Tai Kwun Performing Arts Season: SPOTLIGHT

Virtuosity: A Solo Violin Recital by Patrick Yim

Tai Kwun Performing Arts Season: SPOTLIGHT

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Date & Time

20 - 21 Apr, 2021 20.04.2021 | 8pm
21.04.2021 | 9pm


JC Cube, Tai Kwun




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Honolulu-born violinist Patrick Yim is an active figure in Hong Kong’s contemporary music scene. The highlight of his solo recital programme, “Virtuosity”, will be the premieres of three newly commissioned works by Hong Kong composers Austin Yip, Kai-young Chan and Daniel Lo. Probing the topic of virtuosity, the concert also features iconic solo violin repertoire from the Baroque period to the present day by German, Italian, Finnish, and Belgian composers, showcasing the versatile colours and pyrotechnical possibilities of the instrument. A special treat of the evening will be the Hong Kong premiere of the Solo Violin Sonata by Ma Sicong, the most important and prolific Chinese composer of violin music.

At the second evening, the programme will focus on new works by Hong Kong composers. The composers will sit alongside the soloist and the audience to give a personal sharing session on their composition and offer an intimate encounter with the artists.


Recital (20.04.2021)

Violin Solo: Patrick Yim

N. PAGANINI           Caprice No. 24 (1817)
J.S. BACH Adagio and Fuga from Six Sonatas and Partitas,
BWV 1001 (1720)
MA SICONG  Moderato from Solo Violin Sonata (1974)
(Hong Kong Premiere)
E. YSAŸE  Sonata No. 3, Ballade (1974)
- Intermission –  
K. SAARIAHO Nocturne (1994)
DANIEL LO Chroma – a little étude for violin solo (2021) (World Premiere)
AUSTIN YIP  Mega for violin and electronics (2021) (World Premiere)
KAI-YOUNG CHAN   in search of for violin and fixed media (2021) (World Premiere)
K. SAARIAHO                      Frises for violin and electronics (2011)
 I. Frise jaune, II. Frise de fleurs

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours with a 20-minute intermission

Late-night Salon Concert (21.04.2021)

Violin Solo: Patrick Yim

Composers in conversation: Austin Yip, Kai-Young Chan and Daniel Lo

DANIEL LO                           Chroma – a little étude for violin solo (2021) (World Premiere)

AUSTIN YIP                         Mega for violin and electronics (2021) (World Premiere)

KAI-YOUNG CHAN           in search of for violin and fixed media (2021) (World Premiere)

Programme includes other selected works.

Duration: Approximately 1 hour without intermission

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  • Aged 3 or above
  • Programmes are subject to change without prior notice.Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements
  • The events will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures


Tickets  |  $280 (20.04.2021) / $220 (21.04.2021)

Tickets available at art-mate.net from 10 am on 11 March 2021

Discounts (Limited Quotas)

  • 40% off for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minders
  • 15% off for Tai Kwun Fans with valid discount code


Patrick Yim
Austin Yip
Kai-Young Chan
Daniel Lo


Honolulu-born violinist Patrick Yim has performed throughout the world at venues including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Harpa Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Severance Hall, Orchestra Hall, Teatro alla Scala, and the Musikverein. Yim made his solo debut with the Honolulu Symphony and has performed concerti of Bach, Brahms, Bruch, Lalo, and Mozart. He has performed chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Emerson, St. Lawrence, Pacifica, and Ying Quartets, principal players from the Shanghai Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, and musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

Recent performance highlights include a concert in Carnegie Hall with members of the Emerson Quartet, a collaboration with pipa virtuoso Wu Man in Lou Harrison’s Pipa Concerto, and a collaboration with Juilliard Quartet violinist Joel Smirnoff involving the premieres of two newly commissioned works.

Yim has commissioned two dozen works and performed the works around the world at world-class museum galleries (Hong Kong Museum of History and the National Museum of Denmark), concert halls, and as part of international music festivals, including the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Flatirons Chamber Music Festival, the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival and New Music for Strings Festival (Iceland). His debut CD, Memory, features world premiere recordings of works by Yao Chen, Michael-Thomas Foumai, Austin Yip, Kai-Young Chan, and Chen Yi. 

He is a graduate with honours from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of William Preucil and David Updegraff and was twice awarded First Prize at the Institute’s Milhaud Performance Prize Competition. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he studied violin with Hagai Shaham, Jennifer Frautschi, and Philip Setzer, and chamber music with the Emerson Quartet.


Award winning composer Austin Yip’s works have been performed worldwide. Recently collaborations and awards include Koto, a 30-minute site-specific work for Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble and Kyoto Art Center; Eurydice, an hour-long videodance collaboration with Centre de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne, France; Metamorphosis, winner of the CASH Golden Sail Award in 2017, commissioned and performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; and Road Business, a marimba concerto for Jack Van Geem, former Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony. Yip is a MacDowell Colony Fellow (as a Gardner & Veil Read Fellow), and his works are published by Donemus (Netherlands). He is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University. See more at austinyip.com.


A Hong Kong-based composer, Kai-Young Chan focuses on the integration of nuance, relevance, and resonance in music that converses with societies and cultures, and he is particularly drawn to the musicality of Chinese literature as expressed through the tonal Cantonese language. His music is performed around the world by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, PRISM Quartet, Daedalus Quartet, and Mivos Quartet, among other prominent performers. His selected works are released on Ablaze Records, PARMA Recordings, and Innova Recordings, with the scores published by Edition Peters (London).

Kai-Young is part of the first artist delegation of the American Composers Forum to the Havana Festival for Contemporary Music in Cuba, a historic tour documented by National Public Radio. His music is also presented on such international stages as ISCM World Music Days, International Rostrum of Composers, June in Buffalo, Internationalen Ferienkurse Darmstadt, among others. He completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition with the Benjamin Franklin Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Composition at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.



Daniel Ting-cheung Lo completed his PhD (Composition) at the University of York in the UK in 2017 under the supervision of Professor William Brooks, fully supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. Previously, he studied composition with Dr Hing-yan Chan at the University of Hong Kong where he graduated with first class honours in 2009 and then earned an MPhil (Music Composition) in 2012.

One of Lo’s current compositional interests is to seek ways to integrate music with Hong Kong literature. Recent works inspired by contemporary local writers include two pieces written for Hong Kong Odyssey, commissioned by Hong Kong Arts Festival 2017; a choral work Mary’s Chalk Circle for narration, unaccompanied choir and video, presented by Hong Kong Voices in June 2017; and a chamber opera A Woman Such as Myself (based on Xi Xi’s short story “A Girl Like Me”), premiered in New Opera Days Ostrava (Czech Republic) in June 2018.

A staged cantata composed by Lo (based on Ye Si’s short story “The Banquet at el Bulli”) was presented by Hong Kong Voices in January 2020. Meanwhile, Lo and novelist Wong Yi are collaborating on a chamber opera in Cantonese Women Like Us, adapted from two of Xi Xi’s short stories A Girl Like Me and The Cold. The opera will be staged in Hong Kong Arts Festival 2021.

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