Nancy Loo is one of the most versatile artists in Hong Kong, being pianist, radio programme host, actress, writer and educator all in one. She currently teaches at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong. She attended the Juilliard School and The Royal Northern College of Music. Her teachers included Mieczyslaw Munz, Adele Marcus, Vlado Perlemuter, Guido Agosti, Ryszard Bakst and Derek Wyndham. In 1976, she won first prize at the 4th Rina Sala Gallo International Competition in Monza, and has since won awards in many other international competitions, including the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris.
Loo has performed in concerts in Europe, North America and Asia. She has appeared as a soloist with The Juilliard Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Radio Symphony Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic of the Philippines. In Hong Kong, she has played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. She appears frequently in festivals and events on the local music scene. She was the founder of the piano and woodwind sextet “Les Six” and is currently a member of the “LENK Quartet”.
Apart from stage performances, Loo is active in the recording studio. Her notable recordings include Nai Chung Kuan’s Ambush from All Sides with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; Doming Lam’s Moonlight Over the Spring River; a piano hymns collection; Schoenberg’s Lieder with soprano Jasmine Law and Brahms’ 21 Hungarian Dances with violinist Leung Kin Fung. Loo has also contributed to the soundtracks of films The Map of Sex and Love (2001), The Source of Love (2002) and more.
Loo is the host of the music programmes “Cantilena” and “Children’s Corner” at Radio Television Hong Kong. She was one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons, a recipient of the Medal of Honour by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and was named Artist of the Year (Music) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. She has been a volunteer to inmate rehabilitation since 2012, where she pays frequent visits and teaches music in the prisons.