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 chamber ensembles and solo performers. 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, Eastman BroadBand, 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 Takefu International Music Festival (Japan 2021 & 2018), Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival (South Korea 2021), One More Festival (Taiwan 2020), 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 (2021, 2017 & 2014), soundSCAPE Festival (Italy 2016), New Vision Arts Festival (Hong Kong 2016), and Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival (Indonesia 2014) 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), for which he created a series of site-specific compositions tailored for non-concert-hall spaces in Hong Kong, titled Atlas. Other recent site-specific works of Kwong include Requiem (2020-2021) commissioned by Tai Kwun Contemporary, and Lifelike (2021) commissioned for the Art Promotion Office's "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 is a curator of the concert "Spotted: Hong Kong" for the Ensemble recherche. He was selected in recent years for residencies including a 4-month residency at the Zurich University of the Arts under the City of Zurich Artist-in-Residence Programme for International Artists in 2020, and the residency at the Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists' Studio in 2020. 

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、美國Eastman BroadBand、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。近年其作品在國際間曾於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 (2020)、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 (2021, 2017, 2014)、意大利soundSCAPE音樂節 (2016)、香港新視野藝術節 (2016) 及印尼日惹當代音樂節 (2014) 等之中演出。2016年,其作品《樹猶如此》獲Ensemble intercontemporain音樂總監Matthias Pintscher挑選,在樂團的香港首演中演出。

 

創作中鄺展維也有突破音樂會範式的音樂作品,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,在計劃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》。近年其他場域特定作品包括大館當代美術館委約作品《安魂曲》(2020-21) 及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」所創作的《栩栩如生》(2021)。

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2021年與Ensemble recherche共同策劃Spotted: Hong Kong音樂會。近年獲選參加的藝術家駐留計劃包括2020年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。

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。