UpClose Encounters:

Martin Helmchen Piano Masterclass

Piano/Presenter Martin Helmchen



Sonata in E-flat major, Op.27 No.1


Novellette in B minor, Op.21 No.3


Sonata in A major, Op.101

1st movement : Allegretto, ma non troppo

2nd movement : Vivace alla Marcia

In collaboration with The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, German Pianist Martin Helmchen will conduct a masterclass to share his insights on music and piano playing.


“Superb pianist.”BBC Music Magazine

This was Beethoven playing of great individuality and distinction.”Chicago Classical Review

“The world isn’t short of brilliant concert pianists, but Martin Helmchen stands out even in that remarkable crowd.”The Washington Post


Martin Helmchen (Piano)

  • 1st Prize, 2001 Clara Haskil Competition at age 19
  • Has performed with the world’s top orchestras and conductors including Berlin Philharmonic/Blomstedt, Vienna Philharmonic/Gergiev, London Philharmonic/Jurowski, New York Philharmonic & Boston Symphony/von Dohnányi

Martin Helmchen will also perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 with Hong Kong Sinfonietta on 30 March 2019 (Sat).

Booking Details
Dates & Times:

29 March 2019 (Friday)



Recital Hall, HK Academy for Performing Arts

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Free admission for observers

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Tickets are released half an hour before the start of the masterclass at the Academy Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis


Duration: 2 hours
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.

“Modest in proportion yet certainly not modest in ability.”  American Record Guide