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"Hong Kong String Quartet" Perform a Chamber Concert


Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the "Hong Kong String Quartet" which was formed by four members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a chamber concert to be staged on March 31 (Monday) at 8 pm at the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall. The Quartet will showcase two chamber music works namely Beethoven's "String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat, Op.18" and Schubert's "String Quartet in D Minor, 'Death and the Maiden'".

The Hong Kong String Quartet was founded in 1993 by Wong Sze-hang (First Violin). The four musicians have extensive performance experiences in playing solo, in ensembles as well as in professional orchestras and share the same passion for chamber music making. Devoted to the promotion of chamber music, the group has also made recordings, appeared in radio programmes, participated in outreach programmes at schools and hospitals and gave chamber music workshops to young people. The Quartet has participated and coordinated a number of concerts in the "Celebration of Hong Kong Performing Arts: A Tribute to the New Millennium". It has also been the Resident Quartet of Tsuen Wan Town Hall, RTHK Radio 4 and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

First violinist Wong Sze-hang started playing violin at the age of five. After receiving formal training in Beijing and Hong Kong, Wong furthered his studies in the United States. Wong's ability and achievement as orchestra player, chamber musician, soloist and teacher are well recognized. He has been the Second Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since joining in 1989, and in 1991/92 he was the Acting Concertmaster. Wong has won numerous awards. He gives recitals and performs as concerto soloist regularly.

Second violinist, Ni Lan entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1978. Then he furthered his studies at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and received his Bachelor of Music Degree in 1991. In 1994, he received a Master Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, New York. He has performed with the New Jersey Symphony and the American Symphony in New York. Ni has been a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996.

Violist Zhao Yu began his violin study at the age of five. After studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Zhao studied under Robert Vernon, the principal violist of the renowned Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Zhao won the first prize in both the Aspen Music Festival Viola Competition in 1988 and the OMTA Music Competition (String Division) in 1989. He had been the principal violist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and had worked with numerous renowned Orchestras. Zhao is the member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998.

Born in Hong Kong, Cellist Anna Kwan Ton-an began studying cello at the age of ten. She studied cello at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under Ge Wu in the early years. Kwan obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her Master Degree from the Yale University. Kwan has travelled extensively to many places to perform chamber music and orchestral music. She is a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001.

Tickets priced at $130 and $90 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-priced concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (Limited tickets for students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). A 10% discount is also available for Friends of LCSD performing venues.

Programme enquiries can be made on 2268 7321 while ticketing enquiries and reservations on 2734 9009. Internet booking of tickets is available at For credit card telephone booking, please call 2111 5999. Please visit for more information on the programme.

End/Friday, March 7, 2003

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