VIOLA, VIOLA! 

Garth Knox in Residence

HKNME and Osage are proud to welcome the legendary violist, composer and educator Garth Knox virtually to Hong Kong as part of THE LISTENING ROOM 8.

Drawing from his experiences as violist of the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Europe, Garth Knox is internationally recognised one of the leading musical personalities in the new music scene. In addition to his expertise in the field of contemporary music interpretation, Knox is also a celebrated performer of the viola d’amore and the medieval fiddle, which opened up his repertoire to music of the distant past; in addition to being a virtuoso improviser, Knox’s Irish & Scottish heritage also enables him to work with the vast Celtic folk music repertoire without the need for translation. Considering the fact that he also had a diverse body of published compositions, Knox is the embodiment of the Renaissance man, and a truly complete musician. 

As part of his virtual residency, Garth Knox will join a number of young composers in a Roundtable Discussion focusing on the challenges and technicalities of creating new works for the viola. This is prefaced by a short Recital performed by violists William Lane and Rebecca Tang, featuring  classics from the repertoire as well as works selected from the HKNME International Call for Scores 2020.


Three young violists will have the opportunity to work with Knox virtually in a Masterclass setting, benefitting from Knox’s incredibly broad scope of musical knowledge and experience. Preceding this, the HKNME celebrates Garth Knox as a composer, showcasing his diverse body of works in a (Mini) Portrait Concert that would surely shed new light on the potentialities of the viola and chamber music writing.

SCHEDULE

April 24, 2 - 630PM


Osage Gallery, 4F, 20 Hing Yip St, Kwun Tong

All events FREE. Register here

2PM: GARTH KNOX COMPOSER PORTRAIT

Stranger (2014) 

Monica Johnston (viola d'amore), William Lane (viola)

Marin Marais Variations (2007/10)

Rebecca Tang#, Joelion Keung, Wai-bun Chan, Louie Lau (violas)

Viola Spaces for Two (2006) [excerpts]

Joelion Keung, Wai-bun Chan, Louie Lau (violas)

Wild Animals (2011)

William Lane (solo viola), Angus Lee (flute), Linus Fung (clarinet), Euna Kim (violin), Chak Yin Pun (cello)

 

245PM: POST CONCERT DISCUSSION

"The Violas in My Life"

Garth Knox, William Lane, Monica Johnston

330PM: GARTH KNOX STRINGS MASTERCLASS

Programme to be announced. 

5PM: RECITAL

PENDERECKI, Kyrzsztof: Cadenza (1994)    
FRENKEL, Edo: Poetic Forms 1 (2020)
TONG, Cheuk Yan Charlotte: Desert (2020)
KOH, Emily: mega[byte] (2020)    
LUNN, Ben: a gift (2018) 
KNOX, Garth: Violin Spaces (2018) arr. for 2 violas [excerpts]

 

William Lane, viola

Rebecca Tang, viola #

545PM: ROUNDTABLE

"Voicing the Inner Voice: Composing for the Viola"

Garth Knox, Angus Lee (moderator), guest composers

# HKNME Artistic Intern (Emerging Artist)

The Artistic Internship Scheme is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

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