Hong Kong New Music Ensemble
Founded in 2008, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME) is hailed as “one of Hong Kong’s most progressive groups of musicians” (CNN). Widely praised for its innovative programming, the Ensemble’s productions include concerts, educational outreach events, and interdisciplinary collaborations and research projects with artists from different artistic fields.
The HKNME currently consists of twelve core members and several ensemble associates who perform in versatile combinations in a variety of settings. Over the years, the HKNME has performed masterpieces of the contemporary repertoire as well as numerous premières by composers from Hong Kong and overseas, including many commissioned by the HKNME itself.
The HKNME has been featured in prominent showcases for the New Vision Arts Festival (2010, 2014, 2016), Tongyeong International Music Festival/ ISCM (Korea, 2016), Freespace Fest (2014), Le French May (2014, 2015), Macao Arts Festival (2016), Macao International Music Festival (2010), ECHOFLUXX Festival of New Media, Art and Music (Czech Republic, 2016), MaerzMusik (Germany, 2011), MONA FOMA (Australia, 2011) and Hong Kong Arts Festival (2014, 2015, 2017).
The Ensemble has collaborated with renowned organisations such as Zuni Icosahedron, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Alice Theatre Laboratory. The HKNME has also been invited to organise events in partnership with the Hong Kong Arts Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Spring Workshop, Asia Society Hong Kong Center and the Goethe Institute Hongkong. A regular collaborator with music departments of all tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, the HKNME has been Resident Company at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2013-2015).
The HKNME has been annually funded by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2012, and twice received project grants from the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the HKSAR Government to present The Modern Academy.
Highlights of the HKNME’s 2016-2017 season include:
The opera Matsukaze by Toshio Hosokawa & Sasha Waltz
Projects as ensemble-in-residence at The Modern Academy
Tours to Gwangju (Korea) and Prague (Czech Republic)
Release of Live in Prague CD for Ablaze Records (USA)
Co-commission and festival partnerships with Cycle Festival of Music and Art (Reykjavik) and MATA (New York)
Choreographer and Composer Lab (with CCDC Dance Centre)
Sounding Architecture, an instrument building research project (with HKU)