To make classical music modern, relevant and accessible to the community.
Gustav Mahler Orchestra (GMO)
GMO, founded by award-winning young conductor Wilson Ng in 2014, aims to serve as nurturing platform for local musical talent to evolve and develop, making classical music modern and accessible to the community, and connecting music with people through innovative programming and educational concerts. Gustav Mahler Orchestra Limited is a non profit-making organisation and a registered charity.
Over the years, GMO has become more mature in development and caught the attention from Hong Kong media and in the music scene. GMO pioneered a new performance concept, “Musicians without Borders”, placing its musicians among the audience, an innovation which received critical acclaim following its premiere.
In June 2017, the orchestra presented a concert titled: “A Titan Adventure with Wilson Ng & GMO”. The performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Titan conducted by NG was recorded on CD and released. It also gained compliments from renowned music critics Leo Ou-fan who commented “…with Wilson Ng’s emphatic yet graceful conducting gestures, he led a spirited performance of this work and stretched the capacity of the orchestra into its fullest”.
In August 2017, GMO was featured in the Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival, sharing a stage with the Vienna Boys’ Choir. In September 2017, GMO made its international debut under the baton of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Wilson Ng at the Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea, including the closing ceremony with the Gangneung Philharmonic Orchestra. In February 2018, GMO performed with famous violinist Vadim Repin and star ballerina Svetlana Zakharova at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. In May 2018, GMO was invited to perform at the Awards Presentation Ceremony held by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In June 2018, with star violinist Joshua Bell, GMO organised “Joshua Bell leads GMO | A Rehearsal-Workshop by Superstar Violinist.” In May 2019, GMO has invited the renowned violinist Hu Nai-Yuan as the leader of the orchestra, to present “A Conductor-less Concert” at the Hong Kong City Hall.
In January 2020, together with Toolbox International Creative Academy, GMO presents “TICA Explorer Series - Lecture Performance of Bartok Music”, and a concert “Toolbox x GMO x KJ” at the Hong Kong City Hall. In January, GMO presents “Tragedy • Desperation • Love” concert at Hong Kong City Hall. In March, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, GMO will dedicate a concert, “GMO 1% Charity Concert - To Ms Florence Hui, with Love”, to Ms Florence Hui, the Permanent Honorary Advisor of GMO, and the former Undersecretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR Government. In July, the orchestra will celebrate her 6th anniversary at the Hong Kong City Hall.