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Great Violin Concertos:
Sayaka Shoji Plays Shostakovich

Music Director/Conductor Christoph Poppen
Violin Sayaka Shoji
Composer Alice Yeung
 

Programme

Alice Yeung

Wings’ Matra (world première)
Commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Shostakovich

Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 99

Elgar

Enigma Variations, Op 36


Since winning First Prize at the Paganini Competition in 1999 at the age of 16, Sayaka Shoji has made a name for herself as one of today’s foremost violinists acclaimed for her remarkable depth of interpretation and infectious performances. Having collaborated closely with eminent conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Mariss Jansons and Yuri Temirkanov, and orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, she returns to Hong Kong to open Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s 2024/2025 season under the baton of Music Director Christoph Poppen, playing Shostakovich’s extraordinary Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor, bookended by the world première of Hong Kong composer Alice Yeung’s Wings’ Matra, and Elgar’s iconic and beloved Enigma Variations.

 

Sayaka Shoji (Violin)

“It’s evident that she has the composer’s music in her blood.”
MusicWeb International

“A deeply engaging performer.”
Gramophone

“An emotional intensity that many violinists will never achieve.”
The Herald

“She has a gorgeous tone, is passionate and expressive, and she takes risks, playing with a rubato that is never excessive and constantly aids the shaping of the music and its direction.”
The Strad

  • Has performed with such conductors and orchestras as Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, London Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, etc
  • First Japanese winner ever of the Paganini Competition in 1999
  • Winner of the Mainichi Art Award, Japan 2016



 

Christoph Poppen (Music Director/Conductor)

“Christoph Poppen brought out a broad soundscape from the orchestra.” 
Süddeutsche Zeitung

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

 

Alice Yeung (Composer)

  • New Composers Pitch Prize, New Music Conference of November Music 2021
  • Her works are featured by Theater Münster, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Klangforum Wien, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Ligeti Quartet, ISCM New Zealand, among others
Booking Details
Dates & Times:

13 April 2024 (Saturday)
8pm

Venue:

HK City Hall Concert Hall

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Price:

$480, $340, $200


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More ticketing info
Duration: Approximately 2 hours with a 15 min intermission
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.