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Hong Kong Philharmonic appoints Perry So as
Assistant Conductor (Education and Community Programmes)

9th October 2008

Hong Kong, 9th October 2008 - Hong Kong-born conductor Perry So has been appointed the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor (Education and Community Programmes) following a successful audition in front of Maestro Edo de Waart and the entire Orchestra last month.

Perry So came to the attention of the classical music world in April this year when he won both 1st Prize and the Special Prize at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St Petersburg.

“I was very impressed by Perry’s strong natural musicality and the fluidity of his technique during the audition,” commented Maestro de Waart. “A survey of our musicians showed that he won strong support, which is very important for a young conductor taking up a position like this.”

As Assistant Conductor (Education and Community Programmes), Perry So will conduct the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s increasing number of education programmes for school students and university students, adult education programmes and concerts in the community. He will also present a number of pre-concert talks and music education seminars and will advise the Hong Kong Philharmonic on it programming in the areas of education and community outreach in order to expand the Orchestra’s reach and invest in audiences of the future.

The position of Assistant Conductor (Education and Community Programmes) has been made possible under the Hong Kong Government’s Venue Partnership Scheme. The Hong Kong Philharmonic was selected earlier this year as a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre for 2008/09 and 2009/10.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Chairman Edward Ho announced the appointment on Wednesday 8th October. “We are delighted to have been able to identify an outstandingly talented young conductor from Hong Kong to work with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in our ever-increasing education and community outreach projects. This post has been made possible under the Venue Partnership Scheme and the Hong Kong Philharmonic is very proud to have been selected as a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.”

On receiving news of his appointment, Perry So commented, “I am deeply honored by this opportunity to work closely with Maestro de Waart and one of Asia’s finest orchestras. Music has a tremendous power to inspire, even to change lives, and I am thrilled to help bring the work of the Philharmonic to different communities all across Hong Kong.”

Perry So’s first appearances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will be in two specially designed concerts for university students featuring music of Mozart and Mendelssohn. The first will take place in the Academic Community Hall of Baptist University on Thursday 9th October from 6pm to 7pm and the second will be in the Chan Tak Tai Auditorium of Lingnan University on Friday 10th October at 5pm.

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ABOUT THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Hailed as “one of Asia's top orchestras”, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is led by the internationally renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. In April 2006, The Swire Group Charitable Trust became the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Principal Patron to enable Maestro de Waart’s artistic vision for the Orchestra to be realized. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances, including a series of outreach activities including the city’s largest outdoor symphonic concert in Happy Valley, Swire Symphony under the Stars. Please visit www.hkpo.com for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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