France always gives an impression of romance and french music is popular amongst the music lovers. Violinist Jue Yao will join hands with pianist Rachel Cheung, along with young musicians of Hong Kong String Orchestra exploring this charming country by presenting few French chamber music composed by Chen Qigang, Fauré and Chausson. Let’s enjoy the food of love – Music.
Qigang Chen – L’Eloignement for String Orchestra
Fauré – Piano Quintet No.2 in C Minor, Op. 115
Chausson – Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21
*The performance will last for 1 hour and 45 minutes with intermission.
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Yao Jue (BBS, JP) HKSO Founder & Artistic Director
Yao Jue’s professional career has been punctuated by widely acclaimed performances throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. Yao was a council member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Chairlady of the Academic Affairs Committee from 2000 to 2006 and a council member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council from 2005 to 2010. Currently, Yao serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund and a member of the programme committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. She is also a council member of Shanghai Political Consultative Committee since 2008 , she is currently a National Committee of China People’s Political Consultative Conference and the first Chinese musician to be received by President Castro (19 26 2016) of Cuba. Yao was awarded a full scholarship by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to continue her violin studies with Zaven Melikian. Later she graduated from the Juilliard School in New York where she studied under Dorothy DeLay. Yao has performed numerous concerts and at music festivals worldwide. She made her New York recital debut before a standing room only audience at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1993, and has performed in numerous international festivals and major concert halls. Yao founded the “Yao Jue Music Academy” in 2002. She also founded the “Hong Kong String Orchestra” in 2013. Yao was awarded the “Outstanding Violinist Rado Timeless Award”in 2002,the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong” in 2004, the “2005 Jessica Most Successful Women” in 2005, the “Outstanding Women Professionals Award” of Hong Kong Women Professionals & Entrepreneurs Association in 2008 and the “Outstanding Women of the Year” of Hong Kong Women Development Association in 2012. She also served a s the University Artist of the University of Hong Kong from 2008 to 2010. Yao was appointed to be a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong in 2013. From 2014 to 2015, she was appointed the Artist in Residence of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was conf erred the title of University Fellowship in 2015. She was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2017. Yao plays a 1713 Stradivarius violin.
2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Finalist & Audience Award Winner Pianist
Rachel Cheung is hailed as “a poet, but also a dramatist” displaying “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” (The Dallas Morning News). She won over audiences and critics alike as a finalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with “stunningly imaginative” (Musical America) interpretations marked by “flights of both beauty and virtuosity” (Theater Jones) and was awarded the Audience Prize by online vote. Also a Young Steinway Artist, she continues to build a reputation for an elegant stage presence, giving sensitive and refined performances across three continents. Rachel has appeared with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Sydney Symphony, London Chamber, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, collaborating with conductors including Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jaap van Zweden, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Mark Elder, Christopher Warren-Green, and Nicholas McGegan. She has performed in recital at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Steinway Hall in London, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto, the Philharmonie de Paris, and in other cities across the United States, Europe, and Asia. As an active chamber musician, Rachel has worked with world-renowned musicians including violinists Latica Honda-Rosenberg and Ning Feng, violist Vladimir Mendelssohn, cellists Jan-Erik Gustafasson and Trey Lee, mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänsen, clarinetist Michel Lethiec, the Brentano String Quartet, and Quatuor Leonis. She also enjoys community residencies and outreach events, which allow her to make a deeper connection with audiences and share her passion of storytelling through music. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Rachel graduated with first class honors at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Eleanor Wong, and later studied with Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists. Additional competition honors include prizes at the Leeds, Chopin, Horowitz, Gina Bachauer, and Geneva International Piano Competitions. Her first concert DVD was released by VAIMUSIC in 2007, and her first CD, under the Alpha Omega Sound label of the Chopin Society of Hong Kong, was released in 2009. Her next recording project, a CD featuring the Chopin Preludes, will be released by IMC Music. Rachel was awarded Artist of the Year (Music) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2019. Rachel is also an amateur photographer; she documents her travels with her analog camera, particularly enjoying the ability to capture the character and feeling of each moment.
Hong Kong String Orchestra
Hong Kong String Orchestra Founded by Virtuoso Yao Jue BBS, JP. the Hong Kong String Orchestra (HKSO) strives to groom home grown young talents. Over the past eight years, the Orchestra has touched the lives of 400,000 music lovers through our concert series and overseas exchange tours , enrich ing Hong Kong’s cultural life with music. Throughout the years , t he Orche stra continues to aim for artistic excellence and enjoys successful artistic collaborations with array of international musicians, including Tan Dun, Sarah Chang, Qin Li wei, Lio Kuok Man etc. By cultivating bonds between gifted players and international maestros, the Orchestra reaches new heights of artistic endeavour. In recent years , the Orchestra garners acclaim for its fusion of Eastern and Western musical influenc es” on numerous exchange tours. The Orchestra is committed to our credo, which is to support young musicians and spread the joy of music. In May 2018, HKSO br oke the Guinness World Record for the “ Largest String Instrument Ensemble”. And i n September of the same year, HKSO had the honour of being the only performing group at the opening ceremony of the Guangzhou Shenzhen Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Hong Kong Section).