Media partner:
"Such a program's very existence in Hong Kong challenges the conventional view of the former British colony as  … more suited to Hermès … than Handel."
— Nicholas Frisch, The Wall Street Journal

"... the city’s most innovative musical experience…and I’m already looking forward to next year."
— Ken Smith, Financial Times

Hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), The Intimacy of Creativity is a first of its kind, annual two-week Partnership devoted to promoting an intimate dialogue between composers and performers. Selected composers will present and, if necessary, revise their chamber music compositions after in-depth discussions between composers and performers during on-campus rehearsals sessions. The revised compositions will be formally presented at preview concerts at the Tsang Shiu Tim Art Hall on the campus of HKUST (Clear Water Bay) and world premiere concerts at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Wanchai).
Up to six emerging composers between the ages of 25 and 35 will be selected to participate and will have their travel and accommodation expenses covered. One or two participating composers may be offered a one-year renewable position at HKUST as Composer-in-Residence and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music in the Division of Humanities.
The theme of the Partnership this season is Arts and Science, celebrating the life and scientific achievements of Albert Einstein, coinciding with the exhibit of Einstein in Hong Kong presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, swissnex China, the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Education Bureau, and HKUST. The Partnership will also highlight the twentieth anniversary of the founding of HKUST and will be presented in collaboration with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
The Intimacy of Creativity is supported by Dr. and Mrs. Helmut Sohmen in Memory of Sir Yue-Kong Pao CBE JP.