|Hong Kong Philharmonic
Music Director: Jaap van
The mission of the Hong Kong
Philharmonic Orchestra is to inspire and expand musical appreciation in Hong
Kong and beyond, and to be a financially secure institution that brings
distinction to the music world through its enriching performances and premier
The Hong Kong
Philharmonic Orchestra is regarded as one of the leading orchestras in Asia.
With a history stretching back to 1895, when it was formed as the Sino-British
Orchestra, the HK Phil was re-named in 1957 and became fully professional in
Thanks to significant subsidy from the Hong Kong Government and
long-term funding from Principal Patron Swire, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and
other supporters, the HK Phil now boasts a full-time annual schedule of
classical music concerts, pops concerts, an extensive education programme, and
collaborations for staged opera with Opera Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Arts
Conductors and soloists who have recently performed with the
orchestra include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ning Feng, Matthias Goerne, Lang Lang, Yu
Long, Yundi Li, the late Lorin Maazel, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yuja Wang and Edo de
Waart, the HK Phil’s previous Music Director.
The HK Phil promotes the
work of Chinese composers through an active commissioning programme, and has
released recordings featuring Tan Dun and Bright Sheng, each conducting their
own compositions, on the Naxos label. Its acclaimed community engagement
programme brings music to ten of thousands of children annually. A recording
will soon be issued free to schoolchildren throughout Hong Kong of Britten’s
A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Peter and the
Wolf and Leopold Mozart's Toy Symphony.
In 2013/14 season,
the orchestra made critically-acclaimed tour performances in Beijing, Shanghai,
Guangzhou, Xiamen and Taipei. Future plans include tours to the USA, Japan and
Korea. The orchestra’s 2015 European tour includes concerts in London, Vienna,
Berlin, Amsterdam, Zurich, Birmingham and Eindhoven.
The Swire Group has
been the Principal Patron of the HK Phil since 2006. Through this
sponsorship, which is the largest in the orchestra’s history, Swire also
endeavours to promote artistic excellence, foster access to classical music and
stimulate cultural participation in Hong Kong, and to enhance Hong Kong’s
reputation as one of the great cities of the world.
This season is Jaap
van Zweden’s third as Music Director of the HK Phil. With him, the orchestra is
undertaking major expansion and new projects, including the first-ever
performances by a Hong Kong or mainland Chinese orchestra of Wagner’s The
Ring of the Nibelung. The four operas are being performed, one a year, in
concert and recorded live for the Naxos label.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially
supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is a Venue Partner of the Hong
Kong Cultural Centre