Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Arts Review: Ashkenazy Conducts, slightly unwieldy

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy has a secure place in the pantheon of Russian pianists, made even more memorable by his defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1963 and his subsequent transition to conducting, for which he is most visible today.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 11:09am

Maestro who scaled heights brings celebration to city

Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the world's greatest pianists and conductors, will be conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra tomorrow and Saturday. Photo: Keith Saunders

This is a major anniversary year for pianist-conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, the 75-year-old maestro who conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra tomorrow and on Saturday.

First of all, it marks the 50th anniversary of his debut recording with Decca. In March 1963, he recorded Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor Anatole Fistoulari.

23 May 2013 - 4:30am

Kids get up close with orchestra

Children try out a djembe drum at the HKPO "musical petting zoo" after the Baroque for Family concert earlier this month. Photo: Keith Hiro

If your child enjoys music, getting up close to an orchestra and meeting players is likely to be an eye-opening experience.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:44am

Jing Wang leads Hong Kong Philharmonic

Jing Wang is leaving the Dallas Opera for Hong Kong. Photo: HKPO

Ahead of the launch of its 2013/14 season this Friday, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its new concertmaster, Jing Wang, a 28-year old Canadian-Chinese, to succeed incumbent concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich, whose 18-month contract will come to an end this summer.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:25am

Jaap van Zweden puts fresh manpower into Mahler

Jaap van Zweden. Photo: Warton Li

The Mahler work alluded to in this concert's title was his Symphony No 1, Titan. There's some logic to being non-specific. Many posit that when you've heard one Mahler symphony you've heard them all. To wit: a recurrent interchange of artlessness, Austrian folk-song, chorales, wonderment in nature and a morbid obsession with death.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

Abuse scandal destroys cellist's happy memories

Professor Wen Zhou Li was arrested on rape charges.

The principal cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 20 years has said the sex-abuse scandal at Chetham's School of Music in Britain has "tarnished for life" his time there as a student. At the age of nine, Richard Bamping was accepted by Chetham's, and he remained a student at the Manchester school until he was 18. It is one of only five specialist music schools in the UK with academic studies and rigorous musical development under one roof.

16 Feb 2013 - 3:46am

Preview: HK Phil and Nicola Benedetti

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti may not be a household name, but that doesn't bother the 25-year-old violinist.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:00pm

Soloist captured Ravel's gypsy mood with style

Igor Yuzefovich. Photo: Cheung Chi-wai & Keith Hiro

In terms of the overall quality of instrumental sound, this concert got the thumbs up. The HK Phil players were impressive throughout the ranks, particularly concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich who stepped up as soloist in Chausson's Poème and Ravel's gypsy-rooted Tzigane.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:21pm

Who said it?

Olympic committee chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting.

We ask why the government cannot keep its commitment to the people

Olympic committee chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting on claims that plans for a stadium at Kai Tak may be scrapped


Is this not a big joke we are playing on the world, when we have been telling people … we are a country with rule of law?

23 Oct 2012 - 3:09am

HK$575,000 raised at HK Phil concert for leukaemia boy Kenzo Wilson

Ron Wilson shaved his head in solidarity with his 11-year-old son, Kenzo Wilson, who is suffering from leukaemia. Photo: SCMP

A concert by musicians of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra raised HK$575,000 for Kenzo Wilson, an 11-year-old boy who is battling leukaemia and lung complication after a bone marrow transplant.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:28pm

Philharmonic tunes up for concert for Kenzo

Ron Wilson with a picture of his son Kenzo, 11, on his mobile phone. Photo: Dickson Lee

Golf-loving Kenzo Wilson was thrilled to be back on a course after a stint in hospital - but his joy was short-lived.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:54am 1 comment

Jaap van Zweden raises roof with first HK Phil concert

Fredric Mao, Tsang Tak-sing, Bonny Wong and Y.S. Liu

The four-in-one function at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre last Friday was a busy event: it launched the city's flagship orchestra with a new brand identity and introduced its new music director, along with celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:18am

HK Philharmonic's Jaap van Zweden makes strong debut

Welcome, Jaap!Hong Kong PhilharmonicHK Cultural Centre Concert HallReviewed: September 28

1 Oct 2012 - 3:58am

Jaap van Zweden sets bar high for Hong Kong Philharmonic

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra rehearses with conductor Jaap van Zweden, left, on November 17, 2011. Photo: SCMP

When his appointment as the new music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra was formally announced this year, Jaap van Zweden addressed reporters via a televised link from Amsterdam with a warm smile - an attribute largely absent from his publicity shots - and a twinkle in the eye, on suggesting that the city's flagship ensemble might one day become "the Berlin Philharmonic of Asia".

25 Sep 2012 - 3:24pm

Andrea Fessler gave up a legal career to bring chamber music to Hong Kong

Andrea Fessler (above) has brought top-notch classical musicians such as violist Maxim Rysanov (left) to Hong Kong.Photo: Edmond So

It's been five years since Andrea Fessler listened to her instincts and took a leap in the dark. Then a corporate lawyer with no formal musical training but with a love of music, she noted the dearth of top-flight, international chamber music recitals in this city and resolved to fill the void.

17 Sep 2012 - 9:25am