The Hong Kong Youth Strings (HKYS) was established in 1985 by the Music Office of Hong Kong. The orchestra provides advanced training for young string players in Hong Kong. At present, there are around seventy members who are selected through an open audition.
The HKYS frequently performs in local music festivals and concerts, such as Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows and Music Office Annual Gala. The HKYS has jointly performed with many renowned artists, such as Sze-hang WONG (violinist), Kumi Sugiyama (violinist), Tsang YEH (conductor) and Wing-sze YIP (conductor).
The HKYS has been actively engaged in international youth music exchange activities, including overseas tours and joint concerts with other youth orchestras, such as the music tours to California (USA) in 1989, Singapore and Malaysia in 1997 and Kagoshima (Japan) in 2004. Besides, the HKYS has also performed with Cincinnati Junior Strings in 1992, Shenzhen Music Lovers’ Chamber Orchestra in 1996, Lincoln Youth Orchestra in 1998, Beijing City 101 High School Orchestra in 2000, and Kagoshima Wind Ensemble at Kirishima International Concert Hall in 2004.
The HKYS rehearses regularly every week and is currently trained by Mr. Ka-ming NG, Mr. Simon Sai-hong LI and Miss Wing-ka LUI. Besides the regular training, members of the orchestra have had the honour to be supervised by eminent artists, such as Gary Karr, Peter Wilson, Tsung YEH, Kumi Sugiyama, members of Philadelphia Orchestra, Beaux Arts Trio and Nash Ensemble.