47th Hong Kong Arts Festival

Sergei Nakariakov The Art of the Trumpet

Conductor Alexander Liebreich
Trumpet Sergei Nakariakov


Steve Hui

Crackle, Hiss, Hum, and Rumble  (world première)
Commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2018 with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund

Jörg Widmann

ad absurdum – Concerto for Trumpet & Small Orchestra (2002) (Hong Kong première)


Horn Concerto No 4 in E-flat, K495 (Adapted for Flugelhorn)


Symphony No 35 in D, K385, “Haffner”


“Sergei Nakariakov plays the trumpet the way the rest of us breathe – if we are lucky.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“If there is a problem for Nakariakov‚ it comes in the form of finding repertoire worthy of his exceptional talent.” Gramophone


[on Nakariakov’s performance of ad absurdum]

“Sergei Nakariakov is perhaps not a normal human being!”  Süddeutsche Zeitung

“He proves himself to be the ‘Paganini of the trumpet’, nothing is too quick or delicate for him.”  Mannheimer Morgen

“Sergei Nakarikov knows no bounds.”  Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung


[on Nakariakov’s performance of Mozart’s Horn Concerto]

“The highlight was Sergei Nakariakov’s performance of Mozart’s Horn Concerto in E-flat on flugelhorn, where the virtuoso demonstrated with captivating ease his enormous flexibility in sound and shades.”  Abendzeitung München

“Rapturous sounding flugelhorn…Again, one cannot praise the playing too highly.”  Gramophone


Sergei Nakariakov (Trumpet)

  • A prodigy dubbed “the Paganini of the trumpet” (after a performance at only 13) and “Caruso of the trumpet” (Musik & Theater), he made his débuts at Salzburg Festival and Ivo Pogorelich Festival at age 14 and received the Prix Davidoff the following year at Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
  • “Instrumentalist of the Year”, ECHO Klassik 2002
  • Many composers have written works for him, including Jörg Widmann whose ad absurdum “already begins at a finishing point: the tempo is so fast that it cannot be increased” and “the trumpet part verges on the almost unplayable”, and features Nakariakov’s unusual circular breathing capabilities
  • His remarkable discography of not only the trumpet repertoire but also transcriptions of violin, piano and cello masterpieces has garnered the highest praises including “R10 – Coup de foudre” (Classica-Répertoire), RTL d’Or
  • A regular guest at the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, and has collaborated with the top orchestras and conductors such as Ashkenazy, Bělohlávek, Eschenbach, Gergiev, Marriner, Temirkanov, etc


Alexander Liebreich (Conductor)

  • Chief Conductor & Artistic Director, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Chief Conductor & Artistic Director, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Artistic Director, Richard Strauss Festival
  • Artistic Director, Festival Katowice Kultura Natura

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Press release (ENG)

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Sergei Nakariakov (Trumpet)
© Thierry Cohen

Sergei Nakariakov (Trumpet)
© Thierry Cohen

Sergei Nakariakov (Trumpet)
© Thierry Cohen

Alexander Liebreich (Conductor)
© Sammy Hart

Alexander Liebreich (Conductor)
© Sammy Hart

Booking Details
Dates & Times:

16 February 2019 (Saturday)



HK City Hall Concert Hall

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$420, $280, $160

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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)