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World Premiere Violin Concerto as part of New Music from Asia with Orchestra 2001

January 30, 2015

World Premiere Violin Concerto as part of New Music from Asia with Orchestra 2001

Cho-Liang Lin joins Philadelphia-based ensemble Orchestra 2001 on February 5 and 8 for New Music from Asia, a program highlighting contemporary works from China, Japan, and Taiwan. The Taiwanese-American violinist gives the world premiere of his compatriot May-Tchi Chen's Violin Concerto “Spring Reflections” in a program that also hears Toru Takemitsu's Rain Tree Sketch, Shin-Ichiro Ikebe's Tanada II, Tan Dun's In Distance, and Ye Xiaogang’s Nine Horses.

February 5's concert takes place at Irvine Auditorium on the University of Pennsylvania campus with an early Lunar New Year banquet to follow, while February 8's concert at Swarthmore College's Lang Concert Hall is free and open to the public. For more ticketing information, click here.

2015 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival concludes with Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and Enescu

January 20, 2015

2015 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival concludes with Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and Enescu

Under the artistic directorship of Cho-Liang Lin, this year’s “edgy, passionate, and astonishing” (South China Morning Post) Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival comes to a close tomorrow at Hong Kong City Hall’s Concert Hall.

Lin, who was praised by the Morning Post for his "gift for storytelling" joins his colleagues onstage for the final piece of the festival, Enescu's Octet in C, performed alongside Kyoko Takezawa, Aaron Boyd, Adam Barnett-Hart, Brian Chen, Pierre Lapointe, Dane Johansen, and Clive Greensmith. The octet is preceded by Mendelssohn's Piano Sextet, which features Lapointe and Chen alongside Martin Beaver, Lynn Harrell, DaXun Zhang, and Wu Han; and Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos with Orion Weiss and Kathryn Stott. Dennis Wu gives a pre-concert talk.

Under Artistic Director Cho-Liang Lin, 6th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival opens January 14

January 12, 2015

Under Artistic Director Cho-Liang Lin, 6th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival opens January 14

Artistic Director Cho-Liang Lin ushers in the 6th annual Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival this month with an opening-night gala on January 14. The Taiwanese-American violinist and conductor joins his colleagues at Hong Kong City Hall's concert hall for an evening of Viennese music, including Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, Beethoven's "Ghost" Piano Trio, and Brahms's String Quartet No. 2.

Running through January 21, the HKICMF hears Lin in further performances on January 15 with works by Beethoven, Lutoslawski, and Dvorak; January 18 for music by Schubert, Schoenberg, and Beethoven; January 19 for pieces by Bartók, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky; and January 21 for works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and Enescu.

Over 20 artists will join Lin for these concerts, including pianists Wu Han and Orion Weiss, violinists Kyoko Takezawa and Martin Beaver, cellists Lynn Harrell and Clive Greensmith, the Escher String Quartet, double-bassist DaXun Zhang, and clarinetist Burt Hara. Click here for full details.