City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
“cultural pride of our city”
South China Morning Post
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) holds a unique position as one of Asia’s leading chamber orchestras. Founded by oboist Leanne Nicholls in 1999, CCOHK has performed with many of the world’s most distinguished artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Thomas Allen, Sir Neville Marriner, Michala Petri, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Alexander Rudin, Julian Lloyd Webber, Edgar Meyer, Branford Marsalis, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Richard Galliano. The orchestra has also collaborated with celebrities including Dame Edna Everage, Hayley Westenra, Richard Clayderman, Robin Gibb and Canto-pop stars Sandy Lam, Hacken Lee, Hins Cheung, Grasshopper and Jacky Cheung. Additional highlights include concerts with the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Warsaw Boys’ Choir, The American Boychoir, the Swedish Voices Chamber Choir, the King’s Singers and The Swingle Singers. CCOHK’s progressive programming has been internationally recognized with tour invitations to festivals in London, L’Aquila, Taipei, Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. Engagements in Hong Kong include Hong Kong Ballet, French May Arts Festival, RTHK’s Christmas Concerts in the Park, the World Harp Congress, The Hong Kong International Chromatic Harmonica Competition and The Hong Kong International Piano Competition. Cinema and anime concert performances include Howard Blake’s The Snowman & The Bear, the Harry Potter series, Pirates of the Caribbean, Final Fantasy, Pegasus Symphony and One Piece. CCOHK is also a keen supporter of contemporary music and has commissioned works by Mao Yuan, Samson Young, Joyce Tang, Dobrinka Tabakova and Richard Harvey. The orchestra’s CDs include world premiere recordings on the NAXOS, Orchid Classics and OUR Recordings labels with Michala Petri, Dame Evelyn Glennie and bandoneón/piano duo Binelli-Ferman. CCOHK’s passion for building young audiences for music has inspired the creation of several newly curated and award-winning productions. Credits include Magnificent Mozart, The Star Bach, Vivaldi Unmasked, The Bonn Man, Haydn & The Prince, Bug Symphony, winner of the Public Choice Award at the YAMawards in Portugal 2017 and WILD (The Musical), winner of the Public Choice Award at the YAMawards in Belgium 2022. Chief conductors include French conductor Jean Thorel (2008 to 2016) and Armenian conductor and piano virtuoso Vahan Mardirossian (since 2019).