Hong Kong Plucked String Chinese Orchestra
Director and Resident Conductor - Chan Man-Chong
總監及駐團指揮 - 陳敏莊
陳氏 自幼已習多種中國彈撥樂器，尤專琵琶一器，師承林石城大師。陳氏早在上世紀六十年代後期已活躍於香港中樂界，六、七十年代期間不斷為培訓本港青年樂手、組織及指揮多個青年中樂團而努力； 在樂團指揮技巧上曾受彭修文大師、陳佐湟博士、夏飛雲先生、嚴良先生訓練及指點。
Chan Man-chong began learning Chinese plucked string instruments since she was young, and specialized in learning the pipa under the famous pipa virtuoso, Lin Shicheng. She was an active figure on the local Chinese music scene in the 1960’s; between the 1960’s and 70’s, she spared no effort in grooming young musicians and organizing and conducting youth Chinese orchestras. She received coaching in conducting from Maestro Pen Xiuwen, Dr. Chen Zuohuang, Mr Xia Feiyun and Mr Yan Liangkun.
As a pipa artist with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra between 1974 and 1979, she represented the Orchestra on a solo tour of the U.K. in 1977. Later she also toured in the capacity as a soloist and visited the U.K., the Philippines, Germany and etc. She gave a highly successful premiere of Chan Wing-wah’s Concerto for Pipa and Percussion with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the Festival of Asian Arts 1982.
Chan worked as a Music Officer (Chinese Music) with the Music Office between 1979 and April 2004, when she retired, being responsible for Chinese instrumental music training and orchestral training. At the same time, Chan was (and still is) a pipa instructor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Apart from teaching, Chan also conducted several orchestras, including the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra, the Music Office Instructors’ Chinese Orchestra and many other amateur groups. In 1988, she was Assistant Conductor on the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra’s tour to Australia. In 1991, she led the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Music Ensemble to perform in Germany, serving as Concertmaster and performing as soloist. In 1998, she led the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra to participate in the East Asia Arts Festival held in Kagoshima, Japan, as Concertmaster and Principal Conductor. On that tour, the Orchestra visited many cities in Japan for cultural exchange.
Chan has contributed tremendously to Chinese instrumental music training as well as Chinese music education through her many official appointments: she was a committee member of the Association on Chinese Pipa Research (Group leader, Hong Kong Chapter) under the Chinese Musicians’ Association, and a member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music Fund Grants Vetting Panel between 1992 and 2004. She was often invited to give talks and host seminars at schools and tertiary institutions, and was the Coordinator and Editor of the Joint School Music Curriculum.