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© Charles Kwong 2013-2020

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CHARLES KWONG 

鄺展維

 

Born and raised in Hong Kong, composer Charles Kwong's creative output ranges from orchestral and choral music to works written for all types of chambers ensembles and solo performers. Distinguished musicians that performed Kwong’s music include Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Eastman BroadBand, Kreutzer String Quartet, Mario Caroli and Tosiya Suzuki, among others. In recent years, his music has been internationally featured in festivals such as Takefu International Music Festival (Japan 2018), 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), Hong Kong Arts Festival (2017), soundSCAPE Festival (Italy 2016), New Vision Arts Festival (Hong Kong 2016), among other presentations. In 2016, his work Lachrymae was selected by Matthias Pintscher and Ensemble intercontemporain as part of the programme for the ensemble's Hong Kong début.

 

In composing Kwong is also active in creating works beyond paradigms of concert hall music, extending his explorations in music as experiential situations. This has brought Kwong to site specific works, sound installations and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Kwong is the curator and composer of Our Audible City (2018-2019) - a project in collaboration with Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, soundpocket and visual artist Frank Tang supported by the “Arts: Transforming Hong Kong” Grant of The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation. For the project Kwong created a series of site-specific compositions tailored for non-concert-hall spaces in Hong Kong, titled Atlas. 

Kwong is appointed Artist Associates of Hong Kong Sinfonietta in season 2020-2021. Other professional highlights in 2020 include a 4-month residency for the City of Zurich Artist-in-Residence Programme for International Artists in association with Zurich University of the Arts, a portrait-concert in Taipei performed by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and being featured for the second time at the Takefu International Music Festival.

 

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 in multiple occasions and the masterclasses from Francesco Filidei, Mauro Lanza, and Oscar Bianchi, among other composers.

Currently living 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、合唱、以至為各種室樂組合及獨奏者而寫的音樂作品,曾演出其作品的著名音樂家包括法國現代樂集、法國廣播愛樂樂團、香港小交響樂團、斯圖加特創聲獨唱團、意大利Divertimento樂團、澳洲Ensemble Offspring、香港創樂團、美國Eastman BroadBand、英國克萊采弦樂四重奏、長笛演奏家Mario Caroli及直笛演奏家鈴木俊哉等,近年其作品在國際間曾於日本武生國際音樂節 (2018)、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)、香港藝術節 (2017)、意大利soundSCAPE音樂節 (2016)、香港新視野藝術節 (2016) 等之中演出。2016年,其作品《樹猶如此》獲法國現代樂集音樂總監平沙爾挑選,在樂團的香港首演中演出。

 

創作中鄺展維也有打破演奏廳範式的音樂作品,探討音樂作為一種體驗處境的創作方向,因此除場域特定音樂作品和聲音裝置,鄺展維亦曾與來自其他範籌的藝術家多次合作。2018-2019年鄺展維於《聽得見的城市》擔任策劃及作曲,計劃與香港創樂團、聲音掏腰包及視覺藝術家鄧啟耀合作,由何鴻毅家族基金之「藝術 ‧ 改寫香港」計劃資助,在此計劃中鄺展維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》。

鄺展維於2020至2021樂季擔任香港小交響樂團之駐團藝術家。2020年的其他動向包括為期四個月的蘇黎世藝術家駐留計劃、於台北由香港創樂團演出的作品專場音樂會、及第二次獲日本武生國際音樂節邀請作品參演。

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教導,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作當代音樂研究,並是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。