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Dresdner Philharmonie

A limited number of tickets for box seats with restricted view ($200) will be available for sale at the box office of Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 10am on the day of the concerts.  Each person can purchase a maximum of two tickets per transaction on a first-come-first-served basis.

Venue Date & Time Price
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$780, $620, $520, $420, $320, $200


Dresden had an important place in Wagner’s early career.  It was there that he was employed as a Court Kapellmeister, staging The Flying Dutchman and Tannhäuser before rashly siding with revolutionaries and escaping into exile in Switzerland.  Appearing in Hong Kong for the first time and under the baton of its Principal Conductor Michael Sanderling, the Dresdner Philharmonie will open its two Hong Kong programmes with tributes to Wagner, the famous Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, with its plot of love and betrayal, ending with Isolde’s love-death, as Tristan, her lover, dies.  The second programme starts with the Prelude to Act III from Wagner’s Lohengrin, conceived in Dresden, but first performed after Wagner’s escape from the city by Liszt in Weimar.  Joining the orchestra in these two concerts is the young German violinist Julia Fischer, a star who has taken the world by storm with her consummate musicianship and impeccable technique.  Fischer will be the soloist in the concertos of Dvořák and of Brahms.  The two concerts also feature two classics of the German symphonic repertoire, Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.


23.10 (Wed)


Prelude and Liebestod (from Tristan und Isolde)


Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53


Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98



24.10 (Thu)


Prelude to Act III (from Lohengrin)


Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77


Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92


About the Performer

Dresdner Philharmonie

Principal Conductor: Michael Sanderling

Violin: Julia Fischer


Dresdner Philharmonie

Founded in 1870, Dresdner Philharmonie marked the 143rd anniversary of its founding.  The orchestra has worked with the most eminent conductors in each historical period since its founding.

The Dresdner Philharmonie gained worldwide fame in the 1930s, with much credit going to the leadership of Paul van Kempen.  This in turn attracted the great conductors of the time to appear in concert with the Philharmonie, including Hermann Abendroth, Hans Knappertsbusch, Fritz Busch, Erich Kleiber and Joseph Keilberth.  The work of Heinz Bongartz as Principal Conductor was essential in rebuilding the Philharmonie in the years following World War II. 

Internationally acclaimed conductors including Kurt Masur, Michel Plasson and Marek Janowski also served as Principal Conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie.  For the 2003/04 season Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos was named Principal Guest Conductor and a year later became Principal Conductor.  His experience conducting the best orchestras in the world and his personal charisma led to a highly successful partnership with the orchestra, both concerts performed in Dresden, on tour and in the international music recording industry.  Since beginning of the season 2011/12 Michael Sanderling has become Principal Conductor.



Michael Sanderling

Principal Conductor

Born and educated in Berlin, Michael Sanderling is one of the most promising conductors of his generation.  His 2005 debut conducting the Dresdner Philharmonie marked the beginning of regular and close artistic collaboration with the tradition-steeped orchestra.  From the beginning of the 2011/12 concert season Sanderling has been named Principal Conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie.

Sanderling has worked with many leading international orchestras including the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the Gürzenich Orchester Köln and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest.  His conducting of Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace at the Cologne Opera was met with the highest acclaim from press and public alike.

As Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, from 2006 to 2010 Sanderling performed at international concert venues and recorded several CDs with the ensemble.  In 2010 he founded Skyline Symphony in Frankfurt – a collaboration of Europe’s leading orchestra players who join together in performing special classical music concerts on the campus of the Goethe University geared to younger audiences in an easily accessible setting free of formal convention.

Sanderling’s early musical training was on the cello.  After successfully participating as a cellist in several competitions and when he was only 19, Sanderling was engaged by Kurt Masur as Principal Cellist with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester.  Sanderling was subsequently also Principal Cellist of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for many years.  He has made guest appearances as a cello soloist with top-flight orchestras throughout Europe and the United States, including the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Orchestre de Paris and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.



Julia Fischer


German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability and as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings, including being named “Artist of the Year” at The Gramophone Awards in 2007 and “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards.

