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Prize-winning young violinist to give 2 concerts in March

Chen Xi, the youngest top prizewinner in the history of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, will feature in two concerts with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra next month.

The concerts will be held at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall on March 19 (Saturday) and at the Auditorium, Shatin Town Hall on March 20 (Sunday). Both performances begin at 8pm.

Under the baton of Dr Yip Wai-hong, the promising violinist will play Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64" and Chen Gang/He Zhanhao's "'Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto" in the concerts. The orchestra will also play Schubert's Overtune to "Rosamunde".

Born in 1984 in Shenyang, Chen showed astonishing musical talent at an early age. He made his debut performance at the Shenyang Conservatory at the age of eight. He entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1995 and gave his first solo concert in Beijing a year later. Since the age of 13, he has performed with leading orchestras in Mainland China, including the China Philharmonic, China National Symphony and Beijing Symphony Orchestra. Before winning the Tchaikovsky Competition at 17, Chen had already won many national and international competitions, including the 6th National Youth Competition (1997), the 8th Wieniawski International Violin Competition, Youth Category (2000), among others.

Chen has given more than 150 concertos and recitals, and was featured in a TV broadcast and a series of four interviews by the NHK Broadcasting Corporation in Japan. In 2003, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Joseph Silverstein.

"Chen Xi & Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $100, $80 and $60 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 (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis) and a 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

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 online at .

Ends/Monday, February 21, 2005

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