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Asian Youth Orchestra

Asian Youth Orchestra builds harmony across East China Sea

Our timing could not have been worse.

Tuesday, 2 October, 2012, 2:49am

So many strings to his bow

The 3rd Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival (ICMF) will ring in the New Year as the city's first major classical music event of 2012.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Asian Youth Orchestra

James Judd (left) conducts violinist Stefan Jackiw and the orchestra performing works by Dvorak, Sibelius and Rachmaninoff, Aug 20. Richard Pontzious conducts Jackiw and the orchestra performing works by Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Sarasate and Tchaikovsky, Aug 21. Both concerts: 8pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$75-HK$340 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2866 1623

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

'Miracle' of sound and vision

British conductor James Judd will return to the Hong Kong podium next week to conduct the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) for the third time. It's an experience he still relishes.

'It's one of the most important and enjoyable parts of my life,' Judd says. 'It's really unique, what goes on with this orchestra.'

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland players on the up

The Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) gave its first concerts in 1990 and, although conductors, players and repertoire change over the years, one constant is the annual auditioning tour undertaken by the orchestra's founder, Richard Pontzious, now its artistic director and conductor.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Blueprint for building success

Keith Griffiths is chairman of the global board of Aedas, the world's second-largest architectural firm, and also chairs the company's Middle East and Asia business. He studied architecture at St John's College, Cambridge University in Britain, and has spent more than 25 years of his professional career in Hong Kong.

30 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Castle defender

Keith Griffiths is a busy man. The chairman of architectural firm Aedas has just returned from Wales, where he is restoring a 900-year-old castle as a personal project, and is overseeing the company's work on the West Kowloon train terminal, Cathay Pacific's new cargo terminal and the new extension to Hong Kong International Airport.

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

While Hong Kong Singers look for next Oliver, Asian Youth Orchestra want new Yip Wing-sie

Can you convincingly say, 'Please sir, I want some more.' If so, the Hong Kong Singers might want to hear from you. The local theatre group is looking for actors for their new production of Oliver! It is a fresh take on the musical by producer - and long-time Andrew Lloyd Webber backer - Cameron Mackintosh and is directed by RTHK radio host Phil Whelan.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am



Young talent

The multinational Asian Youth Orchestra performs a selection of classic pieces.

When: August 6-7, 8pm

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Tickets: HK$37.50-HK$170 (HK$75-HK340 for adults) from Urbtix on 2734 9009



3 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

City Seen

It's time to think about your New Year's Eve plans (OK, OK, we know it was last night, so indulge us today). If another overpriced countdown dinner at a hotel or fancy restaurant sounds really boring, then read on and check out what various local personalities consider their most memorable way to bring in a new year.

Richard Pontzious

1 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Asian Youth Orchestra

Richard Pontzious conducts the orchestra in works by Dukas, Mussorgsky/Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov (today); and Okko Kamu conducts works by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky (with cellist Soo Bae, left) and Brahms (tomorrow). 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$75-HK$340 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2866 1623

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

All tuned up for grand Asia tour

After weeks of intensive preparation, the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is ready for its big outing: a marathon 24-day concert tour of 10 Asian countries, including the mainland and Japan.

The AYO's 103 young musicians consider the tour both a challenge and an honour, and they feel they have earned their place in the orchestra.

6 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Take a bow

Name: Ichimura Ayako Occupation: Violinist

Young Post: How did you become a violinist?

Ayako: I have loved playing violin since I was a child. In 1992, I came to Hong Kong to join the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) which is made up of talented young musicians from Asia.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

First Person

The government should do more to embrace and encourage the arts in Hong Kong and to promote the city as an arts hub, argues Richard Pontzious, 63, founder and director of the Asian Youth Orchestra, which will shortly begin its 17th summer tour.

26 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Anniversary office misses its cue with youth orchestra

It's a good thing conductor Richard Pontzious has a sense of humour; otherwise he might take offence at the heavy-handed bureaucracy co-ordinating the city's 10th anniversary celebrations.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am