Hong Kong pianist Professor Eleanor Wong’s cultural exchange tour supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London

Photo shows (from left) the Director of the London ETO, Mr Gilford Law; Professor Eleanor Wong; and the Director of Music of Tonbridge School, Mr Mark Forkgen, at the masterclass.

2nd March 2024 – (London) The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (London ETO), is proudly supporting the cultural exchange tour of Hong Kong pianist and distinguished educator Professor Eleanor Wong in the United Kingdom (UK). The tour includes a Masterclass at the Tonbridge School on 1st March and her participation as part of the esteemed jury in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (HIPCC) from 22nd February to 2nd March. An evening reception was held at the White Rock Theatre on 1st March to welcome over 30 guests before the finals of the HIPCC.

Mr. Gilford Law, Director-General of the London ETO, delivered welcome speeches at the Masterclass and the HIPCC reception, expressing great pleasure in facilitating Professor Wong’s cultural exchange program in the U.K. Mr. Law highlighted Professor Wong’s achievements as a testament to Hong Kong’s unique fusion of East-meets-West culture, positioning the city as an ideal nurturing ground for cultural talents. He also emphasised Hong Kong’s ambition to become an international cultural exchange centre, a vision supported by the National 14th Five-Year Plan.

Mr. Law further stated the government’s commitment to developing high-quality arts, cultural, and creative industries. To provide a comprehensive platform for showcasing top-notch performing arts productions and enhancing exchanges, the first Hong Kong Performing Arts Expo will be organized in October this year. This initiative aims to create business opportunities for these programs and nurture creative talents. Additionally, the 4th Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) Culture and Arts Festival will be held, featuring more than 100 arts and cultural activities across Hong Kong and various cities in the GBA. The festival is expected to attract around 5,000 artists and 140,000 visitors.

Professor Eleanor Wong, a distinguished faculty member at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, holds honorary and visiting professorships at prestigious institutions such as Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Shenzhen Arts School, and Wuhan Music Conservatory. As a Steinway Artist, she has received international acclaim, including winning the silver medal at the Viotti International Competition. Professor Wong’s 13-day cultural exchange tour in the UK will conclude on 5th March, marking another successful endeavour in promoting cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the U.K.