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Encore Series: Concert by Midori and Philharmonic String Ensemble Vienna
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Due to overwhelming response, there are 12 tickets of box seats and 10 tickets of promenade seats with restricted view ($200 for each ticket) available for sale at the box office of Hong Kong City Hall from 10am on the day of the concert.  Each person can purchase a maximum of two tickets per transaction on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

One of the most talented violinists of our age, Midori has been forging new path throughout her celebrated career.  She is dearly admired by music lovers, especially noted by the 10-CD record set with the most loved classics released by Sony last year.  She commissions new works, having recently premiered DoReMi, the violin concerto written for her by Peter Eötvös.  She brings forgotten works to the forefront, and inspires the next generation of young music lovers with a passionate heart.

 

Born in Osaka, Japan, Midori has been enjoying international fame, after her début at 11 years old with conductor Zubin Mehta.  Having launched a successful performing career, Midori increasingly turns her attention to education, being an innovative activist to engage young audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the developing world.

 

Being a gifted communicator with her dedicated music making, Midori is coming to Hong Kong with friends from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in performing two masterpieces of strings chamber music.  Schubert’s quintet, one of his finest and last compositions, and Brahms’s second sextet, a work of early maturity and passion, will display the full lustre of strings as an ensemble and intimate exchanges between the voices that makes a fine tapestry possible.

Schubert

String Quintet in C, Op. 163, D. 956

Brahms

String Sextet No. 2 in G, Op. 36

Midori (Violin)

Daniel Froschauer (Violin)

Gerhard Marschner (Viola)

Innokenti Grabko (Viola)

Raphael Flieder (Cello)

Bernhard Hedenborg (Cello)

 

Midori (Violin)
Midori is one of the most admired violinists of her generation.  In addition to performing at the highest levels internationally, giving masterclasses and participating in prominent artistic residencies, she has made a sustained commitment to the violin repertoire of the future, commissioning new concerto and recital works over a period of many years.  In recent seasons, Midori has added several new recordings to her extensive discography – Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, a recital of sonatas by Bloch, Janáček and Shostakovich with pianist Özgür Aydin, and Hindemith’s violin concerto with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach in a recording that won a Grammy for Best Classical Compendium.  In February 2016, Sony Classical released The Art of Midori, a 10-CD set containing some of her most important recordings for the label.  DoReMi, the violin concerto written for her by Peter Eötvös and performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the baton of the composer, was released in May 2016.

Beyond her performing and recording career, Midori has been recognised as a dedicated and gifted educator and an innovative community engagement activist throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the developing world.  Among many honours she has received in recent years, she was named a Messenger of Peace by United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and received the prestigious Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos.  In addition, Midori serves as Distinguished Professor and the Jascha Heifetz Chair in violin at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.  She is also a Guest Professor at Japan’s Soai University and at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music.

Midori was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, at an early age.  In 1982, Zubin Mehta invited the 11 year-old Midori to make her début at the New York Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert, on which occasion she received a standing ovation and the impetus to begin a major career.  Midori plays the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù ex-Huberman.  She uses four bows – two by Dominique Peccatte, one by François Peccatte and one by Paul Siefried.

 

Daniel Froschauer (Violin)

Born in Vienna, Austria, Daniel Froschauer studied at the Vienna Conservatory and The Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki, and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Robert Mann.  As a soloist Froschauer has performed with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the West German Radio Orchestra, the North West German Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, the New York Symphonic Ensemble and the Aspen Concerto Orchestra.  Since 1998, Froschauer has been a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and section leader of the first violins from 2004.  Froschauer records for Tokuma Japan Communications / Deutsche Schallplatten and Art Union Classics.

 

Gerhard Marschner (Viola)

Gerhard Marschner was born in Vienna, Austria and received his first violin lessons at the age of six. Marschner switched to the viola after the death of his teacher, Alfred Staar, the instructor of more than 20 members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.  At the age of 19, Marschner won the audition for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, beginning his service there as of February 2004.  In 2007 he became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and in that same year became a section leader of the violas.  He received appointment to the principal viola at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from September 2017.

 

Innokenti Grabko (Viola)

Innokenti Grabko was born into a musical family in Belarus, receiving his earliest instruction in music and violin from his parents.  Beginning in 1992 he studied at the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory under Vladimir Stopitschev and Yuri Bashmet.  He went to Vienna in 1995 and continued his studies under Josef Staar, the former principal violist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 2000 he received the Diploma d'Onore of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and was a prize winner at the Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome.  He started his position as violist with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra in 2002 and later with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005.

 

Raphael Flieder (Cello)

Raphael Flieder was born in Vienna, Austria.  From 1968 he studied at the Vienna Conservatory with Richard Matuschka and graduated with distinction. He furthered his studies in Geneva with Pierre Fournier, and in Berlin with Eberhard Finke at the Karajan Academy.  In 1973 he won the first Prize at Young Musicians' Competition in Austria.  In 1979 he was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Geneve International Competition. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1993, and since 1996 he has been a section leader of cellos.

 

Bernhard Hedenborg (Cello)

Bernhard Hedenborg started playing cello at the age of six.  He is a prizewinner of many national and international competitions, including a Silver Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.  Hedenborg is an avid chamber music performer, among his chamber music partners are Julian Rachlin, Piotr Anderszewski and Daishin Kashimoto.  He made his début at the Golden Hall in the Vienna’s Musikverein as soloist with the Radio Bavaria Chamber Orchestra.  

Hedenborg is the artistic director of the Kobe Music Festival in Japan.  He regularly gives masterclasses in Japan and Europe.  In 2011, Hedenborg joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.  Since 2014, he has been a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

DATE
VENUE
PRICE
04.04.2017 (Tue)
20:00
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
location
$420, $350, $280, $200
DATE
04.04.2017 (Tue)
20:00
PRICE
$420, $350, $280, $200

Tickets available from 23 February at URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by Mobile Ticketing App and Credit Card Telephone Booking.

 

‘Great Music’ Package Discount
For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘Concert by Midori and Philharmonic String Ensemble Vienna’, ‘Last Tango in Berlin - Ute Lemper in Concert’, ‘China National Traditional Orchestra (6/5 concert)’, ‘China National Traditional Orchestra (7/5 concert)’ and ‘Vocal Recital by Renée Fleming’, the following concession applies:

5% off for any 2 programmes, 10% off for any 3 programmes, 15% off for any 4 programmes, 20% off for all 5 programmes.

 

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis.)

 

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount offers. 

 

Running time of the performance is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes including an intermission of 15 minutes.  Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually.  Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable break.  Presenter reserves the right to change the programme and artists.

 

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DATE
VENUE
PRICE
04.04.2017 (Tue)
18:45
North Committee Room, 7/F, High Block, Hong Kong City Hall
location
Free Admission
DATE
04.04.2017 (Tue)
18:45
PRICE
Free Admission

String Quartet +1 & String Trio x 2(Conducted in Cantonese)

Speaker: Dr. Gilbert Sak

Violinist, Conductor, Music Educator

 

Free on a first-come-first-served basis.

Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
  • date04.04.2017 (Tue) 20:00
  • price$420, $350, $280, $200
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DATE
VENUE
PRICE
04.04.2017 (Tue)
20:00
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
location
$420, $350, $280, $200
DATE
04.04.2017 (Tue)
20:00
PRICE
$420, $350, $280, $200
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