Artistic Director

‘Musicians are like trees. They are not a luxury but a necessity. They provide the oxygen, namely MUSIC, to maintain a creative soul and lively spirit. Trees need soil to grow  and do there job to benefit the earth. Likewise musicians rely on each of us on earth to provide the necessary soil and basic elements for them to carry out their job so that the entire human race may remain alive in spirit. My work and your support for the Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival are fulfilling this mission!’ 

-Jimmy Chiang
Artistic Director
Kapellmeister der Wiener Sängerknaben

Jimmy Chiang – Kapellmeister

Jimmy Chiang is the Kapellmeister of the famed Vienna Boys Choir since 2013, the first Hong Kong born conductor ever appointed to this position.  Being a choral, operatic and symphonic conductor, he tours intensively and performs at many prestigious concert halls and festivals around the world including The Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and FÀCYL in Spain.
His music career began in Hong Kong at the age of thirteen when he first appeared as a concert pianist. In 2007 he became the First Prize Winner of the prestigious International Competition of Young Conductors Lovro von Matačić. From 2007 to 2009 he held the post of Assistant Music Director of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle at Theater Lübeck. He then became Principal Conductor at Theater Freiburg where he directed numerous operatic productions between 2009 and 2011 including Le Grand Macabre, Tosca, Un ballo in Maschera and Orpheus in the Underworld. During the same period he was featured in a cover article for the opera magazine Orpheus. In 2016 he became the Artistic Director of the Hong Kong–Vienna Music Festival for which he is a co-founder of and debuting in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.8.
Jimmy Chiang was born into a musical family and began piano lessons when he was four. He also studied cello and composition. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Baylor University in the USA and a Master of Arts with distinction from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. His mentors include Seiji Ozawa, Leopold Hager, Erwin Ortner, Krassimira Jordan, Wolfgang Watzinger and Dr. Yip Wai-hong.  

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Meet the pianists of the upcoming "Beethoven from Day to Night" - Piano Sonata Marathon on 19 August 2017!

Today we introduce Mr Warren Lee
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music with the highest honours, Warren was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich. Warren’s artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms and in collaboration with international artists and leading orchestras in Asia.

As an educator off the stage, Warren is currently the Music Director of St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School; and co-currently a guest professor at the Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra Academy, the Hong Kong Representative of Royal Academy of Music, as well as an adjunct faculty and visiting artist in various institutions in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom. His solo album From Bach To Gershwin, released on Universal Music (Hong Kong) was lauded as “a success that Hong Kong can be proud of”; while his album Ebony and Ivory with clarinetist Andrew Simon on Naxos Music, also garnered favourable reviews worldwide. Releases in 2016 include Touches from East and West: Piano Music by Tan Dun and Bernstein as well as Schubert’s Sonatinas for Violin and Piano, both on Naxos Music.

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