Since 2013, MUSE has brought some of classical music’s biggest names to the campus, presenting over 300 concerts and learning events, reaching nearly 200,000 students, staff, and visitors. Discover more about its mission, challenges, marketing strategies, and the importance of arts education as the speakers share their expertise and perspectives on the remarkable 10-year journey of running MUSE.
James Chen & Yuen-Han Chan Professor in Music;
Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts, HKU
Professor Chan Hing-yan is arguably Hong Kong's most representative and prolific composer in the classical music scene. His compositions have been heard around the world at prestigious festivals. Recent works include four chamber operas (2022, 2018, 2015, 2013). The first two were commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, who also entrusted Chan as the composer and Music Director of an extravaganza staged cantata to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover in 2017.
Professor Chan served as Artist Associate 2016-18 of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. He received the “Best Artist Award (Music)” at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2013 and “Persons with Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Arts and Culture” in the Secretary for Home Affairs’ Commendation Scheme.
At HKU, Professor Chan was conferred the Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award (2013-14). In addition, he has been an advisor to HKU’s Cultural Management Office since its inception.
Programme Director of HKU MUSE
Sharon Lu is the Programme Director of The University of Hong Kong (HKU)'s Cultural Management Office. Her office curates and presents concerts and learning events for the University's premier series, My University Spotlight Encounters (MUSE), which she helped establish in 2013.
Prior to joining HKU, she had 10-year arts administration experience in U.S., including positions with Carnegie Hall (Development and Artistic Planning Departments), New York Youth Symphony (Chamber Music Program), Tanglewood (BUTI), JP Morgan Chase (Arts & Culture Funding), New York Philharmonic (Marketing), as well as practicums at several artists management companies.
Sharon holds a B.Sc. from New York University and a M.A. from Columbia University. She is a Fellow of the Cultural Leadership Academy at HKU, and serves on the faculty of the University’s Music Department, offering a yearly course on arts administration.