A pair of Hong Kong pianists have been performing overseas to help Polish flood victims. Kam Wing-chong and Colleen Lee Ka-ling, were invited to perform at the 16th Chopin in the Colours of Fall Festival, in Antonin, Poland and at a charity concert in London. The students of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts were guests of the International Alliance Association and Friends of Fryderyk Chopin. Kam, 18, said he was 'elated' to be offered the chance to perform in Poland, a country with a long cultural history. 'Apart from getting along with other performers from Poland, France and Russia, I got to know the characteristics of their different cultures,' he said. Lee, 17, said she had felt under pressure to perform well because of the strong artistic atmosphere. 'People there are more likely to love and appreciate music and therefore I had to play well in front of them,' she said. Lee, the 1996 South China Morning Post Student Musician of the Year, was also impressed by the venue, a former royal home. 'It was like a traditional opera house with the audience sitting in galleries reaching up into the roof. I found that the distance between the audience and myself was much closer than venues I am used to,' she said. It was also the first time that Lee had performed until midnight. 'I played between 10 pm and 1 am. The show ended at 2 am,' she said. After performing in Poland, they were invited to take part in a London concert to raise fund for the victims of the huge Polish floods. Kam said it was the first time he had performed in London. 'The venue was very special. We were surrounded by military uniforms, weapons and pictures of wars. It had a positive effect on my performance,' he said. 'Apart from enjoying the wonderful performance, I also learned more about Polish history. I found I was very lucky in comparison to the victims of wars. I realised I should treasure what I have,' Lee said. The young pianists have also been invited to play in Jakarta and Bangkok. Kam said he treasured overseas performance. Lee said every show overseas left her with good memories and she hoped to perform all over the world.