Colours of the Viola: Berliner Philharmoniker First Principal Viola, Amihai Grosz@HKUST

8pm – 9 November, 2017 (Thursday)

CMA Lecture Theatre, Cheng Yu Tung Building

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

 

First Principal Viola of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Amihai Grosz, is joined by acclaimed Hong Kong pianist, Amy Sze, in a programme featuring works old and new showcasing the many characters of the viola. 


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Seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Free seating at the concert event


 

Program:

Bright Sheng                         The Stream Flows (for viola)

 

Ödön Pártos                          Yizkor (In Memoriam)

 

Robert Schumann                 Fantasiestücke Op. 73            

(Short pause)

 

Matthew Tommasini            Sonata for Viola and Piano
                                             II.   q  = ca. 72; calm


 

Franz Schubert                   Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821

 

 

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Transportation:
From Hang Hau MTR Station: minibus no.11, 11M, or 101M; From Choi Hung MTR Station: minibus no.11

Presented by:

 

HKUST

 

 

 

 

Co-presented with:

 

 

 

 

Supported by:

Mr. Raymond Wong   Mr. Lincoln Yung   Naxos Music Group

 

Amihai Grosz, born in 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, is founding member of the renowned Jerusalem Quartet. Following 10 years of professional work, 2010 marked the start of something new for Amihai Grosz: Beginning in the 2010/11 season, Grosz is the Principal Violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, an orchestra with which he has worked on various projects in recent years. Until now, he has played with such internationally renowned orchestras as Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra or the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. In the upcoming season, concerts are planned at the Valencia Opera House, in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Megaron in Athens and with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Grosz initially learned to play the violin at the age of 5, before switching to the viola at age 11. In Jerusalem, he was taught by David Chen, later by Tabea Zimmermann in Frankfurt and Berlin as well as in Tel Aviv by Haim Taub, who had a formative influence on him. At a very early age, Grosz received various grants and prizes and was a member of the “Young Musicians Group” of the Jerusalem Music Center, a program for outstanding young musical talents.

Amihai Grosz works on solo and chamber music projects, with artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Pahud, Mitsuko Uchida, Oleg Maisenberg, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin and David Geringas; he performs in concert houses and at festivals all over the world, including at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Delft Festival, Salon Festival and Verbier Festival, at the BBC Proms, in the Bahnhof Rolandseck, at the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival, at Spectrum Concerts Berlin and at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Amihai Grosz plays a Gaspar-da-Salo viola from the year 1570, which is a lifelong loan made available to him by a private collection.

 

 

 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 and Gabriel Kwok. She started her musical training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at 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. 

Amy has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Eastman Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in major festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Cliburn Piano Institute, the Harbin Summer Music Festival and the Salzburg Mozarteum Academy. Last summer, she had the privilege of performing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas Marathon in Vienna – 2 concerts lasting 12 hours – along with celebrated pianists from around the world. 

She was a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society, which engages in outreach projects and charity concerts in public schools and community centres. An active performer of contemporary music, she was featured artist in the Contemporary Song Festival of the Intimacy of Creativity 2017, 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. 

Amy is currently on the faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Baptist University. Apart from lectures and masterclasses, she frequently serves on the jury panel for awards and competitions.