22 Jun 2018

BREAKING NEWS: World-leading stringed instruments dealer J & A Beare announces a long-term sponsorship with the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival

World-leading stringed instruments dealer J & A Beare announces a long-term sponsorship with the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival

J & A Beare is delighted to announce that with effect from January 2019 it will begin a new long-term collaboration with the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. The partnership will see the name of the Festival change to the “Beare’s Premiere Music Festival”.

Launched in 2009 by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong, the Festival was first major presenter of chamber music in Hong Kong and quickly became a cultural landmark. Taking place every January, the Festival showcases world class musicians performing diverse repertoire in the city’s major concert halls and smaller boutique venues alongside a range of education and outreach programs.  Since 2012, Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin (Jimmy) has been the Artistic Director.  Past performers have included the Emerson Quartet, Augustin Hadelich, Lynn Harrell, Ning Feng, Gary Hoffman, Wu Han and the Jerusalem Quartet.

J & A Beare, the world’s leading dealer of fine stringed musical instruments, is in many ways the perfect partner for the Festival. The company continues today its 126-year old tradition of helping musicians find their musical voice through violins, violas and cellos crafted by master Italian and European luthiers. As part of the collaboration, J & A Beare will hold a number of exclusive events at the Festival and throughout the year, showcasing a variety of the very finest examples of stringed instruments.

Steven Smith, Joint Managing Director of J & A Beare, said: “We are very excited to be involved in this culturally sophisticated and dynamic project. The Festival enables us to connect talented artists with potential patrons and provide musicians with the finest stringed instruments. This is a wonderful collaboration, further consolidating the work of the Beare’s International Violin Society established in 2011.”

Premiere Performances was founded in 2007 by Andrea D. Fessler to bring internationally celebrated artists and the world’s brightest rising stars to Hong Kong for solo recitals, chamber music and community outreach, building a vibrant local arts scene and inspiring audience members of all ages with performances that are accessible to all.  In 2018, Ms Fessler was named one of Musical America’s “Movers & Shapers” of classical music.

Ms. Fessler said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with J&A Beare. It is a great privilege for a burgeoning arts organisation like Premiere Performances to be partnering with such an esteemed institution. There is a great synergy between us and I look forward to developing our collaboration in Hong Kong and beyond into China”.

The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from January 16th – 24th, 2019 at various venues around the city of Hong Kong.  Full programme details will be available in October 2018 at www.pphk.org.

11 May 2018

Australian Quintet Best of Brass set to entertain families in Hong Kong (press release)

Larger Than Life Quintet ‘Best of Brass’
Set To Entertain Families in Hong Kong

Sunday May 13th, 2018 at Sha Tin Town Hall, 4pm

The Family Concert is sponsored by the Prudential Hotel.

There will also be a Community Concert on May 15 sponsored by Hongkong Land.

Famous for their dynamic, larger than life performances, Best of Brass is set to entertain listeners with a fun-filled and exciting performance.

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8 May 2018

Interview with Violinist Bomsori Kim

‘I remember going to see a recital by Kyung Wha Chung when I was around 7, and I think I cried. The sound that she created with her violin was really overwhelming for me.’

Read the full interview here at Interlude.

2 May 2018

Exciting Danish String Quartet Hong Kong Debut (press release)

Exciting Danish String Quartet
Makes their Hong Kong Debut

Sunday, 3 Jun, 2018 8pm at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

The Danish String Quartetis in a different league altogether, and one that should be attended every time they’re in town.” (Examiner). This unusually blonde and bearded young string quartet has been winning the world over with their “warmth, wit, beautiful tone, and technical prowess” (NPR). Known for their diverse programming, incredible versatility and programmes ranging from Beethoven to Nordic folk tunes, these Danish musicians bring a fresh face to the traditional classical string quartet. The quartet has seen incredible success and rave reviews throughout their ten years together, and are set to mesmerize Hong Kong audiences in their Hong Kong debut.

This concert is part of Premiere Performances’ Recital Series sponsored by Citi. This evening concert is sponsored by SKAGEN and supported by the Danish Chamber of Commerce. The hotel sponsor is The Luxe Manor.

“We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard.”

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20 Apr 2018

Korean violin sensation Bomsori Kim Hong Kong Debut (press release)

Korean violin sensation Bomsori Kim
Makes her Hong Kong Debut
together with Rising Star Pallavi Mahidhara, piano

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018 8pm at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

With a combined 28 top prizes in over 14 major international competitions, violinist Bomsori Kim and pianist Pallavi Mahidhara are two musicians to watch. With dazzling stage personalities and exceptional musicianship, this pair will come to Hong Kong for the first time in this Premiere Performances concert featuring gems of the violin, piano and duet repertoire.

This concert is part of Premiere Performances’ Recital Series sponsored by Citi. It is an Associated Project of Le French May and is supported by the Korean Consulate General.

Bomsori Kim, left, winner of the 62nd ARD International Music Competition.
Pallavi Mahidhara, right, second prize winner and Young Audience Award winner of the 2014 Geneva International Piano Competition.

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