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Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Own Fantastic Five Fires up Mozart


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[7 January 2011 – Hong Kong] Two centuries and countless catastrophes, both private and public, divide Mozart and Pärt, but their very different works each offer up the timeless message that music has the power to overcome anything the world has to throw at it.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will be directed by Concertmaster John Harding in this programme which includes Mozart’s Divertimento in F, K138 and Clarinet Quintet in A, as well as Arvo Pärt’s Los Angeles Symphony. Mozart+: “Clarinet Quintet” will take place on 1 February 2011 (Tue), 8pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.

Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet tells of beauty and friendship at a time of great personal stress despair, but he music smiles through its tears. The five very talented HKPO musicians, Harding, Principal Clarinet Andrew Simon, violinist Anders Hui, Principal Viola Andrew Ling and Principal Cello Richard Bamping will display their musical prowess and strong camaraderie in this well-known chamber work.

John Harding, conductor / director

“the orchestra gracefully represented spring with sweet and suave phrasing and changes of gear delicately handled by Harding.”
South China Morning Post

Concertmaster of HKPO since 2006, John Harding has had a wide-ranging musical career which has taken him to more than 30 countries, as soloist, teacher, concertmaster, chamber musician, conductor and recording artist. He has held various prestigious positions including Co-Concertmaster and Associate Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Guest Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the James Fairfax Young Artists’ Program, Conjoint Professor and Honorary Doctorate of Music at Newcastle University, Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music and leader of the highly acclaimed Orlando Quartet. He has conducted all of the Australian orchestras, and made over 30 recordings.

Andrew Simon, basset clarinet

“Simon’s playing was simply wonderful. His rich sound was supported by immaculate intonation and sparkled with innovative details in articulation.”
South China Morning Post

Principal Clarinet of the HKPO, Andrew Simon  has won acclaim on four continents for his brilliant musicianship, with Auditorium Magazine (Korea) hailing him as having “almost god-like technique” while the New York Times has compared him favorably to Benny Goodman. After the Juilliard School graduate made his début in Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall as winner of the Artists International Young Musicians Auditions Clarinet Award, he embarked on an international career, appearing as soloist and lecturer  in the USA, Great Britain, China, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, The Philippines and Portugal.

Anders Hui, violin
Violinist of the HKPO, Anders Hui has awarded the Second Prize of the 1998 National Canadian Music Competition. In 2005, he has won the Violin Concerto Competition at Indiana University. He was Assistant Concertmaster with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second Violinist with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Andrew Ling, viola
Principal Violist of the HKPO, Andrew Ling, has won the Violin and Viola Concerto Competitions at Indiana University in 2003 and 2008 respectively. As a child, he toured Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region with the Hong Kong Yip’s Children’s Choir as its resident violin soloist, and appeared regularly as a soloist with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. He was Concertmaster of the IU Concert Orchestra and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Violist of the IU Philharmonic Orchestra.

Richard Bamping, cello
Richard Bamping has been Principal Cellist of the HKPO since 1993. As a freelance cellist based in London, he played in many chamber music ensembles performing across the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA. He has also performed with many of the leading orchestras in Europe including the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic and the European Community Chamber Orchestras, and served for four years as Principal Cellist with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra.

There’s aching despair, too, as well as tears and smiles in Pärt’s Symphony no.4 Los Angeles, dedicated to a modern-day political prisoner, and reaching out to “all those imprisoned without rights in Russia”. Written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2008, John Harding conducted the Australian premiere of this recent Symphony with the Canberra Symphony in 2009. The composer “couldn’t have been happier with the performance” after hearing the recording.  Harding will once again pick up the baton to direct this work with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, which promises to be another success. The evening’s programme will be opened by Mozart’s delightful Divertimento in F.

Mozart+: Clarinet Quintet
1 | 2 | 2011
tue 8pm
HK City Hall Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
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John Harding conductor / director
Andrew Simon basset clarinet
Anders Hui violin
Andrew Ling viola
Richard Bamping cello

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MOZART Divertimento in F, K138
PÄRT Symphony No. 4 Los Angeles
MOZART Clarinet Quintetv

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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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