About this blog and its writers…

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts really is a very special place and, as it celebrates 30 years of developing the talent and potential of its students, I hope to share some of its magic with you through this blog.

Featuring performance videos,  interviews, news and details of upcoming concerts and shows, the blog will be your guide to all things APA during its anniversary year. Our Director, Professor Adrian Walter, will be contributing occasionally, as will Boaz Chow, from the School of Chinese Opera, who will write in Chinese about the very special, all-school production of The Taming of the Shrew, coming in May. Hsu Wei-En, from the School of Music, will be letting us know in Chinese and English about the production process of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, coming in March.

Kate Allert
Kate Allert

I’m Kate Allert and I work for the Department of Languages and have done so for ten years, first as a part-time teacher and now as Coordinator of the Language Learning Centre. The department is one of only two that get to teach students from every school.  Thus, it has been my pleasure and privilege to work with hundreds of Hong Kong’s most interesting and creative students over the last decade, not to mention dozens who are equally fabulous from Mainland China and the Asia Pacific region. I’ve also had the opportunity to interact with their skilled and passionate teachers.

If there’s anything you’d like me to feature, or if you have any questions about anything I post, I’d be delighted to hear from you.  You can leave a reply below or contact me directly. My email address is kateallert.la@hkapa.edu.

Boaz Chow
Boaz Chow










Wei-En Hsu pic
Hsu Wei-En









HSU Wei-En is one of Academy’s youngest staff in the School of Music. He came to HK in 2012, and fell in love with the city.  HSU is continually inspired by his colleagues, students, peers, and the HKAPA environment.  Having lived in Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei, London, Cincinnati, and New York City, he now calls Hong Kong home.  He is an amazing cook, who does not usually cook.  He also has a sexy baritone voice, but he rarely sings.  (Try his voice mail, and hear it for yourself.)  He loves to challenge himself with jigsaw puzzles that are more 2000 pieces, but has been uninspired to attempt one as he can not be bothered to clear his schedule with feeble pursuits.  If not for music, he’d probably be working as a travel agent or a food blogger.


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