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Encore Series - Violin Recital by Kyung-Wha Chung

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 performance.  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
$620, $520, $420, $320, $200

The legendary violinist returns

'Chung commands her instrument with a plethora of colours, while her grasp of the relationships between gesture and phrase, between phrase and form, is absolute.'  The Sunday Times


Korean violinist Kyung-Wha Chung is among the most distinguished performers today.  Her brilliant concert career has already spanned 40 years, following immediately after her triumph in the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1967.  Collaborating with all the best known conductors and prestigious orchestras on the world concert stages, she is also among the most extensively recorded violinists.  After a seven-year hiatus due to an injury, she resumed her performing career in a recital in Seoul in 2011, to be welcomed by an enthusiastic audience.  After a long time absence on the Hong Kong concert stage, her forthcoming return to the territory in a programme of four great works in the violin repertoire is eagerly anticipated.





Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24, Spring

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45

Violin Sonata in G, K379

Violin Sonata in A


About the Performer

Kyung-Wha Chung


In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Kyung‐Wha Chung has been one of the most sought‐after musicians on the international stage.  She has earned recognition worldwide as a performing artist of the very highest stature: in 1972 the South Korean government awarded her with its highest honour, the Medal of Civil Merit; and she has been cited by The Sunday Times of London as one of the most important contributors to the British cultural scene.  The depth of her musicianship, commitment and passion for her art characterize each performance and recording.  After a seven-year hiatus due to an injury, she resumed her performing career in 2011 and proved in her recital in Seoul that she has grown further and deeper as a consummate artist and brought out passionate, overflowing response from her fans.  She has scheduled to perform and record six Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin in 2012/13 and begun her world tour that take her to Japan in June 2013, the United States in September 2013, China in October 2013, Europe in Spring/Fall 2014.

Chung was born into a musical family in South Korea and began studying the violin at age six.  At the age of 12 she left her native country to study with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School in New York; she was coached further by Joseph Szigeti and Szymon Goldberg.  After winning the Leventritt Competition in 1967, she embarked upon her career in North America, appearing with most of the world’s finest orchestras.  She made her sensational European debut in 1970 at the Royal Festival Hall with André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra, playing the Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.  Her intensity, delicacy, and dramatic stage presence brought invitations for three more London concerts and a tour in Japan as well as a television appearance.  Engagements with the London Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and other top orchestras with Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt, Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, and Charles Dutoit followed, firmly establishing her international career.  Her duo recitals and recordings with Radu Lupu, Krystian Zimerman, Peter Frankl, Stephen Kovacevich received highly acclaimed reviews, and she performed with her siblings, Myung-Wha Chung and Myung-Whun Chung, as Chung Trio around the world and represented as the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme, and made numerous critically acclaimed recordings.

Chung recorded Tchaikovsky’s and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto under the Decca label in 1970 and followed with over 30 recordings under Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA and EMI labels.  Her recording of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Respighi’s and Strauss’s Violin Sonata with Krystian Zimerman earned the coveted Gramophone Awards.  In 2007, she joined the Juilliard School as a member of the Faculty of Music and the Pre-College Division.  In 2011, she received the Ho-Am Prize in the Arts division for her illustrious 40-year long career as a violinist and an educator.



Kevin Kenner


The year 1990 was a milestone for Kevin Kenner whose artistry was recognized throughout the world by three prestigious awards: the top prize at the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (together with the Peoples’ Prize and the prize for the best performance of a polonaise), the recipient of the Terence Judd Award in London, and the bronze medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (together with the prize for the best performance of a Russian work).  In the years leading up to those remarkable accomplishments, he won prizes at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth in 1989 and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City in 1988.

Kenner’s achievements have won him critical acclaim throughout the world.  He has been praised as ‘one of the finest American pianists to come along in years’ by Howard Reich of Chicago Tribune, and ‘...fulfilling a criterion which one only knows from great Chopinists such as Arthur Rubinstein, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Dinu Lipatti’ by Winfried Wild of Schwaebische Zeitung.  Adrian Jack of London's The Independent described one of his recitals as ‘...the best performance I have ever heard in the concert hall of all four of Chopin's Ballades’.  The Financial Times described him as ‘a player of grace, subtle variety and strength, with a mature grasp of dramatic structure and proportion: in short, a grown-up musician nearing his peak’.  The Washington Post recently proclaimed him ‘a major talent…an artist whose intellect, imagination and pianism speak powerfully and eloquently’.  The conductor Stanisław Skrowaczewski, who recorded with pianists such as Arthur Rubinstein, claimed Kenner's Chopin interpretations to be the most sensitive and beautiful he remembered.

Born in southern California, Kenner showed his interest in piano from a very young age and studied there with Polish pianist Krzysztof Brzuza.  As a teenager, Brzuza sent him to Poland for an audition for the eminent professor Ludwik Stefański, who immediately prepared him for the 1980 International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, where he was the youngest competitor and in which he received a special award from the jury.  His sojourn in Poland took place during a momentous period in Polish history, coinciding with the beginnings of Solidarity, strikes, protests and severe food shortages.  This left an indelible impression and initiated a lifelong affinity for this country.  Following the death of his Polish teacher, he continued his studies for the next five years with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.  Returning to Europe once again, he concluded his formal training in Hannover with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and made his permanent home in Europe, firstly in England, where he taught for many years at the Royal College of Music in London, and now in Krakow, Poland.

Kenner has performed as soloist with world-class orchestras including Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and in the United States with the principal orchestras of San Francisco, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, New Jersey, Rochester, Baltimore, St. Paul and many others.  He has been invited to work with renowned conductors, including Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Davis, Hans Vonk, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kazimierz Kord, Jirí Belohlávek and Antoni Wit.

He has been invited to perform chamber music with illustrious string quartets, such as Belcea, Tokyo, Endellion, Vogler, Panocha, to name but a few.  He has performed recitals with cellist Matt Haimovitz, and more recently with violinist Kyung-Wha Chung.  He has toured and recorded with the Piazzoforte Ensemble performing special arrangements of Piazzolla, Chopin and Bach.  He has performed two-piano arrangements of Piazzolla’s works with legendary pianist Pablo Ziegler, who toured for many years with Piazzolla himself.  He has been invited to adjudicate in some of the most celebrated international piano competitions in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Kenner’s recordings are distributed internationally and include many discs of Chopin works as well as recordings of Ravel, Schumann, Beethoven and Piazzolla, the latter having been awarded a Fryderyk in Poland as the Best Album of the Year under the category Chamber Music.  His most recent album Resonances was singled out by Gramaphone magazine as ‘Editor’s Choice’.  He has also established himself as a specialist in period instruments and his recent recording of Chopin solo piano works on an 1848 Pleyel for the Fryderyk Chopin National Institute of Poland received a five-star superb rating by the French magazine Diapason.



Tickets available from 29 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card Booking.

(On the first counter booking day, each patron can purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets of ‘Violin Recital by Kyung-Wha Chung’ per transaction.)

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).

‘Great Music’ Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for 'Sing Brother Sing by Tian Haojiang', 'Violin Recital by Kyung-Wha Chung' and 'Madgalena Kožená and Private Musicke': 5% off for any 2 programmes; 10% off for all 3 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 this performance is about 1 hour and 30 minutes 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.


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.

Programme Notes

31 Oct
31 Oct

Pre-concert Talk

The Return of a Legendary Violinist (Conducted in Cantonese)

Speaker: Kitty Cheung (Associate Concertmaster of Hong Kong Sinfonietta)

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


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