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Our gift to Hong Kong —

A FREE CONCERT in celebration of our 10th anniversary!

Please note: Registration for this concert is now closed! Thank you for your immediate and enthusiastic response to this event. All available tickets have been allocated. 

On 24 September (Sunday), Premiere Performances will present an evening of solo and chamber music performed by some of the world-famous artists who have graced Premiere Performances’ stages over the past ten years. Cho-Liang Lin (violin), Ning Feng (violin) and Sa Chen (piano) are just some of the international guests you will hear on this special occasion.

Well-known local musicians Evelyn Chang (piano), Andrew Ling (violin), and Richard Bamping (cello) will also join this star-studded musical celebration. The concert will be hosted by popular actor and Canto-pop star Gregory Rivers.

The programme includes:

Ewazen - Grand Valley Fanfare
Fiesta Brass Quintet

Chopin - Three Mazurkas, Op. 33, No. 4; Op. 33, No. 2
Sa Chen

Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata, D.821, I. Allegro moderato
Maxim Rysanov, Alessio Bax

Schumann - Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44, l. Allegro brillante
Cho-Liang Lin, Andrew Ling, Maxim Rysanov, Richard Bamping, Lucille Chung

Sarasate - Navarra, Op.33
Cho-Liang Lin, Ning Feng, Evelyn Chang

Brahms - Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op.25, IV. Rondo Alla Zingarese
Ning Feng, Maxim Rysanov, Li Wei Qin, Alessio Bax

intermission

Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No.1, Op.49, I. Molto allegro agitato
Ning Feng, Li Wei Qin, Sa Chen 

Schubert - Piano Quintet in A Major, D.667, “Trout”, IV. Tema con variazione. Andantino
Cho-Liang Lin, Maxim Rysanov, Li Wei Qin, DaXun Zhang, Alessio Bax

Happy Birthday Variations
Viva! Pipers Woodwind Quintet

Lutoslawski - Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos
Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung

Wilberg - Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen for two pianos eight hands
Sa Chen, Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung, Evelyn Chang

Programme may be subject to change.

10th Anniversary Gala Concert Artists:

Cho-Liang Lin, violin

jimmy_10ann.jpgViolinist Cho-Liang Lin is lauded for the eloquence of his playing and superb musicianship. In his international concert career, he is equally at home with an orchestra, in recital, playing chamber music, and as a teacher. He has been Music Director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest since 2001 and has a permanent position on the University’s Shepherd School of Music. Cho-Liang Lin’s extensive discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Ondine, Naxos and BIS.

Cho-Liang Lin has been a performer and the Artistic Director of the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival since 2012.

Ning Feng, violin

feng_10ann.jpgNing Feng is one of China’s most celebrated classical musicians and a Hong Kong favourite. He is renowned globally as an artist of great lyricism, emotional transparency, and bravura. Recent successes include debuts with the LA Philharmonic and Frankfurt Radio Symphony, a tour of China with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and European and SE Asia/Australia tours with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden. In recital and chamber music he performs regularly in major festivals including Kissinger Sommer, Heidelberg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schubertiade and La Jolla Music Society.

Ning Feng performed at the 2012 and 2013 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festivals, and in Premiere Performances’ Recital Series in 2010, with Javier Perianes in 2014, and with the Southbank Sinfonia in 2015.

Andrew Ling, violin

andrea_10ann.jpgA native of Hong Kong, Andrew Ling is currently the principal violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has performed solo performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim. Ling began studying the violin at the age of six under the tutelage of the late Professor Lin Yaoji of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. He has also collaborated with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and has given recitals in Hong Kong, the North America and Europe. Ling is an active chamber musician, having performed with Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Trey Lee, the Shanghai String Quartet and has been invited as a guest artist at the Chamber Residency of Banff Centre in Canada and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

Ling completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Indiana University, and have studied at Rice University in Houston. He has had a broad musical education having studied with Henryk Kowalski, Ik-Hwan Bae, Alan de Veritch and Cho-Liang Lin.

Andrew Ling performed at the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

Maxim Rysanov, viola

maxim_10ann.jpgUkrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the world’s most vibrant and charismatic musicians. As a violist, he has performed at major international events such as BBC Last Night of the Proms, Verbier, Great Mountain, Edinburgh, and Salzburg festivals. Maxim is the winner of the Classic FM Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Award, as well as the Geneva, Lionel Tertis and Valentino Bucchi competitions.

Rysanov performed in Premiere Performances’ Recital Series in 2012 and the 2014 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

Li Wei Qin, cello

liwei_10ann.jpgChinese cellist Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician. Li-Wei has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with many of the world’s great orchestras and worked with leading conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Marek Janowski, Hans Graf, Yu Long, and the late Lord Menuhin. In recitals and chamber music, Li-Wei is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. He has appeared at the BBC Proms, Rheingau, City of London, and Mecklenburg Festivals.

