Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

01.11.2014 (Sat)
02.11.2014 (Sun)
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$650, 500, 400, 300, 200
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“…splendidly alert performances, responding to every nuance in the music”

BBC Music Magazine


“Explosive, mercurial, spontaneous, totally involving”

Classical Source


“Directing the orchestra from the keyboard, Perahia played the Emperor with rhythmic urgency and a go-for-broke eloquence… Grandeur and brilliance.”

The Guardian
Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields



Murray Perahia, the eminent statesman best known for his rare musical sensitivity and dedication, is leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the best known chamber orchestras in the world, in two concerts with gems from the classical era.  Perahia, with a career spanning four decades, is a pianist of high demand from virtually all reputable concert stages.  A 73-disc box set The First 40 Years is recently issued in highlighting the essence from Perahia’s impressive discography.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is also one of the most frequently recorded ensembles in the world.  With over 500 recordings to date, their best remembered moments including the first gold disc with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 1969, a Billboard Classical Chart No. 1 with Joshua Bell in 2007 and their soundtrack for the film Amadeus, which claimed 13 gold discs.

In two evenings the power team will perform works from the classical era, from an elegant Mozart Piano Concerto to the Beethoven Emperor Concerto that changes concerto forever.  Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, the neoclassical concerto modeled after Bach, is played with Haydn’s symphonies and Mendelssohn’s strings Sinfonia, a certain work that proves Mendelssohn’s early talent.


1.11.2014 (Sat)



Sinfonia No. 7 in D Minor


Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K467

J. S. Bach

Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G Minor, BWV1058


Symphony No. 94 in G, ‘Surprise’


2.11.2014 (Sun)



Concerto in E-flat, ‘Dumbarton Oaks’


Symphony No. 77 in B-flat


Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73, ‘Emperor’

Running time of each performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 20 minutes.

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


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

About the Performer


Piano / Principal Guest Conductor: Murray Perahia

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields



Murray Perahia

Piano / Principal Guest Conductor


In more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centres and with every leading orchestra.   He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia.


Born in New York, Perahia started playing piano at the age of four, and later attended Mannes College where he majored in conducting and composition.  His summers were spent at the Marlboro Festival, where he collaborated with such musicians as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and the members of the Budapest String Quartet.  He also studied at the time with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In subsequent years, he developed a close friendship with Vladimir Horowitz, whose perspective and personality were an abiding inspiration.  In 1972 Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition, and in 1973 he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he worked closely with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, accompanying the latter in many lieder recitals.  Perahia was co-artistic director of the Festival from 1981 to 1989.


In the 2014/15 season, apart from touring Europe and the Middle East, Perahia embarks on a ten-city tour of Asia with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducting and performing works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Stravinsky.  His Spring 2015 recital tour of the United States includes performances in New Yorks Carnegie Hall, Los Angeless Disney Hall, and Chicago’s Symphony Hall, with further appearances scheduled in Rohnert Park, Tucson, Scottsdale, Kalamazoo, Sarasota, and Savannah.  Perahia’s past season included a much awaited recital debut in Australia as well as a residency with the Berlin Philharmonic.


Perahia has a wide and varied discography.  Sony Classical has issued a special boxed set edition of all his recordings including several DVDs entitled The First 40 Years.  His recording of Brahms’ Handel Variations, which won the Gramophone Award in 2011, was described as “one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available”.  Some of his previous solo recordings feature a 5-CD boxed set of his Chopin recordings, Bach’s Partitas Nos. 1, 5, and 6 and Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, Opp. 14, 26, and 28.  He is the recipient of two Grammy awards for his recordings of Chopin’s complete Etudes and Bach’s English Suites Nos. 1, 3, and 6, and several Gramophone Awards including the first ever granted Piano Award in 2012. 


Recently, Perahia embarked on an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition.  He also produced and edited numerous hours of recordings of recently discovered masterclasses by the legendary pianist, Alfred Cortot, which resulted in the highly acclaimed Sony CD release, Alfred Cortot: The Master Classes.


Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music and holds honorary doctorates from Oxford University, Leeds University and Duke University.  In 2004, he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.





The Academy of St Martin in the Fields


The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship.  Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, and working without a conductor, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church on 13 November 1959.  Originally directed by Sir Neville from the leader’s chair, the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble remains an Academy hallmark.  This tradition continues today with virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell as its Music Director.


The Academy performs some 100 concerts around the world each year, with as many as 15 tours in a season.  The Academy and Academy Chamber Ensemble will be touring throughout this season, visiting venues across the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the United States.  This will include tours of Europe and Asia with Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia, and European and American tours with Joshua Bell.


The orchestra's repertoire for this season includes symphonies by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Haydn and Mozart and concertos by Schumann and Brahms.  The Academy will be joined by a selection soloists and leaders including Jeremy Denk, Martin Fröst and Julia Fischer.


In tandem with its concerts and tours, the Academy continues to present a variety of pre-show talks, events and open rehearsals.  Outward Sound, the Academy’s community and learning programme, brings innovative, music-making opportunities to participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities who otherwise may not have access to music.


With over 500 recordings to date, the Academy is one of the most recorded chamber orchestras in the world.  The orchestra received their first gold disc for their recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons in 1969 with the 2007 recording with Joshua Bell reaching No.1 on the Billboard Classical Chart.  Their soundtrack for the film Amadeus won 13 gold discs alone, while in 1996 The English Patient picked up an Academy Award© for Best Music, with a soundtrack performed by the Academy.  In March 2013 the orchestra and Joshua Bell released their first recording on Sony Classical under his leadership, Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 4 and 7.



Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre01.11.2014 (Sat)
02.11.2014 (Sun)
$650, 500, 400, 300, 200
Buy Tickets

Pre-concert Talks


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For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’, ‘The Tallis Scholars’, ‘Los Romeros Guitar Quartet’, ‘When Petals Fall in Serenity - Atmospheric Music Theatre by LAW Wing-fai’, ‘Piano Recital by Ivo Pogorelich’ and ‘Opera: Puccini’s Turandot’: 5% off for any 2 programmes; 10% off for any 3 programmes; 15% off for any 4 programmes or more.


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Programme Notes

1 November
1 November
2 November
2 November

Concert Sponsor


1 Nov concert sponsored by


Mr. Wilfred Ng, SBS, JP


Pre-concert Talks


1.11 (Sat)

Essential Classics of Perahia

Speaker: Chan Siu-fun (Pianist, Music Educator, Critic)


2.11 (Sun)

Classical Orchestral Tradition:

A Very Brief History of Evolution from 18th to 20th Century

Speaker: Dennis Wu (Critic)


Conducted in Cantonese

Free admission on a first-come-first-served basis.

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