Celebrating music and artists
The series “The Joy of Music Festival” is an integral part of the Chopin Society’s activities and acts as a linking event between our triennial Hong Kong International Piano Competitions. Since 2011 the Festivals have also acted as the focus of various musical events during the years of Competitions themselves.
The Festivals have now been established as an important fixture in Hong Kong’s busy musical calendar with the first Festival being held in 2006, and then followed by presentations in 2007, 2009,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, a special event in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
These were Festivals of high quality piano and guitar solo presentations, exciting and innovative performances by our resident string ensemble, the Logos Chamber Group, both on its own and with piano, guitar and winds, as well as individual cello and piano special events.
Key features of these presentations have been the performances of the first prize winners of our Hong Kong International Piano Competition held in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2016 and now scheduled for October 7th to October 24, 2019.
The Festivals also featured members of the jury of the Competition as well as invited local and international artists and first prize winners of other major international music competitions.
Another key feature of all the Festivals has been the outreach activities in the form of free master classes/workshops in piano and guitar as well as special lectures and presentations on aspects of music and of musical performances.
An important part of the Society’s activities has always been the showcasing and introduction of local young talented musicians to a wider audience.
In this Festival, seven carefully selected local music students of a variety of instruments have been each asked to give a sample, so to speak, of their art. They will be each playing a short 7 to 10 minutes solo performance before the start of the main seven evening presentations of the Festival. The Society is most grateful to our artistic advisor Eleanor Wong, for selecting these music students and helping us to arrange for their performances.
The Joy of Music Festival this year will also feature The Festival's Orchestra formed by members of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and the members of the LOGOS quartet, conducted by Maestro Jose Serebrier.
Our competition’s four first prize winners, Ilya Rashkovskiy (2005), Jinsang Lee (2008), Giuseppe Andaloro (2011) and Luka Okrostsvaridze (2016) will perform not only in solo piano presentations but also performing chamber music and concertos.
The Logos Chamber Group, formed by top string players from leading UK and European orchestras has been associated as the official chamber group of our Piano Competition as well as appearing regularly in The Joy of Music Festivals.
The world famous guitarist Alvaro Pierri will be back in a spectacular evening of performances of violin and guitar, piano and guitar and a guitar concerto played with the Festival's orchestra conducted by Maestro Jose Serebrier.
As part of our presentation of first prize winners from other major international piano competitions, we will be presenting Andrew Tyson, the first prize winner of the 2015 Geza Anda Competition.
Adding to our usual outreach activities, there will be educational programs of voice, piano and guitar master classes by, respectively, Carole Farley, the four first prize winners of our piano competition, by Pascal Roge and by Alvaro Pierri.
The Society welcomes all its friends to the Festival and, as always, extends a heartfelt “Thank You” to our sponsors (listed separately in this leaflet) whose generosity has made this series of events possible.
|Dr Andrew Freris
|The Chopin Society of Hong Kong Ltd.