48th Hong Kong Arts Festival

Great Piano Concertos:

Pavel Kolesnikov Plays Chopin


As the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced that all cultural and leisure facilities will continue to be closed until 17 Feb 2020, this concert at Hong Kong City Hall will be cancelled. Thank you for your support.

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Music Director/Conductor Yip Wing-sie
Piano Pavel Kolesnikov
Narrator (In Putonghua) Jack Na*



Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b


Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21

Alexander Goehr

The Master Said, Op 99 (2016) (world première)*
For Narrator & Chamber Orchestra

Following Russian wunderkind Pavel Kolesnikov’s Wigmore Hall début in 2014, The Telegraph gave his recital a rare five-star review and called it “one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while.” Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, Kolesnikov has performed around the world and is the recipient of the Milstein Medal, a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists, RCM Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow (2015 – 2016) and the winner of Diapason D’Or Award 2016. In his Hong Kong début, Kolesnikov will play Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 under the baton of Hong Kong Sinfonietta Music Director Yip Wing-sie. The concert also features the world première of Alexander Goehr’s The Master Said for narrator and orchestra. Not to be missed.


Pavel Kolesnikov (Piano)

★★★★★ The Telegraph

Here is a poet of the keyboard.”The Guardian

“Tremendous clarity, unfailing musicality.” BBC Music Magazine

“Immensely talented…Very few pianists of Kolesnikov’s generation share his abundance of intelligence, sensitivity, musicality, imagination and sheer instrumental mastery.”Gramophone

  • Prize Laureate, Honens International Piano Competition 2012
  • Recipient of the Milstein Medal and Diapason d’Or Award 2016
  • RCM Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow (2015 – 2016)
  • Orchestral appearances include London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, The Hallé, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Russian National Philharmonic, etc


UpClose Encounters: Chamber Music & Dialogue with Alexander Goehr

4.2.2020 (Tue)  7pm
Haw Par Music
(15A Tai Hang Rd, Tai Hang, Hong Kong)
Free Admission (registration is required)

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Booking Details
Dates & Times:

8 February 2020 (Saturday)



HK City Hall Concert Hall

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$450, $320, $180

HK Arts Festival Advance Booking Period: 31.10.2019 – 29.11.2019
Tickets available at all URBTIX outlets from 11.12.2019
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A Programme of the 48th Hong Kong Arts Festival (2020)

Get a 20% discount when you purchase full-price tickets to this concert and “Pavel Kolesnikov Piano Recital:From Dusk to Dawn” on 10 Feb 2020.

Half-price tickets available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and CSSA recipients

10% discount for group booking of 4 or more adult tickets

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase

Duration: Approximately 2 hours with a 15 min intermission
Language: Narration in Putonghua*
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’s performance] had all the biting dynamics and precision of a top European orchestra.”  South China Morning Post