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Hong Kong Philharmonic announces new Chief Executive


Hong Kong, 3 June 2005 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society General Committee announces today the appointment of Mr Timothy Calnin as Chief Executive.

Timothy Calnin has been a member of the Senior Management of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since January 2004 as Artistic Consultant. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, his entire professional career has been spent in Arts Administration. After commencing his career in Australia, Tim spent three years in the United Kingdom, first as General Manager of The Academy of Ancient Music and then as Artistic Administrator of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. After returning to Australia, he became Artistic Administrator of the Sydney Symphony, in which capacity he worked with Edo de Waart for eight years.

Edward Ho, Chairman of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, said: "I would like to congratulate Tim heartily on his appointment as Chief Executive. As Artistic Consultant of the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the past season, he has gained a thorough understanding of the city’s culture and the day-to-day running of the orchestra. With his vast experience in arts administration and extensive international contacts, I am confident that he will be able to work closely with Artistic Director, Edo de Waart, to lead Hong Kong’s flagship organization to new heights."

Edo de Waart, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, said: "I have worked with Tim both at the Sydney Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic for more than eight years and he has shown himself to be someone with great intelligence, creativity and energy. He also has great knowledge of the musical world and a passion for music. I look forward to working with him in the years to come."

"I am greatly honoured by this appointment and I look forward to working closely with the Edo de Waart, our dedicated and energetic General Committee and our highly professional management team to promote and develop the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. We’re all working together to achieve our mission: to promote artistic excellence in Hong Kong and to put the Hong Kong Philharmonic on the world stage," said Timothy Calnin, Chief Executive.