Macau First Young Steinway Artist Sandra Ho-Suet Poon (潘澔雪) has performed and gave seminars extensively in the States, Europe and Asia. She has appeared in festivals and concert series such as Prague International Piano Institute, John Cage Centennial Festival, Dayton Art Institute Musicales Series,Troy-Hayner Cultural Center Chamber Series, Macao International Music Festival, Macau Vocal Festival, Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Festival, Macao Chamber Music Week, Macau Youth Music Promotion Association Chamber Music Series, Hong Kong Citibank’s Musical Del Cuore, The Hong Kong Anglican Church’s Celeste Series, Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University United International College Concert Series and Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research. She has been invited to perform concerto with the Macao Orchestra, Wright State University Chamber Orchestra and Sacred Heart Canossian College Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012, she has formed the "Poon Duo" with her sister May Poon, giving local and overseas performances. Sandra has world-premiered character pieces arranged by Clara Schumann, a concerto by Malaysian composer Jun Yi Chow with Ruan master Boonyeow Choo. She has joined the world premiere performance of Symphony No. 10 by Chinese composer Wang Xilin and Symphonic Poem "500 Years of Macau" by Macau composer Lam Bun-Ching. Her live recording has broadcasted at the Radio Television Hong Kong. She recently gave a Macau-premiere (Works of Béla Bartók, Fazil Say and Steve Reich) two pianos and two percussion concert.
Sandra is the prize winner in different competitions, including: Kyoto Prefectural Governor's Award at the Kayabuki Ongakudo International Competition; First Prize in Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, Second Prize in Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition; Most Outstanding Piano Ensemble Award at the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival; First Prize in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Competition; National Finalist at the Music Teachers National Association Competition Chamber Music category; First place at the Ohio Music Teachers Association/Graves Piano Solo and Ensemble Competition in Collegiate Duo Division; Winner of Wright State University School of Music Student Honors Recital (three consecutive years, 2009 to 2011; First Prize of Ohio Division at the Music Teachers National Association Competition Chamber Music category; Winner of Wright State University Departmental Concerto Competition; Second prize for Youth Class in Mozart Piano Competition; Second Prize for Professional Class in Schumann International Youth Piano Competition; Top three winner at the Macao Young Musicians Competitions. Moreover, Sandra is the recipient of the prestigious Cultural Affairs Bureau Prize, Wright State University Piano Scholarship, University of Cincinnati Graduate Scholarship, Irene Romanowski Piano Scholarship, Presidential Commendation for Excellence, Agnes Fowler Scholarship and the Macao Government Postgraduate Scholarship.
Sandra was invited as jury member in different competitions including the Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition, Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival, Macao International Art Open Competition, Asia (International) Music Competition, Macao - Asia Pacific Youth Piano Competition, Macao Piano Competition and The International Liszt Ferenc Competition. Besides performing and teaching, she is an active emcee/host and interpreter in different music events, and has worked with musicians including Yulianna Avdeeva (First Prize of International Chopin Piano Competition, Lukas Geniušas (Second Prize of International Chopin Piano Competition and International Tchaikovsky Competition), Adriano Jordão (first director of the Macau International Music Festival, renowned pianist), Antônio Meneses (First Prize of International Competition in Munich and Tchaikovsky Competition).
Sandra found her interest in piano at a very young age, and received the Performer’s Diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Under the sponsorship of the Macao Foundation and Macao Government, she received her Bachelor and Master degrees at Wright State University and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, majoring in piano performance. Her major mentors include Steinway artists Eugene Pridonoff (student of renowned Beethoven specialist Rudolf Serkin), Elisabeth Pridonoff, Dr. Jackson Leung and Dr. Kam Cheok Weng. She also studied vocal with Dr. Diana Cataldi and harpsichord with Dr. Vivian Montgomery. She has worked with masters including Emile Naoumoff, Hie-Yon Choi, Edward Auer, Lambert Orkis, David Hardy, Paul Katz, Lee Fiser, Kurt Sassmanshaus, Michael Chertock, Thomas Linde, Franklin Cox and the Ariel Quartet. Since graduation, she was the faculty member of Macao Conservatory School of Music and Macao Polytechnic Institute School of Arts, She is currently teaching at Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, and serves as the guest keyboardist of Macao Orchestra and Macao Chinese Orchestra.