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Finnish Violin Virtuoso Pekka Kuusisto Joins the HKPO for a Colorful Programme of Mozart, Sibelius and Haydn


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[6 May 2011 – Hong Kong] Finnish violin virtuoso Pekka Kuusisto is one of the most versatile and distinctive musicians in his generation. On 27&28 May, he will join the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) to bring works ranging from Haydn to Sibelius. Mozart+: “I Love Mozart!” will be held on 27&28 May 2011 (Fri & Sat), 8pm at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.

Pekka Kuusisto, director / violin

“Pekka Kuusisto may be the best thing to happen to classical music in years.”

--- The Guardian

“Pekka Kuusisto is the very embodiment of joyful music-making”

   --- The Toronto Star

Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is one of the most versatile and distinctive musicians working today. Always demonstrating his extraordinary individuality and imagination, Pekka is unusually free and fluid in his approach and has been acclaimed for the spontaneity and freshness in his playing. As Pekka puts it: “I don't play to be different or the same as anyone else, I just play it the way I think it and feel it.”

In 1995, Pekka became the first Finn to win the Sibelius Violin Competition. He says of his country: “I’m extremely proud that such a small country produced such a lot of really great music. Wherever I am, playing the Sibelius Concerto, I can see the landscapes of my homeland. It’s a bit like carrying around a small box of soil from your garden.”

Pekka is increasingly seen directing ensembles from the violin, including the London, Scottish, Irish and Zurich Chamber Orchestras. Last season, he returned to the Australian Chamber Orchestra and was a great hit with critics and audience alike. This season, he directed the Britten Sinfonia in a major tour of the Netherlands and UK, as well as the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Nordica. Pekka Kuusisto plays a Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini violin of 1752 kindly loaned by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Magical Mozart and serene Sibelius in the first half, humorous Haydn in the second. Finnish violinist and director Pekka Kuusisto combines his talents to bring us two teenage works, Sibelius portrayal of the tenderness and delicacy of first love and Mozart's fun-filled attempt to curry favour with a new employer. More Mozart fun comes with the mock-Turkish effects in his most colourful violin concerto. And if you ever wanted to know where Beethoven got the idea for the famous opening of his Fifth Symphony, an answer may be given by the captivating Haydn Symphony which is sometimes given the nickname "The Letter V" in honour of its use of a rhythm which was later used to represent the letter in Morse code.

Mozart+: I Love Mozart!
27&28 | 5 | 2011
fri & sat 8pm
HK City Hall Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
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Pekka Kuusisto director/violin

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SIBELIUS  Rakastava
MOZART   Violin Concerto No. 5 Turkish
MOZART    Divertimento in D, K136
SIBELIUS   Suite for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 117
HAYDN     Symphony No. 88

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Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

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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