(PAN ASIA TOUR) -
17 JANUARY 2020, 8:00PM
ESPLANADE RECITAL STUDIO
The Hong Kong String Orchestra (HKSO) returns to Singapore with founder and artistic director, Yao Jue, as part of its Belt and Road Initiative concert tour in South East Asia! Well known locally and internationally for its "music uniqueness fusing Eastern and Western influences", the HKSO will perform a varied programme that demonstrates their unique aesthetics and sound. The concert opens with a Western Classical selection anchored by Mendelssohn's irresistible masterpiece, Octet in E-flat major, Op.20. The second half comprises Chinese pieces, featuring the famous Butterfly Lovers, Zhou Long’s arrangements of Chinese folks songs, a Spring Prelude, and, true to the orchestra's Hong Kong roots, a medley of Cantopop hits, arranged for strings.
A perfect musical treat this Lunar New Year!
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
WOLF - Italian Serenade
MENDELSSOHN - Octet in E-flat major, Op.20
Arr. JIANG YIWEN - Spring Prelude 春节序曲
ZHOU LONG - Chinese Folk Songs 中国民歌
CHEN / HE - Butterfly Lovers 梁祝
Arr. JOSHUA CHAN - Immortal Red Sun (Cantopop Medley)
(Programme subject to change at the artists' discretion)
HONG KONG STRING ORCHESTRA
Founded by violin virtuoso Yao Jue BBS, JP., the Hong Kong String Orchestra (HKSO) has achieved significant recognition locally and internationally for its “music uniqueness fusing Eastern and Western influences”. HKSO strives to expand musical horizon and promote new music, since its establishment, it has become a string orchestra with the best local strings elites in Hong Kong.
Since 2013, the Orchestra has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with array of international musicians and groups, including Tan Dun, Sarah Chang, Qin Li-wei, Hayley Westenra ,David Ehrlich, Andrés Cárdenes, Jay Liu and Suk Chamber Orchestra.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Yao Jue, HKSO showcases the talents to audience all over the world. On tour, HKSO has represented Hong Kong in the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of HKSAR and was invited to perform in many different countries and cities such as the U.S., Finland and Sweden. The Orchestra has been invited to participate in the 19th China Shanghai International Arts Festival and the China International Youth Arts Festival, and to perform at the concert hall in the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2019 January to February, the Orchestra embarked on a Belt and Road Initiative concert tour in South East Asia.
HKSO continues to cultivate strong bonds among music students, gifted players and international maestros in order to create a virtuous circle of success in the music sector. Being the first to launch a musical project lining up eight local universities, partnering with Youku to do the first live video streaming allowing over 280,000 audiences from around the globe to participate in, among other things, the interactive masterclass by Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun, the Orchestra has won widespread praise. In May 2018, HKSO breaks the Guinness World Records of “the Largest String Instrument Ensemble”. In September of the same year, HKSO was honoured to be the only performing group at the opening ceremony of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Hong Kong Section).
Yao Jue’s professional career has been punctuated by widely acclaimed performances throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. Music critics have universally employed phrases such as "technically impressive and intensely moving", "impeccable technique", “captivating", "poetic", "stylish" and "lustrous" to describe her performance. She is the only violinist to be included in the 1995 book "China's Famous Females" published by the International Women's Congress in Beijing. Her photo graces the cover with the caption "Jue Yao's playing shows that the Chinese have reached a world class level in music making".
Yao was a council member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Chairlady of the Academic Affairs Committee from 2000 to 2006 and a council member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council from 2005 to 2010. Currently, Yao serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund and a member of the programme committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. She is also a council member of The National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and the first Chinese musician to be received by President Castro (1926-2016) of Cuba.
Yao was awarded a full scholarship by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to continue her violin studies with Zaven Melikian. Later she graduated from the Juilliard School in New York where she studied under Dorothy DeLay. Yao has performed numerous concerts and at music festivals world-wide. She made her New York recital debut before a standing room-only audience at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1993, and has performed in numerous international festivals and major concert halls, including The Ravinia Music Festival, The Aspen Music Festival, The Yachats Music Festival; The Avery Fisher Hall, The Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Herbst Theatre and The Tchaikovsky Hall. Orchestras with which she has performed in concert are: Brooklyn Philharmonic, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, Russia Philharmonic Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Suk Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Central Philharmonic of China, China National Symphony Orchestra, China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Shanghai, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. In 2000, Ms. Yao was the featured soloist with the China National Symphony Orchestra on their concert tour of Mexico.
Her expanding discography includes many classic works of the Chinese repertoire. Her most popular compact disc, Butterfly Lovers Violin Concert, with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra was also filmed as an MTV music video. Up to now, Ms. Yao has released total of 9 CD and DVD solo albums.
Yao founded the "Yao Jue Music Academy" in 2002. She also founded the “Hong Kong String Orchestra” in 2013. Yao was awarded the “Outstanding Violinist Rado Timeless Award” in 2002, the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong" in 2004, the “2005 Jessica Most Successful Women” in 2005, the “Outstanding Women Professionals Award” of Hong Kong Women Professionals & Entrepreneurs Association in 2008 and the “Outstanding Women of the Year” of Hong Kong Women Development Association in 2012. She also served as the University Artist of the University of Hong Kong from 2008 to 2010. Yao was appointed to be a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong in 2013. From 2014-2015, she was appointed the Artist-in-Residence of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and was conferred the title of University Fellowship in 2015. She was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2017.
Yao plays a 1713 Stradivarius violin.