Critical Acclaim

"The performance enjoyed a slick rhythmic drive and competent solos from the principal players, some more uniformly stylish than others; sensitively balanced percussion and Linda Stuckey’s piccolo contributions also linger in the mind."

Sam Olluver SCMP

"HKPO has given the most splendid Chinese New Year gift to the music lovers in Guangzhou; a brilliant start for the 10th anniversary of Xinghai Concert Hall."

Gramophone China, March issue (Guangzhou Tour, Jan 2008)

"Hong Kong Philharmonic has made noticeable strides in the past few seasons"

Ken Smith, Financial Times, 24 January 2008 (Mengla's Scottish Fantasy)

"a first-class Orchestra is borne amongst us in Hong Kong"

Patrick Lam,, 17 November 2007 (Mahler 6)

"With fully staged performances of such masterpieces still a distant hope in this city, this was a first-rate delivery of a second-best option."

Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post, 2 October 2007 (Der Rosenkavalier opera-in-concert)

'Under the leadership of Edo de Waart, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has already become one of Asia's top orchestras.'

Rudolph Tang, editor of Gramophone (China), May 2007 (Shanghai Tour, May 2007)

'Mahler's majesty is de Waart's triumph'

Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post, March 2007 (Mahler 7)

"The King of Conductors"

Chip Tsao, Apple Daily, January 2007 (Wagner Gala)

"The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra was playing at its pinnacle tonight ... a most memorable performance."

Professor Leo Lee, Hong Kong Economic Journal, November 2006 (Mahler's Third)

"…However, it was the opening movement that proved to be an experience to be remembered, and not just for the overwhelming waves of sound... Jarod Vermette's brilliant trombone solos; stunning balance in the low brass; unblemished woodwind tuning, de Waart's exemplary control of speed, plus his sophisticated shaping of material behind the quiet gasps that peppered the silence after the final chord."

Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post, 21 November 2006 (Mahler's Third)

"It's hard to describe in a short column just how enjoyable this concert was…First the smiles: there were lots of them. They broke out in response to conductor Edo de Waart's meticulous attention to phrasing and textural details…The Hong Kong Philharmonic gave it their all and played to the gallery."

Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post, 6 June 2006 (Symphonic Dances)

"A superlative performance of Beethoven from De Waart…The music ended in a 'heroic' way, truly deserving the enthusiastic applause from the Cultural Centre's audience."

Vincent Mak, Ta Kung Pao, 5 June 2006 (De Waart's Beethoven)

"HKPO's beautifully poised string phrasing, homogenous wind sound and impeccably restrained brass suggested that you might hear different, but not better."

Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post, 27 June 2006 (De Waart meets Li Chuanyun)

"The first performance of Elektra was astounding, demonstrating the orchestra's progress under Edo de Waart. De Waart mastered the score and the 100-strong orchestra with intelligence and clear rhythmic drive, pacing the explosive dramatic arguments with consummate skill….All in all, an auspicious start to the new season."

Vincent Mak, South China Morning Post, 20 September 2005 (Elektra Opera in Concert)

"Edo de Waart's architectural view of Mahler 5 was masterful. His exemplary pacing drew musical logic from the five movements, individually and as a whole…It's a pleasure to acknowledge the overall intelligence and integrity of this reading."

Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post, 12 July 2005 (Mahler 5)

"In the few months since Edo de Waart took over the HKPO, he has transformed it, and their performance now sounds like that of a first-class, international orchestra. This is truly a miracle."

Prof Leo Lee, Yazhou Zhoukan, February 2005(Salome Opera in Concert)

"It's very possible that HKPO will become Asia's leading orchestra under the leadership of Edo de Waart."

Prof Liu Ching-chih, a.m. post, December 2004 (Shanghai Tour)