[Hong Kong 6 August 2009] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) announces its collaboration with renowned French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2. “Thibaudet dazzles in Liszt” will be held at 8pm, 11&12 September 2009 (Fri & Sat) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets are now available at URBTIX.
The Lisztian Pianist
Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet enthralls audiences worldwide with his profound and poetic artistry, enlightened interpretations and thrilling performances. He is an exclusive recording artist for Decca, which has released over 40 of his albums, earning him the Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d’or, Choc de la Musique, a Gramophone Award, two Echo awards, and the Edison Prize. On his Grammy-nominated recording, Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerti Nos. 2&5, released in fall 2007, Mr. Thibaudet is joined by long-standing collaborator, conductor Charles Dutoit, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
In 2001, the Republic of France awarded Thibaudet the prestigious Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2002, he was awarded the Premio Pegasus from the Spoleto Festival in Italy for his artistic achievements and his long-standing involvement with the festival. In 2007, he was awarded the Victoire d’Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honor given by France’s Victoires de la Musique.
Franz Liszt was a classical pop star at the Romantic period and hailed as the greatest pianist of the age, alluring female audiences everywhere he performed. Thibaudet, sharing the charisma as that of Liszt, is known for his elegantly stylish interpretations which float on a seemingly effortless technical command, and is one of those rare pianists who can find the soul of Liszt beneath the sheen of virtuosic challenge. His highly anticipated performance of the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is always the favourite of classical or non-classical music fans. This easy listening romantic journey gives you a fresh relaxation at the weekend. [Full Biography]
Edo de Waart, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
And his Elgar Symphony No. 2
Edo de Waart is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Renowned as an “orchestral builder” who has the enviable ability to transform his orchestras into world-class ensembles, Edo de Waart has held such distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, as well as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. He has also taken up the Music Directorship of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from the 2009/10 season.
Maestro de Waart has received a number of awards for his outstanding achievements in music. He is a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and he was awarded the Order of Australia – a reflection of his invaluable contribution to Australian cultural life during his decade with the Sydney Symphony. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in recognition of his contribution to music internationally, and in particular, his commitment to developing future generations of musicians in Hong Kong.
A passionate believer in the music of Edward Elgar, Edo de Waart follows his memorable performances of the Enigma Variations and the First Symphony with the heartfelt Second Symphony, written in memory of the king indelibly associated with Elgar’s music – Edward VII. [Full Biography]
Thibaudet dazzles in Liszt
11&12 | 9 | 2009
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$480 $320 $220 $160
Available at URBTIX from 1 Aug
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HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
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 including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]
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