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Concert by China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong)

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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17.02.2013(Sun)
20:00
$140, $110, $80
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About the Performer

China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong)

Music Director/Conductor: Lim Kek-han

Piano: Yim Wan

China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong)

Lim Kek-han founded the Lim Kek-han Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977, with himself as Music Director and Principal Conductor.  The Orchestra holds a number of concerts every year and brings music of different kinds to the audience.  Famous soloists and guest conductors are also invited from the Mainland and overseas to perform with the Orchestra.  The Orchestra works hard to introduce to the audience of Hong Kong Chinese music rearranged in modern style and has held numerous Chinese music concerts.  In 1982, the Yellow River Cantata concert took place at the Hong Kong City Hall and was ardently supported by the public.  In the Festival of Asian Arts in 1982, an outdoor concert given by the Orchestra with a choir of 300 members was recorded by the Beijing Central People's Broadcasting and Television Unit and broadcasted nation-wide in mainland.  In 1993, the Orchestra changed its name to Hong Kong China Philharmonic Orchestra, which was further changed to China Philharmonic Orchestra on 1 July 1997, and later renamed as China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong).

Lim Kek-han

Music Director/ Conductor

Lim Kek-han was born in Indonesia of Chinese parentage. He began violin lessons under renowned Russian teacher Ywan Federoff and Dutch teacher Frits Hinse at the age of six.  He graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in Amsterdam in 1951.  Lim represented Holland three times in international music forums and he was the Concertmaster of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.  He later furthered his studies on conducting at Paris Conservatoire and the National Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.  In 1958, he went to the then former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a representative of China and performed with the best-known orchestras there.  In 1963, Lim was made the Conductor and Music Director of the Central Radio Symphony Orchestra. Lim resided in Hong Kong in 1971 and has been well-known as one of the local conductors and violinists.

Yim Wan

Piano

Yim Wan was born into a family of musicians, has given performances in various parts of China, and appeared as soloist with various orchestras and Oberlin Chamber Orchestra.  Apart from giving recitals and concerto performances, Yim is also an active figure in chamber music,  Her album 12 Scarlatti Sonatas released under the Modern Audio (International) label.  It is the world’s first piano solo recording in AQCD technology.  Her second solo album Yim Wan at Fazioli Concert Hall recorded in Italy was released in 2011 summer.  The Audiotechnique magazine describes her playing in these words, “…there is a metallic opulence to her notes.  Magnificent and truly engaging…”, and that “…her keyboard techniques demonstrate the éclat of a maestro…”

Yim is currently on the piano faculty of the School of Music of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has been frequently giving lectures and masterclasses in Hong Kong and the Mainland China, as well as adjudicating for piano competitions for youth.  Yim is actively participating in educational programmes and charity projects, and has involved and performed in many fund-raising concerts to foster and support music students.  Sharing classical music around the world especially the youth is always her mission.

Yim began her piano training at a young age with Gabriel Kwok before attending the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College and subsequently the Juilliard School in New York where she obtained her Master’s degree.  She was the recipient of John Elvin and William R. Abate Memorial Prizes and the champion of concerto competition when studying in Oberlin, and was appointed as Honorary Member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda in 1998.

 

Programme

 

Rossini

Beethoven

Dvořák

The Barber of Seville Overture

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

Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, ‘From the New World’

 

Ticketing

Tickets available from 17 Jan onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by 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 CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

Programme Length
Running time of the 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: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

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

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