- Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Infobox musical artist
Name = Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Img_size = 160
Background = classical_ensemble
Origin = flagicon|HKG
Genre = Classical
Years_active = 1957-"present"
URL = [http://www.hkpo.com www.hkpo.com]
Current_members = Artistic Director/Chief Conductor
Edo de Waart
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (zh-tp|t=香港管弦樂團|p=Xiānggǎng Guǎnxián Yuètuán), commonly abbreviated HKPO (港樂), is the largest
symphony orchestrain Hong Kong. First established in 1895 as an amateur orchestra named Sino-British Orchestra, it was renamed to Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 1957, and became a professional orchestra in 1974 under the funding of the Government.
The orchestra has promoted Hong Kong-based composers by commissioning and premiering numerous works of contemporary music, including the recent five-work cycle of Voices of Hong Kong, by John Chen,
David Gwilt, Daniel Law, Law Ping-leung and Richard Tsang.
In the autumn of 1995, the HKPO travelled to 9 cities in the
United Statesand Canadain its North American début. In 2003, the orchestra made its European début with performances in London's Barbican Hall, Belfast, Dublinand Paris( Théâtre des Champs-Élysées).
Edo de Waarthas been the orchestra's Artistic Director and Chief Conductor since the 2004/2005 season. Past Music Directors include internationally renowned conductors such as David Atherton, who is now the orchestra's conductor laureate.
Of its HK$95 million budget for the 2004/2005 season, about sixty percent came from the Hong Kong government. The remaining forty percent came from box office revenue, performance fees, sponsorship, advertising and donations.
The orchestra gives more than 140 performances annually to an audience of over 180,000 in various venues including the Concert Hall of the
Hong Kong Cultural Centreand the City Hall Concert Hall. In addition to classical performances, it occasionally appears backing local pop stars such as Hacken Lee, Jacky Cheung, Frances Yipand Teresa Carpio.
Other Hong Kong orchestras
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra
SAR Philharmonic Orchestra
* [http://www.hkpo.com Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra official website]
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