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Joyfulness the hallmark of Sitkovetsky Trio’s recital and orchestral performances of works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

The rapport between violinist and cellist, and the technical accomplishment of all three players, was evident in their performances of works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Beethoven, including the latter’s Triple Concerto with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

18 Nov 2019 - 7:00PM

The rapport between violinist and cellist, and the technical accomplishment of all three players, was evident in their performances of works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Beethoven, including the latter’s Triple Concerto with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Joyfulness the hallmark of Sitkovetsky Trio’s recital and orchestral performances of works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov
Review | Renée Fleming enchants, Hong Kong Philharmonic excels in evening of Barber, Shostakovich, Schubert and Wagner

American soprano was at her expressive best in Samuel Barber’s evocation of the Deep South, Knoxville: Summer of 2015, while orchestra showed its spurs in Wagner prelude and Shostakovich’s electric ninth symphony.

11 Nov 2019 - 4:30PM

American soprano was at her expressive best in Samuel Barber’s evocation of the Deep South, Knoxville: Summer of 2015, while orchestra showed its spurs in Wagner prelude and Shostakovich’s electric ninth symphony.

Renée Fleming enchants, Hong Kong Philharmonic excels in evening of Barber, Shostakovich, Schubert and Wagner
Anne Sofie von Otter and string quartet Brooklyn Rider perform a feast of modern classics in Hong Kong

Kate Bush, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Björk were just some of the contemporary performers whose songs were performed with gusto. Von Otter’s rapport with the members of Brooklyn Rider made for an entertaining and eclectic evening of music.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:30PM

Kate Bush, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Björk were just some of the contemporary performers whose songs were performed with gusto. Von Otter’s rapport with the members of Brooklyn Rider made for an entertaining and eclectic evening of music.

Anne Sofie von Otter and string quartet Brooklyn Rider perform a feast of modern classics in Hong Kong
Review | Musical mismatch: violin drowns out harpsichord in Bach, but pairs well in contemporary works

Pairing of violinist Jennifer Pike and keyboard player Mahan Esfahani only a partial success, her liberal vibrato and modern technique drowning out his delicate playing in baroque pieces. They fared better with contemporary music.

22 May 2019 - 4:37PM

Pairing of violinist Jennifer Pike and keyboard player Mahan Esfahani only a partial success, her liberal vibrato and modern technique drowning out his delicate playing in baroque pieces. They fared better with contemporary music.

Musical mismatch: violin drowns out harpsichord in Bach, but pairs well in contemporary works
Review | Jaap van Zweden, HK Phil deliver triumphant Bruckner 7, Khatia Buniatishvili shows the Mozart touch

Composer’s seventh symphony was a showcase for the best of the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, while soloist Khatia Buniatishvili showed poise and dexterity in Mozart’s K466 piano concerto.

6 May 2019 - 6:37PM

Composer’s seventh symphony was a showcase for the best of the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, while soloist Khatia Buniatishvili showed poise and dexterity in Mozart’s K466 piano concerto.

Jaap van Zweden, HK Phil deliver triumphant Bruckner 7, Khatia Buniatishvili shows the Mozart touch
Mozart, Brahms, Schumann in Hong Kong Sinfonietta season opener get loving treatment

French pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta shone often during last Saturday’s concert, which also saw the world premiere of Life Episode II by Hong Kong composer Austin Leung.

15 Apr 2019 - 7:00PM

French pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta shone often during last Saturday’s concert, which also saw the world premiere of Life Episode II by Hong Kong composer Austin Leung.

Mozart, Brahms, Schumann in Hong Kong Sinfonietta season opener get loving treatment
Review | Russian pianist Denis Matsuev brings technical brilliance, emotional intimacy to Tchaikovsky recital

Matching technical brilliance with emotional intimacy, Matsuev gave a fitting account of some of his compatriot’s best known music for piano.

8 Mar 2019 - 9:39PM

Matching technical brilliance with emotional intimacy, Matsuev gave a fitting account of some of his compatriot’s best known music for piano.

