TICA 2020

January 6-12, 2020 | Hong Kong SAR

From January 6-12, 2020, the 2nd edition of Toolbox International Creative Academy (TICA) will return in Hong Kong, where we continue to explore Contemporary Performance Technique on Strings and Percussion with the focus of Classic American Composers. TICA is an annual event organised by Toolbox Percussion, Co-presented by the University of Oklahoma, with participants from all over the world. A full list of concerts, lectures, panel discussion, workshops is waiting for you all to explore and enjoy.


  • TICA's Percussion program is curated by David Herbert, Principal Timpanist of Chicago Symphony. 

  • TICA's String program is led by Min-Jeong Koh of Cecilia String Quartet.

  • TICA's Composition program is overseen by Prof. Ken Ueno of UC Berkeley Music

TICA is supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme HKSAR Government. Toolbox Percussion, as non-commercialcreative incubator, works to make new music happen by commissioning, developing, collaborating, professional training, performing, recording and touring contemporary performances. 

Partners & Support


Toolbox International Creative Academy

Toolbox Percussion’s vision is trifold, from creating cutting-edge and innovative programmes that challenge artists and musicians; to collaborating with musicians around the world to enhance cultural exchange; and development of outreach and professional educational activities. TICA is a new initiative to research, commission, explore and perform contemporary music and enhance performance technique.


The Academy

Every day there is an exciting and challenging schedule with masterclasses, workshops, lectures, chamber music, and private lesson, focusing on all aspects of contemporary strings and percussion. Additionally, top musicians from the world and TICA students will be playing together in several concerts and workshops on various occasions throughout the week.

Composition Competition

Toolbox Percussion is delighted to present the Toolbox Percussion International Composition Competition 2019 (TPICC 2019) as a part of the Toolbox International Creative Academy (TICA), which will be held during 6 - 12 January 2020 in Hong Kong, China. This year there is ONE category in this competition: Toolbox Composition Prize

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.”

Leonard Bernstein


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