2010-02-05 20:00 - 2010-02-06 22:00

Yundi Li & the HKPO

Time: 5 & 6-2-2010 Fri & Sat 8PM
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Price (HK$): $680 $480 $320 $180


conductor:Edo de Waart
piano:Yundi Li


WEBER Oberon: overture
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1
RESPIGHI Trittico Botticelliano
RESPIGHI The Pines of Rome


As Chopin’s exact contemporary Robert Schumann remarked, “if a genius such as Mozart were to appear today, he would write Chopin concertos rather than Mozart ones.” To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, Yundi Li, winner of the 14th International Frederick Chopin Competition in Warsaw, joins Edo de Waart in Chopin’s sparkling First Concerto. Respighi’s delicate tribute to the great Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, Trittico Botticelliano, was inspired by three paintings in Florence’s Uffizi museum, but the majesty of ancient Rome produced his most impressive orchestral score, climaxing in a parade of military might down the Appian Way, reinforced by the grand organ and legions of extra brass.


Edo de Waart
Edo de Waart is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Renowned as an “orchestral builder” who has the enviable ability to transform his orchestras into world-class ensembles, Edo de Waart has held such distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, as well as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. He has also taken up the Music Directorship of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from the 2009/10 season.
As an opera conductor, Edo de Waart has enjoyed success in many of the great opera houses of the world, including Covent Garden, Bayreuth, Bastille and the Metropolitan Opera. He has led highly regarded Wagner Ring Cycles in San Francisco and Sydney. He has conducted a series of critically acclaimed concert performances of Richard Stauss’s Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier and Act I of The Valkyrie, as well as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Edo de Waart is in constant demand as a guest conductor, regularly appearing with the world’s leading symphony orchestras and musicians. His extensive recording catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc and RCA. For Octavia/Exton, he has recorded the complete orchestral works by Rachmaninov and overtures of Wagner with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
Maestro de Waart has received a number of awards for his outstanding achievements in music. He is a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and he was awarded the Order of Australia – a reflection of his invaluable contribution to Australian cultural life during his decade with the Sydney Symphony. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in recognition of his contribution to music internationally, and in particular, his commitment to developing future generations of musicians in Hong Kong.


Yundi Li
Yundi Li has achieved superstar status in his native China where classical music is worshipped. He was the youngest winner of the prestigious International Chopin Competition and the first pianist in 15 years to be awarded the First Prize. Now enjoying a major international career, critics praise his precise, crystalline technique, his fluidity on the keys, and his boundless enthusiasm. Transcending the world of classical music, Yundi has been appointed the image ambassador for the hyper-popular Chinese version of American Idol, which reaches audiences in the hundreds of millions.
Yundi’s musical career began with the accordion at the age of 4, winning the top prize at the Chongqing Children’s Accordion Competition one year later. At the age of 7, under the tutelage of Dan Zhao-yi, Yundi began his journey to greatness on the piano. At the age of 18, Yundi burst onto the European scene, claiming the First Prize at the 14th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, which brought him an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, providing him the opportunity to embark on a recital tour throughout North America and Europe. His subsequent rise to international acclaim and his succession of high profile international performances have made him a hero back in China.
Yundi’s determination to succeed is formidable, and his list of triumphs beyond impressive for an artist of his age. His American début of Chopin’s Concerto No 1 with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003 quickly led to a series of subsequent performances worldwide, in the most prestigious venues and in collaboration with the world’s most esteemed musicians. These include concerts with such orchestras as the London Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra and recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, and Finland, Denmark, Luxemburg and Germany.
Yundi has made a series of critically acclaimed recordings. Most recently he joined forces with the Berlin Philharmonic and Maestro Seiji Ozawa to record Prokofiev’s Second Concerto and Ravel’s Concerto in G major, winning the ultimate accolade as one of The New York Times Recordings of the Year 2007.


Free Pre-concert Talk
Time: 5/2/2010 Fri 7:15pm - 7:45pm (English)
          6/2/2010 Sat 7:15pm - 7:45pm (Cantonese)     
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer     
Speaker: Fri (English) Marc Rochester
              Sat (Cantonese) Shirley Ip HKPO Principal Keyboard


For ages 6 and above
Discount Schemes
Club Bravo: 15% off
Members of Young Audiences Scheme: 10% off
Students, Citizens aged 60 or above, People with Disability and CSSA recipients: 50% off (With Quota)
Group discount: 10-19: 10% off; 20 or above: 20% off 
Address: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2721 2030
Reservations: (852) 2734 9009

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