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Edo de Waart conducts HKPO in Swire Maestro Series, featuring Grammy Award-winning Violinist

29 May 2007

Hong Kong, 29 May 2007 – Hilary Hahn, one of today’s most outstanding young violinists, will be back for the third time to perform Brahms’ lyrical and passionate Violin Concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO). Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart will be on the podium and will also lead the Orchestra in Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in the same evening. Swire Maestro Series: Hilary Hahn plays Brahms will be held on 8 and 9 June (Friday and Saturday), 8pm, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, after which Hilary Hahn will meet audiences and sign autographs. Swire Classic Insights Pre-Concert talks will be held from 7.15 to 7.45pm on Level 4 Foyer of the Cultural Centre Concert Hall, and are free admission and open to the public.

At the age of 27, Grammy Award-winning American violinist Hilary Hahn is one of the most compelling artists on the international concert circuit. She was named "America's Best" young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001, and appears on a regular basis with the world's great orchestras in Europe, Asia and North America. Renowned critic Terry Teachout wrote in Time magazine: “Her tone is lean and sweet, her interpretations smart and unshowy; even the hardest-boiled, prodigy-hating critics in the business go all mushy when she plays…” Hahn last played in Hong Kong in 2004 and that trip was featured in her recently released documentary video on DVD, Hilary Hahn – On the Road. Hahn’s many recordings are best-sellers; her recording of the Brahms and Stravinsky concertos won a Grammy for “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra”.

Brahms’ Violin Concerto is one of the world’s four greatest and most popular violin concertos – the other three being those of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. It is arguably the most technically and musically demanding work of the four, full of double-stopping, rapid scale passages and broken chords. Yet, it is full of drama and beautiful melodies, and is one of the composer’s best-loved creations. Dvorak’s four-movement Symphony No. 8 is a high-spirited work, drawing much inspiration from Bohemian folk tunes. This is also the symphony that earned him the Honorary Doctorate from Cambridge University.

Edo de Waart’s performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic have been greeted with critical acclaim. South China Morning Post wrote of his performance of Mahler’s Seventh in March: ‘Mahler’s majesty is de Waart’s triumph’. Besides these concerts with Hilary Hahn, Maestro de Waart will conduct two more programmes with the Hong Kong Philharmonic before the end of the season – All About Mozart on 15 and 16 June as well as a free-admission Swire Classic Insight Adult Education Concert on Richard Strauss’ opera, Der Rosenkavalier on 14 June, featuring Prof. Lo King-man as the speaker (in Cantonese).

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Programme Information:
Swire Maestro Series
Hilary Hahn plays Brahms

8&9 | 6 | 2007
Friday and Saturday
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
8 pm
$400, $300, $200, $100
Reservations: 2734 9009
Credit Card booking: 2111 5999
Enquiries: 2721 2030


Edo de Waart conductor
Hilary Hahn violin


Brahms Violin Concerto
Dvo?ák Symphony No.8

Swire Classic Insights
Pre-concert talks

Time: 7:15 - 7:45pm
Venue: Level 4 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Free Admission

8/6 (English) Speaker: Dr Georg Predota, Musicologist
9/6 (Cantonese) Speaker: Heidi Chik, HKPO Marketing Manager, Corporate Communications

Swire is the title sponsor of Swire Maestro Series: Hilary Hahn plays Brahms and Swire Classic Insights Pre-Concert talks.

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is rapidly emerging as Asia’s leading orchestra, since internationally renowned Edo de Waart joined as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor in the 2004/05 Season. Throughout the last three decades, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. It gives over a hundred performances annually, many of which are highly anticipated events in the city’s cultural calendar. The Hong Kong Philharmonic reaches out to the community with such diverse activities as a comprehensive music-in-education programme for primary and secondary school students, performances at university campuses, an annual project with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to help nurture aspiring professionals, free pre-concert talks that provides in-depth knowledge of music and musicians and an open-air concert that gives the public free access to classical music.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the HKSAR Government.

SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.