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Lio Kuokman conducts world premiere by Chan Kai-young, Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony, and Mozart’s Coronation Piano Concerto with Colleen Lee
Mozart & Schumann (26 June, ONE performance only)

24 JUN 2021

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[24June 2021, Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) and its Resident Conductor Lio Kuokman will present a world premiere by Chan Kai-young, a Mozart piano concerto with Colleen Lee, and a Schumann symphony on 26 June 2021 (Sat) in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.


The concert opens with the world premiere of Glimmering Lights, Cascading Heights by the talented Hong Kong composer Chan Kai-young. Inspired by this treacherous journey, Chan’s new work features fall-rise musical figures that permeates the piece, suggestive of the undulating journeys one must go through when overcoming the seemingly all-encompassing darkness. Chan is the winner of the HK Phil’s Hong Kong Composers Showcase in 2017. Other works of his have previously been performed by the HK Phil, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden and Principal Guest Conductor Yu Long.   


Acclaimed Hong Kong pianist Colleen Lee will be featured in Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 26, Coronation, one of the most performed Mozart concertos, which owes its nickname to a performance given at the coronation of Austrian emperor Leopold II in October 1790.


Lio Kuokman and the HK Phil conclude the concert with Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony, which brings us on a journey along the majestic Rhine River.



Mozart and Schumann will be presented on 26 June 2021 (Sat) at 8PM in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets are HK$580, $480, $380 and $280 and are available at URBTIX. For enquiries, please call +852 2721 2332 or visit




Lio Kuokman, conductor [full description]
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a startling conducting talent”, Lio Kuokman was the laureate at the 2014 Svetlanov International Conducting Competition. Lio Kuokman is Resident Conductor with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and has previously served as assistant conductor to music director Yannick Nézet-Seguin with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the first Chinese conductor to be appointed in this position in the history of the orchestra. He is currently Programme Director of the Macao International Music Festival.


Colleen Lee, piano [full description]
Hong Kong pianist Colleen Lee achieved international recognition after winning 6th Prize at the 15th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. She has performed extensively around the world in solo recitals, and with Orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.   She was the Artist Associate of Hong Kong Sinfonietta 2010 - 2011.  Colleen has appeared in major festivals including the Duszniki Festival Poland, Musicus Fest in Espoo, Finland and Shanghai New Music Week. She made her début with London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle in September 2019.


Chan Kai-young, composer [full description]
Through orchestral, chamber and mixed media, Chan Kai-young integrates nuance, relevance and resonance in music that converses with societies and cultures. He is particularly drawn to the implied musicality of Chinese texts expressed through the tonal Cantonese language. His music has been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, PRISM Quartet, Daedalus Quartet and Mivos Quartet, among others.




26 | 6 | 2021
ONE performance only
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK $580 $480 $380 $280
Tickets now available at URBTIX
For ages 6 and above




Lio Kuokman


Colleen Lee


Chan Kai-young





CHAN Kai-young

Glimmering Lights, Cascading Heights (World Premiere)


Piano Concerto no. 26, Coronation


Symphony no. 3, Rhenish




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Lio Kuokman
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Colleen Lee
Photo Credit: Lam He-man
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Chan Kai-young
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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo Credit: Ka Lam/HK Phil
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