The season 2012/13 marked Fischer tenure as Artist in Residence at Konzerthaus Berlin; under the baton of the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor Ivan Fischer, she opened the orchestra’s season with Brahms’ Double Concerto.  A recital and an appearance with the Julia Fischer Quartet in June 2013 completes her residency.  The Quartet was founded by Fischer in the 2011/12 season and garnered ecstatic acclaim from public and critics alike for Fischer, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Nils Mönkemeyer and cellist Benjamin Nyffenegger.  Future seasons will see the Quartet touring through Europe, debut appearances are scheduled amongst others at the Prague Spring Festival, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein Vienna and Philharmonie Luxembourg.

Coinciding with Decca’s release of the recording of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in spring 2013, Fischer embarked on a tour of Germany with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman. Another highlight of Fischer’s 2012/13 season was her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with both, the Beethoven and Salonen Violin Concerto under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen in April 2013 – “a debut which could not have been more impressive” as Austria’s Die Presse attested.

In the 2013/14 season, Fischer will be Artist in Residence at the Dresdner Philharmonie and Wigmore Hall is dedicating to her a Perspective Series.  She will perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, tour Europe with the San Francisco Symphony and Asia with the Dresdner Philharmonie as well as appear in recitals in major European venues including Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and the Berlin Philharmonie.

In 2011, Decca released “Poème” featuring Chausson’s Poème, Respighi's Poema Autunnale, Suk’s Fantasy in G Minor and Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending to great critical acclaim.  This highly poignant album is also the last recording of the late Yakov Kreizberg – a close collaborator of Fischer for years – conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.  The recording was featured on the quarterly “Bestenliste” of the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

This recording was preceded by the fall 2010 release of “Paganini: 24 Caprices” and her 2009 recording for Decca of “Bach: Violin Concertos” with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.  Upon its release in the United States, the recording became the fastest-selling classical music debut in iTunes history.  Previous recordings were released on the PentaTone label.  Her debut CD, a recording of “Russian Violin Concertos by Khatchaturian, Prokofiev and Glazunov” with the Russian National Orchestra under Yakov Kreizberg, won Germany’s coveted ECHO Award in 2005.  Fischer recorded “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin” in 2005 and this recording earned worldwide critical praise including the rare distinction of winning three of France’s most prestigious awards: the “Diapason d’Or”; the “CHOC” from Le Monde de la Musique; and the highest rating from Classica Repertoire.  The Bach recording also saw her awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award as “Best Newcomer” in 2006.  In 2007, her “Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto” recording saw her awarded the ECHO Award for “Instrumentalist of the Year”.

Born in Munich in 1983, Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons.  She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and at just 11-years-old won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, an event that catapulted her towards a career as a soloist.  Throughout her career, Fischer has always maintained her piano studies.  On 1 January 2008 she made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and conductor Matthias Pintscher.  On the same programme, she performed the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3.  A DVD of this concert, recorded by Unitel Classica, was released by Decca in September 2010.



Tickets available from 9 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by 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).


‘Verdi & Wagner Year’ Package Discount:

For each purchase of standard tickets for Opera: Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Dresdner Philharmonie (23/10 concert), Dresdner Philharmonie (24/10 concert) and Opera: Verdi’s Rigoletto: 5% off for 2 programmes; 10% off for 3 programmes; 15% off for all 4 programmes.


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 Length

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

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



Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009            

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.

Concert Sponsor

24 October concert sponsored by

Mr. Albert Hung, SBS, JP

Mr. Wilfred Ng, SBS, JP

Mr. Raymond Leung, MH


Programme Notes

23 Oct
23 Oct
24 Oct
24 Oct

Pre-concert Talks


A Missing Page of the Dresdner Philharmonie




Dr. Oliver Chou

Senior Writer at South China Morning Post

Music Columnist at Yazhou Zhoukan



Wagner’s Programme Music and Brahms’ Absolute Music




Dr. Ip Kim-Ho

PhD in Music, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Creative Director at Skymap and Rainbow


Conducted in Cantonese

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

Venue Date & Time Price
Foyer Reception Area, 4/F, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Free Admission
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