Recitals | Hong Kong Debut

Gilad Harel
A Clarinet Rhapsody

with Rachel Cheung, piano

20 October 2021 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm Duration: 75 mins without interval
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall View map
$480, $320, $180

“Gilad Harel gave an outstanding account…with beautiful chordal effects, fast trills, astonishing pianissimos and, most useful of all, a vivid sense of character in everything he did.” The New York Times

“What playing! What energy! Harel is a clarinetist with incredible presence, rich and deep sound and exploding playing.” Haaretz

Israeli clarinet virtuoso Gilad Harel makes his Hong Kong début with a classical programme – with a twist!  Equally comfortable with classical music as with jazz, swing, gypsy and klezmer music, Harel is a true ambassador for his instrument, showcasing his  “breathtaking virtuosity” and “phenomenal capabilities” (Haaretz).

Gilad Harel has played with orchestras around the world, including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Geneva Camerata, and the Manhattan Sinfonietta, and performs regularly with cabaret singer Ute Lemper.   Harel also collaborated with mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital to create a unique concert of Klezmer and electronic music, which toured Taipei, Paris and Geneva.

For his Hong Kong recital, Harel is joined by Rachel Cheung for an evening of Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Mozart – and Harel’s signature Klezmer music.  Be prepared to be blown away by Harel’s incredible energy and stage presence, as he “makes his clarinet grind, whoop and scream” (Bachtrack)!

Click here to read the house programme.


DEBUSSYPremière Rhapsodie

SAINT-SAËNSClarinet Sonata, Op 167

SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op 73

MOZARTViolin Sonata No.32 in B Flat, K.454 (arr. for clarinet by Gilad Harel)

HAREL/TARRAS Klezmer Medley

Pre-Concert podcast with Gilad Harel

You can listen to the pre-concert podcast now on Spotify, Anchor and more platforms!

Online Pre-Concert chats with Gilad Harel on Zoom!


Gilad Harel will be joined by Hong Kong’s own Andrew Simon, Principal Clarinet of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, for a casual zoom chat with our audiences. Join us to learn more about his upcoming recital programme, or simply to chat about clarinet music!

Guest: Gilad Harel
Host: Andrew Simon

In English
12 Oct 2021 (Tue) 9:30-10:30pm (HKT)
via Zoom

Register here for Free

Talks presented by Aura Music.

Gilad Harel, Avi Avital and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra plays a medley of Klezmer folk tunes from Eastern Europe, arranged by Sergei Abir

Audiences will be seated according to social-distancing guidelines.
Audiences must observe the special measures implemented by the venue in response to the COVID-19.
Programme runs approx. 75 mins with no interval. For ages 6 and above.

20 October 2021 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm Duration: 75 mins without interval
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall View map
$480, $320, $180


Premiere Performances and Hong Kong Sinfonietta are delighted to continue their collaboration in bringing international artists to Hong Kong. This time, the featured artist is clarinettist Gilad Harel, who will be playing “A Clarinet Rhapsody” recital (20 Oct) as well as performing with Hong Kong Sinfonietta in the “Mozart Clarinet Concerto” concert (23 Oct). Enjoy 20% off when purchasing standard tickets to both the recital and the concert in the same transaction at URBTIX.

Note: Discounts cannot be used in conjunction of other discounts

Discounts & Concessions

  • 50% off for full-time students, seniors (60+), disabled and the minder and CSSA recipients
  • 10% off for groups purchase of 10 or more standard tickets in one event