Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra
Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra is a highly organized orchestra aiming at promoting music among the general public especially the young generation in Hong Kong. In order to achieve its goal, the Orchestra has performed frequently in the Hong Kong City Hall, regional town halls and civic centres a few hundred times over the past 34 years. A number of internationally famous conductors and soloists have been invited to perform with it. By using the idioms of popular music and organizing concert talks, the Orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, and at the same time, brought about an awareness of the indigenous culture of the people.
Music Director / Presenter (in Cantonese): Dr. Yip Wai-hong
Dr. Yip Wai-hong is an eminent music educator. He served Hong Kong Baptist University as the Head of Music and Fine Arts Department for almost 30 years. He founded the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Yip’s Children’s Choir and Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra with the aim to nourish young talents in Hong Kong.
The honours and accolades bestowed upon Dr. Yip include Honorary Citizenships of Fort Worth, Dallas and Tucson; The Golden Key of Avon Lake, Florida; Colonel of the State of Kentucky, the United States; and Hong Kong Art Education of the Year in 1990. In 2003, he was awarded the Medal of Honour of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In 2006, he was conferred the Award of Honorary University Fellow of Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr. Yip was made the Fellows of Wells Cathedral School, the United Kingdom in 2008.
In 2011, Dr. Yip is awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) for his valuable contribution to children music education, as well as his dedication in promoting the development of choral and orchestral music.
Guest Conductor: Law Po-kwan
Law Po-kwan is a PhD candidate for Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in choral conducting at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she completed her Master in Music programme in orchestral conducting. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the Oberlin Conservatory, and a Master of Music in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Throughout her studies, she has received numerous scholarships and awards, including a full-tuition scholarship, a teaching assistantship and a graduate assistantship at the University of Illinois, the Conservatory Scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory and the Dean’s Talent Award at the Oberlin Conservatory. She was selected to participate in prestigious conducting workshops in the United States and Europe, and won commendation from such leading names as Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Carrington, Ann-Howard Jones, William Weinert, Edwardo Diazmunoz, Brian O`Connell and Dennis Keene when she attended their master classes. Her recent guest conducting engagements include the Illini String Orchestra, the University of Illinois Philharmonia, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra and the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra.
Piano Solo: Zhang Yue
Zhang Yue began learning the piano at the age of seven, and entered the Junior Middle School Section of Shenzhen Arts School in 2004 to study piano in Form One, where his teacher was Chen Guangquan. But he was coached by Dan Zhaoyi many times. In 2008, he received piano training from Gabriel Kwok, Head of Keyboard Studies of the School of Music at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has been studying piano under Kwok since he enrolled in the Academy in 2010.
Zhang performed the Yellow River Piano Concerto with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in 2008, and participated in the Beautiful Sunday concert series held at the Shenzhen Concert Hall in November that year. It was followed by a performance at the New Year Concert at the Shenzhen Grand Theatre in February 2009, and playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, 'Emperor', with the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra in May that year.
Zhang is a multiple winner in many competitions, including Third Place in the 2007 Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition – Beethoven Sonata Class; First Place in the Youth Class of the Shenzhen Arts School ‘Shenyi Cup’ Competition in 2008; Second Place in the 5th Guangdong Province ‘Qinxing Cup’ Piano Competition; and a Third Place at the first ever All China Youth Piano Competition organized by the Ministry of Culture, China. (There was no First Prize that year.) Zhang is a keen learner as well, having attended the 2008 and 2009 International Piano Master Class of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, as well as the piano summer camp held in Beijing in 2010. He has won the critical acclaim of such great names in music as Anton Kuerti, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman and Pierre Reach.