Kong Zhao Hui
Kong Zhao Hui, currently the Assistant Leader of SSO, was born in Liaoning, China, and began to learn the violin with his father when he was six. In 1973, he was admitted to the China Central Conservatory of Music where he continued his music studies under the supervision of Professor Wang Zhen Shan and later, Professor Sui Ke Qiang. During that time, he was also the concertmaster of the China Pioneer Symphony Orchestra.
Kong won the first prize in several Chinese national music competitions, and took part in the International Violin Competition held in Tokyo (1983) and London (1984). In 1985, he held a recital of Ma Si Cong’s violin works in Beijing, which was recorded by the China Pacific Video & Audio Publishing Company. In the same year, he was invited by the Provincial Government of Guangdong to give a violin recital in Ma Si Cong’s birthplace. A year later, he went on a tour to six western European countries with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Kong was invited by the Governor of Macau to take part in the First International Music Festival of Macau in 1987, where he played the famous violin concerto, The Butterfly Lovers, in a joint concert with Portuguese conductor Silva Pereira and the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded the Shen Xue Gong Scholarship by the China Central Conservatory of Music within the same year.
Kong went on to release an album of Ma Si Cong’s violin works in 1985 and also recorded The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto with the China Central Philharmonic under the Hugo label in 1991 and 2003.
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