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Resignation of Chief Executive Timothy Calnin

20 February 2009

Hong Kong, 20 February 2009 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s Chief Executive Timothy Calnin has announced his resignation with effect from the end of the Orchestra’s 2008/09 season.

Tim Calnin joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic in January 2004 in the position of Artistic Consultant and was appointed Chief Executive in June 2005. He leaves to return to his native Australia where he has family in the southern city of Melbourne.

"It has been an immense privilege to work with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Maestro Edo de Waart these last five years, and to be part of an exciting turnaround for this wonderful Orchestra,” said Mr Calnin. “Hong Kong is poised to develop a serious cultural identity for itself with the prospect of the West Kowloon Cultural District and the Hong Kong Philharmonic is now ideally positioned to play a central role in the fulfilment of West Kowloon’s ultimate promise."

"Working with Tim has been an enormous pleasure this past five years. His contribution to the growth of the Hong Kong Philharmonic is immeasurable. We are in his debt and I will miss him a lot," said Edo de Waart, Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.

Chairman of the Board of Governors Mr YS Liu thanked Tim Calnin for his dedication to building up the quality and profile of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and announced that the Society would commence a local and international recruitment process shortly.

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 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.

SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.