Chi Kwok Wai

Chin Kwok Wai

Currently Assistant Percussion Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Chin Kwok Wai joined the Orchestra in 1989. As a local renowned percussionist, he graduated from the School of Music of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 1995, he received the Lee Hysan Foundation Scholarship to further his studies in the United States. He was presented with the Award for Outstanding Young Artist by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and was one of the successful nominees in the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection organized by the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong in 2008.

A veteran performer in both Chinese and western percussion instruments, Chin has represented Hong Kong in various performance tours around the world. In 1996, he became the first Hong Kong percussionist to be invited by the Percussion Arts Society to give a solo performance at their annual International Convention (PASIC) in Nashville, Texas, and received unanimous acclaim. He was further invited to attend the World Percussion Festival in Boston, Massachusetts for academic exchange and performances. Since 2000, Chin’s name has been included in the Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century published by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge University. In 1998, he founded the Hong Kong Drum Ensemble to actively promote Chinese drum music and participate in community and charity events. He was appointed Honorary Artist-in-Residence of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (now ‘Hong Kong University of Education’) since 2010, and Resident Conductor of its Chinese Orchestra in 2014 - 2017.