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2024 marks the final year of British pianist KATHRYN STOTT’s storied career as an illustrious professional performer, which has included solo performances and countless collaborations, with the cello in particular, most famously with Yo-Yo Ma for the past four decades. Altenburg Arts is privileged to present Stott during her farewell tour. For Singapore, she partners with renowned Chinese Australian cellist QIN LI-WEI, hailed by Gramophone as a “superbly stylish, raptly intuitive performer” and one of the most sought-after cellists of his generation. The incumbent professor of cello at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music has once been described as being “the closest thing this nation has to the likes of Yo-Yo Ma living and playing on campus” (The Straits Times).


Performing as a professional duo in Singapore for the very last time, Qin and Stott will play an ambitious, substantial programme comprising music by Schumann and Kodály, and the cello sonatas of Brahms and Rachmaninov.

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SCHUMANN – Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

KODÁLY – Sonatina for Cello and Piano

BRAHMS – Sonata for Piano and Cello No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38

RACHMANINOV – Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

(Programme subject to change at the artist’s discretion)

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QIN LI-WEI, cello

As one of the most sought-after cellists of his generation, Chinese Australian Qin Li-Wei has appeared all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. After being awarded the Silver Medal at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition, Qin won First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York.


Two times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Qin has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with many of the world’s great orchestras including all the BBC Symphony Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Osaka Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony, among many others. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Marek Janowski, Jaap van Zweden, Gianandrea Noseda, Jan Pascal Tortelier, Hans Graf, Yu Long, Lü Jia, Tan Dun, the late Marcello Viotti, the late Jiří Bělohlávek and the late Lord Menuhin.


Highlights in recent seasons include debuts with the London Symphony (Noseda), Russian Philharmonic (Jurowski), New Japan Philharmonic (Hisaishi), Czech Chamber and Brussels Chamber Orchestras.


In recital and chamber music, Qin is a regular guest at the Jerusalem, Rheingau and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festivals, and the Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society, New York, with musicians including Daniel Hope, Nobuko Imai, Mischa Maisky and Peter Frankl.


Prior to teaching at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS, Qin taught at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). Currently he is also a guest professor at Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Music in China, as well as guest professor in chamber music at RNCM.


Qin plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini cello, generously loaned by Dr Wilson Goh.



At the age of five, I made friends with the upright piano in our living room. That was the beginning of my musical journey, one which continues as you read this. It would appear that my initial progress was rapid and by the age of eight, I found myself at a boarding school for young musicians, the Yehudi Menuhin School. During my studies there, it i s now clear to me that I was heavily influenced by two occasional visitors to the school: Nadia Boulanger and Vlado Perlmuter. From them, my great passion for French music was ignited and Fauré in particular has remained the musical love of my life.


Further studies at the Royal College of Music in London then led me very abruptly into the life of a professional musician via the Leeds International Piano Competition. It remains the steepest learning curve I have ever experienced. After a rollercoaster three years, I realised that I needed to re-connect with chamber music in a bid to feel more connected to other musicians and after all, this had played an important part of my musical existence since being a child.


When, quite by chance, I met Yo-Yo Ma in 1978, it turned out to be one of the most fortuitous moments of my life. Since 1985, we have enjoyed a collaboration which has taken us to so many fascinating parts of the world and led to musical adventures with musicians who shared so much from their own traditions. I have always considered us to be intrepid musical explorers on our own individual paths but with an incredible bond that unites us on the creative high way.


I very much enjoy the challenge involved in bringing musicians together with exciting programming at its core. Most recently, I was the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and working with artists on such a huge geographical scale, was fascinating. A little closer to home, I am presently the curator of the 2023 Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, and with this come fresh creations equally exciting. My love of curating and directing began in 1995 and since then I have brought to life many of my ideas in events lasting anything from long weekends to two weeks.


I continue to push my capacity for exploring music I know nothing about and love bringing together unusual combinations whenever possible.


There are too many highlights in my career to mention. Yes, it was a thrill to perform at the Last Night of the Proms to millions around the world, but equally a massive thrill to have lit up twenty small faces in an inner-city school while they jumped up and down to energetic piano music! Working with young musicians is something I feel passionate about and presently teach at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. I have also had some truly exciting music written for me and enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with composer Graham Fitkin. What an unbelievable privilege it is to be immersed in a language which has no boundaries and has allowed me to share musical stories on a global scale; that little upright piano set me on quite a path! Talking of paths – I have also been found trekking in Nepal, Costa Rica, Bhutan or walking my spaniel Archie on the Yorkshire Moors. The journey continues.


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