Hong Kong-born conductor Mark Hui was first trained as a professional violinist and pianist. Currently the Principal Conductor of the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra, he has led the orchestra in performances with renowned artists Joshua Bell, Li Yun-di, Wang Jian and The King’s Singers, as well as innovative concerts which received exciting enthusiasm and acclaim.
In his early years, Hui’s immense passion in playing in orchestras has gained him much experience as concertmaster and tutti player in prestigious professional and festival orchestras, including Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, YouTube Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic, under the batons of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck, Christoph Eschenbach, Yip Wing-sie, Christoph Poppen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Matthias Pintscher, Neville Marriner and more.
These experiences have inspired Hui enormously in conducting and given him precious opportunities to observe different rehearsal technique and styles. In 2014, he was invited with a full fellowship to the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he studied with Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, Leonard Slatkin, Johannes Debus and Federico Cortese. In 2019, he was invited to conduct the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok at the Dohnányi Academy in Budapest where he studied with Gábor Hollerung. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was invited to participate in online masterclasses with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Neeme Järvi. Most recently, he was invited by the Hong Kong Arts Festival to conduct the “Young Composer Showcase” and “Young Friends Music Special: From Literature to Music” programmes.
Hui graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Manhattan School of Music, majoring in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Michael Ma, Lucie Robert, Tsai Loo and Wong Wai-ming.