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Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

Established in 1978, the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra (HKYSO) is trained and managed by the Music Office. With members aged between 12 and 25, recruitment of the HKYSO is held through open audition in April every year.

 

Over the past four decades, many of its former members have pursued a career in music and become eminent performers or music educators. The Orchestra has worked with many international acclaimed conductors and soloists, such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Fou T’song, Georg Tintner, Sir David Willcocks, Tang Muhai, Kenneth Jean, Yeh Tsung, Yip Wing-sie, Timothy Landauer and Edward Grach. The Orchestra, at the invitation of UNICEF, jointly performed with the world-class pianist Lang Lang at a fundraising concert in 2010; and performed in the “Caritas Charity TV Show” with famed pianist Colleen Lee and a number of pop singers in 2013 and 2015.

 

The HKYSO has played the role of music ambassador of Hong Kong and completed successful concert tours to France, Israel, Cyprus, the UK, Australia, the USA, Singapore and various cities of China. The Orchestra went on a concert tour to Shanghai, China in 2010 to perform at the Hong Kong Week of Shanghai Expo and participated in the exchange programmes with Shanghai young musicians. In 2015, the Orchestra participated in the International Music Festival EURASIA in Yekaterinburg, Russia, attended training sessions at the Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire and jointly performed with the Ural Youth Symphonic Orchestra. In 2017, the Orchestra participated and performed in a series of concerts and cultural exchange activities in Daqing and Harbin, China. In 2019, the Orchestra participated in the 30th Australian International Music Festival held in Sydney, took home the Gold Award in the Instrumental Category and was named Command Ensemble by the adjudication panel, which enabled the Orchestra to perform at the Festival Closing Concert.

 

Conductor(s)/ Instructor(s): LEUNG Bo-kun James, Dr. KAM Ho-pang Joseph, LEE Sing-wan, TSANG Yin-yu and LEUNG Wing-kin
Manager: TSANG Yin-yu