Premiere Performances was founded as a registered charity in March 2007 by Andrea Fessler. Having lived in Hong Kong since 2004, Ms. Fessler perceived a strong demand for classical music concerts but there were few choices of solo recitals, and even less of chamber music. Ms. Fessler founded Premiere Performances to fill that gap.
Hong Kong has since seen exponential growth in the number of concerts, presenters, students and audience members of recitals and chamber music.
First Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival
Premiere Performances launched its first Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival in June 2009. The annual event features concerts by world-class chamber artists, plus dozens of free workshops, lectures, master classes and concerts around the city.
The festival brings Hong Kong audiences the richness of chamber music and its endless variety of instrumental combinations, performed at the highest international level.
On the occasion of the 10th Festival in 2019, the Festival was renamed the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival.
Birth of Chamber Music in Schools
Premiere Performances launched its extraordinary Chamber Music in Schools programme in 2012, bringing live performances, workshops and teacher training to schools across Hong Kong. Thanks to this programme, Hong Kong school children have significantly greater access to classical music. With its reach of some 40 events and 15,000 students annually, it is one of the principal live-music experiences in Hong Kong schools today.
Premiere Performances has secured important government funding, beginning in 2012 with the first-ever Springboard Grant of the Home Affairs Bureau and continuing in 2016 with the Art Development Matching Grants Pilot Scheme.
Premiere Performances of Hong Kong celebrated a significant milestone in 2017 – its 10th anniversary as a presenter of the world’s best performers of classical music and chamber music in Hong Kong.
Premiere Performances has firmly taken its place not only as one of Hong Kong’s leading arts presenters, but also as a versatile, ever-evolving, major contributor to the vibrancy of Hong Kong’s cultural community.