Cantopop superstar and two-time Golden-Horse winner Aaron Kwok will be kicking off his world concert tour at the Encore Theater of the Wynn Las Vegas Resort on April 2 and April 3.
Kwok is the first Asian entertainer ever invited to perform at the Encore Theater which adjoins Las Vegas’s two superdeluxe hotels — the Wynn and the Encore. Kwok has given over 300 concerts throughout Asia, but his only prior concert visit to Las Vegas was in 2007.
In Hong Kong, Taiwan and China Aaron Kwok is known as one of the “Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop”, along with Andy Lau, Jackey Cheung and Leon Lai. Because of Kwok’s exceptional dancing skills and penchant for elaborate costuming and staging, he is sometimes called Hong Kong’s Michael Jackson.
Kwok’s international celebrity is also based on his surprising success as a serious actor. In 2005 he beat out Tony Leung to win the Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actor for his role in Divergence. His stature as a top Chinese actor was cemented when he won the award again in 2006 for After This Our Exile, becoming only the second actor to pull off consecutive Golden Horses after Jackie Chan did it in 1992 and 1993.
Aaron Kwok’s acting triumphs came on the heels of a stunning success with his Hong Kong concert series in 2004, followed by the sensational press for his Mega Hits Live Concert in 2005. He shocked the audience by taking the stage with a shaved head, then won them over, as well as the critics, by putting on a memorable performance with a breathtaking array of costumes.
Aaron Kwok was born in Hong Kong on October 25, 1965. His father expected him to take over the family gold jewelry business. Instead that post was filled by one of his older brothers, freeing up Aaron to join a TVB dancer training course at the age of 19. He quickly won recognition for his dance ability. He also won notice as an actor playing minor roles in TV dramas, winning special attention from the young female segment of the audience.
Kwok’s career as a singer began in Taiwan with three pop albums in mandarin (sometimes referred to as mandopop) which were recorded mainly as accompaniment for his slick dance moves. His cantopop career didn’t begin until 1991 when he returned to Hong Kong.
Tickets for Aaron Kwok’s Encore Theater Las Vegas concerts are on sale for $48, $118 and $168, including tax and service charge. Concert times are April 2 at 11 pm and April 3 at 7:00 pm and 11 pm. Tickets can be booked at http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/#entertainment/aaron_kwok/