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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.

Vance Lee

Associate Principal Bassoon

Vance Lee

Vance Lee has been Assistant Principal Bassoon since he joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic, for the 2000/01 Season. He has also served as Principal Bassoon with the Hartford Symphony and the Connecticut Opera, both in the United States, where he was born and raised.


Festival appearances include the 1990, 1991 and 1992 Blossom Music Festivals, at which Lee performed several times with the Cleveland Orchestra. After receiving a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David McGill until 1993, he appeared with the National Repertory Orchestra (1994), the Sir Georg Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall (1994), and at Tanglewood (1996).