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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Premiere Performances collaborate to bring Miloš Karadaglić (guitar) and Akiko Suwanai (violin) to Hong Kong amidst the pandemic
 

27 NOV 2020

Hong Kong

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Meggy Cheng
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[27 November 2020, Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) and Premiere Performances of Hong Kong (Premiere Performances) announce today an unprecedented collaboration to bring international artists Miloš Karadaglić (guitar) and Akiko Suwanai (violin) to Hong Kong amidst the pandemic. Miloš and Akiko will both be arriving in Hong Kong in December 2020 and will go through the 14-day quarantine procedure. They will each be playing a concerto with the HK Phil in January 2021, as well as participating in Premiere Performances’ Beare’s Premiere Music Festival in the same month. Such arrangement is unique, as it is unusual for an artist to perform with different presenters in the same city within the same period of time. The HK Phil and Premiere Performances join hands to lift such restraints to encourage internationally renowned artists to come to Hong Kong despite the quarantine arrangements.

 

“Concert presenters are supporting one another through this difficult time for the industry,” said Andrea Fessler, Founder and Executive Director of Premiere Performances “Although performance venues have now reopened in Hong Kong, the 14-day quarantine makes it extremely difficult for overseas artists to travel to Hong Kong for only one performance. We hope by scheduling a concerto performance and a chamber music / recital performance in the same week, international artists could be encouraged to perform in Hong Kong. Of course, we sincerely invite audience members to attend both presenters’ performances, to enjoy completely different live music experiences.”

 

“I have always been fond of meaningful collaborations between arts and cultural organisations,” said Benedikt Fohr, Chief Executive of the HK Phil, “We, the HK Phil and Premiere Performances, have put in a lot of enthusiasm to bring the best artists to our audiences. And for the first time, through this joint-presentation of Miloš and Akiko, we are very pleased to be able to offer even more excellent music in Hong Kong. We want to encourage our audiences to try different perspectives – chamber music lovers can listen to their favorite soloists in the big symphonic repertoire, while fans of orchestral music can experience the same artists in outstanding chamber music performances. This is certainly an exclusive cross-genre experience for the Hong Kong community.”

 

Miloš Karadaglić will be performing Rodrigo’sConcierto de Aranjuez and Piazzolla’sLibertango with the HK Phil on 8 & 9 January 2021, and opening the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival on 13 January 2021 with a recital programme entitled “Beyond the Rainbow”. Akiko Suwanai will be playing chamber music at the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival on 18 & 21 January 2021 (including the famous Dvořak Quintet), and will then perform Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto with the HK Phil on 22 & 23 January 2021

 

Miloš Karadaglić was originally scheduled to perform “The Voice of the Guitar” recital for Premiere Performances on 17 May 2020. This recital has now been rescheduled to 29 November 2021 due to the pandemic. Together with the performance with the HK Phil on 8 & 9 January 2021 and the additional Beare’s Premiere Music Festival Opening recital on 13 January 2021, Miloš will be playing three programmes in total for the Hong Kong community in 2021.

 

Ticket sales for all concerts of the HK Phil and Premiere Performances will open on 4 December 2020, Friday. A discount will be offered to patrons who purchase tickets through URBTIX to concerts of the HK Phil and Premiere Performances at the same time.

 

The HK Phil’s 2020/21 season presents close to 30 fantastic programmes featuring international and local guest artists. Commissioned works by Hong Kong composers will be premiered. Interesting crossover programmes showcase collaborations with different music genre and arts forms such as jazz, film music, ballet and live illustration. In the season, Jaap van Zweden will lead the orchestra to tour to 10 cities in Europe in May 2021, with debuts in Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the German cities of Cologne and Dresden. The HK Phil will also be making its debut at the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival 2021, the first Asian orchestra to perform at this monumental event which is held every 25 years in Amsterdam. Full details can be found on hkphil.org.

 

The annual Beare’s Premiere Music Festival (formerly the Hong Kong Chamber International Chamber Music Festival) presented by Premiere Performances will be held on 13-21 January 2021, and will include four chamber music performances at Hong Kong City Hall, one family concert at Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre and numerous free education and outreach activities. The 2021 Festival will include eight overseas artists including Artist Director Jimmy Cho-Liang Lin (Taiwan), baritone Benjamin Appl (Germany), violist Masumi Per Rostad (US), pianist Shai Wosner (US), cellist Li-Wei Qin (China / Singapore), violinist Stephanie Joeng (US) along with guitarist Miloš Karadaglić (Montenegro) and violinist Akiko Suwanai (Japan). Full details can be found on www.pphk.org.
 

