A star is born! Harp Column
Hailed as one of the most important French contemporary composers, Philippe Manoury constantly experiments with sounds and unfolds new interactive possibilities in his music.
Hong Kong Sinfonietta will give the world première of Manoury’s Instants Pluriels, in which Music Director Yip Wing-sie and Resident Conductor of Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Chien Wen-pin will conduct side by side on stage, interacting and leading the orchestra simultaneously in this thrilling composition. Prize-winning French harpist Anaïs Gaudemard will also collaborate with the orchestra in the colourful Harp Concerto by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera.
Philippe Manoury Instants Pluriels * (world première)
Ginastera Harp Concerto Op 25
Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta
Anaïs Gaudemard harp
Chien Wen-pin conductor
Yip Wing-sie music director/2nd conductor *
The performance will last for approximately 2 hours including one interval
UpClose Encounters with Anaïs Gaudemard
Thursday 25 May 2017 at 7.30pm (UpClose Encounters)
CONCERT HALL, HONG KONG CITY HALL
Born in 1991 Anaïs Gaudemard studied at Lyon Conservatoire and received First Prize on graduating in 2013, having already won First Prize at the International Harp Contest in Israel the year before. She went on to win the Thierry Scherz Prize at Gstaad’s Festival des Sommets Musicaux in 2015, which resulted in her debut CD of concertos by Debussy, Boieldieu and Ginastera with Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie, released in November 2016 and which has already been nominated for a 2017 International Classical Music Award.
French composer Philippe Manoury has always experimented with music. In his Instants Pluriels he uses two orchestras, each with its own conductor and playing in separate times (inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses), so what the audience hears is the interaction between the two. The Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Music Director Yip Wing-sie joins Resident Conductor of Deutsche Oper am Reim, Chien Wen-pin for the work, before Chien accompanies French harpist Anaïs Gaudemard in Ginastera’s colourful Harp Concerto, a belated centenary tribute to the Argentine composer who was born in 1916. Bartók’s virtuosic Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta – like the Manoury for two separate ensembles – closes the concert.