Forever Red Project: Brahms Addiction Clara Tsang and Warren Lee Duo Recital

2013-06-22 20:00 - 22:00

Forever Red Project: Brahms Addiction Clara Tsang and Warren Lee Duo Recital

When: 22 Jun 2013 Sat 20:00
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performance Arts - Concert Hall

Brahms Addiction Clara Tsang and Warren Lee Duo Recital Poster


Hong Kong Cellist Society is proud to present an extraordinary concert "Brahms Addiction Clara Tsang and Warren Lee Duo Recital", featuring cellist Clara Tsang and pianist Warren Lee. This is the fourth concert under the Forever Red Project. Hong Kong Cellist Society journey into the life and works of Brahms, where you will discover his cello and piano music.

Over twenty years separated Brahms's two cello sonatas No. 1 in E minor, Op 38 and No. 2 in F major Op 99, and thus one is youthful yet tragic, while the second one is mature yet still heroic. His cello sonata in D major Op 78 transcribed from his violin sonata was inspired by tragedy but full of restrained sweetness. They hope these works of the Romanticism of Brahms will seduce and enchant you, whisking you off to a world of passion, devotion, and hope.


J. Brahms Cello Sonata in D major Op. 78 (arr. from Violin Sonata)
J. Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor Op. 38
J. Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major Op. 99


Cellist: Clara Tsang Fung
Clara Tsang graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in Music (Cello Performance). She studied under different cellists, including Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Cellist Richard Bamping and HKAPA Professor Ray Wang, and attended master classes of Pacific Music Orchestra Principal Cellist Timothy Landuer, Vienna Philharmonic Cellist Gerhard lberer and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Cellist Martin Menking. She also learnt from world renowned professor Orlando Cole from Curtis Institute of Music, University of Texas Professor Bion Tsang, Thomas Gossenbacher from Switzerland, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra Principal Cellist Artem Konstantinov and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Ariel Barnes. She was invited to join the Pacific Music Festival (2005) in Japan with conductors Jun Märkl and Nello Santi. In 2012 she was invited by The Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in Canada and played under the baton of Arthur Arnold. In 2008 she gave her first cello recital. She has participated in numerous music videos, live shows and CD recordings for pop singers and music groups of different genres, such as the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival (2011), "Wing Chun" Documentary (2012), Music Lab multi-media Sonic Anchor (2013).

Her passion in bringing music to as many people as possible has led her to establish Hong Kong Cellist Society in 2004, which comprised of an annual Hong Kong Cello Festival, Young Musicians Performance Program (YMPP), Cappuccino Moment and Forever Red Project. Forever Red project was established since September of 2012. It is a project where emerging and established artists alike come together purely to create exciting new combinations of music and art. The first recital under this project was Clara Tsang's Cello Recital in September 2012, followed by "Deep Autumn" in December of the same year. Her latest recital was called "Forever Red the Shadow of Your Smile", where jazz and classical came together.

In June 2013, Clara along with pianist Warren Lee will give us Brahms Addiction, playing Brahms's two cello sonatas No. 1 in E minor Op.38 and No. 2 in F major Op.99, and also his cello sonata in D major Op. 78, transcribed from his G Major violin sonata.

Warren Lee

Warren Lee

Pianist: Warren Lee
Since his televised début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the tender age of six, Hong Kong-born pianist Warren Lee was destined for a lifelong career in music, both on and off the stage. Graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music with the highest of honors, Warren was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the "Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich".

Hailed by The Straits Times as a musician with "superb pianism… a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation", Warren's artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms, from the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing to Kettering in Tasmania, and from Carnegie Hall in New York to Colombo in Sri Lanka. In 2009, he was named a "Steinway Artist", joining a distinguished roster of concert pianists in the world; and in 2012, received the Ten Most Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the performing arts and exemplary contribution to the community.

Warren devotes much of his time off the stage advancing various education initiatives. He is currently the Music Director of St. Paul's Co-educational College and Primary School, a role that led him to rekindle his passion for composing. His recent choral compositions have been gaining recognition internationally and are published by Porfiri and Horváth (Germany) and Pavane Publishing (USA). He is co-currently a Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra Academy and an Visiting Artist in various universities and conservatories worldwide. His solo album, "From Bach To Gershwin", released in 2008 on Universal Music (Hong Kong), has received critical acclaim for its contribution to music education.


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