In Thursday’s (5/7) South China Morning Post, Vivienne Chow reports, “Veteran musician So Hui-leung, a former manager of late Canto-pop queen Anita Mui Yim-fong, has been appointed chief executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The 61-year-old Mr. So was selected out of 16 applicants—including those from Romania, Britain, Japan, India, the mainland, and Hong Kong—and will start work on July 6. He succeeds Timothy Calnin, who will be leaving the orchestra in early July. … A classically trained pianist who has been performing as a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. So was an economics and philosophy graduate at the University of Hong Kong. He was general manager of the orchestra for its first two professional seasons in 1974 and 1975, before joining the Hong Kong Arts Centre as business manager. … He said he was thrilled about his new position and was looking forward to working with the orchestra’s artistic director, Edo de Waart, and its management.”

Posted May 7, 2009