Summer Music Program I - Piano Series & in the studio: RTHK Chamber Soloists
Over the years, this piano has been played by some of the world’s best soloists, and in a variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, rock and pop.
We’ll begin our Summer Music Series this week with Chiyan Wong and the prelude from Mendelssohn’s Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op. 35 No. 1. That’ll be followed by Finnish pianist, conductor and composer Olli Mustonen performing his own piece “Siellulintu”, which refers to a “Soul Bird” from Finnish mythology.
From Finland we’re heading to the moon, with British pianist, writer, composer, and painter Stephen Hough playing Debussy’s classic, “Clair de Lune”. And we’ll end with a taste of pop as Luca Sestak from Germany gives us his previously un-broadcast take on Ed Sheeran’s hit single, “Shape of You”.
Formed in 2018, the RTHK Chamber Soloists includes two members from its predecessor, the RTHK Quartet: violinist Le Hoai-nam and cellist Laurent Perrin. They’ve now been joined by pianist Colleen Lee, clarinettist John Schertle and Andrew Ling, who plays violin and viola. The group, set up by Radio 4 to promote chamber music, gave a concert on Monday, playing two new commissioned works and other masterpieces.