BEETHOVEN FROM DAY TO NIGHT – PIANO SONATAS MARATHON
Beethoven From Day to Night – Piano Sonatas Marathon
19 August 2017 (Sat), 10:00 – 22:00
Academy Concert Hall, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Following the “Mahler Symphony No.8” last year, the highlight of this year’s festival will be a historic event: Hong Kong’s First ever Beethoven Sonata Marathon. Known as “The New Testament” of music, Beethoven’s works mark the evolution of music from the classical period to the romantic period, ushering in a new age of emotional expression through music.
On 19 August, Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas will be presented in a non-stop, 12-hour marathon lasting from 10a.m. to 10 p.m. The Marathon will feature distinguished pianists, including (according to order of appearance) Matthias Fletzberger, John Wilson and Lukas Sternath from Vienna, as well as Colleen Lee, Amy Sze, Mary Wu, Raymond Young, Fenix Man and Warren Lee from Hong Kong . Hong Kong and Vienna. Be sure not to miss out on Hong Kong’s first ever Beethoven Sonata Marathon at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Concert Hall!
Session 1 (10:00-12:30)
Op. 2/1-3 Colleen Lee
Op. 7 “Grand Sonata” Amy Sze
Op. 10/1-2 Mary Wu
Op. 10/3 Matthias Fletzberger
Session 2 (13:00-15:30)
Op. 13 “Pathetique” Raymond Young
Op. 14/1 Amy Sze
Op. 14/2 Colleen Lee
Op. 22 Colleen Lee
Op. 26 “Funeral March” Matthias Fletzberger
Op. 27/1 Lukas Sternath
Op. 27/2 “Moonlight” Fenix Man
Session 3 (15:40-17:45)
Op. 28 John Wilson
Op. 31/1 Fenix Man
Op. 31/2 “The Tempest” Raymond Young
Op. 31/3 “The Hunt” Amy Sze
Op. 49/1-2 Raymond Young
Op. 53 “Waldstein” Colleen Lee
Session 4 (18:05-19:50)
Op. 54 John Wilson
Op. 57 “Appassionata” Amy Sze
Op. 78 “À Thérèse” Fenix Man
Op. 79 Fenix Man
Op. 81a “Les adieux” Lukas Sternath
Op. 90 Colleen Lee
Op. 101 Lukas Sternath
Session 5 (20:05-20:45)
Op. 106 “Hammerklavier” Matthias Fletzberger
Session 6 (21:00-22:00)
Op. 109 Warren Lee
Op. 110 Raymond Young
Op. 111 John Wilson
Gathering the artistic crème de la crème of Hong Kong and Vienna
(according to order of appearance)
“….magnificent, heavenly touch……filled with poetic and profound emotion”
– Il Giornale di Vicenza
Since winning the 6th Prize of 15th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition, Colleen has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America. She has also been a featured artist at several international music festivals including the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki and Gdansk in Poland; the Assisi International Piano Festival in Italy; Meissen Pianoforte Festival in Germany, International Keyboard Festival in New York, Bowdoin International Music Festival.. Her performance of the ‘Magic Piano and Chopin Shorts’ animation series at the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival had garnered rave review.
Colleen has collaborated with major international orchestras such as the Galacia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Gui Yang Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra among others. She was the Artist Associate/Piano of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for the 2010/2011 Season and went with the orchestra on its tour to South America, performing in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
She is an avid chamber music lover and appearing in chamber music concerts including the 2nd Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, the Musicusfest in 2013/2014, HK University Chamber Gems and concert presented by Hong Kong Chamber Society. She has also collaborated with RTHK Quartet and the Shanghai Quartet.
Born in Hong Kong, Colleen started her piano lesson at the age of four. Subsequently she was trained at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the celebrated pedagogue Ms Eleanor Wong since she was seven. After completion of her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2003, she was awarded scholarship from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund and the Bernard Van Zuiden Scholarship to further her studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Median in Hannover with Professor Arie Vardi. Colleen was the recipient of many international awards besides her success at the Chopin Competition, including First Prize at the 3rd Seiler International Piano Competition in Kitzingen, Germany, the 2003 Dorothy Mackenzie Artist Recognition Award, Third Place and Critic and Audience Prizes at the 15th International Competition for Piano and Orchestra in Cantú, Italy, Price Winner of the 1st Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the Pro Musicis International Award, Gina Bachauer International Artist Competition Award, Sendai International Music Competition award, and was Laureate of the 16th Santander International Piano Competition in Spain.
