Date & Time  30 October 2016 (Sun) 7:30pm

Venue  Hong Kong Cultural Centre (Concert Hall)

HKGNA/Festive Korea 2016 Gala concert proudly presents two-time Grammy nominee, star violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill performing Walton’s Viola Concerto. He will be joined by award winning violinist Hyuna Kim performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. We’ll also have outstanding cellist Minhye Clara Kim performing Dvorak’s Silent Woods. An all star roster of guest soloists will perform with “Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra” under the direction of 
Dr. Sharon Choa. Three enchanting concertos with three amazing star soloists and Hong Kong’s very best HKAPA Symphony orchestra performing Smetana Vltava’s The Moldau from Má vlast. It will be an ultimate celebration of music!

Presenter / Organizer / Sponsor
Presented by Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong; Co-organized by Hong Kong Generation Next Arts Ltd (HKGNA); Event partner, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; Venue and Ticketing services sponsored by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Event / Programme Duration
Running time is about 1 hours 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.


Ticket Price $380 | $280 | $80*( *Half-price tickets are not available )
Discount Price  $190 | $140

Tel 3761 6661

Counter Sale Date  29/09/2016

Categories  Cultural Presentations & Film – Music

Age Limit  Only for age 6 or above

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B. Smetana
The Moldau from Má vlast

Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major, K. 364 

A. Dvořák
Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra

Viola Concerto

Festival Artists

richardViolist Richard O’Neill is an Emmy Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. He has appeared as soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Seoul, and Euro-Asian Philharmonics; the BBC, KBS, and Korean Symphonies; the Moscow, Vienna, and Württemburg Chamber Orchestras; and Alte Musik Köln with conductors Andrew Davis, Vladimir Jurowski, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Highlights of this season include collaborations with Gidon Kremer, concertos with Kremerata Baltica, his first tour to China with Ensemble DITTO and a European tour and complete Beethoven quartet cycle with the Ehnes Quartet. As recitalist he has performed at Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Kennedy Center, Wigmore, Louvre, Salle Cortot, Madrid’s National Concert Hall, Tokyo’s International Forum and Opera City, Osaka Symphony Hall, and Seoul Arts Center.

A Universal/DG recording artist, he has made eight solo albums that have sold more than 150,000 copies. Dedicated to the music of our time, he has premiered works composed for him by Elliott Carter, John Harbison, Huang Ruo, and Paul Chihara. In his tenth season as Artistic Director of DITTO he has introduced tens of thousands to chamber music in South Korea and Japan.

The first violist to receive the Artist Diploma from Juilliard, he was honored with a Proclamation from the New York City Council for his achievement and contribution to the arts. He serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross, The Special Olympics, and UNICEF; runs marathons for charity; and teaches at UCLA. He is a former member of CMS Two.

hyuna‭”‬Violinist Hyuna Kim has everything‭: ‬a brilliant‭, ‬effortless virtuoso‭  ‬technique‭; ‬a pure‭, ‬beautiful‭, ‬expressive tone‭, ‬even across the instrument‭, ‬with a large range of color and variety‭; ‬a sense of style‭  ‬and idiom‭, ‬a lot of charm‭, ‬and a winning personality‭. ‬Her pacing is‭  ‬steady yet free and flexible‭, ‬she projects a Genuinely felt‭, ‬totally‭  ‬convincing response to the music‭…”  – ‬New York Concert Review‭. 

Born in Seoul‭, ‬Korea‭, ‬Ms‭. ‬Kim began her violin studies at the age‭  ‬of five‭. ‬By age ten‭, ‬she had already debuted‭, ‬performing the‭ ‬‭ ‬Mendelssohn Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and won numerous prestigious competitions in Korea‭. ‬Admitted to the‭ ‬‭ ‬Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia‭, ‬when she was twelve‭, ‬she‭  ‬studied with Prof‭. ‬Aaron Rosand and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree‭. ‬She went on to attend and graduated‭  ‬from the Juilliard School with a Masters of Music‭, ‬studying with Prof‭.‬‭ ‬Glenn Dicterow‭. ‬In 2001‭, ‬Ms‭. ‬Kim received her doctorate degree from the State University of‭  ‬N.Y‭.  ‬at Stony Brook while under full scholarship‭  ‬studying with Prof‭. ‬Lazar Gosman‭. ‬Ms‭. ‬Kim has won numerous competitions‭, ‬including Philadelphia Orchestra Competition and‭  ‬the Tibor Varga Competition‭, ‬and has performed extensively throughout the United States‭, ‬Europe‭, ‬and Asia‭. ‬Her solo‭ ‬‭ ‬appearances with orchestras include the Philadelphia Orchestra‭,  ‬Shanghai Philharmonic‭, ‬Seoul Philharmonic‭, ‬KBS Symphony‭, ‬Salzburg Kammerphil‭, ‬St‭. ‬Petersburg Chamber Orchestra‭, ‬Sejong‭  ‬Soloists‭, ‬and many other prestigious international orchestras and‭  ‬ensembles‭. ‬She gave her New York debut recital at Carnegie‭  ‬Hall in 1998‭ ‬as a recital award winner from the Korea Music Foundation‭.‬‭ Other renowned venues in which she has masterfully performed‭  ‬numerous widely acclaimed concerts worldwide include the Lincoln‭  ‬Center’s Alice Tully Hall‭, ‬the MerkinConcert Hall‭, ‬and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall‭, ‬among others‭. ‬Ms‭. ‬Kim is actively involved in‭  ‬chamber‭  ‬music‭, ‬performing around the world both as a soloist and as a‭  ‬chamber musician‭. ‬

