Replacement Conductors for the HK Phil’s Lorin Maazel Fest

Thank you for your patience in awaiting for the announcement of the replacement conductors, following the death in July of Maestro Lorin Maazel. The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (“HK Phil”) announces today that Perry So and David Atherton have kindly agreed to take up the baton at short notice and conduct the orchestra for its concerts in November.

The Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Celebrating 25 Years (7 Nov 2014) So will conduct the concert “Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Celebrating 25 Years” on 7 Nov 2014. Born in Hong Kong in 1982, Perry So was an inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He received the first and special prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in 2008. Previously Assistant Conductor of the HK Phil, he also held the post of Associate Conductor from 2010-2012. He has conducted the London and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Danish Theatre Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, and many other distinguished ensembles. This season he makes debut appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

This celebratory concert, marking the birthday of Hong Kong’s main cultural venue, will feature Hong Kong’s most promising musical talents, including rising star pianist Rachel Cheung, already a laureate of numerous international piano competitions. The Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus and The Learners Chorus will also perform best-loved choral music with the HK Phil.

The advertised repertoire will remain unchanged:
MENDELSSOHN Symphony no. 4, Italian
HANDEL Zadok the Priest
MOZART Ave verum corpus
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy

Concert tickets are available on URBTIX now. Tickets priced: HK$680, $480, $320, $220.

Brahms 4 & 1 (12 Nov 2014) and Brahms 3 & 2 (15 Nov 2014) Atherton will conduct two concerts of music by Johannes Brahms, including a complete symphonic cycle: Brahms 4 & 1 on 12 Nov 2014 and Brahms 3 & 2 on 15 Nov 2014, in tribute to Maestro Lorin Maazel. David Atherton is one of the most distinguished conductors of our era. His friend and mentor, Sir Georg Solti, appointed him Resident Conductor of the Royal Opera House in London where he was the youngest conductor in history to debut. As a regular guest with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, he has worked with some of the world’s greatest superstars such as Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. He has held titled positions with the BBC Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. After eleven years as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, he was made the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate and awarded the OBE by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his services to music in Hong Kong.

The advertised repertoire for the concerts will remain unchanged:

BRAHMS 4 & 1
Academic Festival Overture
Symphony no. 4
Symphony no. 1

BRAHMS 3 & 2
Tragic Overture
Symphony no. 3
Symphony no. 2

Concert tickets are available on URBTIX now. Tickets priced: HK$680, $480, $320, $200.

For subscribers
Subscribers can choose to continue subscriptions to these concerts or to receive a refund. Kindly contact our ticketing department at or 2721 2332 on or before 12 October 2014 for ticket arrangements.

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Meanwhile, we take this opportunity to thank our public for their understanding.