The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composers Scheme

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has conceived the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composers Scheme to provide a platform for Hong Kong composers to deepen their experience in orchestral writing, and have their works performed by one of Asia’s foremost orchestras in their home city. Four to six selected composers will have the opportunity to present their new orchestral works, each of a three to four minutes, with the HK Phil at a public workshop in February 2019. Each selected composer will receive a bursary of HK$5,000.

An outstanding composer each year will be commissioned to write another short new work for the orchestra and will be premiered in a HK Phil concert.

Selection will be made on the basis of the potential demonstrated and the level of ability in composing a notated piece of contemporary classical orchestral work.

Scheme Details
NOV 2018 Information Day*
(Led by the HK Phil Director of Artistic Planning)

JAN 2019

Score Submission

3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1 – timp+2 – harp – strings

23 FEB 2019

Public Workshop and Showcase with the HK Phil *
(* Selected composers are required to attend these events)


Aged 35 or under (as at 23 February 2019)

Hong Kong permanent resident

No prior commission works for a professional orchestra

How to Apply
Please submit completed application form and required documents (PDF format only) via email to by the application deadline of 12 noon 2 October 2018 (Tuesday).


A copy of Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card


CV (up to 2 pages of A4)


Scores of two works with programme notes and URL links to their recordings/sound files


A statement outlining your expectation of the scheme (100-200 words)


Reference letter(s) (Optional, to be submitted by referee(s) directly via email to on or before the application deadline 2 October 2018)


Selected composers will be notified via email on or before 31 October 2018.

2. The HK Phil will not consider any incomplete application.
3. The personal data provided in this form will only be used by the HK Phil for processing your application and will be held for statistics, correspondence and publicity purposes. The filling of this form is voluntary.
4. The HK Phil reserves the right to amend the application criteria as deemed necessary.

The HK Phil reserves all rights of final arbitration in case of any dispute.