Hong Kong Arts Festival

Hong Kong Sinfonietta.Ethereal Is the Moon

Music Director/Conductor Yip Wing-sie
Huqin Wang Ying-chieh
Piano Colleen Lee (HKS Artist Associate 2010/2011)
Composer Chan Hing-yan (HKS Artist Associate)


Chan Hing-yan

Ethereal Is the Moon – for Huqin & Orchestra (Hong Kong première)


Piano Concerto in G


Symphony No 9 in E-flat, Op 70

Under the baton of Music Director Yip Wing-sie, Hong Kong Sinfonietta will be joined by distinguished Taiwanese huqin player Wang Ying-chieh in the Hong Kong première of Chan Hing-yan’s huqin concerto Ethereal Is the Moon at the 45th Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Lauded for their subtle incorporation of Chinese elements, Chan’s works have been heard around the world at festivals in Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Budapest, Singapore, Melbourne and Beijing. Also a huqin player himself, Chan will create a unique world of sound with this thousand-year-old Chinese instrument and a modern symphony orchestra.

No stranger to Hong Kong audiences, pianist Colleen Lee will play Ravel’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto in G major with the orchestra. A prize-winner at numerous international competitions including the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition, Lee has performed with such orchestras as BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Israel Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic and at festivals in Germany, Poland and New York to high acclaim.



Press release (ENG)

Press release (CHI)

Yip Wing-sie
(Music Director/Conductor)
©Yvonne Chan

Wang Ying-chieh (Huqin)
©HK Sinfonietta Ltd

Colleen Lee
(Piano/HKS Artist Associate 2010-2011)
©HK Sinfonietta Ltd

Chan Hing-yan
(Composer/HKS Artist Associate)

Wang Ying-chieh & Hong Kong Sinfonietta
©HK Sinfonietta Ltd

Colleen Lee & Hong Kong Sinfonietta
©HK Sinfonietta Ltd

Booking Details
Dates & Times:

12 March 2017 (Sunday)



HK City Hall Concert Hall

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$380, $260, $150

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A Programme of the 45th Hong Kong Arts Festival (2017)

Half-price tickets available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and CSSA recipients

10% discount for group booking of 4 or more adult tickets

Duration: Approximately 2 hours with a 15 min intermission
Language: Nil
Age Limit: 6 (Person below this age not admitted)
Programme Enquiries: 2836 3336 / info@hksinfonietta.org
Remarks: Hong Kong Sinfonietta reserves the right to change the programme and artists

The APPRECIATE concerts are, mainly, classical concerts featuring guest artists and conductors of world renown.  Apart from performing orchestral masterpieces, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly commissions new works and introduces to audiences works that are rarely heard in Hong Kong.

Music is good for everyone! The LEARN series takes audiences aged 0 to 88 into the world of classical music through specially designed concert series including Good Music for Babies, Good Music for Kids, Short-cut to Classical Music, Know Your Classical Music and HKS McDull Music Project.

In the light-hearted RELAX concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta shares with audiences great music ranging from orchestral favourites to music from movies and musicals.

The ENCOUNTER series offers unique opportunities for audiences to get close to the music and the performers through chamber music concerts, talks, often at unconventional venues or time. These include Good Music This Lunch, Good Music @ The Fringe, Beyond Good Music @ The Fringe, HKS ArtisTree Residency and UpClose Encounters.

Often referred to as “one of the world’s great small orchestras”, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has been invited to go on many TOURS in Europe, Asia, South and North Americas, sharing good music with audiences in over 30 cities.  In 2017/2018, the orchestra will make its début in Germany and perform at festivals in France, Portugal, as well as the Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland.

WHAT ELSE?  Apart from classical concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly appears in staged productions by Hong Kong Ballet, Opera Hong Kong and visiting arts groups such as The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This season, Hong Kong Sinfonietta will also host the 1st International Conducting Competition.

““The Hong Kong Sinfonietta continued to sparkle with its diverse and creative programming.””  South China Morning Post