pacific cello orchestra hong kong
competence dedication inspiration
Established in 2018, Pacific Cello Orchestra Hong Kong (PCO) is a summer music program for cellists of advanced levels under the age of 18, aiming to share the pure enjoyment of music and to provide them with the rare chance of a professional music-making experience. The repertoires that PCO perform include existing compositions written for cello ensemble, arrangements and new compositions commissioned by the HKICA written particularly for PCO.
In 2018, PCO made its début at the annual Hong Kong Airport Proms with critical acclaim; the grand concert received a full subscription. PCO 2019 was extended to a 14-day program. The young cellists collaborated with clarinetist Lau Wai for Weber's Concertino and premiered Cheung Pui Shan's new commission written for PCO among other repertoires. They performed at the historical site at Tai Kwun, the HKAPA, as well as Zhong Shan Cultural Centre in Guangdong. The performance of these young cellists inspired our audience with their extraordinary concentration and immense dedication to music and remarkable musicianship.
PCO 2020 was suspended due to the pandemic. PCO 2021 heard the premiere of Clarence Mak's new composition written for PCO, Ray Wang and Richard Bamping performed the beloved Vivaldi's double cello concerto with PCO. PCO 2021 was also invited to perform at the Asia Society of Hong Kong for 2 community concerts. Although facing unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic, PCO 2022 will take place in August! PCO 2022 will premiere Fung Lam's composition written for PCO; Bobby Cheng, principal oboe of I’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, will be playing the Mozart's concerto with PCO. One of the other repertoire highlights of the year is Tchaikovksy's Serenade.
If there was ever a purpose of playing music, it would be to play for the love of music.
Prof. Ray WANG