Vision and Mission
To inspire through the finest music-making.
Awarded 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, SBS
The Swire Group – has been the HK Phil Principal Patron
7th Artistic 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 (HK Phil) is recognised as one of Asia’s foremost classical orchestras. Presenting more than 150 concerts over a 44-week season, the HK Phil attracts more than 200,000 music lovers annually. The HK Phil won the prestigious UK classical music magazine Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year Award – the first orchestra in Asia to receive this accolade.
Jaap van Zweden, SBS, one of today’s most sought-after conductors, has been the orchestra’s Music Director since the 2012/13 Season, a position he will hold until the end of the 2023/24 Season. Following his tenure as Music Director, he will hold the title of Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden has also been Music Director of the New York Philharmonic since the 2018/19 Season. Yu Long has been Principal Guest Conductor since the 2015/16 Season. Lio Kuokman, JP, was appointed Resident Conductor in December 2020.
Under the dynamic leadership of Jaap van Zweden, the HK Phil has attained new heights of artistic excellence, receiving international critical acclaim. The orchestra successfully completed a four-year journey through Wagner’s Ring Cycle, performing and recording one opera from the cycle annually from 2015 to 2018. The concert performances were enthusiastically received by audiences, and the live Naxos recordings were praised by critics, and garnered the Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award 2019. Recent recording projects with Jaap include Shostakovich’s Symphony nos. 5 and 9, and Mahler’s Symphony no. 10 (concert version ed. Mengelberg/Dopper) and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 10.
The HK Phil has toured extensively across Mainland China. With the support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices, the orchestra undertook a major tour in 2017 to Seoul, Osaka, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In the 2023/24 Season, the orchestra will embark on tours to Mainland China, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Belgium.
Conductors and soloists who have recently performed with the orchestra include Anja Bihlmaier, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Tarmo Peltokoski, Vasily Petrenko, Krzysztof Urbański, Ning Feng, Boris Giltburg, Leonidas Kavakos, Olivier Latry and Akiko Suwanai. In the coming season, world-renowned soloists including Joshua Bell, Rudolf Buchbinder, Seong-Jin Cho, Lang Lang and Yo-Yo Ma will perform with the HK Phil. The HK Phil promotes the work of Hong Kong and Chinese composers through an active commissioning programme, and it has released recordings on the Naxos label featuring Tan Dun and Bright Sheng, each conducting their own compositions.
The HK Phil runs diverse education and community programmes in schools, hospitals and outdoor spaces, bringing music into the hearts of tens of thousands of children and families every year. Founded in 2021, “The Orchestra Academy Hong Kong”, funded by “TrustTomorrow” of The Swire Group Charitable Trust and co-directed with The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, aims at enhancing professional training for graduates from HKAPA’s School of Music and facilitating their career development in the orchestral field.
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, stimulate cultural participation in Hong Kong, and enhance Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the great cities in the world.
Thanks to a significant subsidy from the Government of the HKSAR 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, amongst others, Hong Kong Ballet, Opera Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
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 registered 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