Peter Donohoe will play Tchaikovsky and Brahms. Cedric Tiberghien will play Chopin and Schumann. Benjamin Schmid will play Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel. These are just some of the highlights of Hong Kong Sinfonietta's new season. The orchestra's year-long concert series will bear the hallmarks of its trademark top-quality production values, as it continues to bring unique home-grown and international talents to Hong Kong audiences. 'Our audiences range from complete beginners to people who know more orchestral works and composers than I do,' says Yip Wing-sie, the orchestra's music director, an internationally-renowned conductor and a highly respected figure in Asia's music scene. Under Yip's stewardship since 2002, Hong Kong Sinfonietta - it was launched in 1990 as a small ensemble of local music graduates - has grown into a sizeable symphony orchestra of more than 50 contracted members. It stages more than 90 critically acclaimed performances annually. The orchestra's season, entitled 'Good Music This Way', follows two seasons featuring superb music organised under distinct themes, 'Believing Music Can' and 'Music That Moves'. 'In the new season, what we have in store for local music lovers is many ways they can enjoy good music our way. 'The good thing about classical music is that it is never too early or too late to get closer to it - and it is enjoyable at different levels. If you get into the Hong Kong Sinfonietta way, you will be able to choose the way you want your music delivered.' Performances will be sure to enthral lay listeners and seasoned music lovers alike. The orchestra's new season will open on Friday at Hong Kong City Hall's Concert Hall, beginning with Donohoe. Widely regarded as one of the greatest living British pianists, Donohoe will perform two of the best-loved romantic piano concertos of all time, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No1 in B-flat minor. As this year marks the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann's birth, the Sinfonietta will pay homage to the legendary German composer by performing four of his symphonies, including a concert by celebrated Chinese-Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin, who will play Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor. Electric Kinderszenen, a multimedia concert created and performed by Samson Young, will in turn take Schumann's best-loved piano set of 13 pieces for children, Scenes from Childhood, as a basis for a brilliant symphony of moving images and virtuoso piano play. A versatile and creative performer, Young became the first Hong Kong artist to receive the Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award in 2007 and was the Sinfonietta's artist associate in 2008-2009. In his trademark style of playful poesy and brooding pathos, the Chinese artist will probe aspects of children's literature during what will be a special experience at the concert's world premiere in Hong Kong in June. The production will come as part of the Sinfonietta's drive to commission new works for each new season, while venturing into crossover projects performed live in an effort to enhance the aesthetic experience on stage. Other world premieres will be Hark the Phoenix Soaring High by versatile composer Chan Hing-yan and a commissioned work by Tang Lok-yin, a Hong Kong-born talent, which will be performed at the 2011 Hong Kong Arts Festival. Lovers of Frederic Chopin's immortal melodies will be treated to a scintillating performance of his Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor by Cedric Tiberghien, whose virtuosity has been hailed by Britain's The Daily Telegraph as 'very close to what we know about Chopin's own playing'. The French pianist sensation will also dazzle Hong Kong audiences with a rendition of Schumann's Symphony No1 in B-flat. On May 15, the Sorcerer of the Violin, as French critics have hailed Nemanja Radulovic, a young virtuoso with a rock star's charisma, will perform Saint-Saens's Violin Concerto No 3. Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, with its vivid intensity, with movements titled 'Dream of a Witches' Sabbath' and 'Daydreams - Passions', will raise the roof of the Concert Hall. Also on violin, Austrian virtuoso Benjamin Schmid will recite Mozart's Violin Sonata in F, Beethoven's Violin Sonata No 7 in C minor, Ravel's Violin Sonata No 2 in G and Gershwin/Heifetz's Porgy and Bess Suite. The Sinfonietta's upcoming season will also feature such renowned artists as conductors Christopher Hogwood, Dorian Wilson and Ariel Zuckermann, percussionist Martin Grubinger, violinist Ray Chen and pianists Conrad Tao and Colleen Lee, Sinfonietta's artist associate this season. Jason Lai, artist associate, cellist, pianist and conductor will also be featured. Lee will perform Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 on May 29, while Tao will play Mozart's Piano Concerto in A, No 23 on September 11. In a special concert next January, three Asian greats - Japanese violinist Takako Nishizaki, one of the best-selling violinists of all time; Warren Mok, an eminent Chinese tenor and artistic director of Opera Hong Kong; and the Sinfonietta's own Yip, a prize-winning and widely sought-after conductor - will join forces at a recital appropriately titled For the Love of Music. This year the Sinfonietta will tour to Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and South America. Reaching out Throughout its new season, Hong Kong Sinfonietta will produce specially designed educational concerts for different age groups in an annual programme the orchestra launched in 2000. Concepts on the Hong Kong concert stage will include innovative programmes such as HKS for Kids, and Know Your Classical Music (for adults). The educational projects, explains Yip Wing-sie, the orchestra's music director, aim to reach out to the local community, young and old, in an initiative to make classical music a part of people's everyday lives.