Local cello, violin virtuosos featured in Young Soloist Series
Two promising local musicians, cellist Letty Poon and violinist David Leung, will perform recitals as part of the Young Soloist Series presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Miss Poon's cello recital takes place on Tuesday, June 10 at 8pm at Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. Her programme with pianist Colleen Lee will feature Beethoven's Sonata No. 5 for Piano and Cello in D, Faure's Elegie, Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody, Rachmaninov's Prelude in F, Schumann's Fantasiestucke and Richard Strauss's Sonata for Cello and Piano in F.
Mr Leung's violin recital is scheduled for Sunday, August 17 at 8pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. Accompanied by pianist Amy Sze, his programme features Handel's Violin Sonata in A, Mozart's Violin Sonata in G, Beethoven's Violin Sonata in G, Debussy's Beau Soir, Shostakovich's Prelude and Brahms's Violin Sonata No.3 in D Minor.
Letty Poon is a native of Hong Kong who began her cello studies at the Music Office. She started her professional training at 17 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under Prof Ray Wang, graduating in 2002 as a Bachelor of Music with first-class honors. Awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship for Overseas Study, she is now in the first year of the Master of Music programme at Stony Brook University in New York state. She studies solo performance with Colin Carr and receives intensive chamber music training from the Emerson String Quartet. Miss Poon was a finalist in the 4th China National Cello Competition 2000. She has attended master classes given by Wang Jian, Laurence Lesser, Misha Maisky, Timothy Landauer and Julian Lloyd Webber. In 2002, she was invited to participate in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Piano accompanist Colleen Lee won first prize at the 7th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition and was a prize winner at the 51st International Music Competition of the ARD Munich. Born in Hong Kong, she began piano lessons at age four and has studied with Eleanor Wong since 1987 when she was a junior student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Past engagements have included Poland's Autumn Festival in Antonin and a charity concert in London. She has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Academy Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Cebu Youth Symphony, the Queensland Philharmonic, the Bangkok Symphony and the Shanghai Symphony. Miss Lee has also made studio recordings for the Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 programme Young Music Makers.
Violinist David Leung has won prizes at numerous competitions, received several scholarships and awards and participated in international music festivals and summer camps. As the Concertmaster of the Academy Symphony Orchestra, he has performed throughout Europe in recent summers. He has attended master classes given by Joseph Silverstein, Carl Pini, William Preucil, Lawrence Lesser, Joseph Swensen, Esther Haffner, Benedict Cruft, Paul Neubauer, Silvia Rosenberg, among others. He is now pursuing his master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, on a graduate award under the tutelage of Prof Mikhail Kopelman, former first violinist of the Borodin and Tokyo String Quartets. His earlier teachers were Tong Lung, Lo Chu Tung and Prof Michael Ma. Mr Leung performs on a Leandro Bisiach Sr violin, made around 1922 in Milan.
Hong Kong native Amy Sze is currently under the tutelage of Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music. She won the 1994 Hong Kong Piano Competition, the 1995 Gold Medal Award Piano Competition, the 2001 Eastman Concerto Competition, and the New York State and Eastern Division of the 2003 Music Teachers National Association Steinway Collegiate Artist Piano Competition. She has given solo and chamber music recitals at Eastman, at the Jewish Community Center of Rochester, St John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, and Keuka College, New York. Last summer, she took part in the guest recital series at the Eastman Summer Piano Festival.
Tickets priced at $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (Limited student and CSSA tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis). A 10% discount is available to Friends of LCSD performing venues and for those who purchase tickets for both recitals in the Young Soloist Series.
For programme enquiries call 2268 7321 or visit website www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp. For ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked at http://www.urbtix.gov.hk
End/Wednesday, May 14, 2003