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Colleen Lee and Lang Lang to Perform Solo Next January

2005-12-20

Hong Kong, 20 December 2005 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) announces two solo recitals by outstanding pianists in January 2006. Colleen Lee, who just became the first Hong Kong pianist to obtain an award in the coveted International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition, will star in a mostly Chopin programme on 2 January. On 24 January, internationally renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang will play solo works by Mozart, Chopin, Schumann and Rachmaninov. Both recitals will be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

“A full solo recital allows these outstanding young artists to display the full range of their musicianship rather than being limited to the thirty minutes of a standard piano concerto. We are honoured to have the opportunity to present Colleen Lee and Lang Lang in these two special evenings,” said Timothy Calnin, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in Hong Kong, Colleen Lee was trained locally, most prominently under Eleanor Wong at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Since 2003 she has been studying at The Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover with a scholarship. In October 2005, she was awarded Sixth Prize in the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition. She became the first Hong Kong pianist to reach the final round of this prestigious competition, in which Yundi Li gained his international fame.

In addition, she has won numerous other awards, including the Pro Musicis International Award Winner (2005), the First Prize at the Seiler International Piano Competition in Germay (2003), the Dorothy Mackenzie Artist Recognition Award (2003) and the Second Prize at the Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition (1999).

Colleen has been invited to perform in numerous festivals and collaborated with orchestras worldwide. As part of the Dorothy MacKenzie Award, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2003. In the upcoming season, she will appear in Japan, New York, Massachusetts and Paris.  She will give her debut recitals in Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Holland (Concertgebouw).

Celebrated in all the music capitals of the world, 23-year-old, Shenyang-born Lang Lang has demonstrated an extraordinary level of musicianship in the widest range of repertoire. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences on a personal level has established him as an international sensation and one of the most exciting and sought after artists of our time. He is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the top American orchestras. Lang Lang has collaborated with Barenboim, Davis, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Gergiev, Jansons, Järvi, Levine, Maazel, Mehta, Rattle, Sawallisch, Slatkin, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas, Welser-Möst, Yu Long and Zinman.

Lang Lang’s talent is matched by his ebullient personality, making him an ideal ambassador for classical music and a role model for young people. He was recently recognized for his efforts by the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) who appointed him their youngest international Goodwill Ambassador. In this role, Lang Lang will garner support and raise funds for the survival and well being of under-privileged children all over the world. At the invitation of President George H.W. Bush, he performed a recital in Houston, Texas, to benefit the Bush/Clinton Tsunami Fund. He played a recital in Brussels to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the European Union.

Tom Lee Music Foundation –
Piano Recital by Colleen Lee
2/1/2006 (Mon)    8pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets : HK $300, $200, $100

Programme
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in B-flat, Op. 22
Franck: Prelude, chorale and fugue
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy Op. 61
Chopin: Four Mazurkas Op. 33       
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op. 58

Panasonic sponsors
Piano Recital by Lang Lang
24/1/2006 (Tue)    8pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets : HK $600, $450, $300, $150

Programme
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 10 in C, K. 330
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Schumann: Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood),Op. 15
Rachmaninov: Two Preludes, Op. 23
Liszt: Sonnet No.104 of Petrarch, Annees de pelerinage II
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S244 (Horowitz Transcription) 

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