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Masaaki Suzuki, Founder of Bach Collegum, Japan and
Hungarian Violin Virtuoso Barnabás Kelemen
join forces with the HKPO in Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto


[4 June 2010 – Hong Kong] Japanese conducting master Masaaki Suzuki and Hungarian violin virtuoso Barnabás Kelemen are joining the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to play the Third Violin Concerto by Mozart. Hailed as one of the most exceptional conductors of 18th century music, Suzuki will also lead the HKPO to play the Trauer Symphony by Haydn, The Fair Melusina and Italian Symphony by Mendelssohn. “Mozart and Mendelssohn” will be held on 18 & 19 June (Fri & Sat) 8pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.

Masaaki Suzuki, Conductor

“A subtle ear for color, a keen sense of harmonic direction”

New York Times

Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of Bach. He has remained their Music Director ever since, taking them regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the U.S. and building up an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement and authenticity of his performances.

He is now regularly invited to work with renowned European period ensembles, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and the Freiburger Barockorchester together with whom he visits several European capitals this season, and modern instrument orchestras in repertoire as diverse as Britten, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Stravinsky.

Highlights of his current season with Bach Collegium Japan include a visit to the Edinburgh International Festival as well as performances of Handel’s Rinaldo and Messiah in Tokyo. He also conducts the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

Suzuki’s impressive discography on the BIS label, featuring Bach’s complete works for harpsichord and his interpretations of Bach’s major choral works and sacred cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan (of which he has already completed over forty volumes of a project to record the complete series) have brought him many critical plaudits – The Times has written: “it would take an iron bar not to be moved by his crispness, sobriety and spiritual vigour”.

Barnabás Kelemen, Violin

“Innate musicality and a technical execution that belongs only to the greatest”

The Guardian

Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen captivates the music world with ‘innate musicality’ and a technical execution that belongs ‘only to the greatest’ (The Guardian). With a repertoire that spans from classical to contemporary music, he has performed the Hungarian premieres of works by Ligeti, Schnittke and Gubaidulina, as well as the world première of violin works by Kurtag.

Kelemen has collaborated with the Royal Liverpool, Helsinki, Munich, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestras, and performed with such esteemed conductors as Maazel, Marriner, Janowski, Eötvös, and Fischer. He has performed in recitals in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall among others.

Future highlights include début with the London Philharmonic under the baton of Jurowski, and a tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Fischer. He will also appear in recitals and chamber concerts throughout Europe.

Kelemen’s diverse discography has received critical acclaims, including a Diapason d’or with his recording of Brahms’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano. His recording of Liszt’s complete works for Violin and Piano was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque 2001 by the International Liszt Society. Among his recent recordings are a live DVD of the complete Mozart Violin Concerti and CDs of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Solo Sonata.

Haydn wrote over a hundred symphonies yet the Symphony No.44 is only the second he had written up to that time which was cast in a minor key. Haydn gave a unique title for the symphony – “Trauer” and left instructions that its slow movement should be played at his funeral.

Mozart had five violin concerti and four of them were composed in a quick succession. The Third Violin Concerto that will be played by Kelemen was completed in September 1775; it appears to have been a favourite of Mozart who took it with him to Mannheim and Paris in late 1777 during an extended tour to seek for a new post.

Mendelssohn has shown his great passion for literature since his early childhood. He set to work on a concert overture based on the opera of the German composer, Conradin Kreutzer, The Fair Melusina. Mendelssohn visited Italy in 1830 and fell in love with the country, describing it as “warm and joyous”. Two years after his visit, Mendelssohn recalled his impressions of Italy in his Fourth Symphony, Italian.

Mozart and Mendelssohn
18&19 | 6| 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK City Hall Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
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Masaaki Suzuki


Barnabás Kelemen


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HAYDN : Symphony No.44 Trauer

MOZART : Violin Concerto No.3

MENDELSSOHN : The Fair Melusina
MENDELSSOHN : Symphony No.4 Italian

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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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