Sisters Chau Lok-ping (left) and Chau Lok-ting came third in the piano duo category, a first for Hong Kong musicians. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Identical twin sisters have put Hong Kong on the map for piano duets by scoring a historic win at a top international competition in Germany.
Chau Lok-ting and Chau Lok-ping, who graduated from the Academy for Performing Arts in 2012, took third prize in the piano duo category at the 64th ARD Music Competition in Munich last week.
It was the first time Hong Kong musicians had won a medal at the prestigious event since it was instituted in 1952.
"We feel very happy and honoured to take part in such a high-level competition," Lok-ting, the elder by three minutes, said on the phone from Germany.
"It was exciting rather than nerve-racking when we went on stage in the final round and performed Mozart's Double Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. I was so overwhelmed I had tears in my eyes."
The 26-year-old twins said it was a special moment for them as Hong Kong-born players competing on the world stage.
"We are always proud of being Hongkongers - especially at the first rehearsal with the orchestra when conductor Jun Maerkl introduced us as pianists from Hong Kong," they said.
"In any interviews, we always mention to the media and audiences that we are representing Hong Kong, and that's what makes us feel unique."
The sisters had just finished their master's degrees in Hanover when they took part in the event, which is held every four years. After pulling through three rounds of competition playing the music of Mozart, Taneyev, Schubert and Ravel, they eventually emerged as one of four teams of finalists out of 27.
"The prize means a lot to us on our artistic path, which has included failures in previous competitions," Lok-ting said.
"As long as one stays steadfast in one's belief without giving up, success will surely come."