Ho-man Choi
Conductor/ Music Director

“Choi … ha[s] taken full charge of the orchestra. …lilting melodies came alive.” Herald Times

Cambridge-trained Ho-man Choi first gained recognition as he was appointed Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001. His assistance to the music director brought him opportunities to collaborate with leading artists such as Gil Shaham, as well as famous composer Bright Sheng in a recording project for Naxos, in which he was intensively involved, and was later recognised as a top-10 album by Gramophone Magazine. Known as an orchestra builder, Ho-man Choi is the founder and the Music Director of Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong, which under his leadership has entered the tenth season, with musicians whose professionalism highly acclaimed as “exemplary” by international critics on concertonet.com, and thus redefining orchestras in the community. His dedication to the development of young musicians has won him international affirmation and was once interviewed by the NHK of Japan. It was in this capacity, he conducted a number of highly successful full-house concerts sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong, featuring leading Korean artists such as violinist SungSic Yang (Sony Classical recording violinist) and cellist Sung-won Yang (exclusive Universal Music cellist), and was hailed a “tour de force” by major Korean press Yonhap News Agency. He has performed with distinguished artists such as the internationally renowned pianist Melvyn Tan, cellist Jian Wang, Canadian Brass’ Hornist Jeff Nelsen, violinist Corey Cerovsek, and has recorded with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on Warner Music Group, Worldstar Music and Eastasia Music, with concerts regularly broadcasted on television and viewed by millions of audience in Hong Kong and China.

Frequently in demand, Ho-man Choi has directed several orchestras and has conducted on three continents. Recent highlights included guest conducting Busan Philharmonic Orchestra in a full house concert in Korea. He has served as Artistic Director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic in the USA, and has appeared with orchestras in the USA (New York, Ann Arbor), the UK and Ireland (London, Cambridge, Dublin, Galway), France (Paris), Austria (Vienna), Germany (Ludwigshafen Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, Göettingen Symphony Orchestra), Korea (Busan Philharmonic), and China (Shenzhen, Macau).

Recipient of special mention award of the world-renowned Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, Ho-Man Choi is also the first Hong Kong conductor to receive the certificate award in Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition. He received his Master of Music in instrumental conducting from the Indiana University School of Music and a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge University. His teachers include protégées of Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Ferenc Fricsay and Pierre Monteux - Imre Palló, Thomas Baldner and David Effron and such guest conductors as Kurt Masur. Additional studies came under renowned pedagogue Gustav Meier. Winner of Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarships, Ho-man Choi in his early days has conducted the Clare College Orchestra, Cambridge. He was also then the rehearsal and cover conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s tour in Korea, followed by a historic whirlwind four-city European tour in England and France, and has already toured extensively to prestigious halls such as Theatre des Champs-Élysées and Barbican Hall.

In the USA, The Herald Times has applauded his performances as featuring "plenty of sweep, intensity" with a "luster of sound". "His direction is clear and timely, he conducts with confidence and a certain personal style", said Ta Kung Pao newspaper in Hong Kong, on Choi’s Asian première of the Timpani Concerto by William Kraft. Devoted to education, Ho-man Choi is also a faculty member at the Hong Kong Baptist University, teaching Instrumental and Choral Conducting, and has served as a member of jury in the Southeast Asia Band Festival. His students have been admitted to world renowned music schools and notably to the Instrumental Conducting program at Indiana University School of Music in successive years.

A sought-after speaker and educator for educational institutions and governmental cultural promotion events, Mr. Choi has hosted extensive music education programmes and outreach concerts that have reached more than 150,000 students. He has also been a radio presenter on RTHK Radio 4 and was the Artist-in-Residence of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the 10/11 season. In 2012, he was invited to perform in Le French May presented by the Consulate General of France.

指揮/ 音樂總監

「樂團完全由蔡氏掌握 …抑揚頓挫的旋律活現眼前。」 美國《先驅時報》

Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong 的音樂總監蔡浩文,是香港出生的指揮家,曾指揮多個樂團,樂縱遍及三大洲。他曾任香港管弦樂團駐團指揮,美國布林明頓交響樂團藝術總監,愛樂青年管弦樂團藝術總監,印第安納哥倫布愛樂團助理指揮。蔡氏曾與多位著名音樂家合作,包括鋼琴家陳萬榮大提琴家王健;流行曲歌星林子祥、杜麗莎、葉麗儀、林憶蓮、倫永亮等。蔡氏所指揮之一系列極受歡迎及賣座的音樂會,定期於本地兩大電視台播放,曾欣賞過之觀眾以百萬計。





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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