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'Our Music Talents' Series:
Opus One Piano Trio



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3 October 2012 (Wed) 8pm

Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

$160, 110

 
Performers

Opus One Piano Trio

Warren Lee (Piano)

Wong Sze-hang (Violin)

Richard Bamping (Cello)

 

 

Andrew Simon (Guest Clarinet)

 
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Programme

Debussy

Piano Trio in G

Debussy

Premier Rhapsody for Piano and Clarinet

Debussy

Petite Pièce for Piano and Clarinet

Mozart

Piano Trio in G, K564

Brahms

Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A Minor, Op. 114

 
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Programme Details

Opus One Trio is formed by three leading Hong Kong musicians, violinist Wong Sze-hang who is now the Second Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Philharmonic’s Principal Cellist Richard Bamping, and pianist Warren Lee who is a Steinway Artist in Hong Kong.  In this concert at which they celebrate Debussy, they will play an early work of Debussy, his Piano Trio, written when, still a student, he was employed by Tchaikovsky's patroness, Nadezhda von Meck.  They will also bring the sensuous sound of the clarinet in Debussy’s Rhapsody and his test for sight-reading, written for the Paris Conservatoire, his Petite Pièce.  The clarinettist is Andrew Simon, Principal Clarinettist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.  Andrew Simon will also join members of the Trio in another chamber music masterpiece, Brahms’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.  Mozart’s 1788 Piano Trio K564, his last completed work in this form, will also form part of the programme.

 

 
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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 this 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 Straits Times as a musician with ‘superb pianism…a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation’, Steinway Artist Warren Lee graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music with the highest of honours.  He is the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the ‘Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich’.

Lee has performed in concert stages worldwide, including 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.  His recent choral compositions can be heard on the Naxos label.  His solo album ‘From Bach To Gershwin’, to wide acclaim, was released in 2008 on Universal Music (Hong Kong).

He is currently a Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra Academy, an Honorary Artist-in-Residence at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Music Director of St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School.

 

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 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.

Wong was a member of the Sulium String Quartet in the US.  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.

 

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.

 

Andrew Simon

Guest Clarinet

Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Simon is acclaimed for his almost god-like technique (Auditorium Magazine).  Simon was invited by Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas to participate in a New World Symphony esteemed alumni concert in May 2012.

Simon is an active international soloist.  He has given more than 60 solo performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, including John Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto, and GMN’s recording of Baermann’s Adagio conducted by David Atherton.  He made his Australian concerto debut under Marin Alsop in 2000, giving the Australian premiere of the original version of Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto.  Recording projects include his solo CD HOT (Musicians Showcase), as well as an upcoming recital CD for Naxos.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Simon serves on the faculties of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Baptist University.  As guest lecturer, he frequents institutions such as Yale University, the Sydney Conservatorium, the Royal College of Music (London), and the Central Conservatory (Beijing).

 

 
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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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