'Hendrix of the cello' to make Hong Kong debut

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 June, 2010, 12:00am

Music is another highlight of the Quality & Lifestyle festival with performances by Giovanni Sollima - the 'Jimi Hendrix of the cello' - and violinist Andrea Zanchetta, who will play on strings modelled on identical copies of the Paganini gut strings that were found in 2001.

Jazz fans are in for a treat with the return of the Fulvio Albano Trio, who will perform a repertoire including pieces from Sonny Rollins and Hank Mobley alongside their own compositions. Special concert, dinner and cocktail tickets are available for the performances at the InterContinental Grand Stanford this weekend before the trio perform at the Venetian in Macau on Monday.

Cellist Sollima performs with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong at the City Hall Concert Hall on June 11, with a pre-concert talk by chief conductor Jean Thorel at 6.30pm. Concert and dinner tickets are also available for HK$900 (HK$860 concessionary), with a separate Chinese-Italian wine-pairing dinner at the Shanghai Garden Restaurant in Harcourt Road.

Sollima, who will be making his Hong Kong debut, is a renowned composer and creates diverse musical blends with elements of jazz, classical and rock, and regional variations from Sicily and other parts of the Mediterranean. The Hendrix tag comes from the sonic range Sollima induces from the cello. But he will not set fire to the instrument.

Hong Kong resident Zanchetta specialises in the music of the Italian masters, with an emphasis on how the pieces were originally performed. His concert with the City Chamber Orchestra at the Academy for Performing Arts on June 19 sees him using strings copied from a set of gut strings thought to have originally belonged to violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini (1782 to 1840).