Rupert Woo Pak Tuen

Rupert Woo Pak Tuen

Rupert Woo Pak Tuen is 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. In Hong Kong, he is a part-time lecturer and conductor in the School of Music of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), and erhu instructor of the Chinese orchestra on the Academy’s Junior Music Programme. 

The two chamber groups of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music – the Yiran Chinese Chamber Orchestra and the Yuedong Nanxun Chinese Chamber Orchestra – which Rupert serves as instructor made it to the semi-finals and finals of the 2019 Chinese Instrumental Music Television Competition of the China Central Radio and Television. In January 2017, he represented the HKAPA at the course-end concert of the first All China Training Course for Conductors, where he conducted the China National Traditional Orchestra. In November the same year, he was the conductor of the joint Youth Chinese and Symphony Orchestras of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music on their tour to Beijing, Tianjin and other cities of Hebei Province. In the Second International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music held in 2014, Rupert won Second Prize as well as the Outstanding Young Conductor in Hong Kong Award and the Audience Award for the Most Popular Conductor. He 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. In recent years, he has given solo huqin recitals and talks on Chinese music culture at the invitation of the Cultural Presentations Section of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department as well as various tertiary institutions.    

Born in Hong Kong, Rupert started learning Chinese music in secondary school. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology before completing a Master’s degree programme in banhu and gaohu performance at the HKAPA, where his supervisors included Ngai Kwun Wa and Yu Qiwei. In 2012, he was awarded a double Master’s degree in Performance and in Conducting under the supervision of Yan Huichang. The latter award made him 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.