Vision and Mission
To perform music which attracts audiences, which engages people of all ages, which our musicians embrace, which partners wish to support, which our staff and board believe in, and which makes Hong Kong proud.
To inspire through the finest music-making.
Nominated for Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year 2019
Completion of Wagner’s Epic Ring Cycle
Released the Recording of Götterdämmerung
The HK Phil Five-City International Tour
Debut concert at Vienna's Musikverein
8th Music Director - Jaap van Zweden
The Swire Group – has been the HK Phil Principal Patron
7th Music Director - Edo De Waart
First Tour to Europe:
6th Music Director - Samuel Wong
First Tour to North America:
5th Music Director - David Atherton
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Opening Performance
First Tour to China: Hangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing
4th Music Director - Kenneth Schermerhorn
First Overseas Tour: Singapore, Bangkok and Osaka
3rd Music Director - Ling Tung
Released the First Album
2nd Music Director - Hans Günter Mommer
Became Fully Professional
1st Music Director - Lim Kek-Tjiang
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra introduced its new brand identity in 2012, coinciding with the arrival of our Music Director Jaap van Zweden. The new identity represents the swinging movements of the baton in the hand of the conductor rather like a wand in the hands of a wizard, creating and orchestrating magical experiences that are at once elevating, enriching and enchanting. The logo symbolises the HK Phil stepping towards a new tomorrow, continuing to cast new spells in our symphonic endeavour.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) is recognised as Asia’s foremost classical orchestra. Presenting more than 150 concerts over a 44-week season, the HK Phil attracts more than 200,000 music lovers annually. Recently the HK Phil has been nominated for the prestigious UK classical music magazine Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year Award – the first orchestra in Asia to receive this nomination.
Jaap van Zweden, one of today’s most sought-after conductors, has been the orchestra’s Music Director since the 2012/13 concert season, a position he will continue to hold until at least 2022. Maestro van Zweden is also Music Director of the New York Philharmonic since the 2018/19 season.
Yu Long has been Principal Guest Conductor since the 2015/16 season.
Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, the HK Phil has attained new heights of artistic excellence, garnering international critical acclaim.
Following on from the success of the European tour which included a filmed concert from Vienna’s Musikverein, the HK Phil has toured extensively within the mainland China. In 2017, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, and with support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices, the orchestra performed in Seoul, Osaka, Singapore, Melbourne and at the Sydney Opera House.
Jaap, the HK Phil, a superb cast of soloists and a chorus successfully completed an epic four-year journey through Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” in January 2018. The concert performances and live Naxos recordings have been enthusiastically received by audiences and praised by critics at home and abroad. The recording of Götterdämmerung was released in November 2018.
Conductors and soloists who have recently performed with the orchestra include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Joshua Bell, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Matthias Goerne, Stephen Hough, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Ning Feng, Leonard Slatkin and Yuja Wang.
The HK Phil promotes the work of Hong Kong and Chinese composers through an active commissioning programme, and has released recordings on the Naxos label featuring Tan Dun and Bright Sheng, each conducting their own compositions. Its acclaimed education and community engagement programmes in schools, hospital and outdoor space, bring music into the hearts of tens of thousands of children and families every year.
The Swire Group has been the Principal Patron of the HK Phil since 2006. Through this sponsorship, which is the largest in the orchestra’s history, Swire endeavours to promote artistic excellence, foster access to classical music and stimulate cultural participation in Hong Kong, and to enhance Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the great cities in the world.
Thanks to a significant subsidy from the Hong Kong Government and long-term funding from Principal Patron Swire, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and other supporters, the HK Phil now boasts a full-time annual schedule of core classical repertoire and innovative popular programming, extensive education and community programmes, and collaborations with, among others, Opera Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong Ballet.
Originally called the Sino-British Orchestra, it was renamed the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 1957 and became fully professional in 1974. The HK Phil is a charitable organisation.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and is a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra