1st Hong Kong International Conducting Competition

Jury Members Yip Wing-sie (Co-chair)
Christoph Poppen (Co-chair)
Jorma Panula
Chien Wen-pin
Gaetan Le Divelec
Gavin Reid
James Cuddeford
Lam Wing-tsan
Piano Colleen Lee (HKS Artist Associate 2010-2011)
Composer Chan Hing-yan (HKS Artist Associate 2016-2018)

The 1st Hong Kong International Conducting Competition has attracted 310 applications from 49 countries/regions.

1st Prizewinner: Gabor Kali (35), Hungary
2nd Prizewinner: Antoine Glatard (33), France
3rd Prizewinner: Dawid Runtz (25), Poland
Orchestra Prizewinner: Gabor Kali (35), Hungary
Audience Prizewinners: Dawid Runtz (25), Poland; Anton Torbeev (32), Russia

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Press release (ENG)

Press release (CHI)

4 winners with jury members

1st prize and orchestra prizewinner: Gabor Kali

2nd prizewinner: Antoine Glatard

3rd prize and audience prizewinner: Dawid Runtz

Jury watching the candidate

Competition in progress

Booking Details
Dates & Times:

10 January 2018 (Wednesday)

10am - 4:30pm

11 January 2018 (Thursday)

10am - 4:30pm

12 January 2018 (Friday)

10am - 5pm

14 January 2018 (Sunday)

1:30 - 6:30pm


HK City Hall Concert Hall

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Tickets available at URBTIX 
2111 5999 / www.URBTIX.hk



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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 orchestra charmed, cajoled and astounded.”  Bachtrack.com