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World-class violin and piano duo coming soon

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Violinist Vadim Repin and pianist Boris Berezovsky will soon perform for Hong Kong music lovers Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in a concert presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

Repin and Berezovsky's September concert will include masterpieces like Mozart's "Sonata No. 21 in E Minor for Violin and Piano, K. 304", Prokofiev's "Sonata No. 1 in F Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 80", Grieg's "Sonata No. 2 in G for Violin and Piano, Op. 13", Chausson's "Poeme in E-flat, Op. 25" and Ravel's "Tzigane, Rapsodie de concert".

Described as "the greatest living violinist" by the Berlin Tagesspiegel in 2001, Vadim Repin combines fiery passion with impeccable technique. The young artist won the most prestigious and demanding violin competition in the world, the Reine Elisabeth Concours, at the tender age of 17. Since then, he has appeared with the world's greatest orchestras including the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has collaborated with most of the world's leading conductors such as Boulez, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Masur, Mehta, Rattle and Rostropovich. Repin is a frequent guest at festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, Ravinia and the BBC Proms. His recordings have won many prizes throughout the world. Repin will play the magnificent Stradivarius "Ruby" 1708, on loan from the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.

Boris Berezovsky has established a remarkable reputation, both as the most powerful of virtuoso pianists and as a musician of unique insight and sensitivity. He has appeared as concerto soloist with many international orchestras including the Philharmonia, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the NDR Hamburg. He has a noted partnership with Repin and has worked with other distinguished musicians including Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Michael Collins, the Endellion, Britten String Quartets and Alexander Melnikov in the newly formed Berezovsky and Melnikov Piano Duo. His recording of the Rachmaninov Sonata was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and his Ravel disc was specially recommended by Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason, BBC Music Magazine and the Independent on Sunday.

"Violin and Piano Duo by Vadim Repin and Boris Berezovsky" will be staged at 8pm on September 9 (Tuesday), at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $480, $380, $280 and $180 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 (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). Friends of LCSD performing venues also receive a 10% discount.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit www.urbtix.gov.hk; for more details and information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp. For enquiries about box seats and lounge packages, call 2268 7236.

A pre-concert talk (in Cantonese) by Tseng Yen Yih will be held at 8pm on August 29 (Friday) at AC2, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

End/Wednesday, July 30, 2003

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