Described as a “hair-raising tour de force” by BBC Music Magazine, François-Frédéric Guy is widely regarded as a specialist of Beethoven, a pianist revered for his approach and technique towards German romantics. He has made appearances in prestigious festivals such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, Chopin Festival in Warsaw and La Roque d’Anthéron and has worked with renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Guy will make his Hong Kong Sinfonietta début under Gabor Kali, winner of the First Prize and the Orchestra Prize of the 1st Hong Kong International Conducting Competition in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3. Assistant Music Director & Principal Conductor of Staatstheater Nürnberg in Germany since 2015, Hungarian conductor Gabor Kali will also conduct the world première of a new work by French composer Pierre-Yves Macé.
Commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Contre-flux 1 draws inspiration from background music and sounds that the composer heard during his visit to Hong Kong last year.