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HK Phil – Hong Kong Composers Showcase
HK Phil presents local composers’ commissioned works in public working session and performance
7 January 2017, 3PM, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall


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[29 November 2016, Hong Kong] As part of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s (HK Phil) ongoing commitment to the development of Hong Kong talent, the HK Phil has commissioned four emerging Hong Kong composers each to write a short festive overture for orchestra. The commissioned works will be heard in a public working session in the afternoon of 7 January 2017 (Sat). The public is invited to register for the session and cast their vote for their favourite piece.

The HK Phil is thrilled to have commissioned these pieces and to present this event. Raff Wilson, the HK Phil’s Director of Artistic Planning said, “This event represents a real investment by the HK Phil in Hong Kong talent. By commissioning these composers we are offering unique performance opportunities, professional development, and exposure. We hope to find performance opportunities for the works in our future concerts. Promoting local talent is important to Hong Kong people. Now Hong Kong audiences can support these local composers by registering and attending the event. And they can participate by voting for their favourite piece.” 

The four emerging Hong Kong composers selected to write works for this showcase are:

Chan Kai-young
•  A Benjamin Franklin Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania
•  Winner of the Composition Competition of Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers

Fung Dic-lun
•  Currently a PhD candidate in music composition at the University of Hong Kong
•  Recipient of several international awards, including the 2nd prize in Sayat Nova International Composition Competition in 2014

Leung Chi-hin
•  PhD graduate in composition from the Chinese University of Hong Kong
•  Champion of the Hong Kong Handbell Festival Composition Contest

Austin Yip
•  PhD graduate from the University of Hong Kong
•  Participant in numerous music festivals and collaborator with world-renowned performers and ensembles

Starting at 3PM on 7 January 2017, the commissioned works will be workshopped, with HK Phil Music Director Jaap van Zweden publicly discussing each piece with its composer. The works will then be performed, with conductor Aldert Vermeulen on the podium, after which the audience will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite piece.

Admission to the event is free. Registration is required and will begin on 19 December 2016 (Mon) at Each registrant can reserve a maximum of four tickets.

Chan Kai-young [full biography]
Through conventional classical idioms as well as electronic media and use of various folk instruments, Chan Kai-Young assimilates various Asian cultural traditions into an output which ranges from concert works to film scores. He is particularly drawn to harnessing the musicality of classical Chinese literature expressed through the tonal properties of the Cantonese language. His music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Hong Kong.

Fung Dic-lun [full biography]
Fung Dic-lun has been exposed to Chinese music since he was young, and he has expanded his interests into the field of ethnic music. Well-known for combining ethnic and Western instruments, as well as using unconventional instrumentations in his compositions, he has won several international awards. His music has been performed both locally and in Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United States, Russia, South Korea and Indonesia, as well as at the ISCM – WMD and International Gaudeamus Music Week.

Leung Chi-hin [full biography]
Leung Chi-hin’s compositions mix Eastern and Western philosophies, and reveal his special interests in timbral and textural explorations. He has won several composition contests in Hong Kong, and his compositions and recordings have been published in Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Hong Kong. His works have also been featured at many international festivals.

Austin Yip [full biography]
Born in Hong Kong, Austin Yip’s works have been performed worldwide. His compositional output is very diverse, ranging from orchestral pieces to electroacoustic works, and with Western orchestral and folk instruments. He has a broad knowledge of different styles of music which he demonstrates in his creativity. He has participated in numerous music festivals, in which he has worked closely with many world-renowned performers and ensembles.

Aldert Vermeulen [full biography]
A native of Amsterdam, Aldert Vermeulen was a student of Willem Brons at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam from which he received Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance and music pedagogy. He returned as a post-graduate student to study conducting with Joop van Zon. In 1996 he started working as head of music and assistant conductor at the Nationale Reisopera of Holland. He also served as Assistant Conductor for the Bayreuth Wagner Festival from 2000 to 2005, working with Christian Thielemann. In 2006 he was offered a position as Head of Music at the Netherlands Opera.

7 | 1 | 2017
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Free Registration from 19 December 2016 at
For ages 6 and above

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Chan Kai-young

Fung Dic-lun
3 4
Leung Chi-hin

Austin Yip
5 6

Aldert Vermaulen

Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo Credit: Cheung Wai Lok HK Phil

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director: Jaap van Zweden
Principal Guest Conductor: Yu Long

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) is recognised as Asia’s foremost classical orchestra. The Orchestra presents more than 150 concerts over a 44-week season and attracts more than 200,000 music lovers annually.

Jaap van Zweden, one of today’s most sought-after conductors, has been the Orchestra’s Music Director since the 2012/13 concert season, a position he will continue to hold until at least 2022. In addition, Maestro van Zweden will also be the next Music Director of the New York Philharmonic starting with the 2018/19 season.

Yu Long was appointed for an initial three-year term in the 2015/16 season as Principal Guest Conductor.

Under Maestro van Zweden, the HK Phil is undertaking a variety of initiatives including a four-year project to perform and record the complete Ring of the Nibelung (Richard Wagner). The Orchestra is in the third of this four-year journey, performing one opera annually in concert. The performances are being recorded live for the Naxos label and mark the first performances by a Hong Kong or mainland Chinese orchestra of the entire Ring cycle.

Also under van Zweden, the orchestra has undertaken tours to Taiwan, Europe and, for a second time to Mainland China, with recent concerts in Shanghai, Tianjin and Beijing.

Conductors and soloists who have recently performed with the orchestra include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ning Feng, Matthias Goerne, Lang Lang, Yu Long, Yundi Li, the late Lorin Maazel, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yuja Wang.

The HK Phil promotes the work of Hong Kong and Chinese composers through an active commissioning programme, and has released recordings featuring Tan Dun and Bright Sheng, each conducting their own compositions, on the Naxos label. Its acclaimed community engagement programme brings music to tens of thousands of children annually. A recording was issued free to schoolchildren throughout Hong Kong of Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony.

The Swire Group has been the Principal Patron of the HK Phil since 2006. Through this sponsorship, which is the largest in the orchestra’s history, Swire also endeavours to promote artistic excellence, foster access to classical music and stimulate cultural participation in Hong Kong, and to enhance Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the great cities of the world.

Thanks to a significant subsidy from the Hong Kong Government and long-term funding from Principal Patron Swire, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and other supporters, the HK Phil now boasts a full-time annual schedule of classical music concerts, pops concerts, an extensive education programme, and collaborations for staged opera with Opera Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

The Orchestra celebrated its 40th season as a professional orchestra in 2013/14.

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 a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.