Petrushka - Hong Kong Philharmonic

2013-09-20 20:00 - 2013-09-21 22:00

Petrushka - Hong Kong Philharmonic

Whebn: 20-21 Sep 2013 Fri-Sat 20:00
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie


Pity poor Petrushka! A doll, magically brought to life to amuse folk at the fair, he suffers a wretched life when the crowds are gone - even a puppet knows loneliness and suffering. Stravinsky's exotic score paints this tragic character with all the colours of virtuoso orchestra. Louis Lortie brings Chopin's beloved first concerto to Hong Kong, and Canadian conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni a gift from his homeland - Estacio's vivacious work Brio.


Conductor: Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Piano: Louis Lortie


John Estacio: Brio (Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra)
Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 1
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911 version)

Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, music director of the Columbus Symphony and since 2011 principal conductor and artistic director of I Musici de Montréal, has emerged as one of Canada's brightest young conductors whose eloquent yet fiery style results in regular re-engagements across North America. Enjoying also an association with Les Violons du Roy that goes back many years, first as conductor-in-residence, then as associate conductor, and since 2008 as principal guest conductor, he has led the ensemble in more than 200 performances in the province of Québec, across Canada and in Mexico. In 2006, he recorded his first album with Les Violons du Roy entitled Piazzolla which received a JUNO Award for Classical Album Of The Year in the category Solo or Chamber Ensemble in 2007. They also have two subsequent recordings: Bartok in 2008 and Britten in 2010.

The 2012/13 season is another season of active guest-conducting, bringing him to the Calgary Philharmonic, the symphonies of Montreal, Edmonton and Victoria, the Grand Rapids Symphony and Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse.

He has previous conducted many of the major Canadian orchestras, including subscription concerts with the Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony and Montreal Symphony. In the U.S. he led the Seattle Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Oregon Symphony, St. Louis Opera and Cincinnati Opera. From 2002-2006, Zeitouni was associate conductor and chorus master at l'Opera de Montreal and was Music Director of their Young Artist Programme. In 2004, he appeared as assistant conductor at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City.


Louis Lortie
French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S. The London Times, describing his playing as "ever immaculate, ever imaginative", has identified the artist's "combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have".

Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonie and other prestigious venues to critical acclaims. As both pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony, he has performed the complete Beethoven concertos and Mozart concertos cycles. Lortie has also renowned for his interpretation of Ravel and Chopin. He performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montreal for the BBC and CBC, and is renowned worldwide for his performances of the complete Chopin etudes.

Lortie has performed with the world's leading conductors, including Chailly, Maazel, Masur, Ozawa, Dutoit, Järvi, Sawallisch, Sir Mark Elder, and Osmo Vänskä. He has made more than 30 recordings for the Chandos label, with awards including: Edison Award, Best CDs of the Year by BBC Music Magazine (which also named his disc of Chopin etudes one of "50 Recordings by Superlative Pianists.") and Gramophone Editor's Choice.

Louis Lortie made his début with the Montreal Symphony at the age of 13; three years later, his first appearance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led to an historic tour to China and Japan. In 1984, he won First Prize in the Busoni Competition. He was named Officer of the Order of Canada and received the Order of Quebec in 1992.


Tickets: $320/240/180/120 (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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