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Winner of the Paganini International Violin Competition
Feng Ning Shines on Cultural Centre Stage –
Swire New Generation: “Feng Ning’s Paganini” on 7&8 October


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[8 September 2011 – Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents one of the most prominent violinists of the new generation and the winner of the prestigious Paganini International Violin Competition - Feng Ning - in Paganini’s sparkling Violin Concerto No.1, under the baton of the German Maestro Andreas Delfs.

The concert – Swire New Generation: “Feng Ning’s Paganini” will take place on 7 & 8 October 2011 (Fri & Sat), 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. It will open with Sierra’s Fandangos and conclude with Beethoven’s much-loved Symphony No.7. Free pre-concert talks Swire Classic Insights will be given on both nights at 7:15pm also at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. For details, please visit

Swire New Generation Series
Supported by Swire, the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Principal Patron, the Swire New Generation Series showcases the talents of a rising generation of gifted young classical musicians and nurtures and encourages these future stars of the world’s concert hall stages. During the 2011/12 Season the Hong Kong Philharmonic will present four thrilling young soloists - violinists Feng Ning and Ray Chen, Pianist Hong Xu and marimba virtuoso Pius Cheung.

Feng Ning, violin [Full Biography]

“Ning’s greatest asset is the pliant lyricism that pours from his violin, and few violinists can rival his spinning of a lighter-than-air scherzando.”
--- New Zealand Herald

Chinese violinist Feng Ning started his instrument at age four. In 1988, after listening to his performance, violin legend Yehudi Menuhin wrote, “I was most impressed with his performance…and feel that he has real talent and musicianship to go very far.” In 2003, he became the first student ever to be given a perfect score for his final recital in the nearly 200-year history of London’s Royal Academy of Music. In September 2006 he won the First Prize and two special prizes at the prestigious 51st Paganini International Violin Competition in Genova, Italy. As a result of that he success he was invited to play on Paganini’s own violin, the Cannone. Paganini was one of the greatest violinists who ever lived, displaying such extreme feats of virtuosity that ladies in the audience used to faint with excitement. His technically demanding First Violin Concerto offers ample opportunity for Feng Ning to display his equally impressive virtuosity.

Andreas Delfs, conductor [Full Biography]

“promising innovative programs and focusing on quality of performance”
---Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Especially praised for his electrifying podium presence and creative flair for programming, German conductor Andreas Delfs is Conductor Laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra where he was Music Director for twelve seasons. He has held chief artistic posts with several distinguished institutions, such as Music Director and Artistic Consultant of Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, General Music Director of Hannover Symphony and Opera, Music Director of Bern Opera, resident conductor of Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of Orchestre Suisse des Jeunes. He has frequently collaborated with many of the world’s most renowned artists, including Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Itzhak Perlman, André Watts and Renée Fleming. As a well-established conductor, he has led numerous outstanding ensembles over the years, including Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Acclaimed conductor Andreas Delfs returns to Hong Kong to lead the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in two eclectic programmes joined by violinist Feng Ning and master pianist André Watts (14 & 15 October). Renowned for bringing fascinating new combinations to his concert programmes, Delfs proposes to pair Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, described as “the apotheosis of the dance”, with the spicy flamenco dance rhythms of Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos.

Could the beat of dance be taken any further than Beethoven did in his 7th symphony? Wagner thought not – hence his ‘apotheosis’ remark. This work broke new ground – after its first performance some even suggested that its composer was ‘ripe for the madhouse’. But Beethoven’s rhythmic force makes the seventh symphony a thrill to experience.

Our New Generation soloist, Feng Ning says, “As a child, I owned a hand-copied violin score. On its cover, the title: 24 Capriccios of Paganini. I thought then, perhaps one day I will be playing them on a stage. Then in middle school, I once bought a CD. With it came a photo of Paganini’s own violin, the Cannone. I thought then, perhaps one day I will be holding Cannone and hearing its sounds from my own hands.” Feng Ning will achieve both youthful ambitions in this sparkling concert.

Swire New Generation: Apotheosis of the Dance
7&8 | 10 | 2011
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK $320 $240 $180 $120
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Andreas Delfs conductor
Feng Ning violin

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SIERRA     Fandangos
PAGANINI         Violin Concerto No.1
BEETHOVEN 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
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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