For this exceptional duo night, we are featuring artists from the East and the West, bridging the two different cultures, instruments and interpretations. The Chinese pianist Niu Niu will bring all the transcendent classics to the Hong Kong audience, including solo version of Beethoven/Liszt – Symphony No. 5, and Niu Niu world premiere composition Impromptu No. 1 “Hope”. Niu Niu will also collaborate with French cellist Laurent Perrin on Gabriel Fauré’s Élégie, Après un rêve & Chinese folk tune Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon for cello & piano.
Niu Niu – Piano
Niu Niu – Impromptu No. 1 “Hope” (World Premiere)
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Franz Liszt Symphony No 5 (Transcribed for piano)
Laurent Perrin – Cello & Niu Niu – Piano
Élégie in C Minor Op. 24
Sicilienne in G Minor Op. 78
Romance in A Major Op. 69
Après un rêve in C Minor Op. 7 No. 1
Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon arr. by Niu Niu for Cello and Piano
* The performance will last for 62 minutes with no intermission
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Niu Niu (Shengliang Zhang)
Niu Niu was born in 1997 into a musical family in Xiamen. After showing talent at age three, Niu Niu initially studied piano with his father, making his recital debut at age six. In 2014, he entered the Juilliard School in New York under full scholarship and graduated with academic honor in 2018. At age 9, Niu Niu was the youngest pianist ever signed to an international classical label EMI Classics, and has released seven albums up until now. After signing with Universal Music in 2017, Niu Niu’s latest new album including Beethoven Symphony No. 5 “Fate” and his debut composition “Hope” will be released globally under Decca Classics in May 2021.
Laurent Perrin is Assistant Principal Cello with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and teaches at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is a member of the RTHK Chamber Soloists. He is also an active chamber-music player and has performed in Asia, the USA and Europe. He has recorded several programmes for RTHK Radio 4.