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“Drumroll, please!” Conductor Ainārs Rubiķis
Just Announced Winner of
The 2nd Annual Nestlé and Salzburg Festival
Young Conductors Award
- Rubiķis makes his Hong Kong début on 17 September


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[16 August 2011 – Hong Kong] Latvian conductor Ainārs Rubiķis, who is scheduled to make his Hong Kong début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) on 17 September 2011 (Sat) in the Simply Classic: “Drumroll, please!” concert, was announced the proud winner of the Second Annual Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award on 11 August. Previous winner is German conductor David Afkham.

Adding this title to his already illustrious collection of awards including the First Prize of the Third International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition last year (Gustavo Dudamel a previous winner), the 33-year-old conductor was chosen from around 50 other candidates following a multi-stage judging process by a nine-member jury. Among the panel members were Maestro Franz Welser-Möst and pianist Mitsuko Uchida. “Ainārs Rubiķis has distinguished himself through his ability and his virtuosity.”, the jury stated.

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award was created last year to develop, in collaboration with the prestigious Ausstrian music and drama event, the careers of high gifted young conductors.

The Hong Kong audience will be able to witness this fast-rising conducting star in action for the first time in a highly imaginative programme combining Honegger’s Pacific 231, Haydn’s Symphony No.103 Drumroll and Dvořák’s Symphony No.7. Tickets are now available.

Free pre-concert talk will be held at 7:15pm, also at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. For details, please visit:

Ainārs Rubiķis, conductor

“By awarding Rubiķis first prize [The Third International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition], 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 to 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 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 Honegger’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
Available at URBTIX from now


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 programme HSBC Insurance Creative Notes and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, the HKPO has made a number of critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe.

The 2011/12 season will mark Maestro Edo de Waart’s eighth and final season with the HKPO. Apart from his own series of five special programmes which are summaries of his achievements with the Orchestra over the last seven years, ending with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the new season will also attract a stellar cast of great artists and guest conductors.

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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