Founded in 1995, the Hong Kong Festival Youth Wind Orchestra is one of the premier wind orchestras in Hong Kong. Since its establishment, this orchestra has performed an extensive repertoire of mainly modern works. It is composed of woodwind, brasswind and percussion young players, many of them are already professional performers and instrumental teachers. It aims to promote the work of contemporary composers and to encourage the development of young wind and percussion players in Hong Kong.
The orchestra has strongly benefited from the Festival Youth, with more exciting musical opportunities at local and international venues. This Festival, founded in 2003 by Carl Choi (Music Director) and John Koljonen (Conductor Laureate), aims to provide a forum for young musicians in which they can learn, share, and explore hard-won musical prowess, and foster creativity. By encouraging young, vibrant, talented students to cooperate with others, the Festival Youth nurtures the musical leaders of tomorrow.
The Hong Kong Festival Youth Wind Orchestra, comprising 40 young musicians, will appear at the Lisbon International Youth Music Festival on 21, 22 and 25 July.
The Hong Kong Festival Youth Wind Orchestra will give a special concert in Barcelona on 27 July to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
Entitled "Moonlight Dragon - When East Meets West", the concert at Casino L'Aliança del Poblenou will feature both Chinese and Spanish music, played by HKFWO with Duo Antwerp, a duo formed by Dani Bellovi, a Spanish bass clarinettist and Adilia Yip, a Hong Kong percussionist living in Belgium.