吳大江 NG Tai-kong（1943年11月13日 ～ 2001年9月4日）
NG Tai-kong (November 13, 1943 – September 4, 2001)
NG Tai-kong was a composer, conductor, performer, and ethnomusicologist. He served as a performer in the Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Orchestra, a music faculty member at Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the music director and conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chinese Orchestra, the conductor of the Singapore People’s Association Chinese Orchestra, the founding director and conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the conductor of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, and the composer and conductor of the Taiwan Dunhuang Zheng Orchestra. NG Tai-kong was born on November 13, 1943, in Shanwei, Guangdong Province, China, and his ancestral home was Haifeng County, Guangdong Province. He developed a strong passion for music from a young age. At the age of 15, he joined a professional cultural group where he received careful guidance from MA Si-gong and gained valuable experience. At the age of 17, he showcased his talent in music composition and became famous for his work “Song of the South China Sea”. In 1963, he moved to Hong Kong and dedicated himself to promoting traditional Chinese music. He joined the Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Orchestra as a performer and was invited to be a music faculty member at Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a teacher at the Higher Education Institutes’ “Tsinghua College”. He also worked as a composer and arranger for major film companies and composed theme songs for numerous television series. In 1972, he initiated the establishment of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chinese Orchestra and introduced new training methods for the orchestra, which became a new direction in his musical development. In October of the same year, he was invited by the Singapore National Theatre and People’s Association Chinese Orchestra to serve as a guest conductor, receiving high praise. In 1974, he was appointed as the resident conductor and coordinator of performances for the orchestra, leading the ensemble towards professionalism. In 1976, NG Tai-kong led the orchestra to Hong Kong to participate in the inaugural Asian Arts Festival. In June 1977, at the invitation of the Hong Kong Urban Council, he returned to Hong Kong to establish and plan the professionalization of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. He was subsequently appointed as the founding music director and conductor of the orchestra until his departure in 1985. In 1985, he went to Taiwan and was invited as a guest conductor by the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the Chinese Broadcasting Corporation Chinese Orchestra, and the Kaohsiung Experimental Chinese Orchestra. After settling in Taiwan, he engaged in record production and musical instrument trading. NG Tai-kong passed away on September 4, 2001, in Taipei at the age of 58.