Li-Wei performed at the 2017 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

Richard Bamping, cello

ric_10ann.jpgRichard Bamping has held the title of Principal Cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 1993. His many solo appearances with the Philharmonic have been greeted with critical acclaim. He has had a very broad musical education studying cello with various famous teachers such as Elizabeth Wilson, Raphael Wallfisch, and Steven Isserlis. In the field of chamber music, he has studied with the Amadeus, Alban Berg, Delme, Takacs and Allegri String Quartets, and with David Takeno, Gyorgy Kurtag, Peter Norris and more. As a freelance cellist based in London, Richard Bamping played in many chamber music ensembles performing across the United Kingdom, Europe and the U.S.A. He has also performed with many of the leading orchestras in Europe including the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic and the European Community Chamber Orchestras.

Richard Bamping performed at the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

DaXun Zhang, double bass

daxun_10ann.jpgChinese double bassist DaXun Zhang has established an international career as an eminent soloist on an unusual instrument. He enjoyed early successes, becoming the first double bassist to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions (2003) and the second bassist awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2007). Mr. Zhang has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony and Pacific Symphony. His diverse recital repertoire ranges from western classical to Chinese folk music. He has performed extensively with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

DaXun Zhang has performed at the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festivals.

Sa Chen, piano

sa_10ann.jpgChinese pianist Sa Chen is described as “one of the brightest performers of her generation” by Classic FM in London. She was the first pianist to win top prizes at the Leeds, Chopin, and Van Cliburn piano competitions. Sa Chen has given recitals in the world’s major music centres including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Sydney Opera House. She has performed with leading orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, and James Conlon.

Sa Chen performed at the 2013 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

Alessio Bax, piano

alessio_10ann.jpg“Pianist Alessio Bax is clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public”, said Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” about this remarkable performer. First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

Alessio Bax performed in Premiere Performances’ Recital Series with Lucille Chung in 2013.

Lucille Chung, piano

lucille_10ann.jpgBorn in Montréal, Canadian pianist Lucille Chung has been acclaimed for her “stylish and refined performances” by Gramophone magazine, “combining vigour and suppleness with natural eloquence and elegance” (Le Soir). She has performed an extensive concerto repertoire with over 60 leading orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Fort Worth Symphony, with conductors including Krysztof Penderecki, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Peter Oundijian. She has also recorded numerous widely acclaimed albums both as a soloist and with Alessio Bax.

Lucille Chung performed in Premiere Performances’ Recital Series with Alessio Bax in 2013.

Evelyn Chang, piano

evelyn_10ann.jpg

Taiwan-born pianist Evelyn Chang has been an active performer in Asia since moving to Hong Kong in 2009. She enjoys collaborations with composers and artists across the world including a recent performance with Vadim Repin at the 45th Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Evelyn spent long years in London where she studied and performed regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing at the Buckingham Palace, South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall and many other venues in the UK and Europe. She premiered new works and also made numerous recordings including ‘Mahakali’- an improvisatory album with saxophonist Paul Dunmall, a recital album with violist Maxim Rysanov and a debut solo album ‘Poets from the East’ for Avie Records.

Evelyn Chang performed at the 2013, 2014 and 2017 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

Viva! Pipers, Woodwind Quintet

Viva_Pipers_10ann.jpgThe Viva! Pipers, is an ensemble of talented musicians from Hong Kong who have all received overseas training. The five wind players were recruited through a public audition process and have now received extensive training by the professional musicians from Musica Viva Australia to deliver the same interactive and engaging program that Musica Viva is famous for. The Viva! Pipers perform as part of Premiere Performances' Chamber Music In Schools program and their performance has been carefully developed to showcase a range of musical styles and genres (and fun!).  Since their first school tour in April 2015, they have already given nearly 60 live performances at kindergartens and primary schools in different districts and visited more than 15,000 students.

Flute: Venus Chu
Clarinet: Rita Au
Oboe: Rachel Wong
Bassoon: Leung Tak-Wing
French Horn: Edith Tam

Fiesta Brass, Brass Quintet

fiesta_brass_10ann.jpgFiesta Brass Quintet is made up of five outstanding young musicians from Hong Kong who are passionate about performing. The group was formed in 2017 and is the second ensemble established by Premiere Performances after the successful launch of the Viva! Pipers Woodwind Quintet in 2014.  The members were recruited through a public audition process and are now receiving professional training from visiting professional ensembles and music specialists from Musica Viva Australia, the official partner of Premiere Performances' Chamber Music In Schools Programme.  Fiesta Brass Quintet is scheduled to give their first school tour in early 2018.

Trumpet: Chan Kin Sing, Kinson
Trumpet: Fu Chi Fung, Jimmy
Tuba: Chong Yik Hay, Gary
French Horn: Lam Cheuk Wai, Ryan
Trombone: Cheung Kai Ming

It’s sure to be a birthday party like no other—a free, world-class concert of classical music presented for and accessible to the entire community.

Tickets were available via online registration on 17 August and were quickly snapped up. If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please sign up here and we will contact you if tickets become available.

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