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UpClose Encounters:

Saleem Ashkar Piano Masterclass

Piano/Presenter Saleem Ashkar



Sonata in A-flat major, Op 110


Davidsbündlertänze, Op 6

*Please note the date & time of the masterclass have been changed from 6.4.2016 (Wed) 3pm to 8.4.2016 (Fri) 2pm.

Acclaimed pianist Saleem Ashkar will share with you his insights on music and piano playing at the Piano Masterclass jointly presented by Hong Kong Sinfonietta and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Saleem Ashkar (Piano)

・ Made his New York Carnegie Hall début at the age of 22
・ Regularly performs with leading conductors and orchestras such as Mehta, Barenboim, Muti, Eschenbach, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Concertgebouw and Staatskapelle Berlin
・ Has toured extensively with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, including appearances at the Proms and Lucerne Festivals
・ His DECCA recordings include concertos by Mendelssohn with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Chailly) and Beethoven with NDR Symphony (Bolton)

“His playing blends warmth and clarity, intensity and freshness that simply grabs you: Pure Beethoven-joy.”
– Die Welt

“He captures just the right balance of clarity, swiftness of attack, poetry and élan: every note shines with sun-reflecting clarity as the finales whirl along.”
– BBC Music Magazine

Dates & Times:

8 April 2016 (Friday)


Recital Hall, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

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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 6.4.2016.
(Due to limited seats, each successful registration will be eligible for ONE ticket only.

Enquiries: 2836 3336

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Press Release (Eng)

Press Release (Chi)

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.