“Their (Pro Arte’s) professional attitude towards performance, and passionate zeal for music are exemplary...” ConcertoNet.com

"a tour de force" Yonhap News Agency

A Wondrous Musical Journey for Serious Young Musicians

Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong is a registered charity that is committed to providing far-reaching orchestral training for young musicians. Pro Arte’s musicians have frequently been invited to perform at international music festivals such as the renowned Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, The Pacific Music Festival and Youtube Symphony Orchestra, and have also been accepted into professional orchestras across four continents as well as reputable music schools such as the Juilliard School and the Indiana University Jacob School of Music (USA).

Under the baton of Music Director Ho-man Choi, the musical ambitions of serious young musicians will be inspired. The emphasis on high quality productions of orchestral repertoires will enrich the musical experience of these young musicians to develop in them artistic excellence and creativity.
Tuition and Scholarships

To ensure that no deserving candidate is prevented from attending for financial reasons, all participants are enrolled on merit-based, full-tuition scholarships which are renewable at the end of the season upon successful re-audition.

The orchestra is grateful for the generous support of those individuals and businesses that have enabled us not only to perform in various concert halls in Hong Kong, but also, for example, to undertake our most memorable South China tour last season. With Music Director Maestro Ho-man Choi and its principal players as representatives, Pro Arte has appeared, for example, in the South China Morning Post, Ming Pao and Ta Kung Pao, as well as on RTHK Radio Four and Metro Finance Radio.
Artistic Profile and Character Building

In the 09/10 season, the orchestra performed the complete symphony of Mahler 4 with renowned Korean soprano In-hye Kim. The performance was received with tumultuous applause by the audience, and was highly praised when reviewed by the major Korean press Yonhap News Agency who acclaimed it "a tour de force". Pro Arte's musicians have collaborated with international artists such as SungSic Yang (Sony Classical recording violinist), Sung-Won Yang (exclusive Universal Music cellist), Paul Silverthorne and Lorenzo Iosco (Principal Viola and Principal Bass Clarinet of London Symphony Orchestra), Jeff Nelsen (long-time hornist of the world-renowned Canadian Brass), Edward Auer (the First American prize-winner of the prestigious International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw), Geoffrey Simon (the London- based conductor who has conducted, amongst others, the London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras) and the internationally-famous popular operatic quartet IL DIVO. Leading the way in support and promotion of contemporary music in 2008, the orchestra had the honor of hosting the third stop of the world premiere tour of Cala Tuent by Australian composer Barry Conyngham, alongside professional orchestras such as the Queensland Orchestra.

The orchestra's unique “character building program” is not simply training musicians, but musicians with a positive character, which is important for their personal development and success.

「他們(Pro Arte)對表演的專業態度及對音樂的熱誠是一個典範 ‥‥‥」 - ConcertoNet.com

「一項壯舉」 - 韓國聯合新聞社

Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong 是一個由優秀青少年樂手所組成的管弦樂團,樂團的成員常獲邀於國際性的音樂節中獻技,包括著名的鄧肯活音樂節、亞士本音樂節、太平洋音樂節及Youtube交響樂團等。Pro Arte 之樂手不少已成功受聘於職業樂團,遍佈世界四大洲,或入讀各地的音樂名校,包括美國印第安納大學音樂學院及茱莉亞學院等。作為一個政府註冊的慈善團體 (香港稅務局編號 : 91/9498),不論貧富,樂團所有被取錄的成員均獲全額的獎學金接受樂隊訓練。獎學金以團員每年的優異表現作為頒授的條件,團員必需在每一個樂季完結前重新考核。

在09/10樂季,樂團與韓國享負盛名的女高音金麟惠合作,演繹難度極高的《馬勒第四交響曲》,贏得全場觀眾的熱烈掌聲,是次音樂會更被韓國聯合新聞社形容為「一項壯舉」。樂團曾與多位國際級名家合作,包括大提琴家梁盛苑(環球唱片專屬藝術家)、倫敦交響樂團的首席中提琴保羅‧史維托恩及首席低音單簧管羅蘭索‧艾奧斯高、蜚聲國際的加拿大銅管五重奏的資深圓號演奏家謝菲.尼爾遜、世界聞名的華沙國際蕭邦鋼琴大賽首位美籍得獎者愛德華.奧爾(李雲迪得獎當年的評判之一)、曾指揮多個頂級樂團的駐倫敦指揮家杰弗里‧西蒙,及國際著名的男聲四重奏組合IL DIVO等。在○八年,樂團很榮幸能為著名澳洲作曲家康寧漢教授的新作 Cala Tuent 在香港作全球巡迴首演的第三站,擠身於其他國際級職業樂團之中,合作推介樂曲給各地的聽眾。

樂團的音樂總監蔡浩文先生及其首席樂手們曾多次代表 Pro Arte 接受報紙、電台及電視的訪問,包括《南華早報》、《明報》、《大公報》、香港電台第四台、新城財經台及無線電視翡翠台等。 Pro Arte 的經費主要來自個人及商業機構的支持。樂團衷心感謝各界人士及商業機構的鼎力支持,令樂團不單只有機會在本港演出,還於上一個樂季獲邀到南中國進行表演。 Pro Arte 著重品格培育的理念,不單訓練音樂人才,更培養樂手有正面積極的品格,為團員的個人發展奠下成功的基礎。



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Excerpt from Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole (movement I). Sarah Kapustin, violin; Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong, conducted by Ho-Man Choi