Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival HK City Hall Theatre Reviewed: June 25 and 27 This inaugural festival, presented by Premiere Performances, celebrated the world of chamber music in six concerts by bringing together 11 musicians from around the world. One alternative, at least on paper, would have been to invite three established ensembles to each supply a couple of discrete programmes. Variety, however, was the hallmark of the exercise with a nightly carousel of duos, trios, quartets and quintets. Violinist Pekka Kuusisto was indisposed by a hand injury which led to one cancelled programme plus changes to repertoire and performers in others. What emerged was a pleasant overview of chamber works spanning 170 years, but lacking the intimate perception of groups who have co-habited with the music for years. On Saturday, violinist Tian-wa Yang sliced through Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen with aplomb but, coupled with routine performances of Poulenc's Clarinet Sonata and Turina's string quartet movement, La Oracion del Torero, the three bonbons felt more of a warm-up act for Faure's Piano Quartet No1. This meaty, lyrical work felt stylistically comfortable, although the scherzo was taken at a cautious speed and pianist Tanya Bannister might have ducked and weaved into the texture with more presence. Thursday night's programme ended on a high with Brahms' Piano Quartet No1: spontaneity invigorated the characterisation of each movement and the integrated string sounds of Claudia Ajmone-Marsan (violin), Atte Kilpelainen (viola) and Trey Lee (above, cello). Beethoven's Clarinet Trio Op11, however, missed the mark with pianist Jie Chen playing with an overly dominant tone, masking cellist Tomas Djupsjobacka's attempts at a reserved sound and encouraging clarinettist Anton Dressler to adopt a forceful edge.