Festival dates: 16 - 23 January 2013
Premiere Performances of Hong Kong (PPHK) celebrates Chamber Music in a week-long Festival that has become a cultural landmark in Hong Kong in just three short years. The Festival showcases world class musicians performing diverse repertoire in the city’s major concert halls and its smaller boutique venues; this is truly the art form at the highest international standards.
The Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival (HKICMF) has become a cultural landmark in Hong Kong since it was launched in 2009. It strives to put on performances of the highest international standards, comparable to other international chamber music festivals such as Verbier, Lucerne or Aspen.
The Festival will pool together international, Chinese and local artists to participate, including the returning Artistic Director, world renowned violinist Lin Cho-Liang, who was hailed as a “rare combination of virtuosity and humanity” by the Los Angeles Times. Confirmed to join him will be piano superstar Hélène Grimaud in Recital, renowned violinist Ning Feng, pianist Chen Sa, and one of the great string ensembles of this generation, The Jerusalem Quartet.
In addition to the ticketed concerts, the Festival also provides an unparalleled opportunity for youth and community engagement in the world class music presented. Outreach activities include free community concerts, coaching and masterclasses for young musicians and amateurs, teacher training and music appreciation workshops. Coming to lead the Outreach & Education Program are renowned American music educators, Juilliard violin professor Earl Carlyss (who currently runs the quartet program at Aspen) and master teacher and concert pianist Ann Schein.
In March 2012, the Festival was selected to be one of only nine cultural organisations awarded the Home Affairs Bureau’s prestigious Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme. Andrea Fessler, Founder & Executive Director of PPHK said “Without the Springboard Grant, we would never be able to put on a chamber music festival of such scale and scope. With an express mandate to increase the outreach and education program, as well as our mission to put on concerts of the highest international quality, we believe that the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival will quickly become one of the most important festivals of its kind in the region.”