Benjamin Moermond has been principal bassoon with the Hong Kong Philharmonic since joining in 2010. He is an active teacher and performer in Hong Kong and throughout the region. As a soloist with the HKPhil he has performed Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante, Telemann's Double Concerto for Bassoon and Recorder, and Mozart's Bassoon Concerto. As an educator Ben has been on faculty for the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong Benjamin completed his studies at The Juilliard School of New York under the tutelage of Judith LeClair. He was an active chamber musician with PUFF! woodwind quintet and toured extensively in the summers with festivals including Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. Ben is originally from Cincinnati, USA.
Australian-Israeli clarinetist Eloise Merav Fisher is the winner of prizes from numerous prestigious competitions, including the Beijing International Music Competition, the Australian Music Foundation in London, and the International Competition of UFAM in Paris. She received her Doctorate in Musical Arts from The Juilliard School in New York, where she also won the Richard F. French Prize for an outstanding dissertation.
Her playing unites teaching influences from around the world. Ms Fisher completed her Bachelor of Music with Honors at the Australian National University studying with Alan Vivian, and was subsequently awarded a scholarship from the French government to study with French clarinetist Philippe Cuper. In 2007 she was presented with her Prix de Perfectionnement (equiv. Graduate Diploma) from the Conservatoire National de Région de Versailles with the highest possible award. Ms Fisher continued her education in the United States, and received a Masters in Music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with renowned clarinetist, Charles Neidich. During her studies at Juilliard she was awarded a number of prizes and fellowships in both performance and academic fields.
Ms Fisher enjoys playing in a wide variety of orchestral and chamber ensembles. She has performed as soloist with the China National Philharmonic and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, playing concertos by Mozart, Françaix and Weber. She has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and was also invited to take up a position with the French Youth Orchestra (OFJ) during her studies there. During her time at Juilliard, she performed with the Juilliard orchestra, as well as with Juilliard's new music ensemble. Her interest in new music has led to her participation in a number of world premiere performances. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Cité Universitaire (Paris), and the Israel Sinfonietta, among others. Her solo performances been featured on radio stations in Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to her performing career, Ms Fisher maintains a successful teaching studio. She was employed by the Juilliard School as a Teaching Fellow, and taught music theory to undergraduates at the school. She also enjoys researching aspects of music history, particularly focussing on Jewish music, Soviet music, and French music of the 20th Century. She carries this interest in music history over to her performing career, frequently programming unusual or forgotten works she has uncovered in her research.