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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s Former Artistic Director
David Atherton returns to introduce two rising music stars


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[14 December 2010 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO)’s former Artistic Director, David Atherton will return in January to introduce two rising music stars in two unique programmes, featuring his daughter Elizabeth in Britten’s vocal masterpiece Les illuminations and Chinese pianist Ran Jia in Haydn’s well-loved Piano Concerto.

SoundFest: “Atherton & Atherton” will be held on 7 & 8 January 2010 (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.  

Swire New Generation: “Ran Jia, the piano poetess” will be held on 14&15 January, 2010 (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

Free pre-concert talks will be held every night at 7:15pm, at the 4/F Foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Enjoy a 20% discount with the purchase of SoundFest: “Atherton & Atherton” and “Swire New Generation: Ran Jia: The Piano Poetess” tickets together.

David Atherton, Conductor
David Atherton was the Music Director of the HKPO from 1989-2000 and awarded the OBE by the HK Government. From 1980-87, he was Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Being the youngest conductor to appear in Covent Garden and the BBC Proms Concerts, in 1986 he has devised and conducted festivals in London featuring the complete works of Ravel, Stravinsky, Webern and Varèse with the London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House.

SoundFest: “Atherton & Atherton” –7 & 8 January 2011, 8pm

Elizabeth Atherton, soprano
Born in a musical family, Elizabeth Atherton had shown her extraordinary musical gift at early age. She won several prestigious prizes, including the 2001 Maggie Teyte Prize and the 2003 Handel Singing Competition. She was also the recipient of the WNO Sir John Moores Award and was Associate Artist at Welsh National Opera from 2004-07. She has performed with many top orchestras, including BBC Symphony, London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Atherton celebrates his long and fruitful relationship with both the HKPO and Igor Stravinsky – the “colossus of 20th century music” – while, relatively new to the concert platform but already making great waves in musical circles, soprano Atherton, sharing the stage with her conductor father, illuminates a compatriot’s vocal masterpiece, Britten’s great setting of the surrealist poetry of Arthur Rimbaud.

Swire New Generation: “Ran Jia, the piano poetess” – 14&15 January, 2010, 8pm

Ran Jia, pianist
At twenty, pianist Ran Jia is already regarded as a striking musician with unusual natural abilities. Her numerous awards include the Special Prize for her performance of a Mozart Sonata in the 2nd Piano International-E-Competition in 2004, the Silver Medal in The National Cultural Ministry Dandelion Youth Arts Competition in Nanjing, China in 2001, First Prize and the Osaka Mayor Prize in the Shanghai-Osaka Chinese and Japanese Friendship Youth Piano Competition in 2000, First Prize in the Sichuan Youth Piano Competition and Second Prize in the National Xinghai Cup Piano Competition in 1998. Ran Jia is currently studying with Gary Graffman, the mentor of Lang Lang, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

English composer Vaughan Williams confessed that he borrowed ideas in his Fourth Symphony from Beethoven’s Ninth, while Elgar “borrowed” themes for his jovial overture from the street cries of London’s Cockney people. For his part, Haydn “borrowed” a Croatian folk tune (although he thought it was Hungarian) for the last movement of his best-known Piano Concerto, while Mozart was so terrified of people borrowing the delicious theme from his hugely popular Concerto Rondo for piano and orchestra that he instructed his father to guard the manuscript “like treasure”. Hailed as a “Piano Poet”, young Chinese pianist Ran Jia joins forces with David Atherton, to combine these borrowings and original ideas in a captivating musical experience.

SoundFest: Atherton & Atherton
7&8 | 1 | 2011
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$300 $240 $180 $120
Available at URBTIX from now


David Atherton conductor
Elizabeth Atherton soprano

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STRAVINSKY Symphonies of Wind Instruments
BRITTEN Les illuminations
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker: Act 2

Swire New Generation: Ran Jia, the piano poetess

14&15 | 1 | 2011
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Available at URBTIX from now


David Atherton conductor
Ran Jia piano

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ELGAR    Cockaigne
HAYDN Piano Concerto in D, Hob. XVIII/11
MOZART   Concert Rondo in D for piano and orchestra, K382

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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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