In 2006 the Fryderyk Chopin Institute released Colleen’s all Chopin album recorded with the Pleyel Piano, and an all Scarlatti Sonata CD was released by Naxos in August 2008.
In recognition of her outstanding achievements in music and in the promotion of arts and culture, Colleen has been awarded Certificate of Commendation by the Secretary of Home Affairs in 2004, Commendation for Community Service by the Hong Kong Government in 2006 and Young Artist Award by the Hong Kong Art Development Council in 2008.
Dr. Amy Sze holds the Performer’s Certificate, Doctor and Master of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include Nelita True and Gabriel Kwok. She started her musical training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since the age of ten. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Avis D. Vaughn Scholarship, the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Overseas Scholarship.
As the winner of many prizes and competitions, Amy has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Texas Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Eastman Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in major festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Cliburn Piano Institute, the Harbin Summer Music Festival and the Salzburg Mozarteum Academy. In 2013, she was invited to perform in the ‘Complete Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle’ with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. She is also featured artist on the HK Sinfonietta album ‘This is Classical Music 3’, released in 2014. Last summer, she had the privilege of performing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas Marathon in Vienna – 2 concerts lasting 12 hours – along with celebrated pianists from different parts of the world.
Besides solo performance, Amy has a keen interest in chamber music and an enthusiasm for performing in diverse settings. She was a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society, which engages in outreach projects and charity concerts in public schools and community centres. An active performer of contemporary music, she was featured artist in the Contemporary Song Festival of the Intimacy of Creativity 2017, Hong Kong New Generation concert, the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival, and the French May Festival. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Derek Bermel, David Childs, Peter Cooper, Benedict Cruft, Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Raphael Severe, and John Williams. In 2015, she started a concert series ‘Mix It Up’ with the renowned Singaporean violinist Min Lee. It aims to bring together music, food, wine, and different art forms.
Amy was a teaching assistant in piano studies, accompaniment and chamber music at the Eastman School of Music. She is currently on the faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Baptist University. Apart from lectures and masterclasses, she frequently serves on the jury panel for awards and competitions. She was also on the music advisory committee for The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and St Paul’s Co-educational College, her alma mater.
Hailed as ‘one of the most gifted pianists of her generation’ for her ‘musical variety, profundity and sensitivity’ by Ravel’s protege Vlado Perlemuter, Mary Wu is also praised by the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin as having ‘a captivating poetical quality to her playing’. European review praises Wu for “her extraordinary artist quality, absolute mastery over the keyboard and magical virtuosity”.
Starting from an early age, Mary Wu has performed extensively throughout the world as soloist and in chamber performances with artists including Lord Menuhin, Vlado Perlemuter, Richard Stoltzman, Colin Carr, the Maggini Quartet and appeared in major festivals. Wu has also collaborated with many major orchestras and has several CD recordings on BMG, ASV, Dutton and Universal Label.
Wu is a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal College of Music and has completed her Doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her teachers include Mrs. Betty Drown, Peter Norris, Vlado Perlemuter, Louis Kentner, Kendall-Taylor and Gilbert Kalish.
A 2003 ‘Top Ten Outstanding Young Person in Hong Kong’, Wu has won the Chappell Gold Medal of RCM, first prizes at the Royal Overseas League Competition and the Mozart Bicentenary Competition of Asia, and the 2010 ADC Hong Kong Best Artist (Music) award.
From piano prodigy to classical pianist and conductor in opera and concert: Matthias Fletzberger proves to be time and again a versatile and exciting musical personality. The different influences have had a great impact on his deep understanding of music and its varied interpretation.
Born in Vienna his outstanding musical talent was discovered at the early age of 5, when he was accepted as a student of the University of Music in Vienna. Aged 12 he won the first prize at the Youth Competition “Jugend musiziert”. Still a student in the concert class of Hans Graf he won top prizes at international piano competitions, including the “Busoni” (Bolzano 1984 – Silver Medal), “Rubinstein” (Tel Aviv 1986 – Gold Medal), and “Bösendorfer” (Vienna 1988 – First Prize) competitions.
As a result, his career took him to all continents: as recitalist, as soloist with major orchestras (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Bordeaux, Orquestra National d’Espagna, etc.), collaborating with conductors like Jesus Lopez Cobos, Ferdinand Leitner, Carl Melles and as chamber music pianist and accompanist of renowned singers.
