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The HKPO Clarinet Veteran Simon and
Russian Maestro Lazarev in "Mozart and Shostakovich"
The Calm before the Storm


[26 May 2010 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO), conducted by renowned Russian conductor Alexander Lazarev, brings you two contrasting pieces by two great composers, Mozart & Shostakovich. The HKPO principal clarinet Andrew Simon will be featured alongside Lazarev in one of Mozart’s best loved works, performed on a rare basset clarinet.  “Mozart and Shostakovich” will be held on 4 & 5 June (Fri & Sat) 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free Pre-concert Talks will be held at 7:15pm for both nights.

Enjoy a 10% Discount by purchasing tickets of both “Mozart and Shostakovich” and “Mozart and Mendelssohn” tickets.

Shostakovich was born in St. Petersburg in 1906 and he was admitted to the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1919 to 1925 studying composition and piano. Composed and premièred in the 1957, his Symphony No.11 titled The Year 1905, was written soon after the death of Stalin and depicts the first uprising against the Tsar in 1905, which was brutally crushed by the imperial army. Achieved famed in portraying the national spirit and historical events in his symphonies, Shostakovich ignited audience with the great dramatic effect of the symphony. In contrast, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto exudes the grace and warmth of humanism. It was Mozart’s last instrumental composition, completed in early October 1791, only two months prior to the composer’s death. It was composed for the basset clarinet; a period instrument which was modified to reach four semitones below the conventional clarinet. In the concert, Andrew Simon will be performing on this rare instrument.

Basset Clarinet, 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” According to 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.

Conductor, Alexander Lazarev
Alexander Lazarev is one of Russia's foremost conductors. He studied with Leo Ginsbourg at the Moscow Conservatory and graduated with first class honours. In 1971 he won first prize in the Soviet Union's national competition for conductors, and the following year went on to win first prize and gold medal in the Karajan Competition in Berlin. From 1987 to 1995 Lazarev was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Theatre.

In recent years he has worked as a regular guest with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, appearing with them in London, Paris and Vienna. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony and the London Philharmonic.
Alexander Lazarev is a prolific recording artist - in addition to his recordings with the Bolshoi Symphony for Erato, he has made over 35 recordings for Melodiya, and has also recorded for Virgin Classics, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Sony Classical, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Hyperion and BMG, and with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for BIS and Linn Records.

Mozart and Shostakovich
4&5 | 6| 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$240 $180 $140 $100
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Alexander Lazarev


Andrew Simon basset clarinet

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MOZART : Clarinet Concerto

SHOSTAKOVICH : Symphony No.11 The Year 1905

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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]

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