Nobuya Sugawa • The Art of the Saxophone

Conductor Roberto Forés Veses
Saxophone Nobuya Sugawa


Toshio Hosokawa

Blossoming II (2011) (Hong Kong première)


Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra (Sugawa Version)

Fazıl Say

Ballad for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra, Op 67 (2016) (Hong Kong première)
Commissioned by Nobuya Sugawa


Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op 39


Nobuya Sugawa (Saxophone)

“A top-class saxophone player who has superlative technique and flexible musicality.”

Bravo Magazine

“A masterful performer…It is simply hard to imagine more impeccable playing tonally, technically or tastefully.”

The Japan Times

  • Has worked with many renowned orchestras and conductors including the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit and Alan Gilbert
  • Has commissioned and championed many new works including, apart from Fazıl Say’s Ballad, Fuzzy Bird Sonata and Cyber Bird Concerto by Takashi Yoshimatsu, Saxophone Concerto Esse in Anima by Akira Nishimura, Saxophone Concerto by Edward Gregson, Florida to Tokyo by Chick Corea and Fantasia by Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • His highly acclaimed discography includes recordings of saxophone masterpieces and contemporary works written for him
  • Has toured and recorded with jazz musicians such as Ron Carter and Martin Taylor
  • Hamamatsu Art and Culture Special Award 1996


Roberto Forés Veses (Conductor)

  • Musical & Artistic Director, Orchestre d’Auvergne, France


Fazıl Say (Composer)

  • A brilliant pianist and prolific composer who regularly receives commissions from the world’s most prestigious festivals and groups including the Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals, Konzerthaus Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, Radio France, BBC, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, City of Bayreuth, etc.
  • His compositions and their recordings have received critical acclaims and awards such as the ECHO Klassik special prize


Toshio Hosokawa (Composer)

  • Award-winning composer whose works have been commissioned and premiered by the likes of Vienna Philharmonic/Gergiev (Salzburg Festival), Cleveland Orchestra (Lucerne Festival), Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle, Hamburg State Opera/Nagano, Munich Biennale, La Monnaie Brussels and Aix-en-Provence Festival, etc.

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Nobuya Sugawa (Saxophone)

Nobuya Sugawa (Saxophone)

Nobuya Sugawa (Saxophone)
© Yuji Hori

Roberto Fores Veses (Conductor)
© Jean Baptiste Millot

Booking Details
Dates & Times:

13 October 2018 (Saturday)



HK City Hall Concert Hall

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$420, $280, $160

Tickets available at all URBTIX outlets from 11.8.2018
Credit Card Booking:2111 5999
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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)
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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.

“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)