Summer pop-up concert series
Every Thursday in July
UBC Robson Square | 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
Join us for our summer pop-up concerts at UBC Robson Square! We invite our most talented students to perform for you in the heart of downtown every Thursday in July. Bring a friend, grab some lunch, and pop into our Plaza Lounge to enjoy an hour of classical melodies presented by the UBC School of Music.
July 7 – Hamilton Lau
Hamilton Lau was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He began his piano studies at the age of four and is currently studying with Corey Hamm at the University of British Columbia. From 2016 to 2020, he was enrolled in the Young Artist Collegiate Program at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he studied piano, theory, history and composition.
Hamilton won first place at the Canadian Music Competition in 2021 and 2019, and was awarded Second Prize and the Paul J. Bourret Memorial Prize at the 2022 Shean Piano Competition. He has also won the UBC Concerto Competition, the Kay Meek Competition, the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival and the Bjorn & Lori Hareid Senior Secondary Competition. He has performed as a concerto soloist at the Orpheum Theater and the Chan Centre, and his chamber music experiences include playing at Windermere Care Center and Roedde House Museum.
July 14 – Fergus Kwan
Fergus Kwan is an aspiring concert pianist, composer and author who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia majoring in piano performance. Fergus is currently studying with Dr. Corey
Hamm, he also studied with Dr. Henri-Paul Sicsic in the past. Fergus has won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition, the Pacific International Youth Festival and the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival. Fergus also received an award from the Vancouver Chopin Society for Best Performance of a Work by Chopin. Fergus has also participated in masterclasses led by Jon Kimura Parker and Nelson Goerner. Besides being a concert pianist, Fergus is also very passionate as a collaborative pianist. He is currently with the Richmond Presbyterian Church as a choir pianist, directed by Dr. Jannie Burdeti.
July 21 – Jennifer Lim and John Ahn
Jennifer Lim is originally from Vancouver and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of British Columbia. A passionate cellist and musician, she began her studies with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music at the age of seven. In 2012, she joined the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and made her concerto competition debut in 2014. She has extensive orchestral experience as a solo cellist and has participated in numerous summer festivals, including the Amici String Program, the Rosamunde Summer Academy and the Marrowstone. Music Festival.
Jennifer has won numerous accolades at Kiwanis music festivals. In 2016, she was named a finalist in the provincial junior ropes division and the following year, a finalist in the national senior ropes division. Additionally, she was one of the recipients of the Senior Strings Competition scholarship hosted by the Vancouver Academy of Music and performed at the winners gala concert. She has participated in numerous masterclasses led by Paul Marleyn, Thomas Wiebe, Yuri Hooker, Desmond Hoebig, Amanda Forsyth and Colin Carr. Currently, she plays with the UBC Symphony Orchestra.
In her academic endeavors, she studies neuroscience, environmental science, and population health in the Integrated Science program. In the Department of Psychiatry, she recently completed a research project investigating the effects of environmental sources of nitrogen oxides on the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. Currently, she works as a research assistant in analytical chemistry and her research focuses on the extraction of more environmentally friendly carbon sources for climbing chalk.
John Ahn grew up in Vancouver, BC. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of British Columbia and also has a great passion for music.
John has won numerous 1st place awards at the Coquitlam District Music Festival for his solo piano playing. He was also part of the chamber music program at Place des Arts directed by Dr. Barry Tan, where he performed at community events, participated in master classes and performed in competitions. He qualified for the finals of the “Friends of Chamber Music Competition” held at the Vancouver Academy of Music and won a cash prize, which was featured on “West Coast Classics”, a show weekly on CFRO Coop Radio.
Academically, John received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Fellowship (NSERC) and had the opportunity to work as a software research assistant at The Reliable, secure and durable software laboratory. His work, which focuses on improving the architectural recovery of cloud-based systems, has been accepted at international academic conferences. In the future, he hopes to link his passions and research to expand the capabilities of music and artificial intelligence.
July 28 – The Matrix Duo: Mina McKenzie and Jack Campbell
Jack Campbell is a composer, violinist and guitarist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has worked with a wide range of arts organizations including Vancouver Art Gallery, Chali-Rosso Gallery, CMCBC, CMC Ontario (Activate Composers Program), Vancouver Pro Musica, Redshift Music, 100.5FM Radio, Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, Vancouver Art Gallery Connects, UBC Connects, Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Day of Music and Jean Coulthard Readings), International Thomas Pynchon Week, Group 302 Theater and UBC String Orchestra. He is a recitalist, new music soloist and member of three contemporary chamber music ensembles, as well as a frequent performer for live theatre, radio productions, vinyl records and video. Campbell has commissioned and premiered fifteen pieces for solo violin by Canadian composers. Campbell is an award winner at the UBC School of Music, where he is pursuing a diploma in Advanced Violin Performance. Campbell works as a music and concert production consultant at the Vancouver Art Gallery and assistant to the director of the Redshift Music Society.
Mina McKenzie began studying piano at the age of 5 at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music. Since then, she has developed a great passion for music and performing.
In 2019, Mina received 1st place in the Pacific Youth Piano Festival and 1st place in the Yarilo Contemporary Music Society scholarship competition. Additionally, she was a winner of the BC Performing Arts Provincial Festival, the BC Art’s Council, and the 27th Bjorn & Lori Hareid Annual Senior Secondary Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra.
She has competed and received prestigious awards at local music festivals such as Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival, KPU International Music Festival, British Columbia Conservatory of Music Festival, Richmond Music Festival and CDMF Performing Arts Festival. She won first place in the 2019-2020 VWMS scholarship competition. Additionally, she has participated in international competitions and was a semi-finalist at the Seattle International Piano Competition and a finalist at the Vancouver International Music Competition. She studied piano with Susan Ouyang and Dr. Henri-Paul Sicsic, and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in piano performance with Dr. Corey Hamm at the University of British Columbia.