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Cédric Tiberghien to play Shostakovich


Hong Kong, 20 March 2006 –The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) announces today that it has secured, another outstanding pianist Cédric Tiberghien to appear in two chamber works by Shostakovich, as part of the 100th Anniversary of the composer. The concert, entitled A Shostakovich Celebration will be held on 25 March, 8pm, at Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium. In the same programme, HKPO Conductor Laureate David Atherton will lead the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5.

30-year-old Cédric Tiberghien is currently receiving exceptional exposure in the UK as one of the leading artists of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme. He won First Prize at the prestigious Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris in 1998, alongside with five special awards, including the Audience Award and the Orchestra Award. “Tiberghien knew exactly what he wanted to say about the music, and did so with a blend of boldness, reasoning and inspiration.” (The Daily Telegraph, 2005) “Tiberghien played with all the authority and fluency one associates with Gieseking in his prime.” (OzArt Review, Australia, 2004) This spurred on his international career, leading to over 150 engagements worldwide, including his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000, 7 visits to Japan and showcase appearances throughout Europe. Cedric’s discography, all on Harmonia Mundi, includes three solo discs, all of which received high critical acclaim. His conductor collaborations include such maestros as Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur. As a dedicated chamber musician his regular partners include Ysaye Quartet, violinist Pierre Amoyal and cellist Valerie Aimard.

Cedric Tiberghien will join Guest Concertmaster of the evening, John Harding, HKPO Principal Second Violin Fan Ting, Guest Principal Violist Irina Morozova, and HKPO Principal Cello Richard Bamping in the turbulent Piano Quintet (1940), as well as John Harding and Richard Bamping in the intense Piano Trio (1944). 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975).

Tickets are now available at URBTIX at HK$200, HK$150 and $100, through reservation at 2734 9009 (URBTIX) or Credit Card Booking at 2111 5999 (Cityline). For enquiries, please call 2721 2030.