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The Music World of Chuanyun Li and Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
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Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
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Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (6 Apr)


Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 46 (7 Apr)

5 Short Pieces:





Amazing Grace

O Sole Mio

The End of the World

Aria: Che farò senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Spindrift (winning work of 1st Lin Yao Ji International Competition for Composition in 2012)


Come visit the music world of Chuanyun Li! With Dr. Yip Wai-hong as guide, you will find out more about this musical genius - not only his views on music, but also things you'd be interested to know as a person, and much, much more! Each concert would show you a different aspect of Chuanyun Li, so don't miss out!

About the Performer

Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra

Music Director and Conductor: Dr. Yip Wai-hong

Honorary Guest Conductor: Prof. Gabriel Leung (6 Apr only)

Assistant Conductor: Dr. Law Po-kwan

Violin Soloist: Chuanyun Li

Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Yip Wai-hong established the Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra (HKCSO) in 1996. It recruits members aged 7 to 18 through highly competitive open auditions and rewards them an opportunity to study under Yip Wing-sie. Through the years, HKCSO has presented prestigious soloists and international competition winners such as Lu Wei, Yang Tianwa, Yang Xiaoyu, Shun Wenyu, Zhang Haochen, Tang Yun, Wong Wai-yin, Mengla Huang and Angela Cheng. In recent years, HKCSO members have the fortune of learning from iconic violinists Xue Wei and Charles Castleman as the two masters guest-performed violin concertos with HKCSO. Most of the HKCSO violinists hold professional performance diplomas such as LRSM, Dip. ABRSM, FTCL, LTCL and ATCL.

HKCSO has been mesmerizing audiences all over the world since 2001 through concert tours and exchange programmes. In the summer of 2012, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office presented HKCSO in a concert tour of seven concerts in Australia and New Zealand celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Hong Kong handover. Members of the HKCSO participated in master classes given by the Sydney Symphony. Over in New Zealand, the last two performances of HKCSO presented in Auckland and in Wellington at the Parliament House respectively were attended by the Mayor and congressmen. They endorsed HKCSO with appreciation and praises.


Chuanyun Li

Violin Soloist

Hailed by the Daily Camera as “a massive talent with astonishing dynamic and expressive range,” Chuanyun Li is one of the foremost violinists of his generation from China and internationally. Under the sponsorship of Kinchung Choi, Li studied with Professor Yaoji Lin from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing for 10 years before studying at the Juilliard School of Music with full scholarship under Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman. He has won numerous prizes, including the First Prize in the 5th Wieniawski International Youth Violin Competition at the age of 11 and the Nakamichi Violin Concerto Competition in Aspen at the age of 18. He also received Award for Best Artist 2007/08 (Music) at The Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2008.

Li tours frequently and extensively in Asia, West Europe, North America and Australia appearing as soloist in performances with famous orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Detroit Symphony under Neeme Jarvi, the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Edo de Waart, Singapore Symphony under Lan Shui as well as all the major orchestras and leading conductors from China, among others. In 2003, at a 5-day notice, Li replaced Maxim Vengerov to perform Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Earlier that year, he braved the threat of severe acute respiratory syndrome and returned to Hong Kong from the United States to perform with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under Yip Wing-sie in place of an international soloist who could not come.

Li has recorded 12 CDs and DVDs to his credit, including CDs of complete Paganini's 24 Caprices at the age of 14 and 27, Prophetic Bird, Salut d’Amour and The Soul of Violin with pianist Robert Koenig etc, and DVDs of La Ronde des Lutins, Stradivari Campaign and The King of the Violin etc. His recorded works have earned him a Chinese Golden Disc Award (Performance) in 2008 and a Top 10 Hi-Fi Albums of the Year in 2012.


Dr. Yip Wai-hong

Music Director and Conductor

A dedicated educationist, academic and researcher, Dr. Yip Wai-hong was on the faculty of the Hong Kong Baptist University for almost 30 years, beginning in 1963.  He founded the Music and Fine Arts Department in 1973, was its Head for 20 years, became Dean of the Faculty of Arts for four years and served on the University Council between 1993 and 1999. As a composer, his oeuvre covers symphony, concerto, instrumental music, oratorio, choral music and arrangements of Chinese folk songs. His four-movement Symphony in “E” was premiered in 1990 to critical acclaim. Dr. Yip founded the Hong Kong Children’s Choir in 1969, helped to organize other children’s choirs in Hong Kong; founded the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra in 1976, and has been its Music Director and conductor ever since; founded Yip’s Children’s Choir in 1983; founded the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra in 1996.

The honours and accolades bestowed upon Dr. Yip during his illustrious career include Honorary Citizenship of Fort Worth, Dallas and Tuscon; The Golden Key of Avon Lake, Florida; Colonel of the State of Kentucky, United States; and Hong Kong Art Educator of the Year in 1990. In 2003, he was presented the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong Special Administration Region. He was conferred an Honorary Fellowship by the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2006, and a Fellowship by the Wells Cathedral Education Trust of England in 2008. On 1 July 2011, Dr. Yip is awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) for his outstanding service over a long period of time in Hong Kong.


Prof. Gabriel Leung

Honorary Guest Conductor

As a boy soprano, pianist, percussionist and conductor, Prof. Gabriel Leung’s concert appearances have taken him to most of the major music centres in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America, as well as locally and on the mainland. During the 1990s, Leung served as Chief Conductor and Director of Yip’s Children’s Choir (Canada). He was the founding conductor of the Canadian Music Competitions Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Leung had been elected Co-President and Artistic Director of Canadian Music Competitions (Toronto) and to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation.

Since his return to Hong Kong, Leung has been in constant demand as a choral clinician and orchestral conductor. Regular performance partners have included Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra and Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. He has also made recent guest appearances with Hong Kong Oratorio Society and Good Hope Singers. He previously served on the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and is a current board member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Leung is currently the Professor and Head of Community Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.


Dr. Law Po-kwan

Assistant Conductor

A pianist and conductor born in Hong Kong, Dr. Law Po-kwan received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she was the recipient of the Schuetz H. Warren Memorial Scholarship for conducting and teaching excellence. She holds a Bachelor degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, and Master degrees in orchestral conducting, choral conducting, and piano performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the Oberlin Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music respectively. Her piano and conducting mentors include Chester Alwes, Fred Stoltzfus, Hugh Floyd, Donald Schleicher, Dr. Yip Wai-hong, Monique Duphil and Mack McCray. She has been invited to participate in the Masterclasses of conducting in the United States and Europe, where she was inspired by artists like Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Carrington, Ann-Howard Jones, William Weinert, Edwardo Diazmunoz, Brian O'Connell, Bronislawa Falinska and Dennis Keene.

Law has been sought after as a guest conductor, adjudicator, Baroque continuo keyboardist and choral clinician. Her guest conducting engagements included Illini String Orchestra, University of Illinois Philharmonia, Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, Macao Conservatory Orchestra and Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. She has taught undergraduate conducting classes at University of Illinois, and is currently teaching at the Hong Kong Baptist University.



Tickets available from 6 March onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

Programme Length

Running time of each performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009            

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.


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