Chinese Music Industry

Keith Chen joined the Tom Lee Music Company in Hong Kong as guitar salesman.  The large store had a small guitar department when Keith first joined the company and he has taken great pride in watching the department grow and develop.  During that time he also served in several areas within the...
Frank Huang joined the Hohner Harmonica Company along with his brother, famed Chinese performer Cham-Ber Huang, to design a specialized harmonica. Frank’s understanding of the developmental process of musical instruments and his vast knowledge of Chinese/American relations led to the establishment...
Cham-Ber Huang designed one of the best-known classical harmonicas in the world. His instruments are used in most classical works and by those who recognize the skillful design and quality sound of his harmonica. In his interview, America folk singer and expert Sam Hinton said, “I’ve not found a...
Louis Ip was given a lead from a friend that Tom Lee Music in Hong Kong was hiring and he raced down to apply.  He has since enjoyed one of the longest employments with the company, fifty years at the time of this interview in 2011.  Over the years Louis has worked in several areas of the company...
John Lee is the eldest son of Tom, the founder of the successful stores in Hong Kong and Canada. John spoke of the company’s expansion from Hong Kong into North America following his father’s interest in keeping the store growing in new markets. John took over the business in Canada after college...
Betty Lee co-founded Tom Lee Music in Hong Kong with her husband in the early 1950s.  In the beginning, Thomas Lee kept his full time work as an English secretary at a textile company while Betty Lee looked after the day to day administration of the small trading company which was to become Tom Lee...
Tom Lee is one of the most famous names in Asian music retailing history.  With Tom Lee Music stores all around Hong Kong and parts of China, his name has been synonymous with music since the early 1950s.  In addition to the stores that he established with his wife Betty, the Lees also formed a...
Frank Lee’s parents established Tom Lee Music Company in Hong Kong to bring quality musical instruments to their customers.  As President of the company, Frank has focused on those original goals and has followed his parents lead to serve their customers.  Having been brought up in the business,...
Kenny Lee began playing music in grade school and has been passionate about it ever since those early years.  When he heard from a friend about a job at Tom Lee Music Company in Hong Kong, Kenny jumped at the chance.  In the early part of his career, Kenny worked in nearly every part of the store...
Karl Leong participated in the International Coalition during the NAMM Show beginning in 2012 to discuss collaborative efforts in creating more active music makers.  As CEO of KHS, Karl has been active in these and other music education efforts both in Taiwan and around the world.  As CEO, Karl has...

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