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Promoting Music through Cross-cultural Collaboration

Musicus Society launched first reciprocal visit with Musicus Fest guest ensemble

02.12.2019
Musicus Society has successfully launched its first reciprocal visit with Musicus Fest guest ensemble, in which young local talents embarked on exchange tour and performance in Trondheim, Norway.
 

Now in its 7th year, Musicus Fest has excelled in bringing world-class ensembles in collaboration with young Hong Kong musicians in performances and educational activities. Since its inauguration, the Musicus Inspires! Ensemble Training program has provided over 100 local young students with opportunities to learn from and perform with overseas artists.
 

To advance Musicus Society’s mission of cross-cultural collaboration, selected students of the 2018 Musicus Inspires! Ensemble Training program are invited to the hometown of the Trondheim Soloists, who have performed to critical acclaim in Musicus Fest last November. This exchange tour, taking place from February 7 to 11, marked the first attempt to extend the Society’s Ensemble Training experience overseas.
 
The nine selected students, aged between 14 and 22, participated in training and rehearsals coached by members of the Trondheim Soloists. The exchange tour culminated with a joint matinee performance with the Trondheim Junior Soloists at the beautiful Ringve Museum on February 10. The concert also featured award-winning Hong Kong young pianist, Cheong Hoi-leong, in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto. The program featured folk-inspired Scandinavian pieces for string orchestra. In addition, the Hong Kong-Norway joint ensemble also presented arrangements of the popular Chinese folksong, Jasmine Flower, and the festive Joy of Spring. The performance was met with generous applause and standing ovation from the audience.
 
The Trondheim Junior Soloists were founded in 2001 as a training orchestra for the Trondheim Soloists. Led by Sigmund Tvete Vik (Principal second violin of the Trondheim Soloists), the youth ensemble is made up of about 20 young string talents from the age of 16 to 20, recruited from music schools throughout the whole of Central-Norway. The main aim is to learn how to work as chamber musicians on a high level, learn chamber orchestra repertoire and in general inspire the young talents. In recent years, Trondheim Junior Soloists have toured and performed in youth music festivals in Japan and Lisbon. 
 
The above activity is supported by The Tung Foundation and Bank of China (Hong Kong) Charitable Foundation.