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Musical America's "Instrumentalist of the Year" - Gil Shaham Dazzles Hong Kong Audience in Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto under the Baton of Maestro Andrew Litton


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[12 December 2011 – Hong Kong] One of today's most engaging violin virtuosi, Gil Shaham is giving two fascinating programmes in Hong Kong in January – On 4&5 Jan 2012 he will join conductor Andrew Litton and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) in American composer Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto and on 8 Jan 2012, he will give a special violin recital devoted to the music of J.S. Bach.

Great Performers: "Shaham Plays Barber" is on 4&5 Jan 2012 (Wed&Thu), 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall and "Gil Shaham in Recital – Shaham, Purely Bach" is on 8 Jan 2012 (Sun), 3pm, also in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

Enjoy a 10% discount when you purchase Great Performers: "Shaham Plays Barber" and "Gil Shaham in Recital –Shaham, Purely Bach" tickets together. Free pre-concert talks will be given on 4&5 January at 7:15pm also at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Gil Shaham, violin

"Rich-toned, gracefully shaped performance of Barber's Violin Concerto"

--- New York Times

"A representative sample of Barber's work"

---Toronto Stars

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time, combining flawless technique with inimitable warmth and a generosity of spirit. He is much sought after for concerto appearances with the world's leading orchestras and conductors, and he regularly gives recital and makes ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. This season he continues his long-term exploration of "Violin Concertos of the 1930s,"

On 5 December 2011, he received the "Instrumentalist of the Year" award presented by Musical America.

Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have appeared on record charts in the US and abroad. These recordings have earned prestigious awards, including multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d'Or and Gramophone Editor's Choice.

He plays the 1699 "Countess Polignac" Stradivarius.

Andrew Litton, conductor

"It's easy to see why any orchestra would play its heart out for a conductor of such musical intelligence"

--- BBC Music Magazine

Hailed as "a leading conductor of his generation", Andrew Litton was the youngest-ever winner of the BBC International Conductors Competition. He is the Music Director of Norway's Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest, and Conductor Laureate of Britain's Bournemouth Symphony. He has been a guest conductor for many of the world's leading orchestras and opera companies, and has a discography of almost 100 recordings.

Andrew Litton was appointed the first American Music Director of the Bergen Philharmonic in 2003, and has recently extended his contract through 2015, the year the orchestra celebrates its 250th Birthday. He was the Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony between 1988 and 1994, taking the orchestra on its first American tour and producing 14 recordings, including the Grammy-winning Belshazzar's Feast. He has also been the Music Director of the Dallas Symphony from 1994 to 2006, where his Rachmaninov Piano Concerto recordings with Stephen Hough were widely hailed as the best since the composer's own. It won the Classical Brits/BBC Critics Award.


Great Performers: "Shaham Plays Barber" (4 & 5 January 2012)

American conductor Maestro Andrew Litton makes his Hong Kong Philharmonic début with Israeli-American violinist Gil Shaham. Barber's Violin Concerto was initially deemed unplayable, yet it has developed as one of the most frequently performed 20th century violin concertos since it's première in 1939. Hear Gil Shaham in one of the essential pieces of his extraordinary 1930's concertos project - and his signature piece - live at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. The programme also includes William Schuman's New England Triptych and Prokofiev's Symphony No.6 in E flat minor.

"Gil Shaham in Recital – Shaham, Purely Bach"

J.S. Bach wrote the greatest organ music, the most marvellous choral music and some of the finest pieces in the orchestral repertory, but his first interest was the violin. So it is only appropriate that in this very special concert devoted to the music of the King of Baroque, we showcase one of the great violin superstars of our time.  Last year The Guardian reported that Gil Shaham's playing "is impeccable – every attack is perfectly clean, the articulation crystal clear". Of particular interest will be the "Countess Polignac" Stradivarius instrument that Gil Shaham plays. It dates from the time when Bach himself was a prodigious violin student aged just 14. Bach, Shaham and Stradivarius: a grand gathering of genius!

Great Performers: Shaham plays Barber
4&5 | 1| 2012
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$600 $480 $300 $180
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Andrew Litton


Gil Shaham


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William SCHUMAN New England Triptych
BARBER   Violin Concerto
PROKOFIEV Symphony No.6 in E flat minor

"Gil Shaham in Recital – Shaham, Purely Bach"
8 | 1| 2012 SUN 3PM
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$480 $320 $220 $160
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Gil Shaham


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An All-Bach Programme

Partita No.3 in E Major, BWV 1006  
Sonata No.3 in C Major, BWV 1005  
Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004  

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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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