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HKPO’s newly promoted Associate Conductor Perry So’s first performance in his new role
The youngest artist ever to record the Paganini 24 Caprices, Tianwa Yang début with the HKPO in Dvořák’s Violin Concerto


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[6 October 2010 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong) proudly presents “Swire New Generation Series: Tianwa, the rising star” concerts. Perry So, HKPO’s newly promoted Associate Conductor of the HKPO leads the orchestra in a programme including Janácek’s Žárlivost, Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Sibelius’s Symphony No.2. Supported by HKPO’s Principal Patron Swire, “Swire New Generation Series” aims to nurture and encourage the future stars of the world’s concert halls. Free pre-concert talk “Swire Classic Insights” will be held prior to the concerts in the “Swire Maestro” and “Swire New Generation” series where leading experts and musicians are invited to offer some fascinating insights into the composers’ lives, eras and creations.

“Swire New Generation Series: Tianwa, the rising star” will be held on 22&23 October (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talk “Swire Classic Insights” will be held on 22 October, 7pm at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall and on 23 October, 7pm at North Committee Room, 7/F High Block, Hong Kong City Hall.

“the 21-year-old Yang had announced herself as the most important new violinist to comeon the scene in many a year…”

--- Detroit News

Born in Beijing in 1987, Yang Tianwa started to learn violin from his father at the age of four and at the age of ten she was accepted by Professor Lin Yaoji at the Central Conservatory of Music Beijing. Following her performance at the 1999 Beijing Music Festival, Isaac Stern invited her to study with him in the USA. In 2000, at the age of 13, she recorded the 24 Caprices of Paganini, which makes her the youngest interpreter of this composition worldwide. Tianwa was awarded the Volkswagen Foundation prize "Star of Tomorrow" by Seiji Ozawa and the “Prix Mont Blanc 2006”. During her 2007/2008 season, Tianwa gave her North-American début as part of the Virginia Arts Festival with the Virginia Symphony in addition to her debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall which was broadcast live by Deutschland Radio.

Perry So joined the HKPO in October 2008 as Assistant Conductor and has become Associate Conductor since September 2010. In 2008, he received the first and special prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition, only the third time the top prize has been awarded. One of the inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellows at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Perry So has just completed an extended six-week residency with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (conducting four concerts and assisting Lorin Maazel and Vasily Petrenko) and resulting in immediate re-invitation.

Tianwa will showcase her extraordinary musical talent in Dvořák’s Violin Concerto. Dvořák began his musical life as a violinist. Like many other composers in the 19th century, he paid great respect to Joachim therefore he wrote the concerto for the great master in 1879. In the concert, Perry So will also lead the HKPO in Janácek’s Žárlivost and Sibelius’s nationalistic Symphony No.2.

Swire New Generation: Tianwa, the rising star
22&23 | 10 | 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK City Hall Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
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Perry So conductor
Yang Tianwa violin

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JANÁČEK Žárlivost
DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2

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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, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 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 critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe. In the 2010/11 season, the Orchestra undertakes a China tour of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The first of which is an Expo 2010 programme.

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.

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