“Hong Kong Sinfonietta is worthy of standing among the ranks of European orchestras.” L’Eco di Bergamo
With Yip Wing-sie as Music Director, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has brought music closer to the community, and has achieved significant recognition locally and internationally for its passionate performances and innovative programming.
Since 1999, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has collaborated with an illustrious array of international musicians and groups, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Plácido Domingo, Augustin Dumay, Fou Ts’ong, Christopher Hogwood, Luciano Pavarotti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariinsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
The orchestra performs year-round with over 100 performances a season and has been the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong City Hall since 2009. The orchestra has also been a regular participant at all the major festivals in Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Le French May, Hong Kong International Film Festival and festivals presented by the Hong Kong Government. It also partners regularly with Hong Kong Ballet and Opera Hong Kong in their staged productions.
Nurturing Local Talents
Apart from standard orchestral repertoire, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, as an avid believer of keeping music alive and contemporary, commissions and performs new works every year and ventures into crossover concerts.
Launched in 2006, the HKS Artist Associate scheme provides a platform for intensive collaboration with local artists from different arts disciplines to expand the horizon of classical music.
Specially-designed Concerts for Audience Development
Hong Kong Sinfonietta has pioneered specially-designed concerts for different audiences. These new concepts on the Hong Kong concert stage have provided a new realm in audience development. Since 2010, Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s chamber music concerts have continued to break down barriers between music and audience as we perform at unconventional spaces.
Cultural Ambassador of Hong Kong
On tour, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has been invited to perform in North America in Canada and New York City; in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in South America; in Europe at the prestigious Festival International de Piano La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival de Musique Menton, Saint-Riquier Festival, Les Flâneries Musicales d’Été de Reims and Festival Les Nuits Romantiques in France, in Germany at Gezeitenkonzerte Ostfriesland, at Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland, in Switzerland at Tonhalle Zürich, Geneva Victoria Hall and Fribourg, Festival Pianistico Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico in Italy, in Portugal at the Marvão International Music Festival, and in Lithuania; in China at the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival and China Shanghai International Arts Festival (Expo 2010 Shanghai), in Beijing at the National Centre for the Performing Arts; in Japan at La Folle Journée in Tokyo and Niigata, Nagano and Kanazawa; in Korea at the Tongyeong International Music Festival and in Singapore at the Esplanade, and in Taiwan.
Classical Music for Everyone
The orchestra’s discography includes CDs of works by Chinese composers on HUGO, and three double-CD albums This is Classical Music on DECCA which have been awarded Platinum and Gold Records. Its newest album, The Passage Beyond in Concert by Leon Ko, was released on DECCA in July 2018