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Artist

Leon KO

Received the Richard Rodgers Development Award for musical Heading East in New York

Won six Hong Kong Drama Awards for Best Original Music and Best Score for his musicals, Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award and the Hong Kong Film Awards for his movie music

Musical director of Hong Kong pop legend Jacky Cheung’s world tour of SNOW. WOLF. LAKE.

Composed new music pieces for the classic Cantonese opera Princess Chang-ping and Reincarnation of the Red Plum Blossoms. His musical Takeaway premiered in London at the Theatre Royal Stratford East (2011)

Besides music, Ko launched Time in a Bottle, the first-ever perfume bottle exhibition showcasing the artistry of vintage bottles in the context of theatre (2010)

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Work

Heading East

Heading East tells the story of Siu Yee, a young Chinese dreaming for success arriving America in 1849. While transforming his humble business to selling Oriental goods in 1980s Chinatown, he witnessed historical events including the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Great San Francisco Earthquake, two World Wars and the microcomputer revolution. Accompanied by wife Lee Fung, who disapproved of his obsession with all things American; hapless friend Ma, whose Chinese peasant ways kept him on lower rungs of the social ladder; Ma’s wife, who drowned her sorrows in composing bad Chinese poetry; Michiko, a Japanese picture bride determined to make a difference, and Kim, a Korean whose success was hinted on nectarines, Siu Yee took on a poignant and humorous quest to find his own place in the world.