28 Dec 2018

The Colour of Sound Programme Notes


Strauss                         Sextet from Capriccio
Bruce                            Cymbeline (Asian Premiere)
Tsintsadze                 Six Miniatures on Georgian Folk Tunes for Mandolin and Strings


Dvořák                        String Quartet in A-flat major, Op. 105

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12 Nov 2018

10th Annual Chamber Music Festival Returning to Hong Kong starting 16 January 2019

10th Annual Chamber Music Festival Returns to Hong Kong with New
Name in Honour of Joining Title Sponsor, J&A Beare

Hong Kong – Next January, Premiere Performances will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its annual chamber music festival, now called the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival (formerly the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival). The 2019 Festival will host 22 internationally acclaimed musicians for 5 ticketed concerts, a gala fundraising dinner and over 15 outreach and education events from Wednesday, 16 January to Thursday, 24 January 2019.

Hailed as “Hong Kong’s cultural landmark” by the South China Morning Post (SCMP), this year’s festival will be the first to include J & A Beare (Beare’s) — which was recently announced as the long-term title sponsor. Beare’s has been recognized as the pre-eminent experts in the field of fine antique stringed instruments and bows since its founding in London in 1892. The company brings over 120 years of international authority and is the leading instrument dealer for the world’s top classical musicians.

The Festival also welcomes the return of Cho-Liang Lin as Artistic Director for the 8th year. An alumnus of the storied Juilliard School, Cho-Liang Lin has performed with major orchestras all over the world since his debut concert in 1980. His albums have won Gramophone Record Of The Year, Grammy nominations and Penguin Guide Rosettes. Cho-Liang Lin is currently a faculty member of the Juilliard School, a professor at Rice University, and just retired after 18 years as the music director of the La Jolla SummerFest.

Highlights of the 2019 Beare’s Premiere Music Festival will include famed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s In War & Peace, a collaboration between mandolin superstar Avi Avital and the Dover String Quartet, and a concert dedicated to music of the Tango.

The Festival will see the Asian premieres of David Bruce’s Cymbeline and George Tsontakis’s Portrait by El Greco; and the Hong Kong debuts for the Dover Quartet, Paul Huang, and Julian Steckel.
Tickets are on sale now to see world class performances at Beare’s Premiere Music Festival 2019:

In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Il Pomo d’Oro, chamber orchestra
16 January 2019 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm

The Colour of Sound
Richard Strauss, David Bruce, Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Antonín Dvořák
18 January 2019 (Friday) 8:00 pm

Outside Elements
Mark-Anthony Turnage, Béla Bartók, George Tsontakis, Erich Korngold
20 January 2019 (Sunday) 8:00 pm

Forward Movement
Antonio Vivaldi, Antonín Dvořák, Louis Spohr, Edward Elgar
22 January 2019 (Tuesday) 8:00 pm

Viva Tango!
The Music of Schifrin & Piazzolla
24 January 2019 (Thursday) 8:00 pm

10th Festival Anniversary Fundraising Gala
Cocktail reception, a live performance in the new JC Cube Theatre
19 January 2019 (Saturday) 6:30 pm

Cho-Liang Lin will serve as the Artistic Director for the festival and other musicians performing will include: Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano), Il Pomo d’Oro (chamber orchestra), Dover Quartet (string quartet), Pablo Aslan (double bass), Avi Avital (mandolin), Martin Beaver (violin), Lise Berthaud (viola), Alex Brown (piano), Evelyn Chang (piano), Hector Del Curto (bandoneon), Andreas Haelfliger (piano), Paul Huang (violin), George Lomdaridze (double bass), Yura Lee (violin & viola), Li-Wei Qin (cello), David Shifrin (clarinet), Julian Steckel (cello), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), Tianwa Yang (violin).

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit the Premiere Performances website: www.pphk.org/festival/beares-premiere-music-festival-2019/.

Premiere Performances of Hong Kong is financially supported by the Art Development Matching Grants Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The content of these programmes does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

30 Jul 2018

Ulysses Quartet wins first prize at the Schoenfeld International Chamber Music Competition

The Ulysses Quartet, who will make their Hong Kong debut through Premiere Performances on September 9, has been awarded first prize at the 2018 Schoenfeld International Chamber Music Competition in Harbin, China. The Ulysses Quartet will receive an award of US$20,000.

Founded in 2013, the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition aims to enrich the culture of music by recognizing and promoting highly gifted young musicians.

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See the Ulysses Quartet in their Hong Kong Debut at the brand-new venue of Tai Kwun on September 9 (Sun)! Click here for tickets and full concert details. 

26 Jun 2018

Announcing our 2018/2019 Recital Series

Premiere Performances is proud to announce our exciting Recital lineup for the 2018/19 season.

Save up to 25% with our early bird discount – don’t miss this special offer! This pre-order period is available only on our website until 18 August, when tickets go on sale at Urbtix. Get your tickets now while you have access to the whole hall – before tickets are available to sponsors or the general public.

All recitals take place at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall at 8PM.

Piano genius Stephen Hough returns to Hong Kong with a specially-devised solo recital that explores every side of his artistic personality: thinker, communicator and supreme virtuoso. This new recital programme focuses on Debussy, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. Cleverly paired with Schumann and Beethoven, this programme explores the radical nature of Debussy’s music. It is a programme full of depth and contrast.

$580, $380, $240, $100


Experience the dazzling skills of gold medal winners István Várdai (cello) and Sunwook Kim(piano) who are teaming up to present a virtuosic recital of gems of the cello/piano repertoire.
István Várdai is the only cellist in the world to have won Gold Medals at both the International Cello Competition in Geneva (2008) and the ARD Competition in Munich (2014), the two most important contests for cellists. Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006 at age 18, making him the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years.

$480, $300, $200, $100


Baroque meets contemporary in this recital by two BBC New Generation Artists. Violinist Jennifer Pike and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will team up to present a programme pairing composers of the baroque era with those of the 20th century – while demonstrating the incredible versatility of the traditional violin and harpsichord pairing. British/Polish violinist Jennifer Pike first gained international recognition when, aged 12, she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prizewinner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition. Iranian-born Mahan Esfahani was a BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Newcomer of the Year’, and a shortlisted artist for the Gramophone Artist of the Year — the first harpsichordist to achieve each of these accolades.

$480, $300, $200, $100


Take ten of the most prolific composers of our time, including two Pulitzer Prize winners, combine them with a mezzo-soprano superstar and a cutting-edge string quartet, and you have a recipe for a spectacular evening of music. Groundbreaking string quartet Brooklyn Rider is teaming up with Grammy Award-winning Anne Sofie von Otter to present a “constellation of diverse songs and compositions”, a unique selection of new arrangements for voice and string quartet by composers including Philip Glass, John Adams, Björk, Elvis Costello and more.

$580, $380, $240, $100

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.

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