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Zhang Haochen, the Gold Medal winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition showcases Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 with conductor Carolyn Kuan and the HKPO in “Pictures from Russia” on 10&11 June

26-05-2011

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[26 May 2011 – Hong Kong] Join pianist Zhang Haochen, conductor Carolyn Kuan and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) in a programme of widely-loved Russian classics including Prokofiev’s electrifying Piano Concerto No.2. Also on the programme are Tchaikovsky’s romantic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Swire New Generation: “Pictures from Russia” will be held on 10&11 June 2011 (Fri&Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talk Swire Classic Insight will be held on both nights at 7:15pm at the HKCC Auditorium Building 4/F Foyer.

Zhang Haochen, piano

“This young man right now is playing at a level equal to or better than many of the established pianists on the recital circuit. If you have the opportunity to hear him live…do so!”

---San Diego Arts

In June 2009, Zhang Haochen became one of the youngest participants and the first Chinese recipient to be awarded the prestigious Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Immediately following, he embarked on a worldwide sixty-day tour. Zhang Haochen not only gave his début recital at the Shanghai Concert Hall at the age of five, and his orchestral début at the age of six, but he was also awarded First Prize at the Shanghai Piano Competition at the ages of seven and nine. In 2004, he made his debut at the 59th International Chopin Festival Duszniki, Poland, performing the complete Chopin Etudes Op.25. He then moved to the United States to attend the Curtis Institute of Music and to study under world renowned pianist Gary Graffman. The year following, he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Krakow State Philharmonic, and Israel Philharmonic etc.

Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Carolyn Kuan is increasingly recognized as one of the most exciting, innovative and outstanding conductors of her generation. Appointed as the Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra from the 2011/12 season, her recent guest conductor performances which demonstrate her explosive passion, impeccable technique and profound musical depth, have included concerts with the Baltimore Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony and Detroit Symphony. Past associations have seen Carolyn Kuan as Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Artist-in-Residence at the New York City Ballet and Assistant Conductor for the Baltimore Opera Company. The recipient of numerous awards, she holds the distinction of being the first female to be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship by the Herbert von Karajan Centrum and American Austrian Foundation in 2003, which resulted in her residency at the 2004 Salzburg Festival.

Programme
Hear the new forces of the new classical music generation in a programme of Russian classics. The youngest participant and the first Chinese recipient of the Gold Medal of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Zhang Haochen will light up the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall with his superb technique at Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 while the first female winner of the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship, Carolyn Kuan will lead the HKPO in Tchaikovsky’s timeless Romeo and Juilet Fantasy Overture and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Swire New Generation: Pictures from Russia
10&11 | 6 | 2011
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
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Artists

 
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Zhang Haochen piano

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Programme

 
TCHAIKOVSKY           Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
PROKOFIEV      Piano Concerto No. 2
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

Pre-concert Activities
Free Pre-concert Talk
Date:  10 June, 2011 (Friday)
Time: 7:15pm – 7:45pm (English)
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Raff Wilson, Director of Artistic Planning of the HKPO

Free Pre-concert Talk
Date: 11 June, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 7:15pm – 7:45pm (Cantonese)
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Calvin Lai, Presenter / Producer, RTHK Radio 4

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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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