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'Our Music Talents' Series:
Two-Piano Concert by HK Duo



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9 October 2012 (Tue) 8pm

Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

$160, 110
 
Performers

Hui Ling (Piano)

Julie Kuok (Piano)
 
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Programme

Mozart (trans. Busoni)

Overture to The Magic Flute

Debussy

Printemps

Julie Kuok

Image - the Reflection of Don Juan (World Premiere)

Liszt

Reminiscences de Don Juan

Shostakovich

Concertino

Holst

Mars, Venus, Mercury & Jupiter (from The Planets)

 
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Programme Details

The two members of the HK Duo are both Hong Kong pianists of the front rank and sought-after piano teachers.  Hui Ling and Julie Kuok knew each other during their student years at The Academy for Performing Arts, and have performed together since then.  Now, the HK Duo – H for Hui and K for Kuok – formed in 2000, is Hong Kong’s only regular piano duo, performing frequently locally and abroad.  For the Debussy Year, the HK Duo will feature the composer’s Printemps, originally a piece for orchestra and women’s chorus.  Julie, always a keen composer, has written a new work, Image – the Reflection of Don Juan, paying tribute to the French composer, in a Don Juan depiction.  The programme also features a wide variety of music, from Mozart’s symbolic and masonic Magic Flute Overture, Liszt’s romantic Don Juan, to the 20th-century Holst in his well-known Planets and the challenging Concertino of Shostakovich.

 

 
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Details of Performers

Hui Ling

Piano

Born in Beijing, Hui Ling started studying piano at the age of three in a musical family and received her early musical training at the secondary school of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.  After completing the Professional Diploma with High Distinction at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1990, she entered the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she obtained Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in four years with full scholarship. 

As a soloist, she has performed with many orchestras including the Sierra Community Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Marin Symphony in California as well as the
Queensland Youth Orchestra in Australia.  In 1991, she appeared as the featured artist in the San Luis Obispo (California) Mozart Festival.  Also she was the resident pianist for the Lancaster Festival in Ohio from 1994 to 1999 where she performed twice with the renowned pianist Jon Kimura Parker in piano duo recitals and four-piano extravaganza concerts.

In 2000, she formed the HK Duo with pianist Julie Kuok.  The HK Duo gave recitals in Hong Kong, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia and Mainland China and was very successful.
  Hui Ling also arranged the Romeo and Juliet Suite by Prokofiev for piano duet, and the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky for two pianos.

Hui Ling is currently teaching in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and has been staff member in the Hong Kong Baptist University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has given many solo and chamber recitals, performances for radio and television programmes, lectures and masterclasses. She has also served on the jury for local and international piano competitions.  Her piano teachers include Yang Jingchuan, Li Qifong, Yin Chengzong, John Winther and Mack McCray.

 

Julie Kuok

Piano

Currently teaching at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Julie Kuok had her music education at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Music in London where she obtained the Master’s Degree of Music with the British Council Chevening Scholarship. Benefited from the tutelage of Gabriel Kwok, Sedmara Rutstein, Piers Lane and Ruth Nye, she developed herself as a fine pianist and became winner of the 1995 Oberlin Concerto Competition, the 2nd Hong Kong Open Piano Competition in 1995 and the 8th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Competition in 1996.

Julie had appeared as soloist and chamber musician locally and abroad giving public music lectures, masterclasses and acting as jury of local and mainland competitions.  The HK Duo formed by her and Hui Ling since 2000 gives concerts in Hong Kong and abroad promoting repertoire for two pianos and duet including their own compositions and arrangements. They have published their first CD album "in a glimpse" under tammy records for the 10th Anniversary with compositions and arrangements by themselves. 

Julie composes frequently and her premieres were very well received.  Her Tableau for 48 hands on 4 pianos was one of the 2008 Top Ten Music Headlines in the Fine Music Magazine. She was invited to premiere two choral works for the 40th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Children’s Choir and Birthday Party for 8 hands on 4 pianos for the 20th Anniversary of the Cultural Centre.  In 2010, she had premiered Mahjong On Stage! and Pomegranate – 250 fingers @ 4 pianos for the Academy's Best Pianists Fund Raising Concert with great success and became one of the Top Ten Young Musicians in the i-cable TV programme “Close to Culture”.

 

 
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Programme Length

Running time of the concert is about 1 hour and 40 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 28 August 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).

 

‘Our Music Talents’ Series Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets of ‘Our Music Talents’ Series in the ‘Debussy Year’ Series for Piano Recital by Zhao Ning, Opus One Piano Trio, Two-Piano Concert by HK Duo, Two-Piano Concert by Raymond Young and Ma Cong, Debussy’s Chamber Music and Hong Kong Virtuosi: 5% off for any 2 concerts; 10% off for any 3 concerts; 15% off for any 4 concerts; 20% off for any 5 concerts; 25% off for all 6 concerts.


Patrons can enjoy only 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

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

 

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