Leung Kin Fung
Leung Kin Fung was the awardee of the "Ten Outstanding Young Persons" in Hong Kong in 2002. Leung was the first Hong Kong musician to win the first prize at the "1992 Young Artist Competition" in New York while studying there on full scholarship at the Juilliard School as the winner of the "Irving Ruckens Award". He also had previously won a significant award for his virtuosity on the viola, the second prize at "The 19th William Primrose International Viola Competition" in 1991. Other awards included the "Mary Owen Borden Memorial Foundation Award" in 1990, the "Grand Prize of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival" and the "Hong Kong Commercial Radio Prize" in 1986. He was listed in the "Who's Who in the HKSAR" published by Sing Tao Publishing Ltd in 2004. He was commended for making outstanding achievements in the promotion of arts and culture, under the Secretary for Home Affairs' Commendation Scheme 2005, Hong Kong.
Leung enjoys a world-class reputation, as demonstrated by his frequent worldwide performances, as well as regular concerto performances with orchestras. Leung has represented Hong Kong in many international music events. Serving as a cultural ambassador, Leung was nominated to represent Taiwan to join the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra at the anniversary celebrations of the ascension of the King of Thailand from 1994 to 1996. Besides the invitations by the Taiwan Straits Foundation to tour Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou for cultural exchange and performances in 1996, he was invited to perform on a tour of a number of cities on the West Coast of the USA in 1997. In 1999, he was selected by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in the USA to present a recital at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as well as to perform the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto there with the Sino-America Music Foundation Symphony Orchestra. Leung has been invited each year beginning with the 2000 season to represent Hong Kong in the Super World Orchestra held in Tokyo, which is comprised of concertmasters and principals from the world's leading orchestras. Leung was invited as the guest concertmaster for the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in Germany, and the Macau Symphony Orchestra in Macau, 2006.
Since 1989, Leung has held many important posts, including the faculty of string at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York from 1989 to 1992, where he had served as its Director of Chamber Music in 1990. From 1993 to 1999, he acted as the Associate Concertmaster for the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and joined the faculty of the National University for the Arts and the Music Department of Fu Jen Catholic University. Since 2000, Leung has been the First Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also served on the faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In May 2005, Leung founded Hong Kong Pure Strings (HKPS), a string ensemble of top string musicians from all over the world where Leung serves as the Artistic Director. HKPS gave its successful premiere concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on June 13, 2005, plus other successful project and concerts, such as Musicarama 2005, HKPS & Berlin Philharmonic Musicians Joint Concert and HKPS & Hamburg Symphoniker Musicians Joint Concert. In 2011, Leung serves as the Artistic Director of the Macao Virtuosi.
HONG KONG ORCHESTRA
The Hong Kong Orchestra, directed by acclaimed musician Mr. LEUNG Kin-Fung, gathers some of Hong Kong’s best musicians, with the aim of bringing high quality performances to audiences. The orchestra performs in various formats, from Chamber music to Symphony orchestra, offering a plethora of musical varieties. Since its establishment in 2019, the Hong Kong Orchestra has been invited to perform with numerous international musicians and has maintained a high reputation on a global scale. With Leung’s leadership and the group’s continuous effort, the Hong Kong Orchestra is expected to be a representing orchestra that Hong Kong people are proud of.
HONG KONG YOUTH ORCHESTRA
The Hong Kong Youth Orchestra is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Orchestra. Founded by the Maestro Art School of Music, the Hong Kong Youth Orchestra aims to provide a quality platform for rising elites to learn, interact and perform.
Together we inspire excellence, present public concerts, and perform in major community events, led by acclaimed Hong Kong conductor Leung Kin-Fung, Hong Kong Youth Orchestra celebrates and recognizes young musicians who have nurtured their love of orchestral music, learned essential life skills, had formative experiences, and made lifelong friends. Hong Kong Youth Orchestra is a place to gain valuable practical skills, which transforms students into professionals.
The Hong Kong Youth Orchestra acts as a springboard for exceptional young musicians who want to develop a multi-faceted career in music. These musicians aim to democratize Classical music, bringing new interpretations and unconventional works to audiences.
Hong Kong Youth Orchestra emerged out of a desire to fill a vocational and training gap for young musicians who are at the cusp of their professional careers. Members of the ensemble will gain teaching skills, access professional development opportunities, and develop skills that will assist them in launching a career as a versatile artist of the 21st century.