"The packed house responded with an extended standing ovation" ── The Washington PostEnsemble intercontemporain was founded in 1976 by the late French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, rising to become one of the world's most revered groups specialising in contemporary music, and the first permanent ensemble of its kind.
The group's dexterous musicians deliver their 20th and 21st-century repertoire with authoritative "clarity and precision", according to the Financial Times. Now helmed by music director and conductor Matthias Pintscher, they continue to explore fresh realms, premièring innovative compositions, extending technique, and performing challenging works requiring exceptional skills.
In this long-overdue Hong Kong début, the Ensemble performs Schoenberg's revolutionary Chamber Symphony No. 1, also a source of inspiration for Ligeti's densely constructed Chamber Concerto. Donatoni's Tema, one of the group's favourites, is a powerful organic work, recycling certain materials from the composer's previous work in line with his perspective that each piece is linked to the next in a continuous oeuvre. The programme also features newer pieces, including Les Danses interrompues by Mantovani, Whirling Tissue of Light by Pintscher, and Lachrymae by Hong Kong composer Charles Kwong.
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Pre performance Talks
Spend half an hour before the performance to learn from experienced art critics and cultural experts on how to appreciate the show.
Free admission on a first-come-first-served basis
Speaker: Chan Hing-yan (Professor, Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong)
Lecture DemonstrationMusic in Words
Composer Matthias Pintscher, Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain, said the Ensemble is "one of the most committed, versatile, and warm-hearted orchestras I've ever worked with". Pintscher and four musicians of the Ensemble (flute, violin, cello and clarinet) will demonstrate extracts of chamber music and solo pieces written by Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter who are signature composers of the Ensemble.
Speaker: Matthias Pintscher (Music Director)
Host: Chan Hing-yan (Professor, Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong)
Enquiries and online registration (from 22.9): 3917 8165 / www.muse.hku.hk