Andrea Griminelli & Amy Sze - Flute and Piano Concert - FREE EVENT
Monday, 27 October 2014 from 20:00 to 21:30 (HKT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Andrea Griminelli (Flute)
Andrea Griminelli’s sensitive interpretations and astonishing technique have earned accolades and awards from every corner of the musical world –including the Grammy, the Prix de Paris and an Italian Knighthood.
Legendary flutist Sir James Galway described him as “the greatest flute player who has come to the forefront of the musical scene for many years”.
Over a 34-year career as a soloist, Griminelli has performed at La Scala, Carnegie Hall and Suntory Hall among many others in Europe, Asia and the Americas. His performances with leading conductors have included Georges Pretre, Carl-Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Emmanuel Krivine, Yuri Bashmet, Sir Richard Bonynge, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, James Levine, and Jerzy Semkov among others.
He has worked with the Royal Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, London Philharmonic, l’Orchestre de Paris, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to name a few.
In 1984, at 25, he was invited by Luciano Pavarotti to perform in the now famous concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. This marked the start of a collaboration between the two artists that spanned 200 concerts including performances at London’s Hyde Park, New York’s Central Park, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Red Square, Moscow.
In 1991 Griminelli received a knighthood from the President of the Italian Republic and in 2003 he was made Officer of Merit of the Italian Republic.
A champion of new work, he has given the world premieres of compositions for flute and orchestra by many composers including Carlo Boccadoro, Fabrizio Festa, Ennio Morricone and Shigeaki Saegusa.
Griminelli began playing the flute at the age of eleven. During his studies with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatory, he won music competitions in Stresa and Alessandria, Italy. He was twice awarded the prestigious Prix de Paris.
A prolific recording artist, he has been featured as soloist on more than 30 discs including recordings with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jean-Pierre Rampal and Camerata Academica Salzburg led by Sir Roger Norrington.
His work on behalf of charitable causes has led to frequent collaborations with artists from popular culture including Sir Elton John, James Taylor, Sting, Branford Marsalis and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.
For more details on Andrea Griminelli please visit www.andreagriminelli.com
Biography – Amy Sze (Pianist)
Dr. Amy Sze holds the Performer's Certificate, Doctor and Master of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include Nelita True, Gabriel Kwok, and Chiu-fun Poon. She started her musical training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since the age of ten. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Avis D. Vaughn Scholarship, the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Overseas Scholarship.
Sze is the winner of many prizes and competitions, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Texas Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Eastman Symphony Orchestra. She was invited to perform in the ‘Complete Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle’ with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2013. She has also performed in major music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Cliburn Piano Institute, the Harbin Summer Music Festival and the Salzburg Mozarteum Academy. She has been invited frequently to record solo recitals and interviews for Radio and Television of Hong Kong (RTHK).
Besides solo performance, Sze has a keen interest in chamber music and accompaniment, and an enthusiasm for performing in diverse settings. She was a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society, which engages in outreach projects and brings concerts to public schools and community centres. An active performer of contemporary music, she was a featured artist in the Hong Kong New Generation concert, the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival, and Le French May Festival. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Derek Bermel, David Childs, Peter Cooper, Benedict Cruft, Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Raphael Severe, and John Williams.
Sze was a teaching assistant in piano studies, accompaniment and chamber music at the Eastman School of Music. She is currently on the faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The University of Hong Kong, The University of Science and Technology, and The Hong Kong Baptist University. Apart from lectures and masterclasses, she has been on the jury panel for public examinations, awards and competitions. She was also on the music advisory committee for The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and St Paul’s Co-educational College, her alma mater.
J.S.Bach: Sonata in E minor BWV 1034
Adagio ma non tanto
G. Donizetti: Sonata in C major for flute and piano
F.Doppler: Hungarian Pastoral Fantasy op.26
P.Morlacchi: Fantasy on Mosè by Rossini
A.Dvorak: Sonatina in G major op.100
Scherzo: molto vivace
C.Chaminade: Concertino in D major op.107
Georges Bizet / Arr. F. Borne: Fantasy on “Carmen”
When & Where
Italian Cultural Institute Hong Kong
The Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong is the Cultural Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong and (with Beijing and Shanghai) one of the three cultural agencies of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China. The Institute serves as a source of information about Italian life and culture, showcasing Italy’s classic and contemporary heritage. The Institute works alongside the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong in organizing cultural events and establishing relationships with local cultural institutions.