advanced study Erhu from Chen Yaoxing in Beijing. He also won the First Prize in Hong Kong 2010 – International Chinese Huqin Ensemble Exhibition Invitional. “The Heritage of Cantonese Music" album published by the School of Music of HKAPA includes Nero’s Erhu solo “Flowing Water with Drifting Clouds" and traditional Cantonese music “Zhaojun Yuan“; “A New Chapter of Chinese Musical Sounds" album including his performance of Yehu solo “Streaks of Tears and Threefold Sorrows”.
As a Huqin soloist, Nero has collaborated with well-known conductors and composers. Important performances include: to perform Yehu and orchestra Streaks of Tears and Threefold Sorrows in the ‘Gems of Guangdong Music Li Jixin (Li Zhuxin)’ concert (2009) under the baton of the conductor, Ho Man-chuen; to perform Gaohu concerto The Butterfly Lovers in the ‘Forever Butterfly Lover – An evening of Concertos by He Zhanhao’ concert (2010) under the baton of the composer, He Zhanhao; to perform Erhu concerto Red Plum Capriccio in ‘The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra Celebration Concert’ (2012) under the baton of the conductor, Xia Feiyun; to perform Gaohu concerto Legend of the Merlion – Nanyang’s Affection in the ‘Works by Liu Xijin’ concert (2014) under the baton of the conductor, Hong Xia. Solo recitals include: ‘The Years of Lights and Shadows in Hong Kong’ concert (2014) with Saxophonist Timothy Sun, ‘Master of Music Graduation Recital by Lee Ka-him (Erhu & Gohu)’ concert (2016), ‘Nero & Friends’ concert (2016).
Nero has represented the HKAPA and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office on tours to Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Australia, Singapore as soloist. He also conducted YWCA Chinese Orchestra and Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre in the ‘HK20 & Chao Feng 35’ concert (2018), invited by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Sydney. In addition, Nero has served as the judge of the Hong Kong Joint School Music Competition, and actively participated in local art performances such as the Fragrant Village Music Festival, the Muse Fest HK, the Let’s Be Together Arts Festival, and the Music in town – Music Geographic, to name but a few.
Besides Chinese music performances, Nero often participates in cross-media performances include: ‘Singing Nanyin as We Go’ touring the city with Cantonese opera group The Gong Strikes One, multimedia concert ‘Innovation from Traditional’ by the Hong Kong Asian Young Musicians Collection, dance theatre ‘Waiting Heart’ by Hong Kong Dance Company and Utopia Chinese Opera Workshop. He is also often active in tango concerts and dance festivals, and was invited by Hong Kong Disneyland for performance and recording. Nero has also invited by TV and radio programs for performance and interview, include: ViuTV program ‘Chill Club’, RTHK2 program ‘Musicinaction’, RTHK4 program ‘Cantilena’, RTHK TV31 program ’830 Mag’, TVB programs ‘Cultural Plaza’ & ‘Cultural Engine 4U’ and interviewed by Hong Kong Economic Journal.