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Michael MacLeod Appointed Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

02-03-2011

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[2 March 2011 – Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) today announced the appointment of Mr Michael MacLeod as its new Chief Executive following an international search. Mr MacLeod will take up his position on 1 April 2011.

Mr Y S Liu, the Chairman of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Search Committee, said of the appointment: “We are very pleased that we were able to attract candidates of such high caliber during our international search. With Michael’s vision, management skills, talents and experience in the international arts scene, we feel confident that he will help lead and drive our fine Orchestra to the next level of excellence.”

Previously, Mr MacLeod was General & Artistic Director of Glimmerglass Opera (a summer opera festival in New York State), Executive Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (America's 4th-oldest orchestra, based in Connecticut), Director of the City of London Festival, General Manager of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Assistant Director of the National Centre for Orchestra Studies (based at the University of London) and General Manager of the Scottish Baroque Ensemble. Mr MacLeod, 58, was educated in Scotland and the United States and studied the piano, flute and viola.

Mr MacLeod said: “As the son of a British diplomat, I am used to relocating to different countries. I find the variety of cultures stimulating, and I look forward to coming to a part of the world with an extraordinary economic and cultural vitality. I regard Hong Kong and China as the new Land of Opportunity”.

Maestro Edo de Waart, the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2004, congratulated Mr MacLeod on his appointment: “I have known Michael for a number of years and found him to be an outstanding leader with a strong passion for orchestras.  His appointment is an important step for the HKPO to further develop its great future and I look forward very much to our creative partnership.”

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Asia’s leading orchestras, enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century. Having grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, the Orchestra has been able to attract world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. Under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart since 2004, HKPO has continued to scale new heights in musical excellence.  Each year, the Orchestra touches the lives of over 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances. The orchestra also reaches out to much wider audiences through its regular broadcasts on radio and TV, outreach concerts such as the largest symphonic event in Hong Kong, Swire Symphony Under the Stars, as well as tours to Shanghai and Beijing and beyond. Its comprehensive schools education programme, HSBC Insurance Creative Notes, brings the joy of classical music to tens of thousands of school children in Hong Kong annually.

HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe. In the 2010/11 season, the Orchestra undertakes a China tour of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The first of which is an Expo 2010 programme.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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