[2 March 2010 –Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) celebrates the triumphant return of its bright new star – Assistant Conductor Perry So – after his success with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Dudamel Conducting Fellowship Programme” in January and February. In his first concerts since, Perry will pair up with another bright new talent Chinese cellist Zhao Jing, in an exciting programme of Kodály, Saint-Saën and Brahms to show off his new craft. “When Jing Meets Perry”, which is the third installment in the Swire New Generation series in Season 09/10, will take place on 20 March (Sat) 8pm at Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium and on 21 March (Sun) 3pm at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.
Perry So – His Meteoric Rise
Perry’s stars are on a steep rise ever since his appointment as the Assistant Conductor of the HKPO in October 2008. His first two concerts with the HKPO back in May and September 2009 garnered much critical acclaim from both the audience and press, and helped establish his reputation as one of the most exciting new conductors in recent memory. Perry was highly visible in his leadership of the HKPO in the wildly popular outdoor symphonic concert – “Swire Symphony Under the Stars” – last November. His meteoric rise was noticed by CNNgo.com which named him one of “Who Mattered Most in Hong Kong 2009”.
Last fall, Perry’s career received a big boost when he was named one of the four and the only Asian conductor in the inaugural “Dudamel Conducting Fellowship Programme”, a much coveted chance to work with the prestigious LA Phil and its Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. The scheme aims to provide a unique opportunity for promising young conductors from around the world to develop their craft and enrich their musical experience through personal mentorship and participation in the LA Phil’s orchestral and education programmes. The Fellowship saw Perry in Los Angeles for a total of six weeks during which he conducted four concerts in the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall with music by Mendelssohn and Vivaldi.
“LA Phil is one of the cutting edge orchestras in promoting classical music. It has been my great honour to have the opportunity to work with world class conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Herbert Blomstedt and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at the world class orchestra. I am looking forward to revisit Los Angeles to join Dudamel and the orchestra in the coming August”, said Perry.
Busy with a full schedule in the coming months, Perry will spearhead the HKPO’s massive annual education programme “HSBC Insurance Creative Notes” and lead the Orchestra in 4 ArtisTree concerts in addition to his major concerts in April with the Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and the Fifth Symphony by Prokofiev. Definitely one exciting conducting career to watch!
Zhao Jing Cello
Born in Beijing, young cellist Zhao Jing has shown her musical gift early on. She started learning cello at the age of 5 and was then admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1996, she received the scholarship from the Tokyo College of Music and the Karajan Academy in Berlin. In 2005, Zhao won the first prize in the prestigious 54th International Music Competition in Munich sponsored by ARD, the German Public Broadcasting Station. Zhao has collaborated with a number of orchestras and conductors in Japan including the renowned Maestro Seiji Ozawa.
In the very first collaboration of Zhao Jing and Perry, you will be listening to the Galánta Dances by Kodály, Cello Concerto No.1 by Saint-Saën and Symphony No.2 by Brahms. Hungarian composer and music educator Zoltán Kodály studied in Galánta when he was a child; he was exposed to various gypsy folk tunes in the region where inspired and developed his life-long passion for folk music. He composed the Galánta Dances in 1933 to remember his years in Galánta and his homeland.
Camille Saint-Saën composed 10 instrumental concerti in his life and the first two pieces were written for cello. The first and the most popular cello concerto which will be played by Zhao and the HKPO, was début at Paris Conservatoire in 1873.
Johannes Brahms was a musical prodigy, he played his public début at 10, and however, what he desired most was to be a great composer like Beethoven. With such a high perspective, Brahms spent 20 years on his Symphony No.1. Different from Symphony No.1, a profound and serious work, the second symphony was much relaxed and it was written only in a few weeks. Brahms composed the symphony in the summer of 1877 while he was staying in the Alpine resort of Pörtschach and enjoying the beautiful scene of the lakes which can be reflected from his music.
Free pre-concert talks are available for both concerts will be hosted by Dr. Georg Predota, Musicologist on 20 March at 7pm and Mr. Chan Ngat Chau, the HKPO Cellist on 21 March at 2pm. Join us and know more about the concerts!
Swire New Generation: When Jing Meets Perry
20 | 3 | 2010
Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium
21 | 3 | 2010
HK City Hall Concert Hall
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|KODÁLY : Galánta Dances|
SAINT-SAËNS : Cello Concerto No.1
BRAHMS : Symphony No.2
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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]
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
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