Lo Wai Leung

Guan Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Lo Wai Leung is a wind instrument virtuoso born and raised in Hong Kong. Besides the guan, he is also adept in playing other Chinese instruments like the suona and the dizi. He trained in the houguan and suona under houguan master Mr Chen Tianshou of the Guangdong Province Song and Dance Troupe.

Since joining the HKCO, Lo has been serving multiple functions in its concerts, from programme coordinator to conductor and soloist for wind instruments. He was programme coordinator, conductor and houguan solo in the concert ‘Heart for Home – Favourite Tunes in Cantonese Music’ in June 2018, on which occasion his riveting improvisatory performance of The Red ‘Shuang-Xing-Hen’ for dizi, guan and suona with a five-piece ensemble and orchestra won acclaim.  In May the same year, he was the Rehearsal Master of the concert ‘Happily the Water Flows – A Concert of Tong Leung-tak’s Huqin Music’. In 2017, Lo was the conductor of the concert ‘Quaint Tunes of South China’, and also performed houguan in Butterflies Flying in Pairs for five-piece combo (‘taut bow’). In 2016, he conducted the Hong Kong Junior Chinese Orchestra concert, ‘Musicmaking is Fun with JHKCO’. In 2015, he was programme coordinator, conductor and player of Chinese wind instruments in the concert ‘Music with City Lights by the Victoria Harbour II’.

Apart from performing, Lo is keenly interested in composing. His works include suona concertos An Adapted Guangdong Melody and Visit of an Old Friend on a Rainy Day, Happy New Year Overture for ensemble, Song of Sorrow for houguan solo, and The Red ‘Shuang-Xing-Hen’ for Chinese orchestra and five-piece combo.