The Ultimate Viennese Concert
THE ULTIMATE VIENNESE CONCERT
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
28-29 Aug, 2017 (Mon-Tue), 20:00
As part of this years’ Hong Kong Vienna Music Festival we present the Ultimate Viennese Concert in Hong Kong’s City Hall. The evening will be filled with music by some of Austria’s most celebrated composers brought to you by renowned musicians from both Vienna and Hong Kong.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Leonore Overture No. 3
Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Sinfonia concertante, KV. 364
Anton Sorokow, Violin
Andrew Ling, Viola
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
“Bald prangt den morgen zu verkündigen”
“Soon gleams, to announce the morning” from “The Magic Flute”
Louise Kwong, Pamina
Members of the Vienna Boys Choir, 3 Spirit Boys
JOHANN STRAUSS II
Wiener Blut, Walzer, Op. 354
Viennese Blood, Waltz
Gustav Mahler Orchestra
Jimmy Chiang, conductor
Kitty Cheung was Associate Concertmaster of Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2011 to 2017. She had also performed in London Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the past, and has led ensembles which had made recordings for Loft Records, New World Records and Bridge Records, the latter of which was nominated for a Latin Grammy. She is currently first violinist of Romer String Quartet, co-founder of Contrast Trio (violin-saxophone-piano), and an adjunct faculty at the Hong Kong Baptist University.
As a soloist she performed with orchestras including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra. She has given solo recitals in Germany, Vienna, UK, USA, Thailand, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She also recorded broadcast performances for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Television Hong Kong. As a member of the Romer String Quartet she performed at Carnegie Hall, and taught at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Ensemble-in-Residence 2014-15), Macao Polytechnic Institute, Modern Academy 2014, and Kota Kinabalu String Music Festival.
She holds Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she also won prizes in excellence in teaching, excellence in chamber music and Lecture Recital Prize for the best doctoral lecture recital. She was appointed the Teaching Assistant of Professor Charles Castleman and also studied with Zvi Zeitlin. Prior to that, she completed Master of Music and Master in Music Performance (Guildhall Artist) degrees under the tutelage of David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Her other teachers included Lin Yao Ji and Hong Ying Ho.
“If Chopin is the iconic composer of piano works, then MAHLER has to be the one for orchestral music.”
Gustav Mahler Orchestra is named after the composer and conductor Gustav Mahler. The name pays homage to one of the most devoted composers of symphonic music, who deeply believed in its power.
“A symphony must be like a world. It must contain everything.”
Gustav Mahler Orchestra (GMO), founded in 2014, has always endeavored to share the joy of music-making with the public through regular concerts of professional quality. As a group of devoted Hong Kong musicians, GMO aspires to contribute back to the Hong Kong local community as a charitable organization. Our members have always gratefully taken up the responsibility to serve our city with our musical talents by hosting educational events with accessible admission fees.
For Local Talents: the blossoming orchestral academy
GMO aims to act as a nurturing platform for local musical talents. With standardized and demanding rehearsals, GMO provides the necessary training needed for members who would soon enter the arts industry.
For the Society: the energetic and outstanding performers
GMO hopes to promote classical music education through themed regular concerts as we believe the joy of classical music-making should remain accessible to everyone in the city. From Mahler Symphonies to Star Wars Suite, GMO continues to approach and attract audiences with various backgrounds.
The Schubert-Akademie is the official orchestra for children’s operas produced by the Vienna Boys Choir. The Akademie consists of 40 members, whom were selected out of 140 young musicians from various Viennese universities and conservatories through extensive auditions.
In Spring 2013, the Schubert-Akademie presented its inaugural production, the opera “Moby Dick”. It was written by Raoul Gehringer, a former member of the Vienna Boys Choir, who was the Assistant Artistic Director at that time. The orchestra has presented for more than 50 stage, audio and video productions. They have also appeared in two movies, Songs for Mary and Good Shepherds, from which CD recordings have also been made. Their most recent concert cycles, Innehalten and Gute Hirten Christmas Concerts, were extremely well received.
The Chamber Orchestra of the Schubert-Akademie was invited to perform in India for 3 concerts in 2015. They have also presented a concert at the Peterskirche in Vienna with Anna Baxter (soprano) and Christina Baader (alto) under the baton of Jimmy Chiang in 2016.
In March 2017, the Schubert-Akademie kicked started a special educational project. Co-produced by the Vienna Boys Choir and the Kultur fuer Kinder Association, it is an interactive music show to guide children to orchestra.
Anton Sorokow was born to a musical family in Moscow in 1978. He received his first violin lessons from his mother at the age of four, and at the age of ten began his formal studies at the Central Music School in Moscow with Evgenia Tchugaeva. In 1991, Sorokow moved to Vienna and became an Austrian citizen in 1996.
He graduated with honors from the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts in March 1994, where he studied with professor Dora Schwarzberg from 1991. In 1996 he was selected on a scholarship to participate in the Isaac Stern Workshop in Verbier, Switzerland.
From an early age, Anton Sorokow has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, the Vienna Concert-Verein, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Montpellier Symphony Orchestra, the Kärntner Symphony Orchestra, Sung-nam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Janàcek Philharmonia Ostrava, the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Sorokow has worked with renowned conductors of the likes of Mstislav Rostropovich, Fabio Luisi, Myung Whun Chung, Ulf Schirmer, Lior Shambadal Philippe Auguin and Alexander Shelley.
