- 2019年03月16日 星期六 19:30
一九八七年，区美玲应享誉全球的美国寇蒂斯音乐学院之邀，作特别面试：即被取录，成为第一位获得全期奖学金的香港出生钢琴家：师从院长格莱夫曼（Gary Graffman）及苏高乐芙夫人（Eleanor Sokoloff）深造琴艺。在寇蒂斯音乐学院求学期间，她不断作巡迥演奏，曾跟波士顿布交响乐团、波士顿北岸管弦乐团、爱奥华管弦乐团、波士顿流行管弦乐团、伦敦莫扎特乐团在英国雅丽山大郡主前御演、香港管弦乐团、香港小交响乐团、费城流行管弦乐团及费城管弦乐团等乐团合作，更被《费城询问报》评价其演释「富权威性及活力的典范」。
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in G minor “Little Fugue”, BWV578 (Orch.: Leopold Stokowski)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27
Angela Au, piano
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Angela Au, piano
Angela Au, born in Hong Kong began her piano lessons at the age of 6 with Katherine Lu and subsequently with John Winther at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. She held her first full piano recital in 1986 at the invitation of the German consulate and was chosen to play for H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in honoring her Royal visit to Hong Kong in the same year. In 1987, she became the first Hong Kong-born pianist ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff.
She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, London Mozart players, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra of Iowa, Newton Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra among others. On completion of her high school education and her musical studies at Curtis with a Diploma in Music and later with an A.B. Economics from Harvard University. In 2005, she released her first CD of Rachmaninov and Chopin Concertos with the Vlaams Radio Orkest, conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé.
A woman with multiple talents that extends beyond the scope of her poetic pianism and technical bravura, Angela currently enjoys successful multi-faceted careers as Executive Director in a multinational real estate development and portfolio asset management Group managing a group of companies that includes commercial, hospitality, residential developments, IT developments in Hong Kong, China and Canada. Angela is also deeply interested in education for our future generation. She is currently developing a series of education mobile applications to aid our younger generation to better absorb knowledge and values in a creative and interactive environment. A philanthropist at heart, she is also Executive Director for a non-profit organization that provides funding for the underprivileged in Hong Kong and China via Education and various Youth Development Programmes while continuing as a concert pianist performing around the world.
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
In 2017-18, internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin celebrates his tenth and final season as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), and his first season in the new role of Directeur Musical Honoraire with the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also welcomes the publication of his second book, Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry, and serves as jury chairman of the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors. His guest-conducting schedule includes engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Recent career highlights include a three-week tour of Asia with the DSO; tours of the U.S. and Europe with the ONL; a winter Mozart Festival in Detroit; and engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Verdi Orchestra in Milan, and San Carlo Theatre Orchestra in Naples. Moreover, he served as chairman of the jury and conductor of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Slatkin has received six Grammy awards and 33 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).
A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Decoration of Honor in Silver, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his debut book, Conducting Business.
Slatkin has held posts as Music Director of the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras, and he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of London’s Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
He has conducted virtually all the leading orchestras in the world, including: New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, all five London orchestras, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich’s Bayerischer Rundfunk, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Slatkin’s opera conducting has taken him to the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, and Opéra Bastille in Paris.
Born in Los Angeles to a distinguished musical family, he began his musical training on the violin and first studied conducting with his father, followed by Walter Susskind at Aspen and Jean Morel at Juilliard. He makes his permanent home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with his wife, composer Cindy McTee.