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Maestro Edo de Waart leads the HKPO and two legendary classical stars, Cho-liang Lin and Wang Jian, in Brahms’s Double Concerto


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[28 October 2010 – Hong Kong] Two legendary classical stars violinist Cho-liang Lin and cellist Wang Jian will be playing Brahms’s Double Concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) under the baton of Maestro Edo de Waart. “Great Performers: Dragon Double – Cho-liang Lin and Wan Jian” will be held on 12&13 November (Fri & Sat), at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talks will be held on both nights at 7:15pm, at the HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer.

Enjoy a 20% discount with the purchase of “Guo Wenjing’s Dizi Concerto No.2 Wildfire” tickets together.

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. In a concert career spanning the globe for thirty years, he is equally at home with orchestra, in recital, playing chamber music, as in a teaching studio. Mr. Lin’s recent and upcoming concerts reflect his wide-ranging musical activities. Performing on several continents, he appears as soloist with orchestras such as Dallas Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and overseas with the New Zealand Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra and Singapore Symphony. Cho-Liang Lin’s extensive discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Ondine, Naxos and BIS. His albums have won such awards as Gramophone’s Record of the Year, as well as two Grammy Award nominations.

Wang Jian began to study the cello with his father when he was four. Isaac Stern's encouragement and support paved the way for Wang to go to the United States and in 1985 he entered the Yale School of Music under a special programme where he studied with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot. Wang Jian’s first professional engagement was in 1986, at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Since then he has embarked on an international career, early highlights including concerts with the Mahler Youth Orchestra/Claudio Abbado and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly (in Amsterdam and on tour in China). He has also performed with many of the world’s other leading orchestras including Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit Cleveland and Chicago Symphony. These concerts have been with many of the greatest conductors, such as Dudamel, Dutoit, Chung, Gilbert and many others.

In the concerts, two phenomenal Chinese string players join forces in Brahms’s Double Concerto, a work which he wrote for a life-long friend, the great violinist Joachim, who played the violin part at the première with cellist Hausmann in October, 1887 under the baton of Brahms. The Eroica Symphony was also conceived in the spirit of friendship and respect. Although Beethoven famously withdrew the dedication to Napoleon, it stands as one of the most noble and heroic in the entire repertory.

Great Performers: Dragon Double – Cho-Liang Lin and Wang Jian
12&13 | 11 | 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$450 $350 $250 $150
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Edo de Waart conductor
Cho-Liang Lin violin
Wang Jian cello

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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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