Perry So: My New World

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 May, 2009, 12:00am

HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall Tomorrow, 8pm Perry So Pak-hin still remembers waving his arms, chopstick in hand, in front of an imaginary orchestra as a child. Today, it's his profession. As one of Hong Kong's most promising conductors, the winner of last year's International Prokofiev Conducting Competition will pick up the baton for his official debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra tomorrow.

'I wanted to be a conductor as soon as I realised what conducting was,' says the 27-year-old (above).

The highlight of tomorrow's programme will be Beethoven's Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello in C, featuring young pianist Warren Lee, the Philharmonic's second associate concertmaster, violinist Wong Sze-hang and co-principal cellist Fang Xiaomu. It also includes Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte: Overture and Dvorak's Symphony No9 From the New World.

Although it'll be his first time conducting Dvorak's symphony, So says he has always appreciated its beautiful composition and bright style.

'Dvorak was never world-weary like Mahler. He's always in love with the world and you can hear that in his music,' he says.

So says he is nervous about his official debut, but 'only in a sense that I'm always nervous' about live music. 'But I have every confidence it will be great fun. I'm going into it with a desire to have fun on stage and bring out the captivating things about the pieces.'

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