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Jean-Guihen Queyras collaborates with Hong Kong Sinfonietta performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1, and the Asian première of Ouroboros written by one of the most prominent composers of our time – Thomas Larcher. Co-commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta and five European orchestras, the work is named after the ancient Greek symbol Ouroboros, with musical ideas circulating, re-creating and returning to the original motif, like a serpent holding its tail in its mouth to form an infinite cycle.
Ligeti, Concert Românesc
Haydn, Cello Concerto No 1 in C, Hob VIIb:1
Thomas Larcher, Ouroboros for Violoncello & Chamber Orchestra (Asia première)
Co-commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra & Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Schubert, Symphony No 4 in C minor, D417, Tragic
Jean-Guihen Queyras cello
Clemens Schuldt conductor
Hong Kong Sinfonietta
The performance will last for approximately 2 hours including one interval
Jean-Guihen Queyras Cello Masterclass
7 Jun, 4:00pm-6:30pm
AUDITORIUM, YEW CHUNG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (SECONDARY)
Collaborating Institution: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
FREE ADMISSION. To register, please click here.
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Born in Montreal and, between five and eight, living in Algeria, Jean-Guihen Queyras then grew up in France. He studied at Lyon Conservatoire, then at the Musikhochschule Freiburg (where he is now professor) and Mannes College in New York, with Timothy Eddy. His relationship with Boulez started when he worked with the Ensemble InterContemperain in Paris, where he also met Jonathan Harvey. He has subsequently premièred the Cello Concerto by Ivan Fedele. Clemens Schuldt, principal conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra (with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, one of the commissioners of the Thomas Larcher concerto), makes his Hong Kong debut with a typically wide-ranging concert. Jean-Guihen Queyras features in not one, but two concertante works, composed some 250 years apart. Following Haydn’s First Cello Concerto (from the 1760s – although it was only rediscovered in 1961), is a major co-commission between seven orchestras by French composer Thomas Larcher. Ouroboros is named after the ancient symbol which represents the notion of the cyclical in nature, and you can hear Larcher’s musical ideas circulating, re-creating and returning to the original motif, like the ancient image of a serpent holding its tail in its mouth to form an infinite cycle. György Ligeti’s colourful Romanian Concerto opens the concert while Schubert’s poignant Fourth Symphony brings it to a close.