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Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra – A Troika Concert - Cello Concerto by Yip Wai-hong

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
$160, $140, $110
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
$140, $120, $100





Egmont Overture, Op.84


Appalachian Spring

Yip Wai-hong

Cello Concerto (2014 version)


About the Performer


Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra

Music Director/ Composer

Dr. Yip Wai-hong

Guest Conductor

Lio Kuokman

‘A startling conducting talent’ Philadelphia Inquirer


Chu Yi-bing

The first Chinese cellist to win in the Concours International d'Exécution Musicale



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 for more than 30 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/ Composer

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.  Recently he was awarded “2013 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award”.


In 2011, Dr. Yip was 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

Lio Kuokman

Praised by the American press as “a starting conducting talent”, Lio Kuokman is equally sought after as a conductor, piano soloist and chamber musician.  He has conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Virtuosi, Taipei Philharmonic and Macau Orchestra.


His appearances at music festivals include Beijing International Music Festival, Cabrillo New Music Festival, Great Mountain Music Festival or Korea, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Macau International Music Festival.  In opera, Lio has conducted Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, and for Musica Viva Hong Kong, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Fille du Regiment, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavalleria Rusticana Pagliacci.  As a chamber musician, he has performed with members of Les Arts Florissants in New York Lincoln Center and is a founding member and President of the Macau Chamber Music Association.


Lio has won numerous prizes and awards including First Prize at the First Toyama Piano Competition in Hong Kong and at the Sixth Mauro Paolo Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, the Theodore Presser Foundation Award for Young Conductors, the Marilyn Horne Foundation Award and Finalist in the first Chicago Symphony Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition.  He has received a Certificate of Commendation from the Hong Kong Secretary for Home Affairs and an Honorary Diploma form the government of Macau.



Chu Yi-bing

Chu Yi-bing is currently Professor and Head of the Research Institute of Cello Music of the Orchestral Instruments Department, the Central Conservatory of Music of China.  He is also a director of the Chinese Musicians’ Association and Vice Chairman of its Chamber Music Society, also Artistic Director of the Guangxi Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Artist of the China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra and Guest Soloist of the China National Orchestra.  In 1986 he was awarded in the Concours International d'Exécution Musicale, which made him the first Chinese cellist to win in a major international competition.   


Chu received his first training in cello at the age of  eight, taught by his father, Zhu Yong-ning, a famous cellist.  He released his first solo album at the age of 13, and entered the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris at the age of 17, where he trained under Maurice Gendron, and graduated with a summa cum laude.  After that, he was principal cellist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland for 15 years and at the same time, guest principal cellist of Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. He later studied conducting at the Basel Music Academy, and has since conducted many orchestras including the Munich Symphony, the Hallé, Düsseldorf Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Symphonisches Orchester Zürich and Prague Symphony.


In 2004, Chu returned to China.  On top of his teaching and concert performance (which includes solo, ensemble and conducting), he also participated in many social activities.  The Chu Yi-bing Cello Ensemble, which he founded, has performed for all over the cities of China.  It has also toured India, Holland, Germany and the United State.  The Ensemble has released two albums, Dream Way and Ave Maria, and a Wagner cycle for cello sextet in 2013 as a tribute to the composer’s bicentennial birthday.




Tickets available from 1 May at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card 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.


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 the interval or a suitable break in the programme.  The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

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