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“Drumroll, please!” - Winner of the Third International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition - Ainārs Rubiķis makes his Hong Kong début on 17 September


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[5 August 2011 – Hong Kong] The winner of the Third International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, conductor Ainārs Rubiķis makes his Hong Kong début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) on 17 September 2011 (Sat). The concert – Simply Classic: “Drumroll, please!” -  is at 8pm, in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

The programme for the concert is Honegger’s Pacific 231, followed by Haydn’s Symphony No.103 Drumroll and conclude with Dvořák’s Symphony No.7.

Ainārs Rubiķis, conductor

“By awarding Rubiķis first prize, the Bamberg jury is sending a strong message to the music world. It was a vote for substance and truth above sensationalism.”

--- The Financial Times

Born in Latvia, conductor Ainārs Rubiķis attracted international attention the as winner of the Third International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg in March 2010.

Between 2000 and 2005, Rubiķis was artistic director of the University of Latvia chamber choir, before working as assistant conductor and a member of the Latvian Radio Choir from 2006 until 2010. The scope of Rubiķis professional experience widened significantly two years ago when he began work as an assistant conductor at the Latvian National Opera.

His 2010/11 season has seen débuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Duisburg and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestras, Estonian National Symphony, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Heidelberg Symphony and Orchestre du Pays de la Loire as well as return visits to Bamberg Symphony, Lockenhaus Festival with Gidon Kremer and with Kremerata Baltica and Latvian National Opera. In addition to Hong Kong, upcoming orchestral débuts include the Oslo and Brussels philharmonics and Bournemouth Symphony.

Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony, one of his greatest works, inspired its composer to new hopes: “God grant that this Czech music will move the world,” he wrote, and so it did. As it happens, Dvořák was crazy about trains, so he might well have had a lot to talk about with Arthur Honegger had they ever met for, in Hogger’s Pacific 231, the sound, momentum and sheer thrill of a train journey are depicted.

Nothing beats a Haydn symphony for wit, elegance and power. Rising star of the conducting world, Rubiķis nominated the 103rd symphony to round out his début programme. It’s named after the drumroll which opens it – an announcement of great things to come.

SoundFest: Drumroll, please!
17 | 9| 2011
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK $280 $200 $140 $100
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Ainārs Rubiķis (HK Début) conductor

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HONEGGER    Pacific 231
HAYDN         Symphony No.103 Drumroll
DVOŘÁK      Symphony No.7

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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
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