Lim Kek Tjiang, first music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducts the orchestra at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall in 1974, the year the ensemble became fully professional. Photo: SCMP

Milestones on HK Phil’s journey to 2019 Orchestra of the Year – playing with Itzhak Perlman, Swire Group’s patronage, Jaap van Zweden taking over the baton

  • Fully professional since 1974, the HK Phil recorded its first album in 1982; notable soloists in its early years included Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern
  • Music directors David Atherton and Edo de Waart helped develop the orchestra, before van Zweden took over in 2012 and led it to this year’s accolade
Topic |   Classical music

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Lim Kek Tjiang, first music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducts the orchestra at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall in 1974, the year the ensemble became fully professional. Photo: SCMP
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