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Talented cellist Qin Liwei performs January 4

Cellist Qin Liwei will give a recital at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong City Hall at 8pm on Sunday, January 4, 2004.

Described by New York Times as possessing "a meltingly beautiful tone, flawless intonation and an iron technique", Qin will join pianist Albert Tiu to perform Martino's "Variations on a Theme of Rossini", Mendelssohn's "Cello Sonata No. 2 in D", Vasks' "Das Buch", Barber's "Sonata for Cello and Piano" and Schumann's "Adagio and Allegro in A-flat".

The Shanghai-born Qin Liwei moved to Australia at the age of 13. He received a scholarship to study with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music in England. His competition record includes the first prize in the Adam International Cello Competition, the silver medal of the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1998 and the first prize of Naumburg Competition in 2001. He has performed with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Prague Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony, among others. His performances are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Qin plays a 1721 Guarnerius cello on loan from the Australian Council.

Born in Cebu, Philippines, Albert Tiu received his Master's Degree in Music from the Juilliard School. He was the winner of the University of South Africa International Piano Competition in Pretoria and earned second prize in the Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition. Apart from acting as accompanist to instrumentalists, Tiu has also performed with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Hamburg Symphony and the Northern Sinfonia (England). He serves on the faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.

"Cello Recital by Qin Liwei" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $180, $130 and $80 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. Box seats and lounge package are available for the performances. For details, call 2268 7237.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through the website, .

Ends/Wednesday, November 26, 2003
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