Richard Pontzious, co-founder of the Asian Youth Orchestra, at a practice session at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012. Tributes have been paid to the American, who died at the aged of 76. Photo: Jonathan Wong Richard Pontzious, co-founder of the Asian Youth Orchestra, at a practice session at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012. Tributes have been paid to the American, who died at the aged of 76. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Richard Pontzious, co-founder of the Asian Youth Orchestra, at a practice session at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012. Tributes have been paid to the American, who died at the aged of 76. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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Obituary | Asian Youth Orchestra co-founder Richard Pontzious, who has died aged 76, nurtured and inspired thousands of young musicians

  • Pontzious created the orchestra after witnessing the frustration of talented young musicians in Asia who lacked the opportunity to develop their careers
  • He secured major backers to help the Hong Kong-based orchestra, which takes young musicians on tour each summer, and received the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2016

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Richard Pontzious, co-founder of the Asian Youth Orchestra, at a practice session at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012. Tributes have been paid to the American, who died at the aged of 76. Photo: Jonathan Wong Richard Pontzious, co-founder of the Asian Youth Orchestra, at a practice session at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012. Tributes have been paid to the American, who died at the aged of 76. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Richard Pontzious, co-founder of the Asian Youth Orchestra, at a practice session at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012. Tributes have been paid to the American, who died at the aged of 76. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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