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The Fourth International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music

Date and Time
4/7/2020 (Sat) 7:30 pm (Final Competition Concert)
Venue
Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Ticket Fee
$250
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Ticket on Sales Date: 04/05/2020

Initiated by the HKCO in 2011, the International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music has nurtured many conducting talents over the years. For the 4th edition of the Competition, the HKCO will join The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in organizing the global event to further the objectives of promoting Chinese orchestral music, enhancing artistic exchange and bridging the geographical divide.


“This international competition is a groundbreaking move in the realm of large-scale, modern Chinese music performance in the last hundred years. It is a launch pad for young conducting talents as well as for Chinese orchestral music in the main. I am certain that this conducting competition will add magical charm to the genre of Chinese music, and be a milestone in its history.” 
- Zhao Jiping (Honorary Chairman of the Chinese Musicians’ Association)


“This conducting competition for Chinese music offered an exceptional learning and training opportunity for all contestants. From wielding the baton to communicating with the musicians of the Orchestra, to stepping onto the conductor’s podium and feeling the tension of having all eyes on one’s every single move, it has been a most valuable experience for aspiring conductors throughout. We look forward to organizing this kind of competition in the future so as to give young conducting talents of Chinese music the break they deserve.”  
- Yan Huichang (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for life, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)

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Eligibility

  • The Participant must be born on or after 1 January, 1975, and
  • The Participant must have experience in conducting an orchestra, or be currently studying Conducting as a major in a conservatory of music

How to apply:

Please send the following information by post to ‘Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Limited, 7/F, 345 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong’ before 31 October 2019, and mark on the envelope “The Fourth International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music”.

  • Entry form (downloadable from the web site of the Orchestra)
  • Copy of identity card (or copy of passport)
  • Copy of proof of academic qualification 
  • Curriculum vitae (please type on A4 paper) 
  • 3 photographs taken within the past 3 months (passport size, 2 inches)
  • One to two video clippings of conducting activities in DVD format.  (The recording(s) must be taken from conducting sessions of the Participant within the past 4 years, either with ensembles or orchestras, together with a clear copy of the score(s) of the work(s), as well as a PDF version) 
  • Video materials submitted will be used for judging purposes only and shall not be returned
  • Cost of transportation and accommodation shall be borne by the selected participants.

The Competition

First Round (A closed event)

The panel of judges will assess the participants on the basis of the video recordings submitted before 31 October 2019, and announce the list of participants selected before the end of January 2020.


Second Round (A closed event)

It will be held between 26-29 June 2020 in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The participants will conduct HKCO virtuosi and Department of Chinese Music of the HKAPA in playing two works selected for the Second Round Competition:


A) Cycles of Destiny   Raymond Mok

B) Competitors in this round will draw lots to determine which work he/she will conduct among the following two:

Moonlight over the Spring River Ancient Melody Arr. by Qin Pengzhang and Luo Zhongrongor

As the Moon Rises (Excerpts) Ancient Melody Arr. by Peng Xiuwen


Semi-final Competition (A closed event)

It will be held between 1-2 July 2020 at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The semi-final comprises two parts: sight-reading at rehearsal (to test the ability to correct mistakes and read scores quickly) and conducting a rehearsal with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.


Part A  Sight-reading and correcting mistakes: participants will be informed of the work chosen after entering the simi-finals


Part B  Works for conducting:  Ravel dans le jardin chinois (Excerpt)     Arr. by Hui Cheung-wai after his own composition (Work selected for competing for the Best Interpretation of a Work on Hong Kong prize)


Tone poem Song of Lishan (Excerpt) Rao Yuyan


Final Competition Concert (A concert open to the public)

It will be held on 4 July 2020 at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. Finalists will compete for the laurel by conducting the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in performing the following works:

Sacrifice–Torches–Potent Liquors (The third movement of Three Melodies of West Yunnan) Guo Wenjing


Big Tree (Version to be presented at Hong Kong Culture Week of the 21st China Shanghai International Arts Festival)   Ng Cheuk-yin


The first prize winner will conduct the HKCO at the Final Competition Concert the following piece: Tone poem Flowing Water (Excerpt) Chan Pui-fang


The Second Hong Kong Symposium for Conducting

5-7 July, 2020 (Details to be announced later)

