Kung Chi Shing

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kung Chi Shing is a composer, performer and music activist. Kung studied classical music and composition in the United States with Allen Trubitt and George Crumb. He is known particularly for his work in the music and performance group ‘The Box’, which he founded with Peter Suart in 1987, and since 2009 as founder and curator of the ‘Street Music Series’ of free public concerts in Hong Kong. Since May 2009, Kung started to organise free outdoor concerts and has since curated more than 150 concerts in various locations, including the continuous monthly free street concert series outside Hong Kong Arts Centre. In 2008, he set up the Kung Music Workshop to discover and nurture new music talents and to bring music to new audiences outside of established formats, venues and channels. This pioneering organisation in Hong Kong that curate concerts and performances comprises different genres of music and arts at different venues, including non-traditional concert locations. It provides platforms for established and emerging artists to present their work and organises exchange programmes for international artists. Kung has collaborated frequently with choreographers, directors and theatre artists, and has performed his music in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Cuba, Tashkent, New York, London, Berlin and Venice.