Russian pianist Denis Matsuev brings technical brilliance, emotional intimacy to Tchaikovsky recital
Review | Chinese pianist Zee Zee dazzles in Ravel concerto, NHK Symphony Orchestra nails Prokofiev’s 6th

Soloist’s breathtaking technique was on display in performance of Ravel’s jazz-infused Concerto in G with NHK Symphony Orchestra, which delivered a precise and powerful rendering of Prokofiev’s austere Symphony No. 6.

1 Mar 2019 - 6:56PM

Soloist’s breathtaking technique was on display in performance of Ravel’s jazz-infused Concerto in G with NHK Symphony Orchestra, which delivered a precise and powerful rendering of Prokofiev’s austere Symphony No. 6.

Chinese pianist Zee Zee dazzles in Ravel concerto, NHK Symphony Orchestra nails Prokofiev’s 6th
Review | Marin Alsop conjures Bernstein as São Paulo Symphony Orchestra lights up 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival

Sparks fly from Chinese soloist’s violin, and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Alsop deliver a passionate performance of Der Rosenkavalier Suite, in opening concert of 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival.

22 Feb 2019 - 4:26PM

Sparks fly from Chinese soloist’s violin, and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Alsop deliver a passionate performance of Der Rosenkavalier Suite, in opening concert of 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Marin Alsop conjures Bernstein as São Paulo Symphony Orchestra lights up 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival
Star mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato dazzles in evening of Baroque arias and instrumental music

From a sublime Dido’s Lament to a jubilant closing Handel aria, the American singer showed the full range of her singing; she was ably accompanied by period instrument ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.

18 Jan 2019 - 8:01PM

From a sublime Dido’s Lament to a jubilant closing Handel aria, the American singer showed the full range of her singing; she was ably accompanied by period instrument ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.

Star mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato dazzles in evening of Baroque arias and instrumental music
Love for Western classical music continues to rise in China

Number of professional symphony orchestras on the mainland has grown well beyond 80

12 Jan 2019 - 1:27PM

Number of professional symphony orchestras on the mainland has grown well beyond 80

Love for Western classical music continues to rise in China
A year of sustained high notes for classical music in Hong Kong

The HK Phil went from strength to strength in 2018, while the programming of city’s other leading orchestras brought diversity – a touchstone of Yip Wing-sie’s tenure at the Sinfonietta, which is to end in 2020, we learned.

28 Dec 2018 - 6:03PM

The HK Phil went from strength to strength in 2018, while the programming of city’s other leading orchestras brought diversity – a touchstone of Yip Wing-sie’s tenure at the Sinfonietta, which is to end in 2020, we learned.

A year of sustained high notes for classical music in Hong Kong
Review | Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin excels in evening of Liszt and Richard Strauss with Hong Kong Philharmonic

Soloist mixes power, virtuosity and incredible lightness of touch in performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1; orchestra shines in Also Sprach Zarathustra, with brass and concertmaster’s contributions especially noteworthy.

6 Dec 2018 - 5:47PM

Soloist mixes power, virtuosity and incredible lightness of touch in performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1; orchestra shines in Also Sprach Zarathustra, with brass and concertmaster’s contributions especially noteworthy.

Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin excels in evening of Liszt and Richard Strauss with Hong Kong Philharmonic
Review | Magical, masterful Mahler from five-star Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden

From its perfectly paced opening to its final coda, this performance of composer’s Symphony No. 7 was one of sustained intensity.

19 Nov 2018 - 8:23PM

From its perfectly paced opening to its final coda, this performance of composer’s Symphony No. 7 was one of sustained intensity.

Magical, masterful Mahler from five-star Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden
Review | Vivaldi Unmasked: delightful, theatrical concert of music by the Venetian composer

City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s costumed evocation of Vivaldi’s Venice was well conceived and executed; vocal and instrumental soloists shone in a 70-minute medley from composer’s vast oeuvre. 

12 Nov 2018 - 6:01PM

City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s costumed evocation of Vivaldi’s Venice was well conceived and executed; vocal and instrumental soloists shone in a 70-minute medley from composer’s vast oeuvre. 

Vivaldi Unmasked: delightful, theatrical concert of music by the Venetian composer
Review | Joshua Bell’s smooth brilliance in Sibelius followed by laboured Mozart from HK Phil

Violin soloist showed dazzling technique and elegance in Sibelius concerto, but HK Phil under Jaap van Zweden lacked lightness and clarity in Mozart’s Jupiter symphony.

