Christoph Koncz’s Second Programme with the HK Phil Featuring Pianist Zee Zee in Liszt’s Piano Concerto no. 1
Brahms 1 | Zee Zee Plays Liszt (5 May, ONE performance only)
28 APR 2021
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[28 April 2021, Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) will perform masterpieces by Brahms and Liszt on 5 May (ONE performance only) in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, under the baton of Austrian conductor Christoph Koncz, with internationally renowned pianist Zee Zee.
“[Zee Zee] a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.”
--- Los Angeles Times
The concert opens with Zee Zee playing Liszt’s brilliant Piano Concerto no. 1, which Zee Zee recently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, and is the perfect vehicle for her breathtaking virtuosity. It took Liszt over a quarter of a century to complete this concerto, which ends in a blaze of pianistic glory with a whirlwind of chromatically descending octaves.
Brahms’ Symphony no. 1 also took over two decades to complete, as Brahms felt he was always working in the shadow of Beethoven. Despite his worry that “nobody can write a symphony after Beethoven”, it was a huge success, and was hailed by critics at its premiere describing it as “Beethoven’s Tenth", while today it is universally considered one of the 19th century’s greatest symphonies.
Zee Zee is invited through a special collaboration between the HK Phil and Premiere Performances. She will perform a solo recital for Premiere Performances on 17 May in “Zee Zee Piano Recital: Liszt/Ravel: Voyages”.
Brahms 1 | Zee Zee Plays Liszt will be presented on 5 May 2021 (Wed) at 8PM in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets are HK$420, $320 and $220 and are available at URBTIX. For enquiries, please call +852 2721 2332 or visit hkphil.org.
Christoph Koncz, conductor [full description]
Christoph Koncz enjoys a wide-ranging international career as a conductor, violin soloist and chamber musician, and is Principal Violinist of the Vienna Philharmonic. His conducting debut at the 2013 Salzburg Mozartwoche was followed by concerts at the Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus and KKL Lucerne, as well as at the Salzburg Festival. In 2017 he made his US conducting debut with the Memphis Symphony, and conducted the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich in a masterclass with David Zinman. He made his subscription debut at the Cologne Philharmonie with Concerto Köln in June 2018, and took the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal on tour in March 2019.
ZeeZee, piano [full description]
Zee Zee is “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigour of youth” (Chinese Gramophone), and her creative maturity has been hailed as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry” (Los Angeles Times). Recent highlights have included the season opening concert with the Estonian National Symphony under Neeme Järvi, the Macedonian Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic at the Beijing Music Festival, the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London, under Paavo Järvi, and the complete piano concertos of Beethoven and Saint-Saëns with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Brahms 1 | Zee Zee Plays Liszt
5 | 5 | 2021
WED 8 PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK $420 $320 $220
Tickets now available at URBTIX; ONE performance only
For ages 6 and above
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Photo Credit: Andreas Hechenberger
Photo Credit: zeezee-piano.com
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Photo Credit: Eric Hong/HK Phil
Piano Concerto no. 1
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