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Our Music Talents Series: Opus One Piano Trio



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5 December 2011 (Mon) 8pm

Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

$150, 100

 
Programme

Piazzolla

Oblivion

Shostakovich

Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67

Tchaikovsky

Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50

 
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Performers

Warren Lee (Piano)

Wong Sze-hang (Violin)

Richard Bamping (Cello)

 
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Details of Performers

Opus One Piano Trio

 

Founded in 2001 by Warren Lee, Dennis Kim and Richard Bamping, the Opus One Piano Trio made its début in the Hong Kong City Hall in the same year, and by popular demand, they have since made a number of recital appearances in Hong Kong, performing works ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Brahms and Shostakovich.  In 2003, the Trio commissioned Eli Marshall, the Artistic Director of New Music Ensemble, Beijing, to write a work for them, culminating in the première performance of his work Opus Primus in Hong Kong.

Over the years, the Trio has made several recordings for the RTHK Radio 4 and collaborated with other eminent musicians.  The Trio even attempted a cross-over project when it recorded an unplugged pop ballade with Hacken Lee for his ‘Victory’ album (2002).  With the joining of violinist Wong Sze-hang in 2011, the Trio performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Maestro Lü Jia and the Macao Orchestra in January 2011 where critic Georg Predota remarked, ‘…much praise has to go to the soloists…the technical challenges…were projected with rarely heard clarity’.

 

Warren Lee

Piano

Hailed by The Strait Times as a musician with ‘superb pianism… a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation’, Warren Lee was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the ‘Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich’.


Graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music with the highest of honours, Warren’s artistry has appeared on prominent occasions such as the Weekend Series at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Ivo Pogorelich Festival in Germany, the Taos Chamber Music Festival and the Yale Piano Symposium in the United States, as well as the ABRSM Gala Concert, Yale 300th Anniversary Gala Dinner and the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award Ceremony in Hong Kong.  In 2009, he was named a ‘Steinway Artist’, joining a distinguished roster of concert pianists in the world.  He has collaborated with eminent musicians such as conductors Hu Yongyan, L
ü Jia, Johnny Poon, Samuel Wong and Perry So, violinists Dennis Kim and Jue Yao, violist Jeremy Brown, cellist Richard Bamping, flutists Robert Aitken and Trevor Wye as well as clarinetists Andrew Simon, Romain Guyot and Nicolas Baldeyrou.  His album, ‘From Bach To Gershwin’, released in 2008 on Universal Music (Hong Kong), has received critical acclaim for its contribution to music education.  Audio Land Magazine calls it a ‘rare successful album that Hong Kong can be proud of’.


The season 2010-2011 sees Warren appearing in recitals in Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore and New York, as well as serving a two-week residency at the University of Tasmania as a Visiting Artist in August 2012.

 

Wong Sze-hang

Violin

Beijing-born Wong Sze-hang is an accomplished soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher.  He has performed extensively around the world including in major cities in China, the United States, Europe and Japan. 


An experienced concertmaster, Wong has led orchestras in the US under the batons of Daniel Lewis and Mehli Mehta.  He has been Second Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since he joined in 1989, and was once its Acting Concertmaster.  He is also an active guest concertmaster for orchestras in the region, including Shanghai Opera House, Guangzhou Symphony, Macao Orchestra and Shenzhen Symphony.


Dedicated to chamber music, Wong was a member of the Sulium String Quartet which performed extensively in the US and at the Berlin Anniversary Festival in Germany.  In 1993, he founded the Hong Kong String Quartet.  High critical acclaim has been won by the quartet not only for its performances in Hong Kong but also in Beijing and at the Shanghai International Arts Festival.


Wong's own teachers include Liu Yiying, Professor Wang Zhangshen of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and Thomas Wang of the Hong Kong Conservatory of Music.  On full scholarship, he studied under Professor Eduard Schmieder at Rice University in Houston, and at the University of Southern California from which he graduated with high distinction.

 

Richard Bamping

Cello

Richard Bamping has held the title of Principal Cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 1993.  His many solo appearances with the Philharmonic have been greeted with critical acclaim.

As a freelance cellist based in London, Richard Bamping played in many chamber music ensembles performing across the United Kingdom, Europe and the US.  He has also performed with many of the leading orchestras in Europe including the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic and the European Community Chamber Orchestras, and served for four years as Principal Cellist with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra.

In 1990, Leonard Bernstein chose Richard Bamping to play Principal Cello for the first Pacific Music Festival in Japan, where he also worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas and Marin Alsop.  Richard's cello, dated 1674, was made in Cremona by Andrea Guarneri and is one of only eight surviving examples of his work.

 

 
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Programme Length

Running time of the concert is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.

 
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 2 November onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and credit card telephone booking.

 

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).



Special Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for both concerts of the ‘Our Music Talents’ Series: ‘Mary Wu and Friends’ and ‘Opus One Piano Trio’.


Patrons can enjoy one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

 
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Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking:
www.urbtix.hk

 

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

 
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