Presentation of Austrian Award to Ms Irene AU

Bringing Vienna Home
- Presentation of Austrian Award to Ms Irene AU, Director of Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy

Ms Irene Au, as the General Representative of Vienna Boys Choir (VBC), has been awarded the “Decoration of Honour in Gold for the Services to the Republic of Austria” (Knight’s Cross, 1st Class) on 26 April 2017.

Irene Au is the Founding Director of I Creation, a Hong Kong consultancy specializing in arts and cultural events. She has endeavored intensively to diffuse the music culture of Austria at the Asia's World City, including the choral tradition and education system of the Vienna Boys Choir, which is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The cooperation between Irene and VBC started in 2001 when she put up two sold-out concerts for VBC in Hong Kong as a private presenter. Throughout the years, Irene has arranged a great many music programmes for students and organizations, from kindergarten to universities, music teachers, community choirs as well as the general public. In response to the rising demand of quality music education in Hong Kong, she has founded the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy in 2011 where music programmes taught in VBC Method are offered to children aged 1-14 on a regular basis.

In 2015, under the auspices of Dr Claudia Reinprecht, Consul General of Austria. and Mrs Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive-designate (who was Secretary for Administration at that time), the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy Foundation was founded. The aspiration and overall objective is to support and cultivate talents through cross-cultural education and community events. Among all the highlights are the “Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival” started in 2016 and the future International School Project.

In response to the laudatio by Dr Reinprecht, Irene thanked the Federal Government of Austria for the decoration and the Austrian community she has had the opportunity to work with. She would like to share the honour with her colleagues at I Creation, Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy and Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy Foundation. Special thanks were given to all the advisors, supporters, volunteers and friends who have helped the noble cause of VBC in different ways. 

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