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2010 Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award Winner
The Cello Sensation from Argentina
Sol Gabetta plays Dvořák on 13 & 14 May


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[15 April 2011 – Hong Kong] Sol Gabetta, the cello sensation hailed from Argentina everyone is talking about, will make her début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) this May in one of the best-loved cello concertos under the baton of Russian conductor Dmitri Jurowski. “Simply Classic: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto” concerts will be held on 13 & 14 May 2011 (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.  Free pre-concert talks will be held on both nights at 7:15pm.

Sol Gabetta, cello

“ample-breathed phrasings and graceful fingering

--- The Times

“Her presence on stage is powerfully intoxicating with her instrument she seems to be deeply bonded.”

---Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Internationally acclaimed since her 2004 début with Vienna Philharmonic, Valery Gergiev and winner of the “Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award”, cellist Sol Gabetta already holds quite a few impressive awards. Born in Cordoba (Argentina) she won her first competition at the age of ten. This was soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award and commendations at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition as well as the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. A Grammy Award nominee, Sol Gabetta became the youngest award winner of the Aargau Kulturpreis in 2008, one of the most important arts prizes in Switzerland. She has also been awarded Argentina’s KONEX prize and, in 2010, received the renowned Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award.

In June 2008 Sol Gabetta made her debut with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra as duo partner of Yo-Yo Ma in the world premiere of Leonard Slatkin’s Dialogue for Two Cellos under the composer’s direction.  In addition to her career as a soloist, Sol Gabetta is a deeply devoted chamber musician: She founded her own chamber music festival, “Solsberg”, where she performs with her regular chamber music partners.
So Gabetta’s first CD for SonyBMG, featuring works of Tchaikovsky and Ginastera, procured her the 2007 Echo Classic Award for the best interpretation of a 19th century concerto.  Her current CD presents arias, lieder and chansons of French and Russian composers arranged for cello, in addition to Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto no.2 with Munich Philharmonic and March Albrecht.  Sol Gabetta plays one of the very rare and precious cellos by G.B. Guadagnini from 1759. 

Dimitri Jurowski, conductor

“…young conductor Dmitri Jurowski was able to give an expressive direction, guiding the orchestra with self-assurance, sensitivity, and an acute perception of details.”

--- Nicola Sbisà

Born in Moscow in 1979, Dmitri Jurowski was admitted to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory to study cello at the tender age of 6. After his family (including his brother Vladimir, Principal Conductor of London Philharmonic Orhcestra) moved to Berlin, he attended the Musikschule C.Ph.E. there before moving on to the Rostock Academy of Music and Drama, continuing his cello studies. In April 2003 he began his conducting classes at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. After only a short time, he was asked to be the assistant conductor for a recording of Prokofiev´s Boris Godunov with the Berlin Radio Orchestra conducted by his father Michail Jurowski.

In September 2004, he was appointed assistant conductor for Parsifal at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, directed by Harry Kupfer. He conducted The Love for Three Oranges in a production by the Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana (AsLiCo) with a subsequent tour through 23 theatres in Northern Italy. He was invited to the Martina Franca Festival della Valle d'Itria in 2005 for Cherubini's Lo Sposo di tre e il Marito di Nessuna, which he recorded for the Dynamic label, and the Cherubini Requiem.

It’s one of the most gorgeous concertos ever written. Brahms said of it, “Had I known it was possible to write a cello concerto as beautiful as this, I’d have written one myself”. The Argentinean cellist, Sol Gabetta, gives her interpretation of Dvorák’s warm, lyrical and genuinely lovely work. In a totally different mood – it has been described as depicting “a toy shop at night” – the last of Shostakovich’s symphonies is crammed full of clever musical quotations including Rossini’s William Tell and Wagner’s Ring, not to mention countless self-quotations, making it an amazingly colourful potpourri of memorable moments.

Simply Classic: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto
13&14 | 5 | 2011
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$320 $240 $180 $120
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Dmitri Jurowski conductor
Sol Gabetta cello

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DVOŘÁK           Cello Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 15

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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.

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