Hong Kong Arts Festival

Maxim Rysanov & Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Music Director/Conductor Yip Wing-sie
Viola Maxim Rysanov
Composer Samson Young (HKS Artist Associate 2008-2009)
Composer Pēteris Vasks
Narrator Sean Curran


Samson Young

Such Sweet Thunder  (world première)
For Recorded Bell Sound, Narration & Orchestra
Commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2018 with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund

Pēteris Vasks

Concerto for Viola & String Orchestra  (2014-2015) (Asian première)


Concerto for Orchestra

“Maxim Rysanov is the kind of musician who can do the musical equivalent of reading from the phone book and making it exciting” (American Record Guide) . The Ukrainian-British violist has wowed the world with his unique artistry and charisma and is a regular guest of top international music institutions such as the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms, Verbier, Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals.  A keen promoter of new music, he has developed a close working relationship with composers including Giya Kancheli, Krzysztof Penderecki and Pēteris Vasks, among others.

“Vasks’ concerto for viola and string orchestra, premiered by Maxim Rysanov for whom it was conceived, represented the composer’s characteristically direct, modal, style.  Tension was built, broken and rebuilt, the effect serene, with the viola’s searing tone verging on the ecstatic.”  The Guardian

Artist and composer Samson Young’s diverse works have been featured around the world at the most prestigious festivals and spaces including the Venice Biennale, documenta 14, Art Basel, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Manchester International Festival and Japan Media Art Festival, winning him awards from the inaugural Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award, New York Society for New Music’s Brian M. Israel Prize to an Honorary Mention at the esteemed Prix Ars Electronica. Young’s project The Third Pixel was previously featured at the 2010 Hong Kong Arts Festival.

 As the first winner of the BMW Art Journey Award, Young embarked on an ambitious project For Whom the Bell Tolls that took him through five continents, resulting in an archive of bell recordings, a series of bell sound sketches, bells and objects, all of which culminate in his new work for Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Such Sweet Thunder.

Maxim Rysanov (Viola)

“Vivant. Touchant. Superbe.”

“Rysanov’s golden song carries us through to another perfect peace.”
BBC Music Magazine

“Rysanov gave a most impressive performance that was filled with elegiac eloquence and lyricism.”
Time Out Hong Kong

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Press release (ENG)

Press release (CHI)

Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
©Laszlo Emmer

Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
©Laszlo Emmer

Yip Wing-sie (Music Director/Conductor)
©Yvonne Chan

Samson Young (Composer/HKS Artist Associate 2008-2009)
©Fritz Beck

Composer Samson Young recording bell sound

Booking Details
Dates & Times:

25 February 2018 (Sunday)



HK City Hall Concert Hall

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$420, $280, $160

Hong Kong Arts Festival Advance Bookings from 10.2017
Tickets available at all URBTIX outlets from 12.2017
Ticketing Enquiries & Bookings:2111 5999
URBTIX Internet Ticketing Service:www.URBTIX.hk

A Programme of the 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival (2018)

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

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.

“A beautiful performance which showed that Hong Kong Sinfonietta is worthy of standing among the ranks of European orchestras.”  Review in L‘Eco di Bergamo (Italy)