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Charles Kwong


Charles Kwong is a composer from Hong Kong whose creative output focuses on orchestral music, instrumental compositions for musicians across various musical cultures, site-specific music, and transdisciplinary works that depart from the paradigm of concert music. 

Hailed by Edward Gardner as “wonderful, having a beautiful, light, airy quality, lots of fantasy and a real underlying wistful beauty” and by Luzern Luzernerzeitung  as “enchanting the Concert Hall (KKL Luzern)”, Kwong’s music has been frequently featured in festivals and professional presentations across Europe and Asia. Commissioners in recent years include Ensemble recherche, Lucerne Festival, Takefu International Music Festival, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Tai Kwun Contemporary and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, among others. His works have also been performed by other renowned groups such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ensemble of Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Divertimento Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring.

Kwong is the Artist Associate of Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2020-2022. In 2020, he took artist residencies at the Zurich University of the Arts and at the Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio. He co-founded PROJECT21st in 2019 and has been its Artistic Director since then.

Kwong studied music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and King’s College London, and earned his doctorate in compositions in 2013 from The University of York, under the supervision of Thomas Simaku. Over the years, he also received important benefits for his artistic development through tutelages from Toshio Hosokawa, Francesco Filidei, Mauro Lanza, and Oscar Bianchi, among others. 

Last update in May 2023