10 Sep 2018 - 5:47PM

Violin soloist showed dazzling technique and elegance in Sibelius concerto, but HK Phil under Jaap van Zweden lacked lightness and clarity in Mozart’s Jupiter symphony.

Joshua Bell’s smooth brilliance in Sibelius followed by laboured Mozart from HK Phil
Passion and precision in HK Phil’s Russian-flavoured season opener of Stravinsky and Rachmaninov

A soloist with technique to burn, Leila Josefowicz negotiated the tricky passages of Stravinsky’s neoclassical Violin Concerto in D with ease; orchestra produced rich sound and gorgeous individual playing in Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2

3 Sep 2018 - 7:00PM

A soloist with technique to burn, Leila Josefowicz negotiated the tricky passages of Stravinsky’s neoclassical Violin Concerto in D with ease; orchestra produced rich sound and gorgeous individual playing in Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2

Passion and precision in HK Phil’s Russian-flavoured season opener of Stravinsky and Rachmaninov
Energetic HK Phil impress in complex works by Ives, Bernstein and Saint-Saëns – review

From early American modernist Charles Ives’ Central Park in the Dark to Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for solo violin, it was a night of dynamic and focused playing from the musicians under the baton of Jaap van Zweden

12 Jun 2018 - 6:02PM

From early American modernist Charles Ives’ Central Park in the Dark to Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for solo violin, it was a night of dynamic and focused playing from the musicians under the baton of Jaap van Zweden

Energetic HK Phil impress in complex works by Ives, Bernstein and Saint-Saëns – review
Violinist Midori shines in Bernstein’s Serenade with Tongyeong Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach

Japanese soloist’s technical prowess and sweet tone were in full evidence in American’s 1954 work, and orchestra under baton of Christoph Eschenbach excelled in Korean ‘sound composition’ and Dvorák’s ‘New World’ symphony

11 Apr 2018 - 7:42PM

Japanese soloist’s technical prowess and sweet tone were in full evidence in American’s 1954 work, and orchestra under baton of Christoph Eschenbach excelled in Korean ‘sound composition’ and Dvorák’s ‘New World’ symphony

Violinist Midori shines in Bernstein’s Serenade with Tongyeong Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach
Review | Mozart’s Haffner Symphony ‘played with great fire’ by Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra: review

The orchestra, under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy, played with great energy, grace and spirit. Also on the programme were pieces by Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, Rossini and Camille Saint-Saëns

26 Mar 2018 - 12:38PM

The orchestra, under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy, played with great energy, grace and spirit. Also on the programme were pieces by Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, Rossini and Camille Saint-Saëns

Mozart’s Haffner Symphony ‘played with great fire’ by Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra: review
Danish orchestra, Chinese soloist dazzle in Sichuan quake-inspired concerto and late Romantic gems

Percussionist Li Biao showed remarkable technique, versatility and musicality in Guo Wenjing concerto, accompanied in stunning fashion by an orchestra which played a demanding programme with polish and panache

21 Mar 2018 - 5:55PM

Percussionist Li Biao showed remarkable technique, versatility and musicality in Guo Wenjing concerto, accompanied in stunning fashion by an orchestra which played a demanding programme with polish and panache

Danish orchestra, Chinese soloist dazzle in Sichuan quake-inspired concerto and late Romantic gems
Review: Denis Matsuev/State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia/Kristjan Järvi at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

By turns controlled, dreamy and dazzling, Denis Matsuev and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia under conductor Kristjan Järvi pulled out the stops in an all-Russian programme at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

9 Mar 2018 - 7:28PM

By turns controlled, dreamy and dazzling, Denis Matsuev and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia under conductor Kristjan Järvi pulled out the stops in an all-Russian programme at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

Review: Denis Matsuev/State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia/Kristjan Järvi at the Hong Kong Arts Festival
Belgian troupe put the rock into baroque, making music from Biber to Vivaldi sound vibrant and new – review

Led by Russian violinist and soloist Dmitry Sinkovsky, chamber orchestra tackled a varied programme full of humorous moments with great spirit and energy

2 Mar 2018 - 5:48PM

Led by Russian violinist and soloist Dmitry Sinkovsky, chamber orchestra tackled a varied programme full of humorous moments with great spirit and energy

