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Change of Artist: Andrew Simon to replace Isabelle Faust in Mozart in the City 26 & 27 June


[Hong Kong 26 June 2009] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) announces today that German violinist Isabelle Faust has cancelled her appearances in Hong Kong owing to family emergency and returned home in the morning of 26th. HKPO Principal Clarinet Andrew Simon will replace Faust and perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 with guest conductor Nicholas McGegan conducting the HKPO on 26 and 27 June (Fri and Sat) at 8pm at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.

There will also be a change to the repertoire. The programme now includes Haydn’s L’Isola Disabitata Overture replacing the original Lutoslawski’s Partita, Symphony No. 59 in A Major Fire and Symphony No. 85 in B-flat major La Reine.

Andrew Simon
Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Simon has won acclaim on four continents for his brilliant musicianship and "almost god-like technique" Auditorium magazine. Michael Tilson Thomas has noted his "formidable technique, flair, and musicianship" while Allan Kozinn of The New York Times compared him favourably to Benny Goodman. First prize winner of the International Clarinet Society Competition and the National Arts Club Competition, the Juilliard School graduate made his début in the Carnegie Hall Recital (Weill) Hall in 1989, after winning the Artists International Young Musicians Auditions Clarinet Award. He subsequently embarked on an international career, appearing as soloist and teaching master classes in the USA, Great Britain, China, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and The Philippines.

Recordings include his solo CD HOT (Musicians Showcase), "a strong and consistent display of first-class clarinet playing, Simon's interpretations are professional in the best sense of the word" Fanfare magazine, and Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo (GMN), "Andrew Simon's dark rich sound and flawless technique do wonders for the clarinet works" American Record Guide.

Mozart in the City
26 & 27-6-2009 Fri & Sat 8PM
Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Ticket Price: HK$280 $220 $160 $120
Weekday 10% discount

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Andrew Simon, basset clarinet


L’Isola Disabitata : Overture

MOZART: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
HAYDN: Symphony No 59 in A Major Fire
HAYDN: Symphony No 85 in B-flat Major  La Reine

Photos download: (Nicholas McGegan) (Andrew Simon)

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. 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. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances. HKPO stays in tune with our city by presenting the biggest outdoor symphonic concert of the year, Swire Symphony Under the Stars at Happy Valley in the 07/08 season. In 08/09 season the Orchestra undertook a major six-concert tour of China, including the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts and Shanghai Grand Theatre under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.