China Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster - Joe Kwok
Joe Kwok was graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2007 and he had studied at the Academy for 7 years. He studied under Professor Wong Wai Ming and Professor Leung Kin Fung in Hong Kong. Joe further polished his violin playing by studying with violinist Maestro Pierre Amoyal,
student of Jascha Heifetz, at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Later, he studied with Maestro Ilya Grubert (1st prize winner of Tchaikovsky violin competition and Paganini violin competition) for the Master Degree. Joe was a viola pupil of Pierre Henri Xuereb (Xuereb was a Professor at the Paris Conservatory).
Joe represented the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and joined the international concert "全國最美華人之星音樂會" with other countries' musicians where he performed with Lang Lang, the international renowned pianist. He also performed with the Macau Orchestra and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a part-time freelance tutti player at the Macao Orchestra from 2013.
As a soloist, Joe was invited to play as soloist in many cities in China. He performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Asian Chamber Orchestra . Also, he performed the Mozart Concertante with Professor Michael Ma, Head of String at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Joe received several invitations to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Joe is active in the pop-music sector. He had recorded numerous advertisement music, such as Rejoice. And he was invited to perform as musicians at huge events at the Hong Kong Coliseum, including the concerts of Jay Chou, Paula Tsui concert, Alan Tam, Joseph Koo etc. Joe also worked with many
renowned singers, such as Candy Lo, Eddie Ng, Liza Wang, Adam Cheng, Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung and Paul Wong etc. The famous music directors that Joe worked with included Chiu Tsang Hei and Alan Tsui.
Joe is enthusiastic in teaching. Many of his students are now graduates from the Baptist University and some has entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and studied the Bachelor Degree. He wanted to work out a platform to let his studies to perform with great artists. He aimed to promote music
education in Hong Kong and help students to reach a profesional career.
Joe is the initial Concertmaster of the China Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra is one of the leading Symphony Orchestra in Hong Kong and it composed mainly of Music Academy graduates and western musicians. He has organised different style of concerts.
Joe is playing on an Italian violin made in 1795 by Aglio, Mantua.