UpClose Encounters:

Raphaël Sévère Clarinet Masterclass

Clarinet/Presenter Raphaël Sévère


Camille Saint-Saëns

Clarinet Sonata, Op. 167, 1st movement: Allegretto

Claude Debussy

Première Rhapsodie, L.116

Carl Maria von Weber

Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73, 3rd Movement: RondoAllegretto

Igor Stravinsky

Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet

In collaboration with The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Raphaël Sévère, one of the most brilliant representatives of the French school of clarinet, will conduct a masterclass to share his insights on music and clarinet playing.


Raphaël Sévère (Clarinet)

Having caught the world’s attention as the youngest musician ever nominated as the “Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the Year” at 2010 Victoires de la Musique Classique, Raphaël Sévère won the 1st Prize of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in 2013, as well as eight out of the ten Special Prizes. This victory led to his performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Now only 24, Sévère is already a highly regarded representative of the French school of clarinet. Recent highlights include performances with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France and Russian National Orchestra and at such prestigious venues as the Berlin Philharmonie and Alice Tully Hall.

“The French virtuoso of the 21st century.”Resmusica

“Supernatural talent.”Le Figaro

“Dazzling naturalness.” Télérama

“Stylistic vision and racy playing.” The Washington Post


Booking Details
Dates & Times:

22 November 2018 (Thursday)



Recital Hall, The Hong Kong 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.

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