Stream Premiere Performances on YouTube!
Looking for your dose of culture while social distancing? We have selected highlights of some of our favourite concerts and uploaded them on our YouTube channel. While we patiently wait for Hong Kong’s venues to re-open, we hope you will join us in our digital concert hall to relive some of our favourite musical moments. See below for the schedule of upcoming concerts this month. Check out our YouTube channel! Check out our channel for other highlights of past concerts, including the 2020 Beare’s Premiere Music Festival.
Alexander Ullman: Chopin – Walt in D-flat major, Op. 64, no. 1 “Minute”
Stream Date: 12 Mar 2022 (Sat), 6PM
Xuefei Yang: José Luis Merlín – Suite del Recuerdo
Stream Date: 9 Mar 2022 (Wed), 6PM
David Greilsammer: John Cage – Sonata V (prepared piano)/Scarlatti – Sonata in D Major, K. 492
Stream Date: 5 Mar 2022 (Sat), 6PM
Centuries apart, the Sonatas of John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti are very different yet surprisingly similar. In this sold-out recital of Scarlatti:Cage: Sonatas, pianist David Greilsammer alternates between sonatas of the two composers, demonstrating their similarities – short, provocative, passionate, colourful and wildly rhythmic.
Here’s David Greilsammer playing John Cage’s Sonata V (on prepared piano), and Scarlatti’s Sonata in D Major, K. 492. The full version is uploaded to our YouTube channel “Premiere Performances of Hong Kong”.
Gilad Harel x Rachel Cheung: Harel/Tarras Klezmer Medley – Zefki
Stream Date: 2 Mar 2022 (Wed), 6PM
Israeli clarinet virtuoso Gilad Harel made his Hong Kong debut pianist Rachel Cheung with us in October 2021. Gilad played some of the greatest classical clarinet repertoire, and then wrapped up the beautiful evening with his signature Klezmer music. Here is part of the Klezmer Medley – Zefki.
Alexander Ullman: Arvo Pärt – Für Alina
Stream Date: 26 Feb 2022 (Sat), 6PM
Multiple gold medal winner of several important piano competitions, including two different international Franz Liszt piano competitions (Budapest, 2011 and Utrecht, 2017), British pianist Alexander Ullman give a stunning recital in Hong Kong with 3 Sonatas by Haydn, Beethoven and Liszt. In the video is his first encore, Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina.
Xuefei Yang: A Moonlit Night on the Spring River
Stream Date: 23 Feb 2022 (Wed), 6PM
Star guitarist Xuefei Yang returned to Hong Kong with a colourful and virtuosic recital repertoire. Xuefei pays homage to her homeland with her own beautiful arrangements of traditional Chinese melodies lesser known to the Western guitar community. She brings a fresh perspective to Chinese music, as well as opening a door to new repertoire for the guitar.
Alexander Ullman: Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, Waldstein (1st Movement)
Stream Date: 19 Feb 2022 (Sat), 6PM
Multiple gold medal winner of several important piano competitions, including two different international Franz Liszt piano competitions (Budapest, 2011 and Utrecht, 2017), British pianist Alexander Ullman gave a stunning recital in Hong Kong with 3 Sonatas by Haydn, Beethoven and Liszt.
Gilad Harel x Rachel Cheung: Debussy Première Rhapsodie
Stream Date: 16 Feb 2022 (Wed), 6PM
Israeli clarinet virtuoso Gilad Harel made his Hong Kong debut pianist Rachel Cheung with Premiere Performances in October 2021. Gilad played some of the greatest classical clarinet repertoire, and then wrapped up the beautiful evening with his signature Klezmer music.
Stephen Hough plays Liszt
Stream Date: 2 May 2020 (Sat), 8PM
LISZT Valses Oubliées, S.215, No. 1 and 2
LISZT Études d’exécution transcendante, S.139, No. 11 (Harmonies du Soir) and No. 10
Lynn Harrell, Kyoko Takezawa and Wu Han: Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A minor (1st Movement)
Hong Kong Debut
The Danish String Quartet
Folk Music from Nordic Countries
Romer String Quartet Family Concert
performed in Cantonese
Stream Date: 10 May 2020 (Sun) 3pm
Romer String Quartet will take you and your family on a journey through time, exploring the development of chamber music from different musical eras across the past few centuries. Kids will understand the rich texture of this fine and intimate form of music by listening to masterworks from great composers including Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms as well as modern works by Piazzolla and Schulhoff.
Ning Feng and Javier Perianes
Stream Date: 16 May 2020 (Sat) 8pm
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 1 in D
Olli Mustonen’s Nonet for Strings No. 2
Stream Date: 17 May 2020 (Sun) 8pm
performed by Aaron Boyd, Arnaud Sussmann, Paul Neubauer, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Borromeo String Quartet and DaXun Zhang.
Hong Kong Debut
Hot Club of San Francisco: Postcards from Gypsyland
Stream Date: 23 May 2020 (Sat) 8pm
Jazz Pop-up! The Hot Club of San Francisco are an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of the pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions by the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Featuring two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine and a swinging rhythm section, the group never fails to surprise and delight.
Mandolin Virtuoso Avi Avital and The Cologne Academy Chamber Orchestra
Stream Date: 30 May 2020 (Sat) 8pm
BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances
FALLA Danse Espagnol
TSINTSADZE Miniatures on Georgian Folk Themes
Bulgarian folk tune Bucimis
David Greilsammer Piano Recital: IMAGINARY BRIDGES
FROGERGER Tombeau sur la Mort de Monsieur Blancheroche
LIGETI Musica Ricercata No. 7 & 8
BUXTEHUDE Canzonetta in D minor
CAGE Two Pieces for Piano: II
COUPERIN Les Barricades Mysterieuses
PORAT Whaam! (HK Premiere)
Hong Kong Debut
Benjamin Appl, baritone with James Baillieu, piano
Stream Date: 4 April 2020 (Sat), 8PM
Johannes Brahms Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund (Volkslied)
Richard Strauss Allerseelen (Gilm), Op. 10, No. 8
Franz Schubert Nachtstück (Mayrhofer), D. 672
Franz Schubert Drang in die Ferne (Leitner), D. 770
Franz Schubert Der Wanderer an den Mond (Seidl), D.870
Adolf Strauss Ich weiß bestimmt, ich wird’ dich wiedersehen (Hift)
from the 2019 Beare’s Premiere Music Festival
Stream Date: 11 April 2020 (Sat), 8PM
Programme (Complete Concert!)
LALO SCHIFRIN Letters from Argentina
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Selected Tangos
Stream Date: 12 April 2020 (Sun), 3PM
Fun for the whole family! Watch this brass quintet showcase their instruments through movie music, showtunes and classical favourites.
*Concert in Cantonese
Hong Kong Debut
Gabriela Montero, piano improvisations
Stream Date: 18 April 2020 (Sat), 8PM
Watch classical improvisation master Gabriela Montero perform her signature improvisations based on suggestions from the audience.
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano with Brooklyn Rider, string quartet
Stream Date: 25 April 2020 (Sat), 8PM
Watch Anne Sofie von Otter and Brooklyn Rider perform songs by Rufus Wainwright, Björk and Kate Bush, arranged for voice and string quartet.
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