UpClose Encounters:

Christoph Poppen Violin Masterclass

Principal Guest Conductor/Vioiln/Presenter Christoph Poppen



Violin and Piano Sonata No 2 in D, Op 94bis: 1st & 2nd movements


Violin and Piano Sonata No 2 in A, Op 100: 1st movement


Violin Concerto in D, Op 35: 3rd movement


Scottish Fantasy in E-flat, Op 46: 1st & 2nd movements

Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Principal Guest Conductor, renowned German conductor, violinist and educator Maestro Christoph Poppen will share with you his insights on music and violin playing at the Violin Masterclass jointly presented by Hong Kong Sinfonietta and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Christoph Poppen (Principal Guest Conductor)

• Principal Conductor, Cologne Chamber Orchestra
• Professor, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich
• Music Director, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie (2007–2011)
• Artistic Director, Munich Chamber Orchestra (1995–2006)
• Artistic Director, ARD International Music Competition (2001–2005)
• President, Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (1996–2000)
• 1st Violin & Co-founder, Cherubini Quartet

BBC Music Magazine

“Christoph Poppen conducts with a flowing baton.”
The Times

“Christoph Poppen led the orchestra with gentle warmth and emotional power.”
Berliner Morgenpost


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Booking Details
Dates & Times:

25 April 2016 (Monday)



HK Academy for Performing Arts Concert Hall

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Free admission for observers

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Free Observer Tickets

Observers can register via email in advance, or obtain a ticket at the Academy Box Office 30 minutes before the start of the masterclass.
All tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

To register, please send your name and contact number to info@hksinfonietta.org on or before 22.4.2016.
(Due to limited seats, each successful registration will be eligible for ONE ticket only.)

Enquiries: 2836 3336

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.

“Bravo to the Sinfonietta for such innovative and daring programming.”  Time Out Hong Kong