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Young Piano Virtuoso Yuja Wang performs
Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto in her HKPO début
under the baton of Maestro Muhai Tang

10-06-2010

[10 June 2010 – Hong Kong] Hailed as “the most important new pianist to appear in recent years”, the young Chinese piano virtuoso Yuja Wang is performing Prokofiev’s dazzling Piano Concerto No.3 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) under the baton of the renowned Chinese Maestro Muhai Tang.
“Swire New Generation : The Next Sensation – Yuja Wang” will be held on 26 & 27 June (Sat & Sun) 8pm & 3pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free Pre-concert Talks are available for both dates at 7:15pm (26 June) and 2:15pm (27 June).

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Yuja Wang, Winner of Gramophone Awards “Young Artist of the Year” 2009

“She is no less a technical wonder than Lang and Li”

Los Angeles Times

Yuja Wang is widely recognised for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. The Washington Post called her Kennedy Center recital début “jaw-dropping” and following her San Francisco recital début The San Francisco Chronicle wrote “To listen to her in action is to re-examine whatever assumptions you may have had about how well the piano can actually be played.”

In 2006, Yuja débuted with the New York Philharmonic and returned the following season under Maazel during the Philharmonic’s Japan/Korea tour. That same season she performed in Leeds, U.K, and toured the Netherlands under Temirkanov, and in 2008 toured the U. S. with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Marriner.  Yuja has performed with many of the world’s prestigious orchestras, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and the New World symphonies as well as Philadelphia Orchestra in the U.S., and Tonhalle Orchestra, China Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony.

This season, Yuja débuted with Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony, all led by Dutoit. She also débuted with the London Symphony led by Tilson Thomas and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra led by Abbado.

Yuja is an exclusive artist for Deutsche Grammophon.  For her début recording released in 2009 Sonatas & Etudes, she presents a technically challenging, musically integrated program of sonatas including Chopin’s “Funeral March”, Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, and Scriabin’s Sonata no. 2, and etudes by Ligeti.

Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja made her earliest public performances in China, Australia and Germany, and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 2002, she won Aspen Music Festival’s concerto competition and entered The Curtis Institute of Music. In 2006 Yuja received the Gilmore Young Artist Award.

Conductor, Muhai Tang
Muhai Tang has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Zurich Chamber Orchestra since 2006. In seaon 2009/10, he becomes Artistic Director of Shanghai Philharmonic and Zhenjiang Symphony. Since 2009, he has been Principal Guest Conductor of Hamburg Symphony.

His international recognition began when Karajan invited him to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in 1983. The success led to reengagement with Berlin and invitations from leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, Sydney Symphony and San Francisco Symphony among others. He has worked with great artists such as Rostropovich, Menuhin, Perlman, Rampal, Argerich and Mutter to name just a few.

He has also held Principal Conductor positions with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, China National Symphony, Queensland Orchestra in Australia (currently their Conductor Laureate and Artistic Advisor), and Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, where his 12 years tenure enhanced the orchestra's reputation with international tours and recordings. Among Muhai Tang's many recordings, he won a Grammy award in 2002 for the Guitar Concertos by Tan Dun and Christopher Rouse with guitarist Sharon Isbin and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, for Teldec.

Programme
Prokofiev had shown his extraordinary musical talent at his early age. He wrote his first composition at the age of 5, and was admitted to the St. Petersburg Conservatory at the remarkable age of 13. The First Symphony was written between 1916 and 1917 and premièred in April 1918 which Prokofiev wrote strictly along the lines as one of Haydn’s symphonies; using an orchestra of the same size, with movements of the same length and written in the same key, it has become one of the composer’s most popular and enduring works. Prokofiev began work on his Third Piano Concerto in 1911 while he was still a student, but it was a further 10 years before he was able to complete it. Premièred in Chicago in 1921, the concerto was the only one of Prokofiev’s five piano concerti which he recorded.

Inspired by the episodes from Arabian Nights, Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov composed Scheherazade in 1888. He used titles of various episodes to depict the music, bringing the audience into the magical world by his enchanting melodies and masterful orchestration.

Swire New Generation: The next sensation –Yuja Wang
26&27 | 6| 2010
sat 8pm & sun 3pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
Available at URBTIX Now

Artists

Muhai Tang

conductor

Yuja Wang

piano


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Programme

PROKOFIEV : Classical Symphony

PROKOFIEV : Piano Concerto No.3

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV : Scheherazade

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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.
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