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CONG X ROMER: String QuartetS Recital

Tai Kwun Performing Arts Season: SPOTLIGHT

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CONG X ROMER: String QuartetS Recital

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Date & Time

27 - 28 Apr, 2021 8pm

Location

JC Cube, Tai Kwun

Price

$280

General

Currently the Quartet in Residence of Premiere Performances of Hong Kong and formed by four musicians all born and raised in Hong Kong, the Romer Quartet was named after the Romer's Tree Frog, endemic to Hong Kong. The quartet has been recognised locally and abroad as one of the most active string quartets in town since its debut in 2013. Cong Quartet, the first place and Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Salzburg Mozart International Chamber Competition in Tokyo and the current Ensemble-in-Residence of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was named after their founding members’ last names which also alludes to Hong “Kong”, where they grew up and played together before the Quartet was officially formed in the United States in 2015. Both quartets have a name emphasising their Hong Kong identity, and they also share the philosophy of promoting Asia and Hong Kong’s own chamber repertoire, as well as integrating chamber music into the daily lives of the audience.

In these two concerts, the Romer and Cong Quartet will perform the second quartet by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff, Consensus for String Quartet by American composer Lawrence Dillon, and Shostakovich’s powerful third String Quartet in F respectively. They will also join together to perform the famous Mendelssohn String Octet, as well as giving the premiere of a commissioned piece for double string quartets, Double Exposure, by Hong Kong Composer Joyce Tang.

Programme I (27.04.2021)

L. DILLON    String Quartet No. 7, Consensus^ (Asia Premiere)
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 73^
- intermission –
JOYCE TANG Double Exposure (world premiere)
MENDELSSOHN String Octet in E-flat Major, Op.20

^Performed by Cong Quartet

Approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission

Programme II (28.04.2021)

E. SCHULHOFF  String Quartet No. 2*
JOYCE TANG  Double Exposure (world premiere)
- Intermission –
F. MENDELSSOHN String Octet in E-flat Major, Op.20

*Performed by Romer String Quartet

Approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission

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  • Aged 3 or above
  • Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.
  • The events will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures.


Ticketing

Tickets  |  $280

Tickets available at art-mate.net from 10 am on 11 March 2021

Discounts (Limited Quotas)

  • 40% off for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minders
  • 15% off for Tai Kwun Fans with valid discount code

Musician

Cong Quartet

Francis Yiu-Ting Chik, Violin

Chow Yip-Wai, Violin

Caleb Wong, Viola

Yan-Ho Cheng, Cello

Romer String Quartet

Kitty Cheung, Violin

Kiann Chow, Violin

Ringo Chan, Viola

Eric Yip, Cello


Biography

Cong Quartet
Romer Quartet

Founded at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the United States, Cong Quartet has performed around the globe and established themselves as an energetic and enthusiastic group. Currently the Ensemble-in-Residence of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Cong Quartet was the first prize and Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Salzburg Mozart International Chamber Competition in Tokyo.

Supported by the Emerging Artists Scheme of the Hong Kong Art Development Council (ADC), Cong Quartet is currently a quartet of the Nederlandse Strijkkwartet Academie (NSKA) in Amsterdam, they are also on the young artist roster of the Musethica in Europe and are invited to participate in the upcoming Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. In the past few years, The Quartet has performed concert series in New York, Tokyo, recitals at the Bard College and Texas Christian University as visiting artists, a residency for the composition department at University of North Texas, served as the performing quartet and judges of the New Generation 2019 call-for-score competition of Hong Kong Composers' Guild, as well as collaborations with local venues & organisations in Hong Kong such as the Hong Kong Museum of Arts, RTHK, Tai Kwun, West Kowloon Cultural District, World Culture Festival and St. John‘s Cathedral.

Cong Quartet share the philosophy of promoting Asian and Hong Kong’s chamber repertoire, as well as integrating chamber music into daily lives of the audience. The name of the quartet, “CONG” is a combination of the quartet founding members’ last names that alludes to Hong “Kong”, where the members grew up and played together since their teenage before the Quartet was officially formed. 

Cong Quartet is currently under the support of the Stichting Utopa (The Utopa Foundation).

Named after the Romer's Tree Frog endemic to Hong Kong, the Romer String Quartet is a genuinely local ensemble formed in 2013 by four homegrown musicians.

Romer String Quartet has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, Tokyo's Toppan Hall and Shanghai Concert Hall, and has been presented by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong World Cultures Festival, Taiwan Hong Kong Week, Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Radio Television Hong Kong, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong Composers' Guild and Premiere Performances of Hong Kong. It was featured in the CD “Eurydice: Ballet de la Nuit” and album "Freespace Mixedtape Vol. 3". Its cross-genre performance "Muted Situation" was featured in the Asia Triennial Manchester in the UK, Hong Kong Art Basel, and Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival. In 2021, Romer collaborated with the Kamishibai Studio HK and launched a series of online music-animation supported by the Arts Go Digital Platform Scheme" of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

As teaching artists, Romer String Quartet was the Ensemble-in-Residence of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014-15. It is the Quartet-in-Residence of Premiere Performances of Hong Kong. 

http://www.romerstringquartet.com 


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