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HKPO brings to you a Dvořák Experience on 20 March
Rachel Cheung & John Harding join hands in
Piano Quintet in A

04-03-2011

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[4 March 2011 – Hong Kong] Sunday afternoon is definitely the best time to enjoy classical music. Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) under the direction of its Concertmaster John Harding will bring you an enjoyable afternoon featuring the beautiful melodies of Dvořák. Great Composers: “The Dvořák Experience: Piano Quintet in A” will be held on 20 March 2011 (Sunday), 3pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. Pianist Rachel Cheung will join forces with Harding, the HKPO’s violinist Wang Liang, Principal Viola Andrew Ling and Principal Cello Richard Bamping in the composer’s lively Piano Quintet in A. Limited tickets are available at URBTIX.

John Harding, conductor / director

“the orchestra gracefully represented Spring with sweet and suave phrasing and changes of gear delicately handled by Harding.”

South China Morning Post

Concertmaster of HKPO since 2006, John Harding has had a wide-ranging musical career which has taken him to more than 30 countries, as soloist, teacher, concertmaster, chamber musician, conductor and recording artist. He has held various prestigious positions including Co-Concertmaster and Associate Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Guest Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the James Fairfax Young Artists’ Program, Conjoint Professor and Honorary Doctorate of Music at Newcastle University, Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music and leader of the highly acclaimed Orlando Quartet. He has conducted all of the Australian orchestras, and made over 30 recordings.

Rachel Cheung, piano
Born in Hong Kong, Rachel Cheung has won numerous first prizes and awards in Hong Kong and overseas. In 2003, she won the First Prize at the International Competition for Young Pianist in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine. In 2004, she won the First Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in Salt Lake City. In 2005, as the youngest soloist ever, Rachel performed a solo recital at the 33rd Hong Kong Arts Festival. Recently, she won the Fifth Prize at the 16th Leeds International Piano Competition in 2009. In April 2010, she was awarded the “Award for Young Artist 2009” by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Wang Liang, violin
Wang Liang was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music with full scholarship in 2004. He was the First Prize winner of the 1st and 2nd Shenyang Music Conservatory Violin Competition. He joined the HKPO as a fellow of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellowship Scheme in 2007 and he has become a member of the first violin section of the HKPO since the 2008/09 season.

Andrew Ling, viola
Principal Violist of the HKPO, Andrew Ling, won the Violin and Viola Concerto Competitions at Indiana University in 2003 and 2008 respectively. As a child, he toured Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region with the Hong Kong Yip’s Children’s Choir as its resident violin soloist, and appeared regularly as a soloist with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. He was Concertmaster of the IU Concert Orchestra and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Violist of the IU Philharmonic Orchestra.

Richard Bamping, cello
Richard Bamping has been Principal Cellist of the HKPO since 1993. As a freelance cellist based in London, he played in many chamber music ensembles performing across the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA. He has also performed with many of the leading orchestras in Europe including the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic and the European Community Chamber Orchestras, and served for four years as Principal Cellist with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra.

Programme
Hailed as one of the greatest nationalist composers, Dvořák was born in 1841 in a small village of Bohemia (now in Czech Republic). Composed in late 1879, Symphony No.6 was regarded as one of the first of Dvořák’s large symphonic works to draw international attention and he started to develop his personal compositional style. Dvořák has written two Piano Quintets in his life. The first Piano Quintet has only ever been infrequently performed, but the second written in 1887 immediately found favour with players and audience alike and remains to this day one of the most popular chamber works.

Pre-concert Activities
The HKPO X IaE Music Appreciation Workshop (in Cantonese) will be held from 11am – 1pm on 20 March to enhance local students’ interest in music and encourage their participation in musical activities. Ticket Price: $80 (for all ages) Discounted Price for Club Bravo and YA members: $60. Please visit ya.hkpo.com for more details.

A FREE concert series named Swire Classic Insights: Discover Series will be organized from March to May. The series is designed for adults and young people aged 15 years old or above, who are interested in classical music. The first programme Discover Dvořák will be held on 18 March 2011 (Fri), 8pm at the Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium. Conductor and presenter Judith Yan will explore Dvořák’s Symphony No.6 with music examples and illustrations. The concert will be conducted in Cantonese & English. Please visit www.hkpo.com/sci for pre-registration from 11 March.

Great Composers: The Dvořák Experience:
Piano Quintet in A
20 | 3 | 2011
sun 3pm
HK City Hall Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
Available at URBTIX from now

Artists

 
John Harding conductor/director
Rachel Cheung piano
Richard Bamping cello
Andrew Ling viola
Wang Liang violin

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An All- Dvořák Programme

 
Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81  
Symphony No. 6  

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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, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 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 critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe. In the 2010/11 season, the Orchestra undertakes a China tour of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The first of which is an Expo 2010 programme.

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