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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra appoints Song Tu as Artistic Administrator


Hong Kong, 30 December 2005 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) announces the appointment of Mr Song Tu as Artistic Administrator, effective from 1 January 2006. He will assist the Artistic Director and Chief Executive in all matters of artistic planning, programming and the engagement of artists.

Song Tu is currently the Director of Artistic Planning & Promotion at the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. He was also Director of the Artistic Committee Office at The Canton International Summer Music Academy during its inaugural year in 2005.

In addition to his artistic administration responsibilities in Guangzhou, Mr Tu has simultaneously held the position of Principal Clarinet of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his positions in Guangzhou, Chinese-born American Mr Tu has served as Principal Clarinet of the New England (Boston) Chamber Orchestra, the Mexico State (Mexico) Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony in China. A Rico International Artist, he gave a series of solo recitals in the US, Europe and Asia after earning his master's degree at Boston University. Recently, he is frequently invited to teach and lecture at various universities and conservatories, including Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the University of Hartford, the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

"Being both a professional musician and an experienced administrator, Song brings the ideal combination of profound musical knowledge and professional artistic planning experience," said Timothy Calnin, Chief Executive. "He is going to be a great asset to the Hong Kong Philharmonic, adding weight and authority to the Administration's artistic department, and understanding the intricacies of orchestral life from the inside."