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Gramophone Award Winner Paul Lewis Returns to Perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No.23 with Conductor Osmo Vanska (2&3 Dec)
Paul Lewis in All-Schubert Recital on 4 Dec


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World-acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis will perform Mozart's brilliant Piano Concert No.23 in A with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) under the baton of renowned conductor Osmo Vanska on 2&3 December. The concert will also include Mahler's intense Symphony No.5. Paul Lewis has won critical international acclaim for his Beethoven cycle. Now he returns to the Hong Kong stage with the marvelous music of Schubert at the piano recital on 4 December.

Great Performers: "Osmo Vanska & Paul Lewis" will be held on 2&3 December 2011 (Fri & Sat), 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.
"Paul Lewis in Recital" will be held on 4 December 2011 (Sun), 3pm, also in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

Free pre-concert talks will be given on 2&3 December at 7:15pm also at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. For details, please visit

Enjoy a 10% discount with the purchase of "Osmo Vanska & Paul Lewis" and
"Paul Lewis in Recital" tickets together

Paul Lewis, piano

"One of the most highly prized recording marathons of recent years....An unmissable benchmark."

--- Gramophone

"This was Schubert playing of a very high order"

--- Chicago Tribune

Paul Lewis is recognized internationally as one of today's most distinctive and poetic pianists. His many awards and prizes have included the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year Award and the South Bank Show's Classical Music Award, both in 2003, a in France in 2002, two successive Edison awards in Holland in 2004 and 2005, and the Gramophone Instrumental Award and Record of the Year in 2008. Between 2005 and 2007 he performed the complete Beethoven Sonatas at venues throughout Europe and North America to great critical acclaim, and his recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas for Harmonia Mundi have received unanimous praise throughout the world, every volume of which winning a Gramophone Editor's Choice accolade. His 2010 recording of Schubert's Winterreise with tenor Mark Padmore received a Gramophone award. This year he has embarked on a two-year Schubert project – "Schubert and the Piano: 1822-1828" - performing all the mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards. Future CD releases include a new double CD of Schubert piano works and the completion of the three Schubert song cycles with Mark Padmore.

Osmo Vanska, conductor

" (Vanska) is a conductor of genius"

--- The New Yorker

Praised for his intense and dynamic performances, Osmo Vanska is recognized for compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoire, as well as the close rapport he establishes with the musicians he leads.

In 2003 Vanska became the tenth Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra and has since drawn rave reviews for concerts both at home and abroad. Together, they have an annual series at New York's Carnegie Hall and tour regularly both in the US and Europe – including an exceptional pair of concerts at the 2010 BBC Proms. Vanska is internationally in demand as a guest conductor and has worked with many of the world's leading orchestras including, in the US, the Boston and Chicago symphonies, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In Europe he has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic and BBC Symphony orchestras.


Great Performers: "Osmo Vanska & Paul Lewis"

Maestro Osmo Vanska is joined by pianist Paul Lewis in Mozart's magical 23rd concerto – "A garden of delights, bathed in the sun of Mozart's inimitable creativity. Piano and orchestra were never more intimately combined than here, and even when clouds gather and the mood turns melancholy, there is still joy to be found in every single moment."

Beginning with a heavy funeral march Mahler sets a stern and sombre tone in his Symphony No.5. After this the storm breaks out, but Mahler is always pushing forward to a blazingly triumphant climax – inevitably, the sun will shine and the exhilaration of triumph, as only Mahler could express, will arrive. Before it does, though, he offers us perhaps his most treasured music, the Adagietto, which celebrates the tenderest, most intimate of emotions.

"Paul Lewis in Recital"

Paul Lewis returns to Hong Kong to bring new insight to the piano music of Schubert. Lyrical, melancholy, brimming with joy, whatever the mood, Schubert's music opens a door to Heaven. Over the course of two years, Paul Lewis is undertaking an epic world tour playing Schubert, a composer who was all but ignored during his lifetime – his story is among the most poignant of all composers. Now, works like the Moments Musicaux are acknowledged as masterpieces. Profound and touching, they will join the magnificent Six Impromptus and the towering drama of the Wanderer Fantasy in this recital programme.

Hailed as "unmissable", Paul Lewis' performances give true voice to Schubert. This recital promises emotion, honesty and superb pianism.

Great Performers: Osmo Vanska & Paul Lewis
2&3 | 12| 2011
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$480 $320 $220 $160
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Osmo Vanska conductor
Paul Lewis piano

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MOZART Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K488
MAHLER Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor

Paul Lewis in Recital
4 | 12| 2011
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$380 $280 $200 $140
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Paul Lewis piano

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An All-Schubert Programme

Four Impromptus, D935
Moments Musicaux
Fantasy in C Wandererfantasie

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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