Hong Kong Sinfonietta announces Jacky Wong Cho-ki as Assistant Conductor

Hong Kong Sinfonietta is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacky Wong Cho-ki as Assistant Conductor in the 2014/2015 season.

“We are delighted to have Jacky joining us,” said Music Director Yip Wing-sie, “One of Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s mission is to nurture the next generation of artistic leaders and we are keen to provide a platform for local musicians and artists to grow and shine. Jacky is a young conductor with potential. I look forward to working closely with him.”

Jacky Wong Cho-ki graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University and received his master’s degrees in piano performance and conducting from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His conducting mentors included, in Sydney, Imre Palló, Kodály’s godson who himself has studied with Ferenc Fricsay and worked with Karajan and Karl Böhm, and Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak in the USA.

While in Australia, Jacky Wong was the Music Director of the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and has conducted the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastern Sydney Chamber Choir and Beecroft Orchestra. He has conducted the complete Beethoven piano concertos from keyboard in Sydney and served as assistant conductor to Maestro Palló in the production of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. In Hong Kong and China, Wong was the conductor of Hong Kong Grandmaster Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Kwai Tsing Orchestra, and has conducted the Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra in Yunnan.

As an active pianist, Wong has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in Hong Kong and Australia and he was the winner of the Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition and the ASKM Gold Coast Open Piano Competition. His repertoire includes the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, concertos by Mozart, Chopin and Rachmaninov, as well as the Yellow River Piano Concerto. He is also the regular accompanist for renowned flautist Jane Rutter, with whom he works frequently on national concert tours in Australia.

The position of Assistant Conductor of Hong Kong Sinfonietta is supported by Home Affairs Bureau’s “Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme for the Major Performing Arts Groups”. Under this scheme, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has also provided a training ground for an Associate Conductor, Assistant Conductor, orchestral associates and arts administrators.