String Instruments

HK to host world music contest that uses Chinese, Western instruments

Hong Kong will host a world music composition competition with a difference next year - all entries, written for a chamber ensemble, must feature Western and Chinese instruments.

Monday, 20 August, 2012, 5:32am

Continuing tradition

The erhu dates back a thousand years and has become one of the most popular Chinese instruments. Sometimes called the Chinese violin or Chinese two-stringed fiddle, it is a very expressive instrument and is used for playing traditional and contemporary music.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Farewell to Edo - Visions Unveiled

Edo de Waart conducts soprano Chen Xiaoduo, qingyi and soprano II Meng Meng (left), erhu player Wang Nan, pipa player Li Jia, zheng player Chang Jing and the HK Philharmonic Orchestra performing Chen Qigang's Iris Devoilee and Wagner's Parsifal. Apr 6-7, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$160-HK$420 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 2030

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

The Goat Rodeo Sessions Yo-Yo Ma and soloists Sony

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Gabriel Gallardo

I have enjoyed singing since I was a child. Many of my weekends were spent singing with my dad, who played guitar and sang. His taste and opinion influenced me greatly.

24 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Graphic Airlines duo hope that their latest multimedia exhibition will be first class

Art and design duo Tat and Vee of Graphic Airlines made a smooth landing at Daydream Nation's Star Street area shop, with the opening of their latest multimedia exhibition on Saturday.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Blue notes

'The record companies didn't even know what the hell we were doing back then,' Stanley Clarke says as he looks back on the heyday of jazz-rock fusion in the early 1970s. 'But they were selling records, and people were coming out to see the shows. We were as loud as rock bands, but we brought all kinds of technique to it. It was a great time.'

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

The Great Wall Capriccio

Composer Liu Wenjin conducts liuqin player Zhang Xinhua, soprano Wang Yige (above), pipa player Zhang Ying, jinghu player Ngai Kwun-wa, erhu players Liu Yang and Lu Yunxia and the HK Chinese Orchestra in his works including The Great Wall Capriccio (excerpts), My Motherland, A Drinking Song and Jasmine. Today-tomorrow, 8pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$120-HK$260 Urbtix.

22 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Youth orchestra has to endure a few bugs on Korean leg of tour

More news on the Asian Youth Orchestra. The South Korean consul in Hong Kong may have personally raised HK$1 million so they could tour his country for the first time in years, but sadly he wasn't around to smooth over some of the bumps on the trip. The disorganised local presenter left behind some of the group's baggage at the airport after they arrived in Kwangju last Thursday.

26 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Cheng Yu

THE BREAD LINE My childhood was a mixture of sweet, sour and bitter experiences. I was barely five years old when I was sent from Beijing with my parents and sister to Gansu province during the Cultural Revolution. We all lived in one room with no electricity or heating and in the winter temperatures were as low as minus 20 degrees [Celsius].

16 Aug 2009 - 12:00am



The guitar is one of the oldest musical instruments we have. The word comes from Spanish - guitarra. But the Spanish took it from Arabic. The Arabs took it from Latin. The Romans took it from the Greeks, who called it kithara.

27 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Yo-Yo Ma & HKCO

HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall

Saturday, 6.30pm

6 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Field of drums formed with 2,008 musicians

When Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympics, it fielded 2,000 musicians for the opening ceremony. Beijing yesterday upped the ante by eight, and that was before the official ceremony started.

9 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

The maestro has his eye fixed - onthe way forward

Huang Mengla says it's patience rather than talent that takes him down the one-way street to become an established violinist.

'I don't think about it [my career]. I just keep moving forward and there's no turning back,' says Huang, who won the first prize at the prestigious Paganini International Violin Competition in 2002.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Larger than life

Combining nature and music with more than a dash of originality, Bill Close has created unique instruments such as the Earth Harp, Drum Cloud and Aquatar.

Close, 37, has been creating unusual instruments since he was 20, and has designed more than 100 to date. In 2000, he founded MASS Ensemble and is the band's artistic director.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am