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The Hong Kong Young Chinese Orchestra 

The Hong Kong Young Chinese Orchestra (HKYCO) was set up by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra with the purpose of promoting Chinese music and Chinese traditional culture. It is made up of members aged between 8 and 35, with a configuration and size close to those of a full-scale Chinese orchestra. Members are trained not only in musicianship and performing techniques but also in discipline and team spirit.
 
The members learn through stringent weekly practices, working closely with the other members and understanding the importance of playing music as part of an orchestra. Performances and exchanges in Hong Kong and overseas help them develop a much wider vision and accumulate performing experience. They also have the opportunity to glean from the professional performances of the virtuosi of the parent orchestra and receive guidance from its conductor and seasoned instructors to improve their performing skills and musicianship, thereby establishing a solid base to build their musical knowledge. The HKYCO’s incumbent conductor is Rupert Woo Pak Tuen, winner of the Outstanding Young Conductor of Hong Kong Award of the Second International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music (2014).


Rupert Woo Pak Tuen - Conductor


Rupert Woo is currently Assistant Conductor (Education and Outreach) of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Conductor of the Hong Kong Young Chinese Orchestra, a freelance Instructor in Conducting at the Department of Traditional Chinese Musical Instruments of Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Resident Conductor of the Conservatory’s Chinese orchestra, and instructor on its postgraduate programme, a part-time lecturer and Conductor in the School of Music of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), conductor and erhu instructor of the Chinese orchestra on the Academy’s Junior Music Programme, and Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Juvenile & Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra.


In 2014, Rupert was the First Runner-up in the Second International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music, and winner of the Outstanding Young Conductor of Hong Kong Award and the Audience Favourite award. So far, Rupert has guest-conducted the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Henan National Music Orchestra, the Academy Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Symphony Orchestra of HKAPA, Fanyin Chamber Orchestra of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble etc.


Born in Hong Kong, Rupert is the first Master in Conducting to come out of the HKAPA. He trained in conducting under Yan Huichang, and has also benefitted from the coaching of Xia Feiyun, Hu Bingxu, Qu Chunquan, Tsung Yeh, Zhang Guoyong and Zhang Lie.


Rupert Woo Pak Tuen