Francis studied classical and electric guitars at the age of 6 in Hong Kong and won the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Classical Guitar Champion in 1984. He graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University with Bachelor of Arts (Hons), major in Composition and Guitar.
In 1991, Francis joined the Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB) as Music Director, composed and arranged music theme songs and underscore for TV productions / drama episode series. Additionally, he has collaborated with various renowned singers / groups including Faye Wong, Leon Lai, Walkin Chau, Christopher Wong, Sammi Cheng, Hacken Lee, Shirley Kwan, Grasshopper, and Vivian Lai.
Francis is dedicated in music education. In Toronto, he was appointed by the Royal Conservatory of Music to give official review and comments for the launch of RCM 2004 Guitar Syllabus and 2011 Guitar Syllabus – Grade 1-8 Repertoire and Studies Albums. He also participated in the Music Technology Research Project held by RCM at the Queen’s University and the Concordia University. Francis is also an active registered member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association (ORMTA).
His students have won RCM Regional Silver Medals. Some of them had achieved full scholarship to study music in the University of Toronto and Humber College, major in Guitar.
Francis’ students scored excellent results in RCM exams and music festivals:
2021 – Charleston International Music Competition – Guitar (Champion)
2021 – Crescendo International Music Competition – Guitar (2nd place)
2021 – OMFA Ontario Music Festival Association Provincial Finals – Guitar (Champion)
2021 – Toronto Kiwanis Virtual Festival – Guitar (Champion-Gold)
2021 – Honours Award in 中央音樂學院 China Central Conservatory of Music Graded Exam (CCCM) – ErHu (2nd level)
2019 – Grade 2 Gold Medal in Guitar
2007 – Grade 7 Silver Medal in Guitar
2006 – Grade 6 Silver Medal in Guitar
2005 – Grade 5 Silver Medal in Guitar
RCM Intermediate Specialist — Guitar
RCM Elementary Specialist — Guitar