Crossing borders at festival orchestra in Asia

Posted on: April 1, 2015

“Musicians with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta will join their Korean and Japanese counterparts, as well as players from around the world, on a three-city tour in East Asia, during which they hope to transcend political differences through the power of music,” reports Oliver Chou in Tuesday’s (3/31) South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). “Thirty-five members of the city’s flagship mid-size orchestra have been invited to take part in the prestigious Tongyeong International Music Festival, currently underway at the South Korean seaside resort city of Tongyeong. The Hong Kong musicians will form the bulk of the 80-strong Tongyeong Festival Orchestra, composed of musicians from 12 orchestras worldwide. They will play with members of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the United States’ National Symphony Orchestra, Australia’s Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hungary’s Budapest Symphony Orchestra, and others, as well as individual Korean musicians.… Dubbed ‘the Salzburg Festival of Asia,’ the Tongyeong festival features some of the world’s top musicians paying tribute to the late Korean composer Yun I-sang in his hometown.… ‘Through cooperation with orchestras in Hong Kong and Japan, we are for the first time bringing together Korean, Japanese and Chinese musicians,’ said Florian Riem, the festival’s CEO.”

Posted April 1, 2015