Le French May  Arts Festival

Great Piano Concertos:

François-Frédéric Guy Plays Beethoven

Conductor Gabor Kali
Piano François-Frédéric Guy


Pierre-Yves Macé

Contre-flux I – Muzak Codex for Orchestra (world première)
Commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta & Orchestre de Chambre de Paris


Suite No 4 in G, Op 61, “Mozartiana”


Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37


François-Frédéric Guy (piano)

“★★★★★”BBC Music Magazine

“He is a highly persuasive Beethovenian.” Gramophone

“The performer and instrument were one.”The Washington Post

  • Widely regarded as a specialist of Beethoven and the German romantics
  • Has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas as well as the complete piano concerto cycle around the world
  • Has collaborated with many renowned orchestras and conductors including the San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Festival appearances include Beethovenfest Bonn, Chopin Festival in Warsaw, La Roque d’Anthéron, among others


Gabor Kali (conductor)

  • 1st Prize & Orchestra Prize, 1st Hong Kong International Conducting Competition 2018
  • Assistant Music Director & Principal Conductor, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Germany
  • Assistant to Iván Fischer at Konzerthausorchester Berlin and to Christian Thielemann in Dresden in 2018


Pierre-Yves Macé (composer)

  • Composer Associate, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (2016-2017)
  • Has been commissioned by the Festival d’Automne à Paris, Villette Sonique in Paris, Ars Musica in Bruxelles, etc


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Press release (ENG)

Press release (CHI)

Gabor Kali(Conductor)
©HK Sinfonietta Ltd

François-Frédéric Guy(Piano)
©Caroline Dourtre

François-Frédéric Guy(Piano)
©Caroline Dourtre

Pierre-Yves Macé (Composer)
©Joan Braun

Booking Details
Dates & Times:

25 May 2018 (Friday)



HK City Hall Concert Hall

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$420, $280, $160

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Duration: Approximately 2 hours with a 15 min intermission
Language: Nil
Age Limit: 6 (Person below this age not admitted)
Programme Enquiries: 2836 3336 / info@hksinfonietta.org
Remarks: Hong Kong Sinfonietta reserves the right to change the programme and artists

The APPRECIATE concerts are, mainly, classical concerts featuring guest artists and conductors of world renown.  Apart from performing orchestral masterpieces, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly commissions new works and introduces to audiences works that are rarely heard in Hong Kong.

Music is good for everyone! The LEARN series takes audiences aged 0 to 88 into the world of classical music through specially designed concert series including Good Music for Babies, Good Music for Kids, Short-cut to Classical Music, Know Your Classical Music and HKS McDull Music Project.

In the light-hearted RELAX concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta shares with audiences great music ranging from orchestral favourites to music from movies and musicals.

The ENCOUNTER series offers unique opportunities for audiences to get close to the music and the performers through chamber music concerts, talks, often at unconventional venues or time. These include Good Music This Lunch, Good Music @ The Fringe, Beyond Good Music @ The Fringe, HKS ArtisTree Residency and UpClose Encounters.

Often referred to as “one of the world’s great small orchestras”, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has been invited to go on many TOURS in Europe, Asia, South and North Americas, sharing good music with audiences in over 30 cities.  In 2017/2018, the orchestra will make its début in Germany and perform at festivals in France, Portugal, as well as the Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland.

WHAT ELSE?  Apart from classical concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly appears in staged productions by Hong Kong Ballet, Opera Hong Kong and visiting arts groups such as The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This season, Hong Kong Sinfonietta will also host the 1st International Conducting Competition.

“The orchestra is renowned for its creative approach to popularizing the genre.”  South China Morning Post