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Special notice

2020-05-15

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.
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Gallant Ho Ka-leung

A violinist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2002, Gallant Ho earned his Master of Music Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music after receiving a scholarship from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund for Overseas Study in 2000. At the conservatory, he studied violin under Wei He and Camilla Wicks, and chamber music with the late Nathan Schwartz.

 

Previous to his studies in America, Gallant Ho received his Bachelor Degree from the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2000. His teachers there included Michael Ma, Pavel Prantl and Lo Chu Tung. In all, he has performed in masterclasses with Joseph Silverstein, Henry Roth, Pinchas Zukerman, Yfrah Neaman, Sylvia Rosenburg, Jorja Fleezanis, Elmer Oliveira, Sergiu Luca and the late Isaac Stern.

 

Gallant Ho has performed as a soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra. He has won several competitions, including First Prize in the Sandra Wagstaff Scholarship for Strings Concerto Competition (1997), Second Prize in the Hong Kong Commercial Radio Award (1996) and Third Prize in the Kocian International Violin Competition (Youth Class) in the Czech Republic (1994).

 

As a student, Gallant Ho received many scholarships: Ruggiero Ricci Prize for Violin Performance (1998 and 1999), Guinness Flight Scholarship (1998), Telstral Scholarship (1998), Friend of the HKAPA Scholarship (1997) and the Exxon Scholarship (1997). He has also participated in the 1994 International Youth Music Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland, and was invited to join the Pacific Music Festival in 2000.

 

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