Great Piano Concertos:

Martin Helmchen Plays Beethoven No 4

Principal Guest Conductor Christoph Poppen
Piano Martin Helmchen



Variations for Orchestra, Op 30


Piano Concerto No 4 in G, Op 58


Symphony No 41 in C, K551, “Jupiter”


Martin Helmchen (Piano)

★★★★★   BBC Music Magazine

★★★★★   Bachtrack

 “This was Beethoven playing of great individuality and distinction.” Chicago Classical Review

“Martin Helmchen – the kind of performer who lifts his audiences up to heaven just by penetrating inside his music with nimble fingers, questing intelligence and a beating heart.”The Times

  • 1st Prize, 2001 Clara Haskil Competition at age 19
  • Has performed with the world’s top orchestras and conductors including Berlin Philharmonic/Blomstedt, Vienna Philharmonic/Gergiev, London Philharmonic/Jurowski, New York Philharmonic & Boston Symphony/von Dohnányi


Christoph Poppen (Principal Guest Conductor)

  • Principal Conductor, Cologne Chamber Orchestra
  • Artistic Director, Marvão International Music Festival, Portugal
  • Music Director, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie (2007-2011)
  • Artistic Director, Munich Chamber Orchestra (1995-2006)




UpClose Encounters: Martin Helmchen Piano Masterclass

29.3.2019 (Fri)  2pm
HK Academy for Performing Arts Recital Hall
Free Admission

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Martin Helmchen (Piano)
© Giorgia Bertazzi

Martin Helmchen (Piano)
© Giorgia Bertazzi

Martin Helmchen (Piano)
© Giorgia Bertazzi

Christoph Poppen (Principal Guest Conductor)
© Takao Komaru

Booking Details
Dates & Times:

30 March 2019 (Saturday)



HK City Hall Concert Hall

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Duration: Approximately 2 hours with a 15 min intermission
Language: Nil
Age Limit: 6 (Person below this age not admitted)
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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.

“Orchestra delivers with programme of classics and a new work that brings the house down.”  South China Morning Post