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Special notice


In view of the latest situation of COVID-19 and uncertainties in global business travels, along with discussions with our tour presenters, performing venues and related partners, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s (HK Phil) tour to Japan and Korea, originally have been rescheduled to a later time of the year, now has been cancelled.

The HK Phil, Music Director Jaap van Zweden, our Board of Governors as well as the administration put the health and well-being of our audience, players and staff at the forefront of our priorities. We sincerely hope that the orchestra’s home city, as well as other parts of the world, will recover soon and overcome the current challenging situation. The orchestra and its Music Director Jaap van Zweden look forward to performing for audiences in Japan and Korea in the near future.

The HK Phil would like to thank our tour presenters in Japan and Korea, our performing venue partners, as well as sponsors, for their support.
Ticket holders for the affected concerts, please visit websites of relevant performing venues for ticketing assistance.

Dr Oscar Sanchez-Sibony

Dr Oscar Sanchez-Sibony

Dr Oscar Sanchez-Sibony is assistant professor at the Department of History in the University of Hong Kong. He is author of the award-winning book Red Globalization: The Political Economy of the Soviet Cold War from Stalin to Khrushchev, published by Cambridge University Press. He received his PhD in Russian history from the University of Chicago. At HKU he teaches courses on Russian and global history, often tracking the global cultural developments of music.


He firmly believes that a country’s epic history can be told as much through its music and other art forms of self-expression as through dry academic books. Russia, with its rich musical and cultural traditions, has scored many of the world-shaping events its own people have themselves orchestrated. And beyond national history, the music that emanated from Russia’s foremost composers has told universal stories of fervor, triumph, agony and revolution. Dr Sanchez-Sibony feels that Russia's history, as well as its art and culture, can be seen as both exceptional and typical of global trends--but often with an extra dose of passion. He is dedicated to telling both the particular story of Russia, and through it, the more general history of our world.