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HK Phil & Principal Guest Conductor Yu Long in Shostakovich Symphony no. 5 (19 & 20 September)
Featuring cellist Li-Wei Qin in Chen Qigang’s Reflet d’un temps disparu for cello and orchestra 

16 SEP 2019

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[16 September 2019, Hong Kong] After two weeks with Music Director Jaap van Zweden, Principal Guest Conductor Yu Long takes up the baton and leads the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) in Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 5. Cellist Li-Wei Qin teams up with the orchestra in Chen Qigang’s folk-song inspired cello concerto - Reflet d’un temps disparu for cello and orchestra. Two performances on 19 & 20 September (Thursday & Friday) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

“[Li-Wei Qin’s Reflet d’un temps disparu] There was no doubting Li-Wei’s sensitive, virtuosic and beautifully toned performance…”
--- TheClassical Source


“To the precious early experiences of life: childhood, first love, first vocation, and so on, a time which reflects the spiritual harmony between humanity and nature”, Chinese composer Chen Qigang reveals his very personal feelings in his “Reflections on a Lost Time” (Reflet d’un temps disparu) for cello and orchestra. Principal Guest Conductor Yu Long relives his previous collaboration with Cellist Qin Li-wei in this piece in 2013, but this time, leading the Hong Kong audience on an intimate journey with Chen Qigang.


The concert will end with one of the 20th century’s most inspiring and heroic scores, Shostakovich Symphony no. 5. Shostakovich declared that the “theme of my symphony is the making of man’, and his struggle and triumph has been successfully expressed in this powerful work.


 19 Sep performance is sponsored by: Sunwah Kingsway
20 Sep performance is sponsored by: CMB Wing Lung Bank

Holidays & Pops: A National Day Concert YU LONG | Shostakovich 5 will be held on 19 & 20 September (Thu & Fri), 8PM in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets are HK$480, $380, $280, $180 and are available at URBTIX. For enquiries, please call +852 2721 2332 or visit

Yu Long, conductor [full biography]
Hailed as the “most powerful figure in China’s classical music scene” by The New York Times, Chinese conductor Long Yu holds positions as Chairman of the Artistic Committee of the Beijing Music Festival (BMF), Artist Director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony orchestras, Co-director of MISA Shanghai Summer Festival, and Principal Guest Conductor of the HK Phil.

Li-Wei Qin, cello[full biography]
Li-Wei Qin was awarded the Silver Medal at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition and First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York. He has twice been a soloist at the BBC Proms and enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with many of the world’s great orchestras. In recital and chamber music he is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York. His recordings on Universal Music/Decca include the complete Beethoven Sonatas, music by Rachmaninov with pianist Albert Tiu, Dvořàk Concerto with Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Elgar/Walton Concerti with the London Philharmonic. In 2014, courtesy of Universal Music, Qin’s 2013 live concert with the Shanghai Symphony and Maestro Yu Long has been released on Sony Classical.   

19 & 20 | 9 | 2019
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK $480 $380 $280 $180
Tickets are now available at URBTIX.
For ages 6 and above

19 Sep performance is sponsored by: Sunwah Kingsway
20 Sep performance is sponsored by: CMB Wing Lung Bank


Yu Long


Li-Wei Qin


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Yu Long
Photo Credit: Ka Lam/HK Phil
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Li-Wei Qin
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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo Credit: Cheung Chi-wai/HK Phil


CHEN Qigang

Reflet d’un temps disparu for Cello and Orchestra


Symphony no. 5

 And more


Change of Programme & Artist*
“A National Day Concert” (19 & 20 SEP 2019) programme will have the above changes. The NCPA Chorus will not perform in this concert. Cellist Li-Wei Qin will be the soloist, while the conductor remains unchanged. (12:00, 14 August 2019)