HKNME EMERGING ARTISTS 2022-23 

Offering training and prospective career opportunities to young musicians with a specialist interest in contemporary music has been a key component of Hong Kong New Music Ensemble's strategic vision since its inception. 

Our HKNME Emerging Artists' roster includes:

- Karina Yau, percussion (2014 - 15)

- Stella Chan, sanxian (2015 - 16)

- Angus Lee, flute (2016 - 18)

- Linus Fung, clarinet (2019 - 20)

- Rebecca Tang, viola (2019 - )

- Shelley Ng, piano (2020 - )

- Edwin Wong, trumpet (2020 - )

About HKNME Emerging Artists 2022-23
 
Targeted at recently graduated musicians and young professionals, this scheme serves as a platform to provide professional level performance opportunities for local emerging musicians each year in the performance of modern music. The programme is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
 
For the current round, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble accepts applications for two Emerging Artist positions (project-based for 12 months):

1) Assistant Conductor 
2) French Horn / Trombone 

 

Duration of the internship: from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023

 

What to expect

 

This emerging artist scheme aims at providing training, performance opportunities and possible international exchange. The interns will be offered individual lessons with their mentors, regular public workshops and opportunities to take part in outreach initiatives by the Ensemble. Through participating in various performances with the HKNME, the emerging artists will perform in large-scale productions and occasionally alongside some internationally acclaimed artists and groups, as well as to interact and collaborate with living composers in Hong Kong and abroad. One of the long-term objectives of this programme is to train the potential interns to become a part of the HKNME core line-up, subject to feedback from the Ensemble and administration.

Bursaries for the following Emerging Artist positions will be as follows for a total of nine projects over the course of the HKNME’s 2022-23 season: 

1)    Assistant Conductor: $90,000 
2)    French horn / trombone: $72,000

Structure

The mentors and guests from other artistic fields will meet the interns every other month to provide training including but not limited to the following aspects:

 

  • Studies of contemporary chamber music repertoire

  • Studies of extended techniques for their specific instruments (if applicable)

  • Improvisation

  • “Musicians as curators” with a real-life occasion to curate a concert in an art gallery

  • Other major ensemble performances

Requirements for applicants

 

Each candidate must satisfy the following prerequisites:

  • A resident of Hong Kong;

  • A recent music graduate having completed related studies within the past three years in Hong Kong or abroad (final-year students are also considered);

  • Aspiring to pursue music at a professional level;

  • Possessing a good level of musicianship and technicality;

  • Interested in contemporary music repertoire.

Application

 

Application deadline: 5pm, 13 May 2022 (HKT)

There will be two stages in the assessment process - pre-screening as the first stage and live audition as the second stage.

 

Application materials for pre-screening:

For the position of Assistant Conductor:

  • 1-2 page CV with details on education and work experience;

  • Video recordings in the form of YouTube or Dropbox links containing conducting of two contrasting works or movements, each of maximum duration 15 minutes (ideally with at least one contemporary work);

  • Recordings submitted must have been completed within the past three years, with date of recording clearly marked in submission materials;

  • Videos must have a good view of the conductor;

  • Please clearly label the videos with the composer, work and movement.

For the position of French horn / trombone:

  • 1-2 page CV with details on education and work experience;

  • Video recordings of solos, excerpts or chamber music (YouTube or Dropbox links) containing playing of two contrasting works or movements, each with a maximum duration of 15 minutes (ideally with at least one contemporary work);

  • Recordings submitted must have been completed within the past three years, with date of recording clearly marked in submission materials;

  • Videos must be in a single take;

  • Please clearly label the videos with the composer, work and movement.

Application materials will be reviewed after the application deadline and pre-screening results will be announced in mid-May. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to a live* or online audition in mid or late May.

*live audition will only be arranged if COVID-related health regulations and restrictions allow. Otherwise, in-person audition will be replaced with online audition.

 

Applicants should send the above materials to info@hknme.org in an email with the subject “Application for HKNME Emerging Artists 2022-23”. Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted. Applicants not invited for the live audition may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

 

All personal data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only.

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The Artistic Internship Scheme is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.