Belgian troupe put the rock into baroque, making music from Biber to Vivaldi sound vibrant and new – review
Hong Kong Sinfonietta at the Hong Kong Arts Festival review: a world premiere, a brilliant soloist and a Bartók favourite

Programme brilliantly showcased the playing of Hong Kong orchestra and guest viola soloist Maxim Rysanov, and featured first performance of Samson Young’s novel Such Sweet Thunder

27 Feb 2018 - 5:47PM

Programme brilliantly showcased the playing of Hong Kong orchestra and guest viola soloist Maxim Rysanov, and featured first performance of Samson Young’s novel Such Sweet Thunder

Hong Kong Sinfonietta at the Hong Kong Arts Festival review: a world premiere, a brilliant soloist and a Bartók favourite
Keyboard whizz shows accordion’s full range in Hong Kong concert – review

Soloist Martynas Levickis showed dazzling technique in an entertaining evening that ranged from Bach and Vivaldi to Piazzolla and Lady Gaga, with City Chamber Orchestra playing its full part

12 Feb 2018 - 1:00PM

Soloist Martynas Levickis showed dazzling technique in an entertaining evening that ranged from Bach and Vivaldi to Piazzolla and Lady Gaga, with City Chamber Orchestra playing its full part

Keyboard whizz shows accordion’s full range in Hong Kong concert – review
Review: HK Phil’s a Viennese New Year – delightful playing under guest conductor David Angus’ baton

Hong Kong Philharmonic pull off evening of crowd pleasers with precision and panache under David Angus’ baton, and Hong Kong-born pianist Chiyan Wong mixes beauty with bravura in Liszt’s Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Melodies

1 Jan 2018 - 1:31PM

Hong Kong Philharmonic pull off evening of crowd pleasers with precision and panache under David Angus’ baton, and Hong Kong-born pianist Chiyan Wong mixes beauty with bravura in Liszt’s Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Melodies

Review: HK Phil’s a Viennese New Year – delightful playing under guest conductor David Angus’ baton
Review: HK Phil/Yu Long/Jean-Yves Thibaudet – solace, nostalgia in Gershwin and Elgar’s Enigma Variations

With soloist both playful and technically assured and orchestra’s playing by turns delicate and intense, this was an evening of mellow music making

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

With soloist both playful and technically assured and orchestra’s playing by turns delicate and intense, this was an evening of mellow music making

Review: HK Phil/Yu Long/Jean-Yves Thibaudet – solace, nostalgia in Gershwin and Elgar’s Enigma Variations
Review: HK Phil/Peter Ruzicka/Francois Leleux – not just the oboe that delighted

Composer conducts orchestra in performance of his oboe concerto, a Beethoven symphony and Strauss’ tone poem Till Eugenspiegel, the latter allowing HK Phil’s wind section a chance to shine

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Composer conducts orchestra in performance of his oboe concerto, a Beethoven symphony and Strauss’ tone poem Till Eugenspiegel, the latter allowing HK Phil’s wind section a chance to shine

Review: HK Phil/Peter Ruzicka/Francois Leleux – not just the oboe that delighted
Review: HK Phil/Christoph Eschenbach/Tzimon Barto – contrasts abound in evening of Brahms and Dvorak

Pianist Tzimon Barto mixed power with poetry in German composer’s second concerto, and was matched by gorgeous orchestral playing, while conductor Christoph Eschenbach gave players freedom to delight in Dvorak symphony

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Pianist Tzimon Barto mixed power with poetry in German composer’s second concerto, and was matched by gorgeous orchestral playing, while conductor Christoph Eschenbach gave players freedom to delight in Dvorak symphony

Review: HK Phil/Christoph Eschenbach/Tzimon Barto – contrasts abound in evening of Brahms and Dvorak
Free anniversary concert an exuberant celebration of the music Premiere Performances has brought to Hong Kong

Organiser of chamber music and solo recitals in Hong Kong marks 10 years of operations in style with virtuoso performances from some of the artists it has championed

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Organiser of chamber music and solo recitals in Hong Kong marks 10 years of operations in style with virtuoso performances from some of the artists it has championed

Free anniversary concert an exuberant celebration of the music Premiere Performances has brought to Hong Kong