 

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra concerts

MASTERWORKS SERIES: MILOŠ: MASTER OF THE GUITAR*
8 & 9 | 1 | 2021
FRI & SAT 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$580 $480 $380 $280
For ages 6 and above
 

Artists

Paolo Bortolameolli

conductor
MILOŠguitar

 

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Paolo BortolameolliMILOŠHong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Paolo BortolameolliMILOŠ
Photo Credit: Lars Borges/Mercury Classics
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo Credit: Cheung Wai-lok/HK Phil

 

Programme

ROSSINIBarber of Seville Overture
PIAZZOLLALibertango
ARRIAGALos esclavos felices Overture
RODRIGOConcierto de Aranjuez
FALLAThe Three-Cornered Hat
GINASTERAEstancia: Four Dances

*Change of Conductor and Programme

 

AKIKO SUWANAI PLAYS PROKOFIEV*
22 & 23 | 1 | 2021
FRI & SAT 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK $580 $480 $380 $280
For ages 6 and above
 

Artists

Lio Kuokmanconductor
Akiko Suwanaiviolin

 

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Lio KuokmanAkiko SuwanaiHong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Lio Kuokman
Photo Credit: Tey Tat Keng
 

Akiko Suwanai
Photo Credit: Takaki Kumada
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo Credit: Eric Hong/HK Phil

 

Programme

PROKOFIEVViolin Concerto no. 1
PROKOFIEVSelections from Romeo & Juliet
and more 

*Change of Conductor and Programme

 

 

Premiere Performances of Hong Kong’s Beare’s Premiere Music Festival 

FESTIVAL OPENING: 
MILOŠ IN RECITAL: BEYOND THE RAINBOW

13 | 1 | 2021
WED 7:30PM
Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
 

Artist

MILOŠguitar

 

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MILOŠ
MILOŠ


Programme

GRANADOSAndaluza, Orientale from 12 Danzas españolas Op. 37
DE FALLADanza del molinero
PIAZZOLLACafé 1930
Arr. TAKEMITSUSomewhere Over the Rainbow
C. DOMENICONIKoyunbaba for Solo Guitar Op. 19

 

AKIKO SUWANAI & FRIENDS: DVOŘÁK PIANO QUINTET
18 | 1 | 2021
MON 7:30PM
Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
 

Artist

Akiko Suwanaiviolin

 

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Akiko Suwanai
Akiko Suwanai
Photo Credit: Takaki Kumada

 

 

Programme

RÓZSASonata for two violins
(Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Akiko Suwanai, violin)
MOSZKOWSKISuite in G minor for two violins and piano
(Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Akiko Suwanai, violin; Evelyn Chang, piano)
DVOŘÁKPiano Quintet
(Akiko Suwanai, violin; Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Masumi Rostad, viola;  Li-Wei Qin, cello; Shai Wosner, piano)

 

CHAMBER MUSIC GALA WITH CHO-LIANG LIN
21 | 1 | 2021
THU 7:30PM
Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
 

Artist

Cho-Liang Linviolin

 

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Cho-Liang Lin
Cho-Liang Lin


 

Programme

BARBERDover Beach, Op. 3 
(Benjamin Appl, baritone; Stephanie Jeong, violin; Kitty Cheung, violin; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Li-Wei Qin, cello)
BEETHOVENSelection of Irish and Welsh Folk Song Arrangements 
(Benjamin Appl, baritone; Stephanie Jeong, violin; Li-Wei Qin, cello; Shai Wosner, piano)
R. STRAUSSMorgen! Op. 27, No.4 
(Benjamin Appl, baritone; Stephanie Jeong, violin; Shai Wosner, piano)
JOPLIN / arr. MILONEThe Entertainer, Ragtime Dance
DELIBES / arr. MILONEFlower Duet from Lakmé
PIAZZOLLA / arr. MILONE

Oblivion, Libertango
(For three pieces: Akiko Suwanai, violin; Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Stephanie Jeong, violin; Kitty Cheung, violin; Masami Nagai, bass)

BRAHMSString Quintet in G major, Op. 111
(Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Stephanie Jeong, violin; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Andrew Ling, viola; Li-Wei Qin, cello)

About Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra  
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) is recognised as Asia’s foremost classical orchestra, attracting more than 200,000 music lovers every year by presenting more than 150 concerts. In 2019, the HK Phil received the prestigious Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award – the first orchestra in Asia to receive this distinction. Maestro Jaap van Zweden has been the orchestra’s Music Director since the 2012/13 concert season and will continue to hold the position through to the end of the 2023/24 season; he is also Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Maestro Yu Long is the HK Phil’s Principal Guest Conductor. The HK Phil tours extensively across Mainland China and also worldwide. The orchestra will undertake tours to 10 cities in Europe in May 2021, with debuts in Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the German cities of Cologne and Dresden. The HK Phil will also be making its debut at the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival 2021, the first Asian orchestra to perform at this monumental event which is held every 25 years in Amsterdam.

For more information, please visit hkphil.org

 

About Premiere Performances 
Premiere Performances brings internationally celebrated musicians and the world’s brightest rising stars to Hong Kong for solo recitals, chamber music and community outreach, building a vibrant local arts scene and inspiring audience members of all ages with performances that are accessible to all. 
For more information, please visit www.pphk.org     

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and is Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

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