Sunday 12th December 2004, at 8.00 pm Concert Hall, HK Cultural Center
Alvaro Pierri was born in Montevideo, Uruguay to a musical family and was taught from an early age music and guitar. He completed his studies at the Uruguayan National Institute of Musicology and under Abel Carlevaro and Guido Santorsola. He participated in international guitar competitions where he won numerous first prizes including the gold medal and first prize at the 18th Paris International Guitar Competition, Radio France.
Alvaro Pierri now teaches at the University of Quebec in Montreal, at McGill University and at Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as conducting masterclasses and participating in festivals across the world.
Professor Pierri pursues a very active career as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber groups playing troughout Europe, Japan and North and South America. He has given world premiers of works by composers such as Brouwer, Santorsola, Carlevaro, Rougier, Gonzales and others, many of these specially composed for him. As a chamber musician he has performed with numerous artists such as Astor Piazzolla, felow Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez and Leo Brouwer.
His discrography includes 12 CDs and his recordings have been nominated five times for the coveted FELIX award for the best classical CD of the year, a prize which he has won twice.
Celebrating its 15th season in 2003-2004, this exciting and dynamic Canadian quartet consist of Laura Adriani 1st violin, David Eillis cello, Luc Beauchemin viola and Nathalie Camus 2nd violin. The quartet performs regularly in Canada, the Us and Europe, most recently having completed in the summer of 2004 a tour of France, Italy, Spain and Belgium. Since 1997 they have held the position of resident ensemble at the University of Montreal. The quartet has an extensive repertoire covering not only the standard compositions, including the complete Beethoven cycle, but also dedicates to presenting the work of contemporary composers including the world premiers of the Concerto for string quartet and orchestra by Denis Dion and the world of Canadian composers such as Kelly-Marie Murphy, Anthony Rozankovich and Andrew Mac Donald. Their discography is extensive and includes works by Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Borodin , Debussy and Dvorak while their 1999 recording of Schubert quartets won the Opus Award for the Recording of the Year-all Categories combined.
The quartet receives support from various Canadian state organizations and in particular from the multinational aluminum company whose name it carries: Alcan
Mauro Giuliani Quintet in A major, Op.30 for guitar and string quartet
1781-1829 Allegro maestoso
Dusan Bogdanovic Bysantine Theme and Variations for guitar and string quartet
1955 (World Premiere)
Leo Brauwer Quintet for guitar and string quartet
* Allegro vivace
Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco
1895-1968 Quintet for guitar and string quartet op. 143
* Allegro, vivo e schietto
* Andante mesto
* Scherzo - Allegro con spirito/alla marcia
* Finale - Allegro con fuoco
Workshop with the Alcan Quartet :
The Alcan Quartet will be conducting a workshop on Thursday 9th of December at the Tom Lee Music (Cameron Lane) Theatre 1 from 10:00 until 13:00. Attendance to this workshop will be free of charge but enrollment is necessary. For information and enrollment send your particulars and inquiries to the Chopin Society of Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax: 2810-0465
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Dr. Anabella Levin-Freris,
The Chopin Society of Hong Kong,
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