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De Waart conducts annual collaboration with HKAPA:
Philharmonic Musicians and Academy Students play side-by-side in Stravinsky and Mozart

12 February 2008

Hong Kong, 12 February 2008 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Edo de Waart entered into an unprecedented annual collaboration with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts when the Chief Conductor came on board four years ago. In a week long preparation that includes rehearsal and individual coaching by the Principal musicians of the Orchestra, music students of the HKAPA have the chance of performing side by side with professional musicians of the Philharmonic, under the guidance of the internationally renowned conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The fruit of this year’s collaboration will be displayed on 1 March (Saturday), 8pm, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

Each time, challenging symphonic repertoire is chosen to expand the technical and musical frontiers of the students. This year, it is Stravinsky’s notoriously difficult score, The Rite of Spring and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, a work that requires crystalline technique and perfect intonation.

In addition, Concertmaster John Harding will lead six Fellows of the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation and an HKAPA student in the first movement of Mendelssohn’s most famous chamber work – his Octet for Strings, Opus 20.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellowship Scheme was created to provide professional development for promising young string musicians. It provides places for up to ten Chinese musicians per year from distinguished regional music institutions and is fully endowed by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, which shares the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and supporting artists of outstanding potential.

Programme Details:
The Rite of Spring
- a unique music project in collaboration with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

1/3/2008 (Saturday) HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall 8 pm
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Edo de Waart conductor
Joint Orchestra of HKPO professionals and HKAPA students
*Concertmaster John Harding, with The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellows and HKAPA student (Mendelssohn’s Octet)

Mozart Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550
*Mendelssohn Octet for Strings in E-flat major, Op. 20 (1st movement)
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

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Hailed as “one of Asia's top orchestras”, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is led by the internationally renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. In April 2006, The Swire Group Charitable Trust became the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Principal Patron, committing HK$36 million over three years to enable Maestro de Waart’s artistic vision for the Orchestra to be realized. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances, including a series of outreach activities including the city’s largest outdoor symphonic concert in Happy Valley, Swire Symphony under the Stars. Please visit for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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