Yim Hok Man

Yim Hok Man is a renowned percussionist with more than sixty years of performing experience. He is Associate Director of The HKCO Orchestral Academy. He was a percussionist with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra for twenty-two years before he joined the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in 1984. He is also Vice President of the Percussion Society under the auspices of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, a visiting professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the China Conservatory of Music and the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. He also teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Musicians trained by him can be found in various parts of the world. For more than half a century, Yim has made substantial contribution to percussion music in both China and Hong Kong. He has consummate knowledge in a comprehensive range of Chinese and Western percussion music, from performance to teaching, music composition, and research. His performing experience and repertoire, his efforts in carrying on traditions, assimilating cultures of the East and the West, as well as attention to development and innovation in percussive art demonstrate his artistic virtuosity and solid cultural insights. He has gone on touring performances to dozens of cities on four continents of the world, and has received unanimous acclaim from audiences, music critics, and the media alike. 

Yim’s solo album Master of Chinese Percussion – Yim Hok-man (1) is regarded as a quintessential representation of the art of percussion, and is released worldwide. It has become the benchmark for the testing of amplifiers and the functioning of sound equipment as adopted by audiophiles and audio manufacturers. It also won the recommendation of a U.S. audio magazine as an outstanding masterpiece by one of the world’s five greatest percussionists. 

On the celebration of the 60th National Day of the People’s Republic of China in 2009, Yim was honoured by the Guangzhou Daily as one of the “Top Artists from China since 1949”. In recognition of his distinguished contribution, he was presented with a Commendation Certificate by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2005. He was awarded ‘Artist of the Year’ by the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild in 1999.