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Cello and Piano Duo Recital by Colin Carr & Mary Wu

Venue Date & Time Price
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
$300, $220, $150



Suite No. 1 for Cello in G, BWV1007


Sonata for Piano and Cello in A, Op. 69


Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, L135


Sonata for Piano and Cello in F, Op. 99


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.


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

About the Performer


Colin Carr


Colin Carr appears throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher.  He has played with major orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia, Montréal and all the major orchestras of Australia and New Zealand.  Conductors with whom he has worked include Rattle, Gergiev, Dutoit, Elder, Skrowasczewski and Marriner.  He has been a regular guest at the BBC Proms, has twice toured Australia, and has recently played concertos with the London Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and Halle Orchestra.

Recently Carr performed cycles of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with his duo partner Thomas Sauer throughout the United States and in England, Germany and France.  They have also played recitals together at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philadelphia’s Chamber Music Society and at the Wigmore Hall.  Carr has also played several cycles of the Bach Solo Cello Suites at the Wigmore Hall in London, in the United States at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and the Gardner Museum in Boston and in Montreal, Toronto, Ottowa and Vancouver.

Carr’s recordings for GM of the Bach Suites and the unaccompanied cello works of Kodaly, Britten, Crumb, and Schuller are highly acclaimed, as is his recent recording of the complete cello and piano works of Mendelssohn with Thomas Sauer on Cello Classics.  The Brahms Sonatas on Arabesque, with pianist Lee Luvisi, is also a favourite and the Wigmore Live Label will release a new recording of the Bach Suites in 2012.  Carr was the soloist in Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic for a BBC Music Magazine recording.

As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, he recorded and toured extensively for 20 years.  Chamber music plays an important role in his musical life.  He is a frequent visitor to international chamber music festivals worldwide and has appeared often as a guest with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets and with New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  In 2012 he recorded the string sextets of Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky with the Emerson String Quartet and Paul Neubauer.

Carr is the winner of many prestigious international awards, including the first prize in the Naumburg Competition, the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and the second prize in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition.

He first played the cello at the age of five.  Three years later he went to the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Maurice Gendron and later William Pleeth.  He was made a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1998, having been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston for 16 years.  In 1998, St. John’s College, Oxford created the post of ‘Musician-in-Residence’ for him, and in September 2002 he became a professor at Stony Brook University in New York.

Carr’s cello was made by Matteo Gofriller in Venice in 1730.  He makes his home with his wife Caroline and three children, Clifford, Frankie and Anya, in an old house outside Oxford.



Mary Wu


Hailed as ‘one of the most gifted pianists of her generation’ for her ‘musical variety, profundity and sensitivity’ by Ravel's long time pupil late Vlado Perlemuter, Mary Wu is also praised by the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin as having ‘a captivating poetical quality to her playing’.


Performed in public from a young age, Wu has performed extensively in Europe, Asia and North America, including performances with Lord Menuhin in the United Kingdom and Germany, and in festivals including Ravel Academy, France, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, International Contemporary Music Festival, Macao Arts Festival, ‘Hell Hot’ New Music Festival, Ibiza Festival in Spain and Bright Sheng's ‘Intimacy of Creativity’ Festival in Hong Kong, in which she performed with two-time Grammy Award winner Richard Stoltzman.  She has performed frequently with the Gramophone Chamber Music Award winner, the Maggini Quartet, and is a founding member of the Bauhinia Piano Trio.


As a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal College of Music in London and the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she completed her Doctoral degree, Wu is a faculty member of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Honourary Artist-in-Residence at The Hong Kong Institute of Education.


Her concerto performances include collaboration with Calgary Symphony in Canada, Beijing Central Philharmonic, Polish Gdansk Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Guangzhou Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, among others.


Wu received the Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2003 and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Award for Best Artist (Music) in 2010.  Over the years she has won prizes including the Chappell Gold Medal of Royal College of Music, first prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition and the Mozart Bicentenary Competition of Asia.  She is also selected as a top pianist/educator in China in the upcoming book ‘China Piano Music Panorama’ edited by Zhou Guangren and published by People's Music Publishing House.


She has several CD recordings on BMG, ASV, Dutton, Contemporary Chinese Piano Works on Paradism, and Ravel's Complete Piano Works on Universal Label.



Tickets available from 13 May onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and Telephone Credit Card 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 ‘Cello and Piano Duo Recital by Colin Carr & Mary Wu’ and ‘Piano Duo Concert by Boris Berman & Warren Lee’.


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



Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Cello Masterclass



Date & Time


Recital Hall, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

5.7.2014 (Sat)      15:00

Free Admission


Programme conducted in English


Each person can obtain up to 2 tickets on a first-come-first-served basis

For ticket reservation, please contact 90-424-090 / info@hkcello.com


Programme enquiries

Phone: 90-424-090

Email: info@hkcello.com

Website: www.hkcello.com


The Cello Masterclass by Colin Carr is co-presented by the Hong Kong International Cello Association, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department


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