ENSEMBLES 2012

Hong Kong Youth Strings

Hong Kong Youth Strings

 

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.

 

 

 

Kaming Ng

Kaming Ng

Artistic leader and conductor

Ng Ka-Ming graduated from Hong Kong Conservatory of Music in 1983 where he studied Violin performance and pedagogy with Lin Kek-Han and Carl Pini. He studied conducting with Professor Huang Xiao-Tong at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and in London with the famous conductor, Klaus Tennstedt, in advanced conducting courses. Ng has performed many times in Israel, Cyprus, England, France, Australia. He has worked with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Guangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra…. etc.

Ng is Presently the Senior Music Officer of the String Scetion of the Music Office. Apart from being the programme leader of the string music sections, he is also the music director and conductor of the Music Office’s flagship orchestras. He led the concert tours of the Hong Kong Youth Strings to Malaysia and Singapore and Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra to Shanghai and Beijing for music exchanges. In October 2010, Ng led the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra to perform at the opening ceremony of Hong Kong Week of the World Expo held in Shanghai.

 

 

 

Simon Li

Simon Li

Artistic leader and conductor

Simon Li is currently the conductor of Hong Kong Youths Strings. He is an experienced conductor for the youth string orchestra and previously conducted the Hong Kong Youth Chamber Music Ensemble and New Territories Youth Strings.

Simon Li is now the Assistant Music Officer for string of the Music Office. He received several awards, Such as the winner in the Music Festival String Competition and Outstanding Teaching Award in The International Chinese Music and Arts Competition. Simon has been under the supervision of the renowned local musicians, included Mr. Yuen-wan CHAN, Mr. Shing-keung CHAN, Professor Jia-yang WANG, Mr. Tak-lun LI and Mr. Peng CAO.

Simon Li has numerous performances experiences. He appeared with different Orchestra such as Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, SAR Philharmonic Orchestra….etc.

 

 

 

Competition Program

 

Wolfgang Amadaus Mozart
(1756 - 1791)
  Divertimento f-major KV138
I. Allegro
Ng Wah-Hei (*1982)   Mirage
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)   Divertimento for Strings
I. Allegro non troppo
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)   Elegy, Op. 58
Bao Yuan-kai (*1944)   Jasmine

 

 

Additional Concerts Program

 

Wolfgang Amadaus Mozart (1756-1791)   Divertimento f-major KV 138
I: Allegro
II: Andante
III: Rondo
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)   Simple Symphony
III. Sentimental Sarabande
IV. Frolicsome Finale
Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)   Themes from 'The Moldau' (arr. by Robert S. Frost)
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)   Three Slavonic Dances (arr. by Merle J. Isaac)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)   Hungarian Dance No.6 (arr. Merle J. Isaac)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)   Elegy, Op. 58
Bao Yuan-kai (*1944)   Jasmine