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RTHK Quartet

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
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06.10.2014(Mon)
16:00
$100
Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
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07.10.2014(Tue)
20:00
$160, $120

Programme

 

One of the premier chamber music groups in Hong Kong, RTHK Quartet was founded in 2009. The Hong Kong-based members, violinists Le Hoai-nam and Selena Choi, volist Elvis Chan and cellist Laurent Perrin, come from different parts of the world: Vietnam, Luxembourg and Hong Kong.

In two performances the RTHK Quartet presents a wide-ranging repertoire of best-loved string quartets and Chinese works for the ensemble. The first performance selects famous excerpts from the most notable quartets: Beethoven’s exciting finale concluding the String Quartet No.9 in C, the regal slow movement of Haydn’s String Quartet in C featuring the Austrian royal melody, and the opening movement of lyrical Brahms’s second quartet juxtaposed against the lively Dance of the Yao People. The first performance is ideal for a first taste of string quartet masterpieces.

The second performance features complete performance of three string quartets by Beethoven, Brahms and première Hong Kong composer Ng Cheuk-yin’s work.  Although Richard Strauss is better known as a composer writing for gigantic ensemble, one should not miss his romantic string sextet from his last opera Capriccio. Overflown with Straussian lyricism and drama, the string sextet will be heard in both performances as a celebration of Strauss anniversary.

 

 

6.10.2014 (Mon) (The late-afternoon show)

Beethoven

String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59, No.3
(Fourth Movement)

Haydn

String Quartet in C, Op.76, No. 3, Emperor
(Second Movement)

Brahms

String Quartet No.2 in A Minor, Op.51, No. 2
(First Movement)

Richard Strauss

String Sextet (from Capriccio)

Liu Tie-Shan & Mao Yuan

Dance of the Yao People

 

7.10.2014 (Tue)

Ng Cheuk-yin

Let There be Light (World Première)

Brahms

String Quartet No.2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

Richard Strauss

String Sextet (from Capriccio)

Beethoven

String Quartet No. 9 in C, Op. 59, No. 3

 

Running time of the 6 October concert is about 1 hour with no intermission.

Running time of the 7 October concert is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

 

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until 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

 

Violin: Le Hoai-nam

Violin: Selena Choi

Viola: Elvis Chan

Cello: Laurent Perin

 

Special Guests (Richard Strauss’s String Sextet (from Capriccio))

Viola: Choi Shu-lun, Chris

Cello: Jia Nan

By kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

 

Le Hoai-nam

Violin

A founding member of the RTHK Quartet, Le Hoai-nam was born in Hanoi and began studying violin with his father at the age of five. He was accepted by the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music when he was seven and furthered his studies with Michael Ma at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).

Le has performed extensively in Europe, the United States and Asia and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Vietnam National Opera Ballet Orchestra, Hanoi Strings Chamber Orchestra and the HKAPA Symphony Orchestra.

Le is also active in playing chamber music. His performances have been broadcast on the Vietnam Television Programmes, Hanoi Radio Station and RTHK.

He was the first Vietnamese to be appointed by Sergiu Comissiona to lead the Asian Youth Orchestra during its tour to the United States, Canada, Japan and Hong Kong in 1999. Currently he is the Second Violin Principal of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and teaches at HKAPA.

He plays on a violin made by Raffaeleed Antonio Gagliano 1846.

 

Selena Choi

Violin

Selena started the violin at age of five and a half under the tutelage of Wang Jiayang. She was admitted to the junior department of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and was awarded a scholarship (the H. N. Robert Ho Family Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Merits). She graduated with first class honours with a Bachelor of Music from the Academy. She studied the violin with Wang Jiayang, chamber music with Michael Ma and Ray Wang, and the baroque violin with Benedict Cruft. Choi was also the winner of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Concerto Trial Competitions in 2007, 2009, 2010. Her recent prizes include the RCM Quartet Competition, ‘Ensemble with Piano’ Competition and the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition, which gave her the opportunity to perform in various venues in England and recently in the south of France. She now plays on a 2009 Collini violin made in Cremona with a 1930 Hill & Sons bow.

 

Elvis Chan

Viola

Elvis Chan joined the Hong Kong Sinfonietta (HKS) as principal violist in 2005. Before coming back to Hong Kong, Chan was a substitute for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also held the position of Principal Violist with the Michigan Chamber Orchestra, and positions with the Ann Arbor Symphony and Flint Symphony Orchestras in the U.S. prior to joining the HKS. 