The violinist has appeared in large music halls around the world – the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Bunka Kaikan, as well as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Sorokow’s appearance with Montserrat Caballé before an audience of 5,000 in the Arcade of Gostiny Dvor in Moscow in 2001 marked a career highlight.
In Summer 2007 he recorded famous violin concerts of Bach, Beethoven, Tschaikowsky and Kabalewsky together with the Vienna Classical Players for the Oesterreichische Nationalbank.
In addition to numerous other awards, Anton Sorokow received the 1st prize and the Grand Award at the Beethoven Competition in the Czech Republic in 1994 and the 1 st prize both at the Stefanie Hohl Competition in Vienna in 1997 and at the Romano Romanini Competition in Brescia in 1999.
From 2003 to 2005, he was first concertmaster of the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Since 2005, Sorokov has been first concertmaster of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Anton Sorokow is also a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since 2011. He has previously been a professor at the Vienna Conservatory ( Konservatorium Wien – Privatuniversität ) from 2008 to 2011. Furthermore, the musician has held several international master classes.
Anton Sorokow plays Guarneri del Gesù’s “ex Carrodus” violin, Cremona 1741, on loan from the Oesterreichische Nationalbank.
A native of Hong Kong, Andrew Ling is currently the principal violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed solo performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim. In the past, he had assumed the role of concertmaster at the IU Concert Orchestra, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and the principal violist of the IU Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recently, Ling had conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra educational project in rehearsal for the late Maestro Lorin Maazel. He further conducted the Seinäjoki symphony orchestra and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra in Finland. He is also the guest conductor for Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, he has worked with maestros including Jaap van Zweden, Edo de Wart, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, to name a few.
Ling began studying violin at the age of six under the tutelage of the late Professor Lin Yaoji of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. As a child, he toured around the world as a violin soloist with the Hong Kong Yip’s Children’s Choir. He has also collaborated with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the China Film Philharmonic Orchestra, and has given recitals in Hong Kong, North America and Europe.
Ling is an active chamber musician, having performed with Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, the Shanghai String Quartet and has been invited as a guest artist at the Chamber Residency of Banff Centre in Canada and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.
Ling, a dedicated music educator, has also directed The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellowship Scheme, and have been invited to teach at the NTSO Youth Music Camp in Taiwan. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Ling completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Indiana University, and have studied at Rice University in Houston. He had a broad musical education having studied with Henryk Kowalski, Ik-Hwan Bae, Alan de Veritch and Cho-Liang Lin.
Louise Kwong is the prize winners of numerous singing competitions, namely the 2nd prize, Audience prize and the Best Soprano prize in the 18th International Singing Competition Ferruccio Tagliavini in Austria; 1st prize in the Singing Competition Salice d’oro 2015 in Italy; 1st prize in the Singing Competition Città di Iseo 2015 in Italy and 2nd prize in the 7th International Singing Competition Bell’arte in Belgium;.
Louise graduated from the Dutch National Opera Academy, the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the Royal College of Music, London. Her operatic roles include Cio-cio-san in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Liù in Puccini’s Turandot, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Anna in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
Locally, Louise’s achievement was recognized by the Hong Kong SAR Government by being awarded with the Young Artist Award in Music (2014) and in the Commendatory Scheme of the Secretary of Home Affairs (2015). She has been invited to perform in several music festivals, including the roles of Xiao Hong in opera Heart of Corals, Tong-bi Kang in opera Datong in the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Fiordiligi in opera Cosi fan Tutte in the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam.
The Vienna Boys Choir, with more than 500 years of history, is one of the oldest choirs in the world.
Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 to 14, divided into 4 touring choirs named after famous Austrian composers – Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. The 4 choirs give around 300 concerts each year for almost 500,000 people in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, which include world leaders and artists.
The choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Since1920s, the Choir has collected music from around the world and recently produced a number of world music projects.
Vienna Boys Choir has a kindergarten and a school offering academic programmes and intensive music training. Graduates go to universities and tertiary institutes in Austria and overseas and become musicians and professionals of various disciplines.
Boys have been singing at the court in Vienna since the 14th century. In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna. He gave instructions that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians; the boys came from different parts of the Holy Roman Empire, from the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Austria. Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Chapel Imperial (Hofmusikkapelle) and in consequence, the Vienna Boys Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, concerts and private functions, and on state occasions.
Musicians like Heinrich Isaac, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Joseph Fux, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Anton Bruckner worked with the choir. Composers Jacobus Gallus, and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers. Brothers Joseph Haydn and Michael Haydn, members of the choir of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and frequently sang with the imperial boys choir.
In 1918, after the breakdown of the Habsburg Empire, the Austrian government took over the court opera, its orchestra and the adult singers, but not the boys’ choir. Josef Schnitt, who became Dean of the Imperial Chapel in 1921, turned the Vienna Boys Choir into a private instituion. The former court choir boys became the Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir); the imperial uniform was replaced by the sailor suit, then the height of boys’ fashion. There was not enough money to pay for the boys’ upkeep, and the choir started to give concerts outside of the chapel in 1926, performing motets, secular works, and – at the boys’ request – children’s operas. The impact was amazing. Within a year, the choir performed in Berlin (where Erich Kleiber conducted them), Prague and Zurich. Athens and Riga (1928) followed, then Spain, France, Denmark, Norway and Sweden (1929), the United States (1932), Australia (1934) and South America (1936). Since 1926, the choir has clocked up close to 1000 tours in 100 different countries.
Photo by Lukas Beck
Leisure and Cultural Services Department