Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

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The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (Chinese: 香港中樂團; abbreviated HKCO) is an orchestra of Chinese traditional instruments based in Hong Kong. It was established in 1977 and comprises 85 musicians. The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor is Yan Huichang.


The HKCO was founded in 1977 by the former urban council of the local Hong Kong Government. Between January 2000 and March 2001, it was funded and managed by the government's Leisure and Cultural Services, but became an independent body that is under the management of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Limited in April 2001.[1] Its repertoire includes traditional, contemporary, and popular pieces, and it has commissioned numerous works by local composers from Hong Kong as well as Chinese composers around the world.[2] In October 2002, the Orchestra was awarded for "The Most Outstanding Achievement in Advancing Contemporary Chinese Music" by the International Society of Contemporary Music.[1]

It achieved a number of world records as recorded by Guinness Book of Records.[3] In 2001, it recorded the largest number of people performing the erhu at the same time with a thousand players performing at a mass performance entitled Music from a Thousand Strings.[4] In 2003, in a drum festival, it features the biggest Peace Drum (Taiping gu) and Gong with 3,000 drummers from local organisations and school playing a drum piece, "The Earth Shall Move", and in 2005, it set another world record for having the largest number of people playing the dizi together in the Dizi and Xiao Festival 2005.[5]

Principal members[edit]

Artistic Director/Principal Conductor[edit]

  • Yan Huichang
  • Kuan Nai-chung (formerly)
  • Ng Tai-kong (formerly)

Resident Conductor[edit]

  • Chew Hee-chiat

Deputy Concertmaster and Section Leader (Percussion)[edit]

  • Yim Hok-man (Principal)
  • Luk Kin-bun (Associate Principal)
  • Wang Dong (Assistant Principal)
  • Ronald Chin (Assistant Principal)

Huqin Principal[edit]

  • Zhang Chongxue

Gaohu section[edit]

  • Hsin Hsiao-ling (Principal)
  • Wong On-yuen (formerly)

Erhu section[edit]

  • Hsin Hsiao-hung (Principal)

Zhonghu section[edit]

  • Liu Yang (Principal/Formerly)
  • Hui Yin (Assistant Principal)

Gehu section[edit]

  • Tung Hiu-lo (Principal)
  • Lo Chun-wo (Assistant Principal)

Bass Gehu section[edit]

  • Qi Hongwei (Acting Principal)
  • Chan Kung-ki (Formerly Principal)


  1. ^ a b "Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra". HKCO. Archived from the original on February 25, 2004. 
  2. ^ Frederick Lau (2007). Music in China. Oxford University Press. pp. 40–41. ISBN 978-0195301243. 
  3. ^ "About the HKCO". HKCO. 
  4. ^ "1,000 erhu players aim for spot in Guinness Book of Records". Harriyet Daily News. 2001-02-13. 
  5. ^ "Biggest peace drum to synergise Hong Kong". news.gov.hk. June 28, 2003. 

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Preceded by
Liza Wang
Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
Succeeded by
Adam Cheng