[1 April 2010 –Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents two all-Russian programme concerts. Assistant Conductor of the HKPO, Perry So joins hands with the Russian piano virtuoso Boris Berezovsky to bring the well-known Piano Concerto No.1 by Tchaikovsky. Perry will also lead the HKPO in music by Prokofiev and Liadov. “Berezovsky plays Tchaikovsky” will be held on 23 & 24 April (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free Pre-concert Talks are available at 7:15pm.
Tchaikovsky lived in the era when Nationalism arose while Romanticism was falling away. Yet most of his works are highly romantic. Tchaikovsky wrote a total of 3 piano concerti in his life, and his first piano concerto in B-flat minor stands out. It is not only regarded by some one of the most acclaimed works of the composer, but also one of the greatest piano concerti ever. Composed during 1874-75, the Piano Concerto No.1 was supposed to be dedicated to the Russian pianist, Nikolai Rubinstein. However, Rubinstein denied the composition and criticized it as “worthless and unplayable”. In anger, Tchaikovsky crossed Rubinstein’s name off the title page and re-dedicated the work to the German pianist Hans von Bülow who later premièred the piece in Boston and gained tremendous success.
The compatriot of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev was born in 1891. As a pioneer of the 20th century music, Prokofiev brought a brand new scene to the classical world with his magnificent Symphony No.5. The première of the symphony in January 1945 conducted by the composer himself was a great triumph, and it has become the touchstone of all conductors.
The HKPO will also bring another orchestral piece composed by the Russian composer Anatol Liadov, pupil of the renowned composer Rimsky-Korsakov. Regarded as one of the most popular works of the composer, The Enchanted Lake was a symphonic poem which was originally intended to be part of an opera. With a strong Russian style, itwas premièred in St. Petersburg in February 1909 conducted by Nicolas Techerpnin.
Boris Berezovsky, The Russian Piano Virtuoso
"Here, surely, we have the truest successor to the great Russian pianists"(Gramophone) Boris Berezovsky has established a great reputation, both as the most powerful of virtuoso pianists and as a musician gifted with a unique insight and a great sensitivity. Born in Moscow, Boris Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze and privately with Alexander Satz. Subsequent to his London début at the Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as "an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power". Two years later he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Berezovsky is regularly invited by the most prominent orchestras including the Philharmonia of London/Leonard Slatkin, the New York Philharmonic/Kurt Mazur, the Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France… In March 2009, Boris Berezovsky was at the Royal Festival Hall of London.
Perry So, Assistant Conductor of the HKPO
One of the inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellows at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Perry So received the first and special prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition (held in St Petersburg) in 2008, only the third time the top prize has been awarded. 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. Busy with a full schedule in the coming months, Perry spearheads the HKPO’s massive annual education programme “HSBC Insurance Creative Notes” and led the Orchestra in 4 ArtisTree concerts. In his last concert collaborated with the Chinese cellist Zhao Jing in March, Perry has received wide acclaim for his alluring performance.
Berezovsky plays Tchaikovsky
23&24 | 4| 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$420 $320 $220$160
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LIADOV : The Enchanted Lake
TCHAIKOVSKY : Piano Concerto No.1
PROKOFIEV : Symphony No.5
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HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Edo de Waart
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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 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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