Concert by the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
29th August 2017 7:30pm Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore
30th August 2017, 8pm Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
1st September 2017, 7:30pm NCPA, Mumbai, India
'O for the wings of a dove' brings together many of the
most famous and
iconic choral masterpieces from Western Europe. From the thrilling top
notes of Allegri's Miserere and its austere chanting the programme moves
from the Italian Renaissance to classics from the German and French
Romantic repertoires, including Mendelssohn's 'Hear my prayer' with its
soaring soprano solo 'O for the wings of a dove'. The programme
concludes in England with some of the most-loved choral works from the
last century, notably Britten's Festival Cantata 'Rejoice in the Lamb'.
This colourful and jubilant work sets a poem by Christopher Smart that
takes its inspiration from unusual sources such as the poet's pet cat
(and a mouse!) and the mysterious beauty of flowers.
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Sonata no 5 in F major "Spring", op. 24 Beethoven
Allegro (with Daria Kovtunova - violin)
Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and piano, D 821 Schubert
Allegro moderato (with Meidad Yehudayan - viola)
Sonata no 1 in E minor, op 38 Brahms
Allegro non troppo (with Siwon Park - 'cello)
Divertimento for String Trio in E flat major, K. 563 Mozart
Piano Quartet no 1 in G minor, K 478
Meidad Yehudayan - Viola
A native of Israel, Mr. Yehudayan performs around the world, as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He recently performed at the International Chamber Music Festival of AMEROPA in the Czech Republic, Foosa String Festival, California and a few Concertos in USA, Hong Kong, Korea and Israel. Mr. Yehudayan was also invited to play solo at the main event of the World Peace Festival 2005 in Korea in which all proceeds from the festival were donated to Unicef. Past few years' projects include solo and chamber music concerts with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Hamburg symphony, as well as CD recordings with Hong Kong Pure Strings. The first CD, "Popsinera", was awarded "The 10 Hottest CD of the year 2008" and "The Best Light Music Album of the year 2008" by the Radio Guangdong "Voice of the City." The second CD "Surprise - Happy Birthday" was awarded the "Best CD of 2009" by Canton Radio. This is one of the biggest awards in China which incorporates playing, music selection and arrangements. Mr. Yehudayan also gave master classes in Indiana University and California, and was a jury member at the International Vienna Music Competition, HKGNA competitions, and Hong Kong Bauhinia Cup Strings Competitions.
Mr. Yehudayan received his Bachelor of Music Degree and Artist Diploma in the Faculty of Performing Arts from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. There he studied violin and viola with Prof. Samuel Bernstein, a renowned teacher and the first mentor of Gil Shaham. He had the honor to be the first and only Israeli student to be sent to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia from which he received a diploma under the guidance of Yuri Bashmet and Prof. Fiodor Druzhinin. Subsequently, he acquired his Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree, violist of the Guarneri String Quartet and Pinchas Zukerman.
Mr. Yehudayan was a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong String Quartet between 1995-2001. He participated in the Geneva Competition in 1992 and was a prizewinner of many competitions in Israel. He has performed many recitals in Israel, America and Europe, and recorded for Israeli National Radio & RTHK (Radio 4) in Hong Kong.
Mr. Yehudayan is the violist of the Pure Strings Ensemble and Orchestra and Strings Director at Hong Kong International School since 2000.
You can watch some of Mr. Yehudayan solo performances on Youtube.
Si Won Park - Cello
A native of Seoul, Korea, Ms. Park won the 1997 Artist International Competition and was presented as the Recipient of The Special Presentation Award in her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall.
Her solo appearances include performances of the Haydn and Saint-Saens Concertos in Carnegie Hall, New York and in Korea, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto in Hong Kong and Korea. Recent recitals took her to Kumho and Young San Art Halls in Seoul and City hall in Hong Kong. Ms. Park was also invited to be a jury member at the VIMC Vienna International Music Competition.
Ms. Park studied at The Juilliard School and later on graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees under the guidance of Paul Tobias, Zara Nelsova, Myung Wha Chung and Ardyth Alton. While attending at Manhattan School, Ms. Park had the honor to be recipient of the President Marta Istomin Award and the Hans & Klara Bauer Cello Scholarship. Her chamber music coaches were Jerry Grossman, Nathaniel Rosen, Yehuda Hanani and Alan Stepansky as well as members of the Guarneri, American & Vermeer String Quartets.
Ms. Park participated in the music festivals of The International Symphony Orchestra, Israel, The National Orchestra Institute (MD) and National Repertory Orchestra (CO) among others. As a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist, Ms. Park has performed in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. She gave quartet recital at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, played in Musicarama – the International Contemporary Music Festival Concerts and recorded for RTHK (Radio 4) in Hong Kong.
SiWon Park is a prizewinner of other competitions including the Weschester SUNY of 1992 Korean Monthly Music Magazine Competition of 1989 and the Youth String Orchestra Competition of 1987.
Currently, she is a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Bauhinia Piano Trio. She is also a faculty member of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and teaches at the Hong Kong International School.
Described after a Liszt recital as 'a pianist of Herculean stamina', Robin Zebaida enjoys a performing career that has frequently taken him around the world. Highlights of recent seasons have included visits to USA, Canada - where he collaborated with theOrchestre Métropolitain under Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Central America, Europe, the Far East and Australia, where his Sydney recital was reported as achieving 'a warmth and empathy with the audience rarely seen'. At home in London he has performed at several venues including St John's Smith Square and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Away from the concert platform, Robin Zebaida's broadcasting experience includes studio recordings and live appearances on radio and television for several national and foreign networks. Robin Zebaida was born and educated in London, England, later winning an Exhibition to read music at New College, Oxford, from where he graduated with maximum distinction in performance. He completed his formal studies with a postgraduate year at the Royal College of Music.
A native of Russia, Daria Kovtunova began studying violin at age six. She latter trained with Michael Mindlin and Edward Gavrilenkov at the Saratov State Conservatory of Music where she received numerous competition awards and was selected as the principle of the Saratov Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. She also was a favourite performer on the conservatory's festivals of contemporary music. Upon graduation Mrs. Kovtunova joined the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India, where she also was a member of several touring chamber ensembles. From 2010 to 2013 she was engaged as a violinist by the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra of China. She has performed under the batons of internationally renowned conductors including Adrian Leaper, Eugenie Bushkov, Johannes Wildner, Muhai Tang and Vladimir Spivakov and has toured in Germany, Thailand, Kazakhstan, China and the UK. In 2014 she joined City Chamber orchestra of Hong Kong as a core player, one of Asia’s major chamber orchestras and one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic arts entities. The orchestra has recently collaborated with many of the world’s greatest artists, including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Thomas Allen, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Mario Brunello, Julian Lloyd Webber, Lise de la Salle, Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and The King’s Singers. The orchestra has also forged exciting partnerships with celebrities such as Hayley Westenra, Richard Clayderman, Katherine Jenkins, Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Lam, Hacken Lee and Robin Gibb. Mrs.Daria is currently playing and teaching in both Shenzhen and Hong Kong.