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Pan Asia Symphony, Russian violinists tackle Bach and Brahms


Two of Russia's most talented young violinists will join the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra on June 14 and 15 for "The Classic Violin", a programme devoted to Bach and Brahms.

The orchestra, with soloists Dmitry Kogan and Alena Baeva, will be conducted by the celebrated local musician Dr Yip Wai-hong.

They will perform Bach's Air on the G String (from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BMV1068) and Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BMV1043 and the Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77.

The June 14 concert is scheduled for the Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre, and the June 15 concert for the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Both begin at 8pm.

Dmitry Kogan was born in 1978 in Moscow into a distinguished musical family. His grandfather was the renowned violinist Leonid Kogan and his father, Pavel Kogan, is a well known conductor. Young Kogan began to play violin at the age of six at the Central Musical School of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1996, he began studying at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Igor Bezrodny. He has also studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under Bezrodny and Tuomas Haapanen. His career has taken him to such famous venues as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and London's Royal Festival Hall. His repertoire includes all the major violin concertos.

Eighteen-year-old Alena Baeva took up the violin at age five. In 1995, she moved with her family to Moscow where she studied at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory under Prof Eduard Grach. Last year, she was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory. Her numerous awards include first prizes at the International Violin Competition in Kloster-Schontal and the International T. Wronski Competition in Warsaw in 2000 where she was the youngest participant. In 2001, she won the first prize and nine special prizes, including best performance of a contemporary composition, at the International Wieniawski Competition in Poland. Miss Baeva has performed as far afield as France, the US, Austria, Italy, Greece, Israel and China.

The Classic Violin concerts are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets priced at $100, $80 and $60 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 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. For ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. Internet booking of tickets is available at For credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programme.

End/Wednesday, May 14, 2003

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