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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Announces Three Senior Management Appointments


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[3 January 2011 – Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society announces today the appointments of three senior management staff: Mr Richard Truitt as Director of Development, Mr Raff Wilson as Director of Artistic Planning and Mrs Vennie Ho as Director of Administration and Finance. Mr Truitt joins the Society on 3 January 2011, while Mr Wilson and Mrs Ho have commenced work on 20 December and 16 November respectively.

“I am extremely pleased that Richard, Raff and Vennie, each an expert in their own field, will bring to the Hong Kong Philharmonic family their impressive sets of experience, knowledge and skills,” says Mr Y S Liu, Chairman of the Board of Governors. “I am confident that their appointments will help spur the tremendous growth in profile, artistic excellence and levels of private and community support our Orchestra has enjoyed over the last few years.”

Mr Truitt, was Head of Development at the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong for 2 years prior to joining the Orchestra. Before advancing his career in Hong Kong, Richard has been in educational fundraising in the United States for more than 20 years. Throughout his career, he has helped institutions significantly increase the amount of money raised

Mr Wilson has over 10 years’ experience in the Australian orchestral and allied musical industry, including 6 years in the role of Artistic Manager for Australia’s premier and busiest orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, working closely with Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and a comprehensive roster of international artists.

Possessing a wealth of experience in public administration and art administration, with a strong background in the fields of finance and management, Mrs Ho first worked for the HKPO between 1975 and 1994, with the last post as Assistant General Manager (Finance & Administration).  Prior to her return, Vennie had worked for the Hong Kong Consumer Council for 12 years as Head of Administration & External Affairs.  

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Mr Raff Wilson   Mr Richard Truitt    Mrs Vennie Ho            


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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