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Violinist Julian Rachlin dazzles in Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 on 17 & 18 April

8 April 2009

Hong Kong 8 April 2009 – One of today’s most exciting violinists, Lithuanian born Julian Rachlin will join the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in Swire Maestro: Julian Rachlin – Unparalleled Mastery under the baton of Arild Remmereit on 17 and 18 April (Fri and Sat) at 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. The programme will also include Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride: overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 Polish.

Prokofiev’s second Violin Concerto in G minor is a very different work from the First partly as Prokofiev was about to return to live in Stalinist Russia, thus deliberately making it less audacious and more conventional than his earlier works. The whole exudes singing lyricism, coupled with virtuoso passage work fierily displayed in the explosive 3rd movement.

The Tsar’s Bride was the tenth opera by Rimsky-Korsakov completed in 1898. The story tells of how the young bride, Marfa, was selected by the Tsar, but by that stage she had already been poisoned by the jilted lover of one of the Tsar’s bodyguards, jealous because he had declared his own love for Marfa. 

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 carries a nickname “The Polish” referring to the recurring Polish dance rhythms prominent in the symphony's final movement. It portrays the passage from gloom, despondency and death, to hope, happiness and a bright future. Tchaikovsky had clearly written out the depression which affected him at that time.

Julian Rachlin - Violin

"tidy but fierce, passionate but patrician, soaring with emotion yet shot through with a cool intelligence."
Washington Post on Rachlin’s Prokofiev Concerto No.2

Born in 1974 in Lithuania, Rachlin emigrated to Vienna at the age of four. He and fellow violinist Janine Jansen are coined the “new golden couple of classical music” by Peter Culshaw of The Guardian. World leading orchestras that he has performed with, and regularly returns to, include Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. A highlight of his career has been the reception of the coveted "Accademia Musicale Chigiana" International Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for classical musicians.

Arild Remmereit - Conductor

"He came, he conducted, he conquered."
The New York Times

Formerly Artistic Director of the Ukrainian State Opera in Kharkov, Arild Remmereit has conducted Wiener Residenz Orchester and the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Kiev and has led these ensembles on tours through Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. His future engagements include performances with the, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony etc.

Julian Rachlin – Unparalleled Mastery
17 & 18-4-2009 Fri & Sat 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Ticket Price: HK$380 $280 $200 $150
Weekday 10% discount

Arild Remmereit, conductor
Julian Rachlin, violin

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The Tsar’s Bride: overture
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No.2 in G Minor
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.3 in D Major, Op.29 – “Polish”

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Arild Remmereit Julian Rachlin

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. The Orchestra also builds its reputation and raises its artistic standards by touring. In 2008/09 season the Orchestra performed in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Please visit for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

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