[21 June 2010 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents its 2009/10 Season Finale, Carmina Burana featuring three outstanding singers including Liao Changyong, Chen Xiaoduo and Peter Maus, and the Shanghai Opera House Choir and the Hong Kong Children’s Choir under the baton of Maestro Yu Long. In the concert, Enchantments oubliés, the work by Chinese composer Chen Qigang which commissioned by the Orchestre National de France in 2004 will begin the evening.
Swire Maestro: Season Finale - Carmina Burana will be held on 2&3 July (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Only limited tickets are available! Free Pre-concert talks will be held at 7:15pm for both nights.
Long Yu, Conductor
One of the most distinguished Chinese conductors of international renown, Maestro Long Yu is Music Director of Shanghai Symphony, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the China Philharmonic, Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony, President of the Beijing Music Festival Artistic Committee and President of the Artistic Committee of the Shanghai Oriental Centre. Born in Shanghai in 1964 into a musical family, Long Yu received his early music education from his grandfather Ding Shande, a celebrated composer and educator. In 1992, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing. In the same year, he was involved in organising the inaugural Beijing New Year’s Concert, now an annual event, and served as its conductor for three years. In 1998, he founded the Beijing Music Festival and became President of the Beijing Music Festival Arts Foundation since 2005. Under his leadership, the Festival attracts world renowned ensembles and artists annually, and commissioned new music from composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass and Guo Wenjing. In 2000, Long Yu co-founded the China Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. From February to April 2005, the China Philharmonic toured 22 cities throughout North America and Europe within 40 days.
His recordings on Deutsche Grammophon include Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G and Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, highlights of Chinese symphonic music and Yellow River Concerto with Lang Lang. Recordings on Naxos include Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Ding Shande’s Long March Symphony.
Chen Xiaoduo, Soprano
Acclaimed by the New York Times for her “lush, sweetly melodic lines” at her Carnegie Hall début and by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “first-rate” singer, lyrical coloratura soprano Chen Xiaoduo has performed in many prestigious concert halls around the world. She performed in eight cities on the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 North American tour, singing in renowned contemporary composer Chen Qigang’s Iris Dévoilée.
A graduate of opera studies at the China Conservatory, Chen Xiaoduo has won Belgium’s 2001 Vera Rosa Award, the 2002 Best New Singer award in Taiwan, as well as the Best Vocal Performance at the Wenhua Awards, the highest award issued by the Chinese government.
Tenor, Peter Maus
Peter Maus was born in Bayreuth, where he studied sacred music. Then he started singing and studied in Munich at the College of Music. Since 1976 Peter Maus is a member of the ensemble of Deutsche Oper Berlin, and since 1982 a member of the ensemble of Bayreuth Festival, where he performed “Hirte“/Tristan, ”Ulrich Eislinger“/Meistersinger both conducted by Daniel Barenboim. A centre of his singing activity is in the concert field. He performs Bach's works as well as the works of contemporary music. Since 1986 Peter Maus teaches at the University of Arts in Berlin. In 2001 he was awarded with the title “Berliner Kammersänger”.
Baritone, Liao Changyong
Liao Changyong is one of the very few Asian opera stars to have achieved global renown and popularity. Trained under renowned voice professor Zhou Xiouyan and distinguished tenor Lou Wei at the age of 19, he graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1995 with a Bachelor and a Master degree. Liao has been awarded prizes in many international competitions. At the 41st French International Toulouse Singing Competition in 1996, he won the Grand Prize, the highest honor obtained by a Chinese singer at the event in a decade. In 1997, he captured the First Prize at Plàcido Domingo’s World Operalia Competition and won the Gold Medal in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Norway. Liao also gained “Established Artistic Achievement Award” of the Committee of 100 and “Established Artist” of New York.
Nearly all the world-renowned theatres extended invitations for him to perform and many accomplished artists and orchestras, including those in the US, France, Japan, Australia, UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany and Russia sought to perform with him. He collaborated with conductor Sir Colin Davis to perform concerts in England with the London Symphony Orchestra and sang with José Carreras at the newly inaugurated Shanghai Grand Theatre. In particular, an ongoing cooperation with Domingo began in 1998, a prestigious boost and a major event in Liao’s career. In December 1998, Plàcido Domingo extended a personal invitation to sing with him at a New Year’s Concert in Japan. He also made his US début in 2000, as Count de Luna in Il Trovatore with the Washington Opera, conducted by Plàcido Domingo.
Enchantments oubliés, was commissioned by the Orchestre National de France in 2004 and with an orchestration suggested by the conductor Kurt Masur (described as being for “grand string orchestra, harp, piano, celesta and percussion), Enchantments oubliés was first performed at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on January 2008; its Chinese première was given in Shanghai on 4th May this year. Regarded as one of the most essential choral pieces in the 20th century, Carmina Burana has fascinated the audience for many years. Its composer Orff first came across these poems in 1935 and he immediately saw their potential. He chose 24 of the poems for what he described as “Settings of secular texts for singers and choir accompanied by instruments to create magical pictures”, Carmina Burana was premièred June 1937. It was a great success and Orff even wrote to his publisher, “With Carmina Burana my collected works begin”.
Swire Maestro: Wine, Women and Song –
the Shanghai Opera House Choir sings Carmina Burana
2&3 | 7| 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$420 $320 $220 $160
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CHEN Qigang: Enchantements obliés
ORFF: Carmina Burana
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HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
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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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