On advice of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Rolf Liebermann and trained and promoted by Ferdinand Leitner and Carl Melles he started a second career as a conductor. Rolf Lieberman also engaged him as assistant conductor at Salzburg Mozarteum (“Le nozze di Figaro”, directed by Peter Ustinov; Conductor: Gary Bertini).
He was co-founder of the independent opera-scene in Vienna and appointed first artistic director of Jugendstil-Theatre. His own production of Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona” was awarded by the Viennese Newspaper “Die Presse” as one of five “Operas of the Year 1991”. Consequently, he worked as a conductor (among others) at Prague State Opera and the Vienna Festival (“The Magic Flute” 1991, “La belle Hélene” 1993); these two productions were recorded by the Austrian Television (ORF) and broadcasted via Eurovision. In 1995 John Neschling invited him to the Theater St. Gallen (Switzerland) as assistant conductor and assistant to the opera-director. Since the year 1999 he was working as a freelance conductor with orchestras like Vienna Chamber Symphony, Orchestra of Bratislava Opera, Prague State-Opera or the State Symphony Orchestra Tbilisi.
Since 2008 he is performing together with renowned austrian-russian Violinist Lidia Baich. In 2011, Deutsche Grammophon presented the CD/DVD “Violin in Motion” recorded together with Lidia Baich. His work with singers like Daniela Fally, Elina Garanca, Benjamin Bruns, Thomas Hampson, Andreas Schager, and Ramon Vargas in concert and opera is also highly appreciated. As a conductor he has recently been working with orchestras like Ambassade Orchester Vienna, Latvian National Symphony, Mongolian State Philharmonic, Strauss Symphony of America, Vancouver Symphony and Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
At the turn of 2015/16 Matthias Fletzberger was invited to conduct the New Year’s concerts in New York (Lincoln Centre), Washington and Philadelphia. The coming seasons includes engagements in Austria and Germany as well in Toronto, Miami, Shanghai and Tokyo (Spring festival).
“In Young’s performance, it was noticeable the transparency of phrasing, the tone clarity…, and the seducing cantabile in the slow movements. The soloist, impeccable in technique and interpretative style, gave us proof of being an extremely valuable pianist. He played with taste, lyricism and passion highlighting a palette of timbres very wide and rich in nuances.”
– La Provincia, Italy
Raymond Young is the first official Bösendorfer artist from Hong Kong, his numerous concerts spread throughout Asia, Europe and North America over the years have won him great acclaim for his refined musicianship and artistry. Hailed by the press as a pianist with ‘imagination and romance in his poetry’, ‘exquisite tone, interpretative insights and deep communicative powers’, he won the First-prize Medal (Two Piano section) and the Silver Medal (Piano Duet section) at The International Piano Competition in Rome, Italy; and was honoured as a promising young artist with the ‘Förderpreis’ at the Braunschweig Classix Festival in Germany.
Currently a Guest Professor of The Hainan University and Sichuan University of Culture and Arts, Mr. Young has been on the piano faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and The University of Hong Kong. Recognized as one of the most respected pedagogues, many of his students have won top prizes in numerous competitions, furthered their musical studies at leading music schools in Europe, United States and Australia, and gone on to prominent careers as performers and teachers at eminent institutions.
Being a sought-after adjudicator, he has been invited to serve as the Chairman of Trial Jury in China for the Hong Kong – International Piano Open Competition, the Head Juror for The Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition, and has been on judging panel at many international competitions, as well as an examiner for the Yamaha Music Foundation.
As the first pianist from Hong Kong to be awarded the highest scholarship by the Austrian Government, Mr. Young graduated with Double Master of Arts degrees in performance and accompaniment, and a Diploma in piano pedagogy from the University for Music and Performing Arts (MDW) in Vienna, where he lived for over a decade. He has benefited from such masters as Paul Badura-Skoda, Joseph Banowetz, Walter Fleischmann, David Lutz and Norman Shetler. On account of his achievements and numerous recommendations, he was also granted the Austrian citizenship.
Lukas Sternath, born on June 12th, 2001 in Vienna, began his piano studies at the tender age of five. Very soon he discovered his passion for jazz and started piano lessons with Elias Meiri. In 2011, he had his first piano performance with a selected jazz program. It was not until he enrolled at the Vienna Boys’ Choir in 2011 and started piano lessons with Julius Horvath that the focus of his musical interest shifted from jazz to classical music. Since April 2013, Lukas has been studying with Professor Alma Sauer, who teaches exceptionally gifted young students at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He currently attends the Music High School Vienna and will take his final exams in two years.
