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Piano Legend Andrè Watts Returns to play Grieg’s Piano Concerto
German Maestro Andreas Delfs Leads the HKPO on an inspired journey with Fire Bird & The Swan of Tuonela


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[23 September 2011 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly announces the return of star pianist André Watts after his brilliant performance in 2004. In the concert - Great Performers: "André Watts plays Grieg”, Watts will perform the majestic and lyrical Piano Concerto in A minor by Grieg. German Maestro Andreas Delfs will also take the Orchestra on an inspirational musical flight with two legendary birds - Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela and Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

Great Performers: "André Watts plays Grieg” will take place on 14 & 15 October 2011 (Fri & Sat), 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talks will be given on both nights at 7:15pm, also in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. For details, please visit:

André Watts, piano [Full Biography]
André Watts burst on to the musical scene at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his début with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People's Concerts, which was broadcast nationwide on CBS. Two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt's E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic. It was a fairy-tale start to a career which, over 45 years later, has seen André Watts recognized as one of today's most celebrated piano superstars.

A perennial favorite with orchestras throughout the US, André Watts is also a regular guest at the major summer music festivals. Recent engagements have include appearances with the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras, New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle and National symphonies among others. During the 10/11 season André Watts plays all-Liszt recitals throughout the US while recent international engagements have included concerto and recital appearances in Japan, Germany and Spain.

Andreas Delfs, conductor [Full Biography]

“Delf’s approach had the clarity and drive to match any period ensemble”
---The Vancouver Sun

Through the magic of his baton, German conductor Andreas Delfs can conjure up two distinct worlds featuring mythical birds in Finland and Russia. He is Conductor Laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, where he was Music Director for twelve seasons and has held chief artistic posts including 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 the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of Orchestre Suisse des Jeunes. He has also 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, and led numerous

outstanding ensembles over the years such as Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

American pianist André Watts leads us on an epic journey through the land of icy fjords and awesome mountain peaks as he ignites the Nordic fire and passion of Grieg’s massively popular Piano Concerto. Remaining in the icy north, conductor Andreas Delfs conjures up from the depths of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra one of the most beautiful birds in musical history, Sibelius’ Swan of Tuonela, which, according to legend, glides over the shimmering waters surrounding the mythical isle of the dead. Things get a lot more heated as we move to Russian and Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet score inspired by another mythological bird, this time a blazing Firebird with its power to overcome a magician’s evil spell.

Great Performers: Ice Bird, Fire Bird
14&15 | 10 | 2011
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK $500 $380 $280 $180
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Andreas Delfs conductor
André Watts piano

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SIBELIUS         The Swan of Tuonela
GRIEG        Piano Concerto

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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 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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