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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Welcomes New Concertmaster and Other Talents


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[2 September 2011 – Hong Kong] As the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) ushers in its 2011/12 season with the performances of Mahler’s The Song of the Earth tonight and tomorrow (2 & 3 September), it welcomes new musicians from around the globe joining its ranks.

Leading the charge is new Concertmaster, Russian-born Igor Yuzefovich, a distinguished violinist with a wealth of solo and orchestral experience. Mr Yuzefovich, officially beginning as Concertmaster from 1 January 2012, will appear as Guest Concertmaster for six weeks from September to December.

Other new talents joining the string section include the 26 year-old Li Bo as Co-Principal Viola, sharing this important role with the outstanding Andrew Ling, as well as fellow violists Fu Shuimiao, (substituting Fan Yan who is on a year’s sabbatical) and Zhang Shu-ying, recent graduates of the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellowship Scheme and Double Bassist Julianne Russell.

In the Woodwind and Brass sections, the Orchestra welcomes Assistant Principal Clarinet Andrew Harper, Contra Bassoonist Chloe Turner, Principal Trumpet Jon Dante (starting in November), Bass Trombone Pieter Wyckoff, Principal Horn David Thompson, and Principal Tuba Roland Szentpali. Mr Thompson, Mr Szentpali and Ms Turner will substitute respectively for Mark Vines, Paul Luxenberg and Adam Treverton Jones, who are on a year’s sabbatical. Another principal currently on sabbatical leave is Principal Clarinet Andrew Simon.

Aziz D Barnard Luce joins the Orchestra as its Principal Percussion.

Four new orchestral fellows, sponsored by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, twin brothers Jia Shu-chen and Jia Shu-yang, and Zhang Shao-nan, all violinists, and violist Yuan Yi-ching, will join Violin Fellow Liu Boxuan and Cello Fellow Pan Yan taking part in rehearsals and selected concerts this season.

“It’s with great pleasure that I welcome these talented musicians to our fine orchestra. With its truly international profile with players coming from a host of countries far and near, the Orchestra will continue to work hard together to raise its bar of musical excellence,” said Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

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String Section

Igor Yuzefovich   Li Bo    Fu Shuimiao   Zhang Shu-ying   Julianne Russell  

Woodwind and Brass Section

Andrew Harper   Chloe Turner    Jon Dante   Pieter Wyckoff   David Thompson   Ronald Szentpali

Percussion Section


Aziz D Barnard Luce


Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellows

Jia Shu-chen   Jia Shu-yang   Zhang Shao-nan   Yuan Yi-ching   Liu Boxuan   Pan Yan

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 programme HSBC Insurance Creative Notes and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, the HKPO has made a number of critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe.

The 2011/12 season will mark Maestro Edo de Waart’s eighth and final season with the HKPO. Apart from his own series of five special programmes which are summaries of his achievements with the Orchestra over the last seven years, ending with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the new season will also attract a stellar cast of great artists and guest conductors.

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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