Le French May Arts Festival

Jean-Guihen Queyras Cello Recital

Cello Jean-Guihen Queyras


Ivan Fedele

Arc-En-Ciel (2004)


Suite No 1 in G for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV1007


Jonathan Harvey

Pre-echo for Jean-Guihen (2003)


Suite No 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV1008


György Kurtág

From Signs, Games and Messages:

Az Hit… (1998)

Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval (1986)

Shadows (1999)


Suite No 3 in C for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV1009


Jean-Guihen Queyras brings modern insights to the canonic masterpieces of Bach. Active in the contemporary music scene for over a decade, Queyras puts the music creation of today into a dialogue with the Baroque gems of the past. He created a project called “Six Suites, Six Echoes”, commissioning composers to write an echo to each of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. In the programme of this recital, three pairs of the works will be featured. The audience will experience Bach not only through his compositions from the past, but also the reinvention and reinterpretation of his works by the composers of our time.


Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)

  • Has collaborated with leading orchestras and conductors including Gewandhausorchester, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Orchestre de Paris and Philadelphia Orchestra; Iván Fischer, Philippe Herreweghe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Has been the Artist-in-Residence of renowned concert halls and festivals including Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
  • Has given world premières of works by Ivan Fedele, Gilbert Amy, Bruno Mantovani and Thomas Larcher, among others.

“A radiant performance.”
The New York Times

 “Jean-Guihen Queyras is a remarkable artist who breathes new life into well-worn repertoire.”
The Strad

Individual notes aren’t fussed over, and everything is part of a larger phrase and idea.”

“Queyras draws out the character and colour of each piece in the most compelling way.”
The Telegraph


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Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
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Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
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Booking Details
Dates & Times:

8 June 2017 (Thursday)



HK City Hall Concert Hall

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$380, $260, $150

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Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours with 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.

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