On May 26th, 2015, Lukas gave his first solo piano recital to a sold-out audience in the “MuTh”- the concert hall of the Vienna Boys’ Choir. More concerts followed in various musical locations in Vienna (the Brahms-Saal of the prestigious Musikverein under the auspices of ‘Ambassadors in Concert’, the famous Schönbrunn Castle, the Vienna Imperial Palace, the Crypt of St. Peter’s Cathedral, the St. John’s Nepomuk Chapel in a concert series by the Cziffra Foundation, the ‘Kaisersaal’ and the Diplomatic Academy), in Bad Ischl, in Gaming (XXXI. Chopin-Festival where he performed four-handed with Paul Gulda) and abroad (Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin and London organised in cooperation with prima la musica.) In 2015, he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto KV 488 in the MuTh with the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jimmy Chiang as well as in the Palace of Justice with the Franz Schmidt Kammerorchester conducted by Nicolas Radulescu.
In 2015 he participated in the semi-finals of the 16th OSAKA International Music Competition in Vienna and qualified for the finals in Osaka. In 2014 and 2016 he won a first prize at the music competition ‘prima la musica Vienna’. In 2016 he won a first prize at the ‘prima la musica national competition’ where he was moreover awarded with a special prize by the Austrian Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs as unique solo artist in all instrument and age categories. In 2016 he participated in the VII. International Chopin Competition in Budapest as well as in the International Rosario Marciano piano competition in Vienna where he won the 2nd prize as youngest and only Austrian participant in his age category.
His time with the Vienna Boys’ Choir (2011-2015) took him to Asia, Germany, Japan and the USA and also gave him many opportunities to perform as a soloist. From 2013 to 2015, Lukas performed the role of the third boy in Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ more than thirty times at both the Volksoper and the State Opera in Vienna. In 2013 and 2014, he performed the part of the young Benjamin Britten and played all the piano accompaniments in the children’s opera ‘Der Junge und das Meer’, and in 2016 he was one of two pianists playing four-handed in ‘The Little Sweep’ produced by the Vienna Boys’ Choir with music by Benjamin Britten.
Fenix Man has been studying the piano since the age of 9. After graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University, he furthered his study in the Baylor University (USA) with full scholarship and postgraduate assistantship. He gained his Dual Master Degree in piano performance and collaborative piano under the tutelage of Ms Krassimira Joradn and Dr. Vincent de Vries. In addition, he received the Roger L. Keyes Award for outstanding graduate student in piano in 2008.
Fenix then further studied with Thomas Kreuzberger and Barbara Moser in the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and attained a postgraduate diploma in piano performance and chamber music. During his stay in the US, Fenix has been the piano accompanist for the School of Music in Baylor University. He is now an active performer and a sought-after accompanist, as well as competition judge. He taught in Chinese International School.
Pianist and musicologist John David Wilson has quickly become internationally recognized as a leading Beethoven scholar. Born in Texas, he studied piano and composition at Baylor University. He has lived in Vienna since 2007, where he finished his studies in piano and musicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts. As a pianist he has regularly worked and concertized as soloist, chamber musician, and vocal coach in the USA, Spain, Austria, and South Korea.
Since 2013, he works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna’s Department of Musicology. His particular focus on the young Beethoven’s musical background in Bonn has been the subject of two international research projects based at the University of Vienna, which have enjoyed close collaboration with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn. He has read papers at numerous international conferences and has published articles in several journals and books in the USA and Europe. He is currently writing his first book, on key characteristics in the age of Beethoven.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music with the highest honours, Warren was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich. Warren’s artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms and in collaboration with international artists and leading orchestras in Asia.
As an educator off the stage, Warren is currently the Music Director of St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School; and co-currently a guest professor at the Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra Academy, the Hong Kong Representative of Royal Academy of Music, as well as an adjunct faculty and visiting artist in various institutions in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom. His solo album From Bach To Gershwin, released on Universal Music (Hong Kong) was lauded as “a success that Hong Kong can be proud of”; while his album Ebony and Ivory with clarinetist Andrew Simon on Naxos Music, also garnered favourable reviews worldwide. Releases in 2016 include Touches from East and West: Piano Music by Tan Dun and Bernstein as well as Schubert’s Sonatinas for Violin and Piano, both on Naxos Music.