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The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra was founded in 1977 as a professional traditional Chinese instrumental ensemble.Consisting of 88 musicians, the Orchestra has four sections: bowed-strings, plucked-strings, wind and percussion, which incorporate traditional and modernized Chinese instruments as well as suitable western instruments. Currently under the leadership of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Yan Huichang, the HKCO has a repertoire that includes both traditional folk music and contemporary full scale works. To date, the HKCO has commissioned over 1,500 original compositions and arrangements. They include works that delve into Chinese roots by way of existing folk songs or idioms, and more avant-garde works that combine Western and Chinese instruments in such forms as piano, organ, and cello concertos.