Korean violinist David Park and locally born violinist Henry Choi will collaborate with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra in Hong Kong in September for two concerts.
Under the baton of its music director and conductor Dr Yip Wai-hong and principal guest conductor, Jimmy Chiang, the orchestra will perform a programme of "3B" music: Bach's "Double Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043", Beethoven's "Symphony No. 6, 'Pastoral'" and Brahms' "Violin Concerto in D, Op.77". Details of the concerts are as follows:
September 6 (Saturday) 8pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
Tickets: $100, $80 and $60
September 7 (Sunday) 3.30pm
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
Tickets: $110, $90 and $70
Born in Hong Kong, Jimmy Chiang began his musical education at the age of four. At 16, he received the Fellowship Diploma of Trinity College in London, and later a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University, the United States, and "Magister Artium" with distinction from the University for Music and Performing Arts of Vienna.
Chiang has won many awards, including "Wurdigungspreis" from the University for Music and Performing Arts of Vienna, the Hannah Adler Music Scholarship (Vienna) and the "Barenreiter Urtext Preis" at the third International Competition for Young Choir Directors (Vienna). In 2007, Chiang won the first prize at the Fourth International Competition of Young Conductors "Lovro von Matacic" in Zagreb, Croatia.
David Park started playing violin in Korea at the age of five. He received his Bachelor of Music at the University of Indiana and Master of Music at the Juilliard School.
Winner of the Irving M. Klein International Competition and the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition, Park maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, and his recital and chamber music activities. He has performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Harmonic Orchestra and the Korean Chamber Orchestra. Currently, Park is the assistant concertmaster of the Utah Symphony and an adjunct associate professor of music at the University of Utah.
Henry Choi started his musical training at the age of five and fell in love with both violin and piano. He later joined the Hong Kong Children's Choir under Dr Yip Wai-hong and performed with the group on its European Tour.
Choi studied with the late Eudice Shapiro in 1991 and graduated with a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1994. He has performed in numerous solo recitals, played with the USC Symphony, USC Opera and various chamber music groups.
Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra has often performed in Hong Kong with a number of internationally famous conductors and soloists over the past 30 years. By using popular music and organising concert talks, the orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, especially the younger generation, raising their awareness of local culture.
The concerts by the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets are now available at URBTIX outlets. Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20% is offered for group booking schemes. Please refer to the programme leaflets for details.
For enquiries about the programme, call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp. Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at www.urbtix.hk.
Ends/Saturday, July 26, 2008