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April
Pianist Choi Sown Le to play at City Hall

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A piano recital by Choi Sown Le will be staged on May 3 (Saturday) at 8 pm at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

Local pianist Choi will play Bach-Busoni's Toccata in D Minor, BWV 565, Mozart's Rondo in A Minor, K 511, Mozart's Variations on a Theme by Duport, K 573, Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy, D 760, Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Paganini Book I and II, Op 35 and Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-flat, Op 22.

Choi graduated from the Royal College of Music in London and the Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva where he was awarded the Premier Prix de Virtuosite with distinction. Having studied with various masters including pianist Michelangeli and conductor Celibidache, Choi has performed with renowned conductors including Maxim Shostakovich and Arpad Gerecz, and appeared as guest soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the former Central Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He also participated in the Pittsburgh Asian Arts Festival, the Music Festival in Thonon, the Swiss Bach Festival and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Choi was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Hong Kong Artists Guild in 1990 and he received The Great Pianist - Golden Dragon Award by the Hong Kong (Overseas) Literature and Arts Association in 1998 and was the First Prize winner of the 1999 Pinault International Piano Competition in New York City. Presently he is Chairman of the Hong Kong Piano Music Association.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, tickets priced at $180, $130 and $80 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 (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount is also available for Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321 and for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. Internet booking is available at www.urbtix.gov.hk. For credit-card telephone booking, call 2111 5999. Please visit the website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information on the programme.

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