She plays on the 1737‭ ‬Antonio Stradivarius‭ ‘‬Count D’armaille‭’ ‬Ms‭.  ‬Kim is currently a violin professor at Yonsei University in Seoul‭,  ‬Korea‭, ‬and a faculty member of the Summit Music Festival in NY‭.   

clara‬Minhye Clara Kim has appeared as soloist‭, ‬recitalist‭, ‬and chamber musician throughout North America‭, ‬Europe‭, ‬and Asia‭. ‬She has‭ ‬performed and taught at the Jerusalem Music Center‭, ‬Norfolk Chamber Music Festival‭, ‬Seoul Music Festival‭, ‬Great Mountains Music‭ ‬Festival‭, ‬Beauvais Music Festival‭, ‬and Festival Music Alp in France‭. ‬In 2003‭ ‬she was the youngest ever appointed to the string faculty at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division‭. ‬She is also on the faculty of Columbia University and the Perlman Music Program‭. ‬Recipient of numerous grants‭, ‬she studied at the Juilliard School‭ (‬Pre-college‭), ‬the New England Conservatory of Music‭ (‬B.M‭.), ‬and Columbia‭ (‬Ed.D.C.T‭., ‬Teachers College‭) ‬and Yale‭ (‬M.M‭.) ‬Universities‭.‬

sharon‬In 2007‭, ‬Sharon was nominated an‭ ‬’inspirational woman of the world‭’ ‬with her portrait appearing in the National Gallery‭. ‬Her achievements as musician‭, ‬conductor and entrepreneur is featured in Zerbanoo Gifford’s book Confessions to a Serial Womaniser‭.‬‮ ‬

Born and bred in Hong Kong‭, ‬Sharon excelled at the violin from a young age and was later accepted at the Royal Academy of Music‭ ‬as a violinist to study under the great quartet leader Sidney Griller‭. ‬She has been awarded many performances and academic prizes whilst a student in London and has been awarded individual grants by Arts Council England‭, ‬the British Academy‭, ‬the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Council to further her many musical and entrepreneurial activities‭. ‬In 2001‭, ‬Sharon founded Chamber Orchestra Anglia‭ (‬COA‭). ‬In the role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra‭, ‬she has presented a string of concerts that earned COA the reputation of providing high-quality performances and innovative programming‭.‬‮ ‬

In her career as a conductor‭, ‬she has worked with orchestras such as the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic‭, ‬the Jena Philharmonic‭, ‬St‭.‬‭ ‬Petersburg Camerata‭, ‬Prague Philharmonia‭, ‬Wuppertal Sinfonietta‭, ‬and Hong Kong Sinfonietta‭; ‬and with soloists such as Steven Isserlis‭, ‬Paul Silverthorne‭, ‬Jane Manning‭, ‬Jeremy White‭, ‬Warren Mok‭, ‬Ning Liang‭, ‬Justin Lavender‭, ‬Diana Moore‭, ‬Philip Eastop‭, ‬and‭ ‬the Allegri String Quartet‭. ‬She has also directed a host of young professionals in the UK and in continental Europe in concerto‭ ‬concerts‭.‬

Sharon has been given the Music Award under the Norfolk Arts Award scheme for her services in music within the community of Norfolk‭, ‬and the A.R.A.M‭. ‬in recognition of her work as performer and educator‭. ‬Sharon currently holds the position as Chair of the‭ ‬School of Music at the HK Academy of Performing Arts‭.‬

hkapa_orchestraAll orchestral instrument students of HKAPA participate in the Academy Symphony Orchestra‭. ‬Weekly rehearsals cover standard symphonic literature as well as modern works‭. ‬The Orchestra has performed under the batons of Sir Neville Marriner‭, ‬Georg Tintner‭, ‬Trevor Pinnock‭,‬‮ ‬Takuo Yuasa‭, ‬Christoph Campestrini‭, ‬Joseph Silverstein‭, ‬and‮ ‬Francois-Xavier Roth‭; ‬and has worked with famous soloists including Nigel Kennedy‭ (‬violin‭), ‬Julian Lloyd Webber‭ (‬cello‭), ‬Robert Holl‭ (‬bass baritone‭), ‬Andrew Marriner‭ (‬clarinet‭), ‬Guy Barker‭ (‬trumpet‭), ‬Paul Badura-Skoda‭ (‬piano‭) ‬and Malcolm Bilson‭ (‬fortepiano‭). ‬The Orchestra has been invited to perform in Austria‭, ‬France‭, ‬Spain‭, ‬the UK‭, ‬Vietnam and Thailand‭. ‬It was the resident orchestra at the Carinthia Summer Festival in Austria from‭ ‬1999‭ ‬to 2001‭, ‬and its concerts have received much critical acclaim‭.‬