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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.

Zhang Guoyong

Zhang Guoyong

Zhang Guoyong studied conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the direction of Prof Huang Xiaotong. In 1993 he was sponsored by the Chinese government to undertake four years’ study at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied under Gennady Rozhdestvensky. He is now the Professor and the Dean of Conducting Department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Principal Conductor of the Shanghai Opera House and the Music Director of the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra.

His repertory encompasses symphony, opera, ballet and symphonic chorus, and he is expert in Russian works, especially Shostakovich’s symphonies. Wherever he has performed, he has always impressed the audience and musicians with his sharp hearing, strong basic skills, efficient rehearsal method and appropriate handling of the music’s structure.

In recent years he has been invited as national representative to take part in important international events including the gala concert of the Sino-American Culture Year, Sino-French Culture Year, Sino-German Culture Year, Sino-Russian Culture Year and Sino-Latin America Culture Year. In 2014 he conducted National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)’s HDMI opera movie Carmen and Rickshaw Boy. The following year he was invited to join the NCPA’s tour to Italy, and in 2016 he conducted the China Philharmonic’s premiere in Russia.

Zhang Guoyong is Vice Chairman of Shanghai Musicians Association and of the China Musicians Association.