[Hong Kong 29 April 2009] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s own Principal Cello since 1993, Richard Bamping, played to enraptured capacity crowds last Friday and Saturday (April 24 & 25) at the City Hall, replacing the ailing cello soloist Norwegian Truls Mørk.
Scheduled to perform Dvořák Cello Concerto, 2001 Grammy Award winner Mr Mørk is a highly celebrated artist who has performed with the most distinguished orchestras the world over. When the unfortunate news of his ailment and cancellation came suddenly just four days before the Hong Kong performances, a frantic search for a replacement was immediately launched.
Due to conflicting schedules of international cello artists at the time, Artistic Director and conductor of the performances, Maestro Edo de Waart decided that “there are very few orchestras in the world which are fortunate enough to have such a fine soloist sitting in the Principal Cello chair as we have in Richard Bamping,” as he informed the audiences on both nights of the change of artists, “and I am delighted and relieved that Richard kindly agreed to come to our rescue in the biggest cello concerto in the repertoire.”
And Mr Bamping surely did not disappoint. After the interval following Brahms in the first half of the evening, Richard, with only his prized Guarneri and four days of preparation, gallantly plunged headlong into the most technically taxing cello concerto with a great sense of poise and determination and a fine display of mastery. At the end of the colossal three-movement work, Bamping was met with such an enthusiastic reception, which included 8 curtain calls and several standing ovations, that he had to thank the appreciative crowd with a beautiful encore of Bach.
Ms P. Mar, a patron who had initially been disappointed by Mørk’s cancellation, enthused after attending the Friday performance that, “the concert was fantastic, especially the soloist Richard Bamping. Now knowing more about Richard, I’d like to encourage the HKPO to do more concerts that feature its own players. The HKPO has many noted principals. Foreign audiences have appreciated them, and we in Hong Kong should too.”
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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances. HKPO stays in tune with our city by presenting the biggest outdoor symphonic concert of the year, Swire Symphony Under the Stars at Happy Valley in the 0708 season. In 0809 season the Orchestra undertook a major six-concert tour of China, including the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts and Shanghai Grand Theatre under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart.
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