|Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra|
Born in Hong Kong in 1979, Fung Lam studied composition with Martin Butler, Michael Finnissy and Michael Zev Gordon at the Universities of Southampton and Sussex. His new work, Quintessence, was commissioned for the orchestra's 40th anniversary celebrations in 2014 and is part of their active commissioning programme designed to showcase Chinese talent. Violinist Ning Feng studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and the concert at the Cadogan Hall represents his professional London debut.
Jaap van Zweden's background is as a violinist as well as conductor, and he was concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for many years. He was appointed music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012 and prior to that was music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Future highlights from the Hong Kong orchestra include the operas from Wagner's Ring Cycle in concert performances over four years, which will represent the first time an orchestra from Hong Kong or mainland China has played this work.