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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra presents Korean Pianist Joyce Yang

16 February 2009

Hong Kong, 16 February 2009 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will present outstanding Korean pianist Joyce Yang, the Silver medal winner at the renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Competition 2005. Under the baton of Edo de Waart, Joyce Yang will play Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on Thursday 19th February at 8pm and Sunday 22nd February at 3pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. The all-Rachmaninov programme concludes with Symphony No. 2.

‘Yang played with grace and wit… Her performance was exceptional, and the audience certainly recognized that…’
The Arizona Republic

At nineteen years of age, Joyce was awarded the silver medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As the youngest participant, she was the recipient of both the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music, as well as the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a new work.

In summer 2006 Joyce appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center, the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Symphony, and she opened the season of the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. In November 2006, she made her New York Philharmonic debut with Lorin Maazel in Avery Fisher Hall, preceded by concerts with them in Korea. She appeared with them again in June 2007 in New York and in July 2007 in Vail, Colorado.

Joyce is enjoying her successful international career. Her recent activities have included engagements with the symphonies of Houston, Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Colorado, Kansas City, Colorado Springs, Nashville and the National Symphony, as well as numerous recitals throughout North America and Europe, including appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Tonhalle in Zurich.

19-2-2009 Thu 8PM
22-2-2009 Sun 3PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$280 $220 $160 $120
Weekday 10% discount

Edo de Waart Conductor
Joyce Yang Piano

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3
Rachmaninov Symphony No 2

Free Pre-concert Talk
Time: 19/2/2009 Thu 7:15pm – 7:45pm (English)
22/2/2009 Sun 2:15pm - 2:45pm (Cantonese)
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Thu (English)
Mr Timothy Calnin
HKPO Chief Executive
Sun (Cantonese)
Mr Perry So
HKPO Assistant Conductor (Education and Community Programmes)

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Joyce Yang Piano

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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 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.

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