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17-year-old Kit Armstrong, protégé of Alfred Brendel
Plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17
Sunday Family Package 50% off


[30 October 2009 Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) presents “Swire New Generation: Kit Armstrong plays Mozart” on 21 Nov 2009 (Sat) at 8pm and 22 Nov 2009 (Sun) at 3pm in the concert hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. 17-year-old Kit Armstrong will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 with the HKPO and conductor Lawrence Renes, who will also conduct Beethoven’s Egmont: overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in the same concert.

Kit Armstrong is a protégé of the legendary pianist Alfred Brendel, who writes, “It gives me great pleasure to recommend very warmly Kit Armstrong, a brilliantly gifted musician of exceptional promise. Already at present, his musical insight and concentration, his ear for sound and balance, as well as his manual control and sensitivity are remarkable by any standards, and his memory seems prodigious. Here is a pianist who, far beyond his years, embodies an understanding of the great piano works that combines freshness and subtlety, emotion and intellect. Besides, he is a talented composer, an accomplished mathematician, and a delightfully unpretentious person.”   Returning to the Hong Kong Philharmonic following his stunning début in 2008, conductor Lawrence Renes brings his trademark freshness and vitality to Tchaikovsky’s stirring Fifth Symphony.

Swire New Generation nurtures young classical musicians
Swire Classic Insights – a great way to know more about music

The Swire New Generation series showcases the talents of a rising generation of gifted young classical musicians – the future stars of the world’s concert halls, nurtures and encourages these artists both from Hong Kong and Mainland China, and makes classical music more accessible to a new young audience. Swire Classic Insights pre-concert talk is a great way to get to know more about the music masterworks before the concert. The talks are free to public and will be conducted in English on Sat (7:15-7:45pm) and Cantonese on Sun (2:15-2:45pm) in Level 4 foyer, Auditoria Building of the Hong Kong Culture Centre.

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With the aim to bring great symphonic music to families, believing the shared experience will be more enjoyable and memorable, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra specially designed the Sunday matinee concert to turn your Sunday afternoon into a musical family affair. Download now at to enjoy a 50% discount on adult full price tickets by purchasing a student ticket. (22 Nov 2009 Sunday 3pm concert only)

Kit Armstrong is a 17-year old pianist and composer who also displays remarkable gifts for mathematics, science, and languages. At the age of five, he began formal composition and piano studies. At seven, he became the youngest scholarship student in the history of Chapman University in California, attending the university part-time while completing high school. Two years later, he became a full-time undergraduate student, studying music and science. He currently studies piano with Alfred Brendel and Benjamin Kaplan. Whilst attending college, Kit has given recitals and appeared as soloist with umerous orchestras. He made his concerto début at the age of eight. In 2005, he performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras; in 2007, he played Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bobby McFerrin. He will play Bach Concerto in D Minor and Schumann Concerto in A Minor with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Chailly in 2009 and 2010. [Full biography]

Conductor Lawrence Renes has collaborated with distinguished orchestras, such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC and Gothenburg Symphonies, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota, Seattle, Houston and Detroit Symphonies and at the 2007 Aspen Music Festival. He gave the US première of Tan Dun's Tea with Sante Fe Opera to great critical acclaim. In 2007 he returned to Netherlands Opera for the European première of John Adams's Dr Atomic and leads the work’s UK première at the English National Opera in 2009. He made his Seattle Opera début with Elektra in 2008 and 2009 sees his début with Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (The Rake’s Progress). Lawrence Renes rose to fame in 1995, when he replaced Riccardo Chailly to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, in a programme of Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Broadcast on Dutch TV this highly successful performance made the basis for a documentary on Renes entitled A Dream Début. [Full biography]

Swire New Generation: Kit Armstrong plays Mozart

21&22 | 11 | 2009

sat 8pmsun 3pm

HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall

HK$240 $180 $140 $100

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Free pre-concert talk 7:15pm

Programme commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Swire Classic Insights pre-concert talks

21 | 11 | 2009 (sat)


22 | 11 | 2009 (sun)




Level 4 foyer, Auditoria Building of the Hong Kong Culture Centre   Level 4 foyer, Auditoria Building of the Hong Kong Culture Centre
Speaker: Henry Shek, conductor (English)   Speaker: Henry Shek, conductor (Cantonese)


Lawrence Renes


Kit Armstrong


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BEETHOVEN::  Egmont: overture
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K.453
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5

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Edo de Waart
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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 including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

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