樂團除了舉辦定期音樂會和藝術教育活動之外，並舉辦相關論壇及比賽，其中2011年更舉辦全球首次國際中樂指揮大賽，為大型中樂發展立下多個里程碑。香港中樂團在藝術、管治管理、藝術教育、市場推廣上獲各界高度評價及屢獲殊榮，包括香港國際現代音樂節頒贈「最傑出弘揚現代中樂榮譽大獎」（2002）、亞洲作曲家同盟頒贈「最傑出弘揚亞洲現代音樂榮譽大獎」（2007）、唱片《華夏之根》榮獲2008第六屆中國金唱片獎器樂類專輯獎、第六屆中國金唱片獎器樂類演奏獎、樂團之Chinese Music Alive音樂推廣計劃獲香港藝術發展局頒發2010藝術教育獎優異表現獎（2011）等。於2012年5月，樂團之「香港國際中樂指揮大賽」榮獲香港藝術發展局頒發2011藝術推廣獎之團體／機構組銅獎。樂團研製的環保胡琴系列榮獲國家「第四屆文化部創新獎」（2012）。2014年5月該系列榮獲「香港環保卓越計劃」頒發「2013環保創意卓越獎」；6月再獲第四屆「綠色中國．2014環保成就獎」之「傑出創意環保概念獎」。
Founded in 1977, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is the only professional, full-sized Chinese orchestra in Hong Kong. It has won the accolades as “a leader in Chinese ethnic music” and “a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong”, and is often invited to perform at various famous venues in the world and at international festivals. It has been heard by audiences in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Arctic Circle. The Orchestra has an establishment of 91 professional musicians, playing in four sections: bowed-strings, plucked-strings, wind and percussion. The instruments include both the traditional and the improved, new versions. In particular, the bowed-string section has adopted, since 2009, the Eco-Huqin series developed by the Orchestra. With its roots in the Chinese cultural heritage, the Orchestra has built a repertoire that includes not only traditional Chinese music but also contemporary works. It also explores new frontiers in music through commissioning new works of various types and styles, which total over 2,300 either as original compositions or arrangements.
Apart from regular concerts and activities promoting arts education, the Orchestra has organized symposia and competitions. One of its milestone events is the world’s first ever ‘Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music’ in 2011. The Orchestra has won numerous awards covering its achievements in the arts, arts education, marketing and promotion, governance and administration. They include ‘The Most Outstanding Achievement in Advancing Contemporary Chinese Music’ presented by the ISCM World Music Days Hong Kong (2002), ‘The Most Outstanding Achievement in Advancing Asian Contemporary Music’ by the Asian Composers League (2007), the ‘Instrumental Music – Album’ category and the ‘Instrumental Music – Performance’ category at the 6th China Gold Record Awards (2008) for their album, Roots of the Chinese. Its ‘Chinese Music Alive’ Scheme won The Hong Kong Arts Development Awards - Arts Education 2010 in 2011. In May 2012, the ‘Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music’ organized by the Orchestra won a Bronze Award - Group/Organisation Category from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2012). The Series of Eco-Huqin developed by the Orchestra won the 4th Ministry of Culture Innovation Award (2012). In May 2014, the Eco-Huqin Series won the 2013 Green Innovations Award in the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence, and in June, the Series won the Distinguished Innovative Environmental Concept Award at the Green China 2014 - Environmental Achievements Awards.
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