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Biography
Teresa Suen-Campbell's performance was praised as "performing with an incredible level of concentration” by renowned harpist Judy Loman. It was described as "angelic" by the Financial Times and was praised as "a formidable technique which shines and stuns" by the Macao Daily. She recently (2014) made her Canadian debut with the Kindred Spirit Orchestra under the baton of Kristian Alexander, performing the world premiere of a new harp concerto by Canadian composer James W. Campbell. An advocate of contemporary music, she has collaborated with many Canadian, Chinese, and American composers to date. She has also performed under the batons of conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy and French conductor Jean Thorel, and has performed with renowned artists such as Kathleen Battle (2013), Placido Domingo, Skaila Kanga and Dame Evelyn Glennie. Teresa is the first harpist from China to acquire a Doctor of Music degree in harp performance. She studied at Northwestern University in Chicago with Professor Elizabeth Cifani, former principal harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including the Brevard Music Festival Scholarship, the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council, and the C.F. Hu Postgraduate Memorial Scholarship. She began studying harp at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts at the young age of 15, and later graduated with first-class honors in music from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Teresa gave a sold-out recital to critical acclaim at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2009. She was the former principal harpist of the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra and Evanston Symphony Orchestra. She also performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta Orchestra in addition to various orchestras in the Chicago area, including the Illinois Symphony, Park Ridge Civic Orchestra and Rockford Symphony, among others. She toured the world with the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2000. Her performances have brought her to China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, the United States and Canada. Her performances were broadcasted on TV and radio stations in Hong Kong and the US. She also released her debut CD album Longing in 2010. An enthusiastic and dedicated educator, Dr Suen-Campbell is currently appointed as an associate of the harp faculty at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She was an adjunct assistant professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2008-2012), and was engaged as harp instructor at Northwestern University (2002-2006) and at the University of Chicago (2005-2007) respectively. Recently, Teresa arranged and performed piano music of Robert Schumann, and has also arranged classical Chinese music for solo harp. Her students have also won top prizes in international competitions held in Japan, Hong Kong and Macau.
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