Prison Yard Festival: music from within

Solitary reunion

Prison Yard Festival: music from within

Into the blue

Weekend yard music

Music on the silver screen

Goldberg illuminations

Solitary reunion

Date & Time

23 Jan 2022 7pm

Location

Prison Yard

Price

$300

Overview

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When playing in an ensemble, musicians have the ability to understand each other without verbal means of communication. It is through their silent solidarity that we can be moved by music. Throughout the pandemic, however, musicians experienced separation; even when they perform today, masks, distance and partitions are indispensable. Yet, despite these physical barriers, music transcends borders, defies quarantine and brings people together as listeners, composers or performers.

Bringing the Prison Yard Festival to its uplifting conclusion, this theatrically staged concert reflects on the isolation endured by all of us, and the dislocation experienced by musicians kept apart. In Mozart’s Rondo, the pianist searches in vain for meaning, connection or companionship but the introspective solitude of a Bach Partita for solo violin opens up a tentative dialogue with a like-minded neighbor. A single instrument is joined by another, first in Q&A then in harmony together; the group, the confidence and the richness grow; we pause for the calming mindfulness of Messiaen’s hymn of praise before the whole ensemble dives headlong into the extrovert joy and life-affirming reunion of Schumann’s Piano Quintet.

Musicians

Wang Liang (violin)
Gui Li (violin)
Sun Yu (viola)
Xiaomu Fang (cello)
Colleen Lee (piano)

Programme

Mozart│Rondo in A minor, K.511
Colleen Lee (piano)

J.S. BachBourrée & Double from Violin Partita no. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Gui Li, Wang Liang (violin)

Mozart│Duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K. 423
Wang Liang (violin), Sun Yu (viola)

MessiaenLouange à l'Éternité de Jésus from Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Xiaomu Fang (cello), Colleen Lee (piano)

Schumann│Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op.44
Wang Liang (violin), Gui Li (violin), Sun Yu (viola), Xiaomu Fang (cello), Colleen Lee (piano)

Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes without intermission



Remarks

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Biography

Colleen Lee
Gui Li
Wang Liang
Sun Yu Johnny
Xiaomu Fang

Hong Kong pianist Colleen Lee achieved international recognition after winning 6th Prize at the 15th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. She has performed extensively around the world in solo recitals, and with Orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.   She was the Artist Associate of Hong Kong Sinfonietta 2010 - 2011.  Colleen has appeared in major festivals including the 2018 Shanghai New Music Week. She made her début with London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle in 2019. 

Colleen Lee studied under Professor Eleanor Wong at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover.  

As an enthusiastic chamber musician, she frequently appears in chamber music festivals and collaborates with renowned soloists and chamber groups including the Shanghai Quartet.  She is also a member of the RTHK Chamber Soloists formed in 2018.  She is currently the Honorary Artist-in-Residence of the Education University of Hong Kong and a member of the piano faculty at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Gui Li has been studying the violin since she was five with her grandfather as her very first violin teacher. She made enormous improvements after a major training at Wuhan Conservatory of Music (Middle School Section) and won the Second Prize at the National Violin Competition in China and the Best Performance of a Chinese Composition for solo violin. She then gained a Bachelor’s Degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (APA) with a full scholarship and became a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellow of the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2006.

Gui Li is an active musician both inside and outside school. Besides taking part in different school concerts and solo recitals, she has also joined different local orchestras and participated in various masterclasses by world-renowned violinists and teachers, such as Joseph Silverstein, Charles Castleman, Lin Cho-liang and Kurt Sassmannshaus. Also, she was the recipient of a number of scholarships from the APA, including the Chan Chung-On Violin Performance Merit Award, The Academy Non-Local Scholarship, Duchess of Kent International Scholarship and The Dorset Foundation Weinrebe and Hosier Scholarship. Moreover, she led a quartet to tour Thailand, as representatives of the APA.

Currently Second Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Wang Joined the orchestra in 2008.

During his school days Wang twice won First Prize in the violin competition at Shenyang. In 2004 he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Central Conservatory of Music under renowned Professor Lin Yaoji. While still a student he was appointed Concertmaster for various orchestras and music festivals, including the Shenyang Music Conservatory Youth Orchestra, China Youth Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the 1st and 2nd Canton international Summer Music Academy, and the orchestra of for the opening concert of the 6th Music Festival organized by the Central Conservatory of Music. In summer 2007 he joined a music academy directed by Maestro Seiji Ozawa, who highly praised Wang’s performance, leading to tour performances across Japan as concertmaster. In 2008 Wang was invited to attend the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. 

An active soloist, Wang has made a number of concerto appearances including performances with the HK Phil, Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, Central Conservatory Of Music Orchestra, Shaanxi Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Summer Music Festival.

In 2021 May, he played the solo in The Red Violin at the Le French May arts festival movie in-concert. In October, he was invited by The Chopin Society of Hong Kong — Joy Of Music Festival 2021 to perform Saint-Saëns violin concerto and La Muse et le Poète with HKPhil. Recently he finished his own online recording project of the 24 Caprices by N. Paganini. 

Wang Liang plays a 1788 Joseph Gagliano violin, donated by The Ladies Committee of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society.

Yu Sun has worked as a Principal violist in world leading orchestras such as Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Basel Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Sun began his music studies at 4 on the violin and at the age of 15, he was admitted to the Affiliated Middle School of Shanghai Conservatory of Music with viola. Three years later he entered Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Professor Xi-Di Shen.

After his graduation from SCM, Sun subsequently went to further his studies at Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid with Professor Rainer Schmidt. From 2006, he continued his studies in Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin under the tutelage of Professor Tabea Zimmermann and received his Doctoral Degree. 

Between 2007-2009, he worked at Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with world leading conductors and toured throughout Europe. Sun served in Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as a viola tutti since 2010 before he entered Basel Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland as principal viola in Jan 2013. Sun also played as guest principal viola at the Hamburg State Opera/Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Sun is also an active chamber music player. He has performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, China and Korea. As a soloist, Sun performed with the China National Centre for Performing Arts Orchestra and the Berlin Concert Hall Orchestra. Sun coached Asian Youth Orchestra between 2016-18.

Xiaomu Fang has been the Co-Principal Cellist of the HK Phil since 2008. As a soloist, she has worked with renowned conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Sergiu Comissiona and Jacek Kaspszyk. She has performed as soloist with the HK Phil, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, etc. Xiaomu has performed several solo recitals at the Carnegie Hall and the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York. She has won 13 First Prizes in solo competitions throughout the US and internationally. Xiaomu graduated from the Juilliard School on full scholarship, studied with renowned cello master Harvey Shapiro. She performed frequently at the Lincoln Center with her piano trio and string quartet. The New York State Assembly of the United States awarded Xiaomu the “Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Culture Award”. She was the first Asian musician to receive this award.