Hong Kong Philharmonic Season Opening Gala: Emperor and New World

2013-09-06 20:00 - 2013-09-07 22:00

Hong Kong Philharmonic Season Opening Gala: Emperor and New World

When: 6-7 Sep 2013 Fri-Sat 20:00
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden


Hong Kong Philharmonic's 40th season opens with a fitting Chinese fanfare from Bright Sheng. Next comes the ultimate musical firebrand - Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, a conversation between orchestra and piano brimming with emotion and revolutionary verve. Dvořák's ninth symphony captures the exhilaration of discovery, but not without a poignant look back to the old - which has become one of the best loved moments in all music. Join Jaap van Zweden and gala star Jean-Yves Thibaudet as the new season begins.


Conductor: Jaap van Zweden
Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Bright Sheng: Shanghai Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 5 Emperor
Dvořák: Symphony no. 9 From the New World


Jaap van Zweden
Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden is one of today's most sought-after conductors. Recently named Musical America's Conductor of the Year for 2012, he has been Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2012/13 season.

Maestro van Zweden is currently Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Honorary Conductor of the Radio Chamber Philharmonic. Appointed at age nineteen as the youngest Concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he began his conducting career in 1995, successively holding the positions of Chief Conductor at the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (1996-2000), Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague (2000-2005) and Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011).

Prestigious orchestras he works with regularly include the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre National de France, and the London Philharmonic. Maestro van Zweden has conducted at major international festivals including the BBC Proms, and the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals. His recent subscription débuts with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony have garnered overwhelming critical acclaim.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Jean-Yves Thibaudet has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities with dazzling technical prowess. His talent at coaxing subtle and surprising colors and textures from even old favorites has led the New York Times to exclaim "every note he fashions is a pearl… the joy, brilliance and musicality of his performance could not be missed." Thibaudet, who has performed around the world for more than 30 years and recorded more than 50 albums, has a depth and natural charisma that have made him one of the most sought-after soloists by today's foremost orchestras, conductors and festivals.

Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include a recital tour in the US performing an all-Debussy program, a European tour, engagements at the Lucerne Festival and with the Boston Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony, as well as a three-week residency in his native town, Lyon and an "Age of Anxiety" Bernstein tour in Spain.

A recording artist for Decca, he has won the Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d'Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, a Gramophone Award, two Echo Awards, and the Edison Prize… In 2007, he was awarded the Victoire d'Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honor given by France's Victoires de la Musique. In 2010, the Hollywood Bowl honored Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Known for his style and elegance, Thibaudet wears a concert wardrobe designed by Vivienne Westwood.


Tickets: $480/320/220/160 (Full-time Students, Citizens aged 60 or above, People with Disability and CSSA recipients: 50% off)
Tel: 852-27342009
Add: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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