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An Evening with Rachel Cheung and Gian Paolo Peloso – FREE EVENT

Date:

10/22/2022


An Evening with Rachel Cheung and Gian Paolo Peloso – FREE EVENT

DATE: 22 October 2022

TIME: 19:30 – 21:30

VENUE: Jockey Club Auditorium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

FREE EVENT, REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Please note that guests need to comply with the University’s vaccination requirements to enter the campus.

 

Registration

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Two majestic musicians. One glorious musical journey.

Pianist Rachel Cheung is hailed as “a poet, but also a dramatist” displaying “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” by the Dallas Morning News. Gian Paolo Peloso is regarded as one of the most accomplished Italian violinists. The venerated Ivry Gitlis defines Peloso “a true musician, of the highest quality as a soloist and chamber music performer, and a top class violin teacher, whose practice honors our profession and its future.” The coming together of these two musicians will undoubtedly make for a memorable and extraordinary evening of music, celebrating and featuring Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Giuseppe Tartini, Ferruccio Busoni and Cesar Franck.

 

Programme

  • Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770): Sonata for Violin in G Minor “The Devil’s Trill” (arr. Fritz Kreisler)Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924): Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in E minor, Op. 36a

– Intermission (15 minutes) –

  • Cesar Franck (1822-1890): Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major

 

Bios

Gian Paolo Peloso is regarded as one of the most accomplished Italian violinists. He has studied with some of the finest pedagogues of the 20th century, including the legendary Ruggiero Ricci, Viktor Tretyakov, Ivry Gitlis, Igor Ozim, Viktor Pikaisen, and Pierre Amoyal. The venerated Ivry Gitlis defines Peloso “a violinist and friend, whom I respect and love in both ways: a true musician, of the highest quality as a soloist and chamber music performer, and a top class violin teacher, whose practice honors our profession and its future.”

Peloso made his debut at the age of ten under the direction of composer Luciano Berio. He has performed internationally in Europe, Asia and the US as a soloist with orchestras, in recitals, and in chamber music concerts; throughout his career, he has been invited to participate in the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, the Martha Argerich Festival in Switzerland, and has made appearances at the Societa dei Concerti Foundation of Milan, the Moscow International House of Music, the Singapore Sun Festival, the Archipel Festival in Geneva, the Hong Kong Musicus Fest, the Cannes Festival in France, and the Weill Recital Hall in New York.

He has toured extensively with the Camerata de Lausanne and performed chamber music with Sofia Gubaidulina, Mark Lubotsky, Vladimir Mendelssohn, and Bruno Canino. Appointed Violin Professor at the Conservatory of Music of Neuchatel in Switzerland, he has recorded sonatas by Saint-Saens and Poulenc for the National Swiss Radio.

Peloso is a Sony Classical artist, and has recorded in New York Sonatas by Respighi Busoni, and Faure (complete Sonatas) with pianist Bruno Canino.

Peloso is presently on faculty at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and plays a Matteo Goffriller violin of 1710.

www.gianpaolopeloso.com

 

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. Rachel is also interested in play/conducting; following her Prix du Jury win at the 2017 Play-Direct Academy for her performance of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, she play/conducted the same concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2019. She was also invited to return to the Play-Direct Academy in 2019 as a member of the jury. 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.

Recent and upcoming highlights include concerto performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden, National Philharmonic of Ukraine and Vitaliy Protasov, and on tour with the Asian Youth Orchestra and Joseph Bastian; two collaborations with the Hong Kong Ballet, her first experience with dance; residencies with RTHK Radio 4 and the Chamber Music Academy Heidelberger Frühling; and recitals throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Rachel was featured in the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s first live broadcast concert in July 2020, and was invited to contribute performances to StageHub, a new online concert platform connecting artists with audiences worldwide.

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.

Information

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Time: From 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Entrance : Free


Location:

Jockey Club Auditorium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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