This week, newly signed Askonas Holt conductor Huang Yi makes his debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate “National Day”, which marks the founding of the Peoples Republic of China on 1 October 1949 and is celebrated throughout Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. The programme will include a Hong Kong Philharmonic new commission, Metamorphosis, written by Austin Yip and featuring China’s most popular violin concerto, Butterfly lovers, with violist Wang Zhijong.
Born in Beijing, 31-year-old Huang has established himself as one of the brightest young conductors in China. In 2015 he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2016 took up the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Kunming Nie’er Symphony Orchestra. Huang studied at both China’s Central Conservatory of Music and at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, and is now a conducting faculty member of both institutions. In 2009 he was assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa and in 2013 assisted Christian Thielemann in a co-production between the Beijing Music Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival of Wagner’s Parsifal. A regular guest conductor with all the major Chinese orchestras including Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen, Huang conducted the world premiere of Andy Akiho’s Ricochet Ping Pong Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at the 2015 Shanghai MISA Festival.
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