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'Our Music Talents' Series:
Two-Piano Concert by Raymond Young and Ma Cong – A Feast of Dance



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19 October 2012 (Fri) 8pm

Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

$160, 110
 
Programme

Debussy

Lindaraja

Tchaikovsky/Economou

The Nutcracker Suite

Piazzolla/Ziegler

3 Tangos

J. Strauss II/Chasins

The Blue Danube Waltz (after Arabesque by Schulz-Evler)

Debussy

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Liszt

Mephisto Waltz

 
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Programme Details

Raymond Young and Ma Cong, two of the best-known pianists in Hong Kong, and among the most sought-after piano teachers, join hands in this two-piano concert of a feast of dance.  Debussy’s famous The Afternoon of a Faun, a languorous and shimmering score, is heard now in the composer’s own arrangement for two pianos, and is paired with his Lindaraja, a posthumously published evocation of the Alhambra.  Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, ballet music, conjures up a fairy tale world.  Piazzolla brings us to the tango of South America.  The Blue Danube is a graceful and lilting waltz, perhaps the best-known of this genre, contrasted with the swirling, fierce and virtuosic diablerie of Liszt's Mephisto Waltz.  Let’s dance.

 

 
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Details of Performers

Raymond Young

Piano

Esteemed by the press as the pianist with ‘imagination and romance in his poetry’, ‘exquisite tone, interpretative insights and deep communicative powers’, Raymond Young won the First-prize Medal (Two Piano section) and the Silver Medal (Piano Duet section) at The International Piano Competition in Rome, Italy, and was honoured at the Braunschweig Classix Festival in Germany as a promising young artist with the ‘Förderpreis’.  A Bösendorfer artist, his numerous concerts spread throughout Austria, UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada, Mainland China, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao over the years and have won him great acclaim.

As the first pianist from Hong Kong to be awarded the highest scholarship by the Austrian Government, Young graduated with the Double Master of Arts degrees in performance and accompaniment, and a Diploma in piano pedagogy from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he lived for over a decade.  On account of his achievements and numerous recommendations, he was also granted the Austrian citizenship.

A sought-after adjudicator at many major competitions in the region, he also conducts masterclasses and lectures around the world.  He is invited to serve as the Head Juror for The Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition, and appointed as an examiner for the Yamaha Music Foundation.  He has been on the piano faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the University of Hong Kong.

 

Ma Cong

Piano

Ma Cong was awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship, The Bernard Van Zuiden Scholarship and The Standard Chartered Bank Scholarship.  He won numerous prizes including the Singapore Rolex Performance Award, Mozart Bicentenary Piano Competition of Asia and Hong Kong Selection Competition for the First China International Piano Competition.  Ma gave recitals in United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Macao, Mainland China and Hong Kong.  He also performed as soloist with many international and local orchestras.

Ma was invited to perform at the concert of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  He also appeared as guest performer in ‘Shanghai Spring International Music Festival 2008’ and the ‘First Asian Grand Piano Concert’ held in Seoul in 2006 and Kuala Lumpur in 2009.

Ma furthered his studies at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto after graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  Ma serves as adjudicator for both local and international piano competitions held in Japan, Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Macao, the Mainland and Hong Kong.  Apart from adjudicating, he also gives masterclasses.  Ma is currently teaching at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Music Department of Hong Kong Baptist University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and appointed as programme consultant at the School of Continuing Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 
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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 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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