CHARLES KWONG 

鄺展維

 

Born and raised in Hong Kong, composer Charles Kwong scores a diverse creative output ranging from orchestral music, chamber works for instruments across different musical cultures, site-specific compositions, to transdisciplinary collaborations which are not subjected to existing genres. Approaching music as experiential situations, Kwong’s works often explore beyond paradigms of concert hall music, and emphasise on the sensuality of time and space as revealed by the act of listening.  

 

Distinguished musicians that performed Kwong’s music include Ensemble recherche, Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME), Kreutzer String Quartet, Mario Caroli, Tadashi Tajima and Tosiya Suzuki, among others. In recent years, his music has been internationally featured in festivals such as Ultraschall Festival (Germany 2022), Takefu International Music Festival (Japan 2021 & 2018), Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival (South Korea 2021), One More Festival (Taiwan 2021, 2020),  Hong Kong Arts Festival (2021, 2017 & 2014), Ticino Musica (Switzerland 2018), Rondò a Bobbio (Italy 2018), IRCAM ManiFeste (France 2017), Festival International de Piano La Roque d'Anthéron (France 2017), Gezeitenkonzerte in Ostfriesland (Germany 2017), Marvão International Music Festival (Portugal 2017), Ciclo de Música Contemporánea de Oviedo (Spain 2017), soundSCAPE Festival (Italy 2016), and New Vision Arts Festival (Hong Kong 2016) among other presentations. 

 

Kwong is the curator and composer of HKNME’s flagship project Our Audible City (2018-2019), for which he created a series of site-specific compositions tailored for non-concert-hall spaces in Hong Kong, titled Atlas. His research in site-specificity of music subsequently led to the conception of Requiem (2020-2021, commissioned by Tai Kwun Contemporary) and Lifelike (2021, commissioned for Art Promotion Office "Hi! Flora Fauna" series at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens). 

 

Kwong is appointed Artist Associates of Hong Kong Sinfonietta in seasons 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. In 2021, he co-curated the concert "Spotted: Hong Kong'' with the Ensemble recherche, which was subsequently broadcast on Deutschlandfund Kultur with critical acclaim. In 2020 Kwong took artist residencies at the Zurich University of the Arts (under the City of Zurich Artist-in-Residence Programme for International Artists) and at the Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists' Studio. 

Kwong studied music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2004-2007) and King’s College London (2007-2008). In 2013, he earned his doctorate in compositions from The University of York under the supervision of Thomas Simaku as an R C Lee Scholar with full sponsorship from the Drs Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation. Over the years, he also received important benefits for his artistic development through tutelages from Toshio Hosokawa on multiple occasions and the masterclasses from Francesco Filidei, Mauro Lanza, and Oscar Bianchi, among other composers.

Currently based in Hong Kong, Kwong has also been actively involved in promoting contemporary music in the scene. Since 2015 he has been working with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for the orchestra’s research and programming in contemporary music.​ He is co-founder and artistic director of PROJECT21st, a platform for artistic productions and collaborations launched in 2019.

鄺展維是香港土生土長的作曲家,創作範疇包括管弦樂、為來自不同音樂文化的樂器所寫的室樂作品、場域特定音樂、以及不受既有藝術類型所規範的跨領域合作。鄺展維的創作方向把音樂視作一種體驗處境,常探討脫離音樂會範式的創作可能,強調聆聽中時間與空間所呈現的感官性。

 

曾演出鄺展維作品的著名音樂家包括德國Ensemble recherche、法國Ensemble intercontemporain、法國廣播愛樂樂團、香港小交響樂團、德國斯圖加特創聲獨唱團、意大利Divertimento樂團、澳洲Ensemble Offspring、意大利Ensemble Suono Giallo、香港創樂團、英國克萊采弦樂四重奏、長笛演奏家Mario Caroli、尺八大師田嶋直士及直笛演奏家鈴木俊哉等。鄺展維的作品近年在國際間曾於德國Ultraschall當代音樂節 (2022)、日本武生國際音樂節 (2021, 2018)、韓國大邱國際當代音樂節 (2021)、臺灣再一波藝術節 (2021, 2020)、香港藝術節 (2021, 2017, 2014)、瑞士提契諾音樂節 (2018)、意大利Rondò a Bobbio (2018)、法國巴黎音樂與聲學研究中心ManiFeste音樂節 (2017)、法國拉羅克‧昂迪榮國際鋼琴音樂節 (2017)、德國東弗里斯蘭「浪潮」音樂節 (2017)、葡萄牙馬爾旺國際音樂節 (2017)、西班牙奧維耶多夏季藝術節當代音樂系列 (2017)、意大利soundSCAPE音樂節 (2016)及香港新視野藝術節 (2016) 等之中獲演出。

 

2018-2019年鄺展維為香港創樂團的大型計劃《聽得見的城市》擔任策劃及作曲,當中為香港多個非音樂廳場域創作一系列的場域特定作品,名為《亞特拉斯》。他在場域特定音樂的研究及後引申出《安魂曲》(2020-21,大館當代美術館委約) 及《栩栩如生》(2021,由藝術推廣辦事處委約為於香港動植物公園的《邂逅!市中森》系列所創作)。

鄺展維於2020至2022樂季擔任香港小交響樂團之駐團藝術家,於2020年獲選參加於蘇黎世藝術大學為期四個月的蘇黎世市藝術家駐留計劃,及同年為期半年的大館藝術家工作室駐場計劃。於2021年鄺展維與Ensemble recherche共同策劃《Spotted: Hong Kong》,音樂會及後於德國廣播電台播放並獲好評。

鄺展維早年於香港中文大學及倫敦大學國王學院修讀音樂,及後獲利銘澤百年紀念獎學金全費資助,於英國約克大學在Thomas Simaku指導下鑽研作曲,並於2013年獲頒授博士學位。他近年獲得細川俊夫多次指導,並參加Francesco Filidei、Mauro Lanza及Oscar Bianch等作曲家之大師班,從中獲重要啟迪。

 

現於香港定居,鄺展維亦積極於本地推動當代音樂。他自2015年起為香港小交響樂團擔任當代音樂研究,亦是2019年創辦的藝術創作及協作平台—廿一檔之聯合創辦人兼藝術總監。