Meet our Principals
Seven performances, curated by seven HK Phil Principals.
The HK Phil proudly presents seven performances by the orchestra’s Principal Oboe Michael Wilson, Principal Viola Andrew Ling, Co-Principal Trumpet Christopher Moyse, Principal Clarinet Andrew Simon, Principal Bassoon Benjamin Moermond, Principal Flute Megan Sterling and Principal Timpani James Boznos.
In this special video series, our Principals share their personal musical pleasures in diverse genres with the audience. We bring you an extraordinary journey through the different sections of the orchestra – strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Immerse yourself in the music and meet our Principals! The videos will be premiered every other Tuesday on HK Phil’s online platforms. Get ready to be dazzled by these special performances!
Principal Oboe Michael Wilson Plays Schumann
Our Principal Oboe Michael Wilson and Hong Kong pianist Rachel Cheung present two pieces by Schumann, written in 1849. The first, Drei Romanzen (“Three Romances”), was written in just three days for the composer’s wife as a Christmas present, and is Schumann’s only piece for oboe and piano. The second, Drei Fantasiestücke (“Three Fantasy Pieces”), was actually written for clarinet and piano, but in this performance, Michael and Rachel will perform the oboe and piano version.
Principal Viola Andrew Ling Plays Brahms and Shostakovich
Principal Viola Andrew Ling performs two significant works by Brahms and Shostakovich. The Sonata in F minor, op. 120, no. 1 was the first piece Brahms wrote for viola and piano, and inspired other composers also to write music for this combination of instruments. The second work is Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata, op. 40. It was composed in 1934 at a critical time in his personal life and in the political development of the Soviet Union. Listen how Andrew interprets these two masterpieces in collaboration with local pianist Dora Tsang, Andrew hope this music can bring you happiness and peace of mind.