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International Arts Carnival 2024

The Other Side of Beethoven

Conductor/Presenter Jason Lai (HKS Artist Associate 2009-2011)
Piano Colleen Lee (HKS Artist Associate 2010-2011)

Everyone knows Beethoven – he is the famous composer who became deaf but still wrote amazing masterpieces. But is that really all there is to the life of one of the most influential figures in classical music?

Acclaimed conductor, music educator, host and professional counsellor Jason Lai is here to shed light on the other side of the composer’s seemingly triumphant story: in a letter to his brothers, Beethoven expressed his deep despair and disillusionment over life as his hearing and general wellbeing deteriorated. How did he cope with his mental health battles and leave behind his timeless legacy? Join us and delve into the fascinating link between Beethoven’s troubled life and his brilliant creations.

Programme includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 and excerpts from his Symphonies Nos 2, 3, 5, 6 & 9 and other piano concertos.


Colleen Lee (Piano/HKS Artist Associate 2010-2011)

“Magnificent, heavenly touch…filled with poetic and profound emotion.” Il Giornale di Vicenza

  • 6th Prize, International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition 2005
  • Has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America in solo recitals and with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Galacia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra
  • A featured artist at several international music festivals including the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki and Gdansk in Poland, Assisi International Piano Festival in Italy, Meissen Pianoforte Festival in Germany, International Keyboard Festival in New York, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Musicus Fest in Espoo, Finland

Jason Lai (Conductor/Presenter/HKS Artist Associate 2009-2011)

  • Principal Conductor, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory
  • Associate Conductor, Hong Kong Sinfonietta (2013-2014)
  • Associate Conductor, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (2013-2018)

Dates & Times:

3 August 2024 (Saturday)

4 August 2024 (Sunday)


Tuen Mun Town Hall Auditorium

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$400, $260, $150


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    Credit Card Booking: 3166 1288
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Duration: Approximately 2 hours with a 15 min intermission
Language: In English
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.