Other terms and conditions:

  • The organizer will provide scores required in the competition and relevant information on the selected excerpt.
  • The results of the assessment shall be kept confidential. The judges shall have the right to interrupt contestants during a rehearsal and ask questions pertaining to the music.
  • The decisions of the judges shall be final, and such will be announced before the start of each stage of the competition. 
  • In case of breach of any rules of the competition, the organizer shall have the right to disqualify the contestant concerned immediately. 
  • The judges reserve the right for not awarding any prizes.
  • Contestants shall give unconditional consent to the organizer who shall have the full right to telecast, record (by video or audio) and take photographs of the competition. The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the details of the competition. 
  • For updated information, please visit the website of the Orchestra or make enquiries on (852) 3185 1600.

Awards

  • Champion: US$15,000 and a trophy
  • First Runner-up: US$12,000 and a trophy
  • Second Runner-up: US$10,000 and a trophy
  • Outstanding Young Conductor of Hong Kong
  • Best Interpretation of a Work on Hong Kong
  • Audience's Favourite (Voted by the audience on the spot)
  • Musicians' Choice (Voted by members' of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra) 
  • Media / Producers' Choice Award (To be voted by professionals of the relevant industries)

    This is part of the ICOL Programme for Exchange and Collaboration for Top Young Musicmakers under the auspices of the International Chinese Orchestra League (ICOL). Winners have the opportunity to be invited to collaborate with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Beijing Chinese Orchestra, Macao Chinese Orchestra, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra and the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra.

Panel of Judges
First Round:2019.12.10-11
Panel Chairman

Xia Feiyun (Professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

Chen Tscheng-hsiung (Former Director and Conductor of Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra)

(Names of Judges listed in order of number of Chinese character strokes)


Bian Zushan (Former Principal Conductor of the National Ballet of China, member of the Experts Committee of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society)
Chew Hee Chiat (Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)
Zhang Lie (National Class One Conductor of the China Broadcasts Arts Troupe, Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Professional Committee of Conductors)
Liu Sha (Resident Conductor of the China National Traditional Orchestra, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Chinese Orchestra)


Second Round:2020.6.26-29
Panel Chairman
Chen Tscheng-hsiung (Former Director and Conductor of Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra)

(Names of Judges listed in order of number of Chinese character strokes)


Bian Zushan (Former Principal Conductor of the National Ballet of China, member of the Experts Committee of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society)
Chew Hee Chiat (Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)
Lin Daye (Associate Professor in Conducting, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Music Director of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra)
Yeh Tsung (Music Director, Singapore Chinese Orchestra)
Liu Sha (Resident Conductor of the China National Traditional Orchestra (CNTO)
Prof Sharon Andrea Choa (Dean of the School of Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; Conductor)
Qu Chunquan (Principal Conductor, Taipei Chinese Orchestra)


Semi-final Competition:2020.7.1-2
Final Competition:2020.7.4

Panel Chairman

Chen Tscheng-hsiung (Former Director and Conductor of Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra)


(Names of Judges listed in order of number of Chinese character strokes)


Bian Zushan (Former Principal Conductor of the National Ballet of China, member of the Experts Committee of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society)
Chew Hee Chiat (Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)
Hui Cheung-wai (Board Member and Panel Head (Composition) of Hong Kong Music Institute, Resident Composer of the Hong Kong Harmonic Association)
Chen Xieyang (Honorary Music Director of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Suzhou Symphony Orchestra)
Yeh Tsung (Music Director, Singapore Chinese Orchestra)
Prof Sharon Andrea Choa (Dean of the School of Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; Conductor)


Observers:

(Names of Observers listed in order of number of Chinese character strokes)

Yu Qingxin (Current Editorial Member and Founding Editor-in-Chief of People’s Music)
Lee Chiu-Mei (Editor, Music Programming, Performing Arts Review (PAR))
Chow Fan-fu (Vice Chairman of the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong), seasoned music critic)
Qiao Jianzhong (Researcher, Centre of Music Research, China National Academy of Arts; supervisor of doctorate candidates; Distinguished Professor of the China Conservatory of Music and the Xi’an Conservatory of Music)
Chao Ching-Yu (Seasoned music media person in Taiwan)