In addition to his orchestral career, Chan enjoys chamber music collaborations, sharing the stage with eminent players such as Andrew Jennings, Ivan Chan, Todd Philips, Erling Bengtsson, Cathy Cho, Anthony Elliot, Aaron Berofsky, Arie Lipsky, Grainger Quartet and the St. Petersburg Quartet performing concerts on stages such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre.  As an active soloist, Chan has appeared with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Symphony and Michigan Chamber Orchestra.  Chan was invited to take part in several summer festivals including the Spoleto Festival, Ann Arbor Chamber Music Festival, and the Asian Youth Orchestra tours. 

In 2003, Chan was honoured with the Earl V. Moore Award and Rosseels scholarship to study under renowned violist Yizhak Schotten and violinist Andrew Jennings, receiving dual Master Degrees in Viola Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

Laurent Perrin

Cello

French / Luxembourg cellist Laurent Perrin first studied the cello with Georges Mallach at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg as well as chamber music, piano, harmony, music theory and conducting. At the same time, he regularly takes lessons with the Russian cellist Daniil Shafran.

After obtaining several distinctions in Luxembourg and being a laureate at the European International Youth Competition for Cello in Bulgaria, he continued his studies with Lluis Claret in Barcelona and subsequently with Raphael Wallfisch at the ‘Guildhall School of Music and Drama’ in London where he won the Dorothy Adams String Quartet Competition.

After a few months in residence at the ‘Banff Centre for the Arts’ (Canada) and a year in Toronto, Perrin moved to Hong Kong. He is Assistant Principal Cello with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and teaches at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is the cellist of the RTHK String Quartet and a member of The Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME).

Perrin is an active chamber-music player and has performed in China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Macau, many countries in Europe, the USA and Canada. In 2008 he did a three weeks tour of the United States with the Excelsior Piano Trio from Philadelphia.

 

Choi Shu-lun, Chris

Viola

Born in 1991, Choi Shu-lun started the violin at 6 with Prof. Wang Jia-yang and switched to the viola at 17 at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. He is currently a first-year Master of Music student with the ABRSM scholarship, the Y.S. Liu Foundation Scholarship (2010-2013) and the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Merits (2008-10) studying with Prof. Ivan Chan.

Choi was the First Prize Winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International Competition (Chamber Music Division) with the Gloucester Quartet. His recent performances include the Walton Viola Concert (2012) and Forsyth Viola Concert (2014) with the Hong Kong Academy Symphony Orchestra under Alan Cumberland and Sharon Choa after winning the Concerto Competition. He has participated in the New York Strings Orchestra Seminar 2012 under Jaime Laredo at the Carnegie Hall and the Pacific Music Festival 2010 in Sapporo, both as assistant viola principal.

Choi has played in masterclasses and private lessons held by Yuri Bashmet, Steven Tenenbom, Choong-Jin Chang, Roger Benedict and Marcin Sieniawski. He appeared with the Miami Quartet the Brahms Sextet concert and the Musicus Fest Mendelssohn Octet.

 

Jia Nan

Cello

Jia Nan began her early music training studying the piano at 4 and received her first award in music competitions with piano at the age of 6 in Beijing. Jia Nan was admitted to the Primary School at the Central Conservatory of Music at the age of 7 and began her cello studies with Prof. Song Tao. She was recruited for early enrollment by the Bard College in the USA at the age of 16 to study with the renowned cellist Peter Wiley. Jia Nan holds a Degree of Bachelor of Music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she was a student of Prof. Ray Wang.

During her studies at the Academy, Jia Nan had gained the opportunities to perform the Victor Herbert and Dmitri Shostakovich concertos with the Academy Symphony Orchestra. Her other awards included First Prize in the Youth Division of Fourth Cello Competition at the Central Conservatory which included the best performance award of Chinese Composition and Second Prize in cello and First Prize in the Chamber Division of Schoenfeld International String Competition.

Jia Nan also is a very keen in chamber music repertoire. As a student at the Academy, she initiated and is a co-founder of the Gloucester String Quartet which participated in many masterclasses and public performances.

     

 

 

Ticketing

 

Tickets available from 31 July 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).

 

Programme Length

Running time of the 6 Oct performance is about 1 hour with no intermission.

Running time of the 7 Oct performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

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

 

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

 

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

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