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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director: Jaap van Zweden
Principal Guest Conductor: Yu Long
To inspire through the finest music-making
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.
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.
Jaap van Zweden
Over the past decade, conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents. Currently Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, he is also Music Director of the New York Philharmonic - a post he has held since the 2018/19 season. Guest engagements this season include the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Maestro van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Young Steinway Artist Rachel Cheung has received top honours at numerous prestigious competitions worldwide, most recently in June 2017 she became the winner of the Audience Award and a finalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. She was also a prizewinner at the 16th Leeds, the 28th Alessandro Casagrande and the 67th Geneva international piano competitions.
Cheung has collaborated with renowned orchestras including the Halle Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the London Chamber Orchestra with Christopher Warren-Green, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with Nicholas McGegan and Leonard Slatkin, and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra with Gábor Takács-Nagy.
She also conducted and played concerto with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris at the Play-Direct Academy led by Stephen Kovacevich, where she was also awarded the Prix du Jury at the closing concert.
1. WAGNER | Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
2. RAVEL | Piano Concerto in G
3. CHAN Kai-young | Spiraling Dreamscape (World Premiere)
4. SHOSTAKOVICH | Symphony no. 9