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"Fantaisie de Vienne" - PIANO RECITAL Raymond Young - Tue, August 14th, 2012 19.30


BÖSENDORFER-SAAL im Mozarthaus Vienna
Domgasse 5, 1010 Vienna (center of the city)
public lines   U1 or U3   station Stephansplatz

Tickets Reservation  +43 1 504 66 51-144

THE PROGRAM - "Fantasie de Vienne"

Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op. 110                      Ludwig van Beethoven 
I.   Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II.  Allegro molto
III. Adagio ma non troppo – Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo 

Klavierstück No. 1 in E flat minor, D.946               Franz Schubert   
3 Schubert Lieder Transcriptions                            Franz Liszt       
-Ständchen (Serenade)
-Lob der Tränen (In praise of tears)
-Der Lindenbaum (The linden tree)                        

7 Fantaisen, Op. 116                   Johannes Brahms                                                
I.   Capriccio in D minor: Presto energico   
II.  Intermezzo in Aminor: Andante    
III.  Capriccio in G minor: Allegro passionato     
IV.  Intermezzo in E major: Adagio     
V.   Intermezzo in E minor: Andante con grazia e intimisso sentimento    
VI.  Intermezzo in E major: Andantino teneramente     
VII. Capriccio in D minor: Allegro agitato     

Polonaise Fantasie in A flat, Op. 61                          Frederic Chopin


Esteemed by the press as the pianist with ‘imagination and romance in his poetry’, ‘exquisite tone, interpretative insights and deep communicative powers’, Raymond Young won the First-prize Medal (Two Piano section) and the Silver Medal (Piano Duet section) at The International Piano Competition in Rome, Italy; and was honoured at the Braunschweig Classix Festival in Germany as a promising young artist with the ‘Förderpreis’.  A Bösendorfer artist, his numerous circuit concerts and performances spread throughout Austria, England, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada, China, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao over the years have won him great acclaim from critics and audiences for his refined craftsmanship and artistry. As the first pianist from Hong Kong to be awarded the highest scholarship by the Austrian Government, Mr. Young graduated with the Double Master of Arts degrees in performance and accompaniment, and a Diploma in piano pedagogy from the prestigious University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, his true home of the heart where he lived for over a decade under the refining influence of that greatest of musical cities.

Besides piano studies, he also majored in music theory and opera coaching. On account of his achievements and numerous recommendations, he was also granted the highest honour, namely, Austrian citizenship. He has benefited from such masters as Joseph Banowetz, a grand student of Clara Schumann; Paul Badura-Skoda, an authority of the Classical Viennese style; Walter Fleischmann; David Lutz and Norman Shetler. He is a Fellow of the Trinity College, and an Associate of the Royal College of Music, in London.   As one of Hong Kong’s most versatile and renowned pianists, Young performs concerts extensively as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician, collaborates with singers and instrumentalists, records for radio broadcasts, conducts master classes and lectures around the world. Being a sought-after adjudicator, he has been a judge at many major competitions in the region, including the Asian Youth Music Competition, The Steinway and Sons International Youth Piano Competition, Hong Kong-Asia Open Piano Competition, Hong Kong’s Young Musician of the Year, Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Macao-Asia Open Piano Competition and the Macao Young Musicians Competition amongst others, and has been invited to serve as the Head Juror for The Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition. Mr. Young is a standing member appointed as an examiner for the Yamaha Music Foundation, and is the founding member of the piano quartet ‘Piano Extravaganza’, consisting of four pianists. He is a committee member of Hong Kong Music Tutors Union and Hong Kong Piano Music Association. Apart from his busy schedule as a performer, he is also highly in demand as a piano pedagogue and has been on the piano faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Hong Kong Institute of Education and The University of Hong Kong. Recognized as one of the most respected educators, many of his students have furthered their musical studies at leading music schools in Europe and United States and have won awards in numerous competitions.