Making his Hong Kong debut in these two concerts, young French pianist Rémi Geniet first plays chamber music before turning to one of the great romantic piano concertos in the repertoire.
“An instinctive and profoundly cultivated musician” Diapason
Definitely a star to watch, young French pianist Rémi Geniet has already won Second Prize at the Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition at just 20 years old in 2013, and received Diapason d’Or de l’Année with his all-Bach début album in 2015. He has collaborated with numerous orchestras worldwide and has appeared at such major French festivals as La Roque d’Anthéron and, in Nantes, La Folle Journée.
Arvo Pärt Darf Ich… (1995/1999) – for Solo Violin, bell (ad-lib) and Strings
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18
Chan Hing-yan Hark the Phoenix Solitaire Cry – for Sheng & Orchestra (2016) (Asian première)
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)
Yip Wing-sie Music Director/Conductor
Rémi Geniet Piano
Loo Sze-wang Sheng (HKS Artist Associate 2012-2013)
James Cuddeford Violin
Chan Hing-yan Composer (HKS Artist Associate 2016-2018)
The performance will last for approximately 2 hours including one interval
Chamber Music & Dialogue with Rémi Geniet
Thursday 18 May 2017 at 7.30pm (UpClose Encounters)
CONCERT HALL, HONG KONG CITY HALL
In his Hong Kong début, young French pianist Rémi Geniet takes the lead in Rachmaninov’s ever-popular Second Piano Concerto, supported by Hong Kong Sinfonietta and its Music Director Yip Wing-sie. But Geniet is not the only soloist. The evening opens with concertmaster James Cuddeford as soloist in a raptly delicate piece by Estonian musical mystic Arvo Pärt, Darf Ich (Can I…) dating from 1995. More recent still is the Asian première of Hark the Phoenix Solitaire Cry by Chan Hing-yan, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s current Artist Associate 2016-2018), Written for Hong Kong’s foremost sheng performer Loo Sze-wang, Chan’s music creates an atmospheric sound world across musical boundaries. And talking of phoenixes, Stravinsky’s musical evocation of just such a bird ends the concert in his 1919 suite from his ballet The Firebird.