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Russian Virtuoso Vadim Repin showcases Brahms's Violin Concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic on 1&2 April

10-03-2011

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[10 March 2011 – Hong Kong] The Russian violin virtuoso Vadim Repin will return to Hong Kong to perform Brahms’s famous violin concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) under the baton of Rossen Milanov. The Macallan Bravo! Series: Repin plays Brahms will be held on 1 & 2 April (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. The 1 April performance is sponsored by The Macallan. Also on the programme are Zhou Tian’s The Palace of Nine Perfections and Dvořàk’s Nature, Life and Love.

Vadim Repin, violin

“He can master the most dangerous challenges with an almost provocative serenity.”

Fiery passion with impeccable technique, poetry and sensitivity are Repin’s trademarks, and his name has rapidly become synonymous with the violin. In 1985 at fourteen he made his débuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Helsinki; a year later in Carnegie Hall. Two years later Repin was the youngest ever winner of the most prestigious and demanding violin competition in the world, the Reine Elisabeth Concours. Since then he has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras under the baton of today’s leading conductors.

Recent performance highlights have included galas with Mstislav Rostropovich to celebrate the centenary of the London Symphony Orchestra, a unique recital in Genoa on Paganini’s own violin, the legendary ‘Cannone’, a concert to mark the opening of the Olympic Games in Athens. The centenary of Dvořàk’s death was marked by numerous performances of the composer’s violin concerto, culminating in concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Jansons.

A disc of Taneyev’s chamber music has recently been released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Repin performs on the Stradivarius “Ruby” 1708 by kind permission of the Stradivarius Society of Chicago and also the 1736 Guarneri del Gesù “von Szerdahely”.

Rossen Milanov, conductor
A well-known figure in North America, Rossen Milanov has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of New Jersey, Seattle, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Charlotte, and Baltimore. His ongoing relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra has included critically-acclaimed performances at The Mann Center, at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and at the Kimmel Center. He has led tours with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the New Zealand Youth Orchestra, conducted the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and was Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony from 1997 to 2001.

Programme
Repin suggests that the Brahms "may be the first concerto anybody who knows the word violin falls in love with. It is the sweetest, most tender violin concerto imaginable". Of his recent recording of the Brahms Violin Concerto, International Record Review wrote: "Repin's effortless fluency and intonational accuracy are constant sources of pleasure … this is undeniably one of the finest versions", while Gramophone magazine suggested: "Repin is such a persuasive artist that it's easy to be seduced by the results". Come and hear the magic in the flesh as this mighty Russian violinist performs this monumental concerto.

Pre-concert Activity
Free Pre-concert Talks

Date: 1 April, 2011 (Fri)
Time: 7:15pm – 7:45pm [English]
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Jerome Hoberman, conductor
   
Date:

2 April, 2011 (Sat)

Time: 7:15pm – 7:45pm [Cantonese]
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Homer Lee, The HKPO’s horn player


The Macallan Bravo! Series: Repin plays Brahms
1&2 | 4 | 2011
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$450 $350 $250 $150
Available at URBTIX from now

1 April performance is sponsored by The Macallan

Artists

 
Rossen Milanov conductor
Vadim Repin violin

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Programme

 
BRAHMS Violin Concerto
ZHOU TIAN The Palace of Nine Perfections
DVOŘÁK Nature, Life and Love

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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, 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.

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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