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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra proudly presents two great symphonies of Haydn & Mozart under the Dutch Maestro’s baton in “Ton Koopman’s Haydn & Mozart”


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[4 November 2010 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents “Ton Koopman’s Haydn & Mozart”. Dutch Maestro Ton Koopman will lead the orchestra to present two great symphonies of Haydn and Mozart while violinist Jorja Fleezanis, bassoonist Benjamin Moermond, cellist Richard Bamping and oboist Michael Wilson will join forces in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, bassoon, violin and cello. “Swire Maestro Seris: Ton Koopman’s Haydn & Mozart” will be held on 19 & 20 November (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talk “Swire Classic Insights” will be held on both nights at 7:15pm at the HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer.

Born in Zwolle in 1944, Ton Koopman studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam. Over the course of a forty-five-year career Ton Koopman has appeared in the most important concert halls and festivals of the five continents, both as an organist and a harpsichord performer. As a guest conductor, he has collaborated with the most prominent orchestras of Europe, USA and Asia, including the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker. Ton Koopman will be Artist in Residence at the Cleveland Orchestra for three consecutive years starting in 2011.

Ton Koopman leads the class of harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He also is a Professor at the University of Leiden and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Ton Koopman is artistic director of the French Festival Itinéraire Baroque and President of the International Dieterich Buxtehude Society.

Violinist Jorja Fleezanis was concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009—the longest-tenured concertmaster in the orchestra's history and only the second woman in the U.S. to hold the title of concertmaster in a major orchestra when appointed.

Cellist Richard Bamping has held the title of Principal Cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 1993. His many solo appearances with the Philharmonic have been greeted with critical acclaim.

Oboist Michael Wilson was appointed Co-Principal Oboe of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2005. Prior to this, he was working regularly with London based orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he toured extensively in Germany under the direction of their then Chief Conductor, Kurt Masur.

Bassoonist Benjamin Moermond graduated from The Juilliard School. Benjamin has enthusiastically participated in many of the conservatory’s various ensembles and has been fortunate to work under several of the world’s leading conductors. He frequently performs as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra and as a substitute with the New York Philharmonic.

Symphony No.98 in B flat was the sixth of the twelve London Symphonies. It was premièred in London 1792 as part of the set of symphonies composed on Haydn’s first trip to London. Mozart composed some great music during the last years of his life including the last three operas and his last three symphonies. Symphony No.40 in G minor was completed in 1788 and has become one of the most popular symphonies ever in the classical repertoire. The Sinfonia Concertante in B flat was premièred only a few days after the première of Haydn’s Symphony No.98. It received great acclaim from the audience and critics. One report even declared “a new Concertante from Haydn combined with all the excellencies of music; it was profound, airy, affecting and original and the performance was in unison with the merit of the composition”.

Swire Maestro: Ton Koopman’s Haydn and Mozart
19&20 | 11 | 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
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Ton Koopman conductor
Jorja Fleezanis violin
Richard Bamping cello
Michael Wilson oboe
Benjamin Moermond bassoon

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HAYDN Symphony No. 98
HAYDN Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, bassoon, violin and cello, Op. 84, Hob. I/105
MOZART Symphony No. 40

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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.
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