Goodbye Igor: Hong Kong Philharmonic announces new concertmaster

It is rather unanticipated to hear the departure of Igor Yuzefovich, the Russian violinist who became concertmaster of Hong Kong Philharmonic in January 2012.

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The press release has not explained the reason of his departure from a short tenure. He only plays regularly starting from this season, making him one of the most short-lived concertmaster to my memory. He is succeeded by Wang Jing, the concertmaster of Dallas Opera. Although Jaap van Zweden is currently the music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera maintains its own orchestra and has a separate music director and artistic director. Wang is said to be “appointed to the position of Concertmaster for the 2013/14 season — the HK Phil’s 40th as a professional orchestra — at the invitation of Maestro Jaap van Zweden.”

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Press release to follow (in Chinese, click here for the English version) :-
香港管弦樂團宣布委任王敬為2013/14樂季團長

[2013年4月8日,香港] 香港管弦協會宣布委任小提琴家王敬於2013/14樂季起擔任香港管弦樂團(港樂)團長一職。2013/14將是港樂職業化後的第四十個樂季,王敬應音樂總監梵志登大師邀請接替將於本樂季結束後離任的團長尤契夫維奇。

生於桂林,王敬於三歲開始學習小提琴,並於三年後正式於法國馬賽作公開演出。他於九歲時與加拿大魁北克交響樂團作協奏曲首演。 王敬曾經獲得多個獎項,當中包括2007年Irving M. Klein International Competition首獎、2003年Les Radios Francophones Publiques(涵蓋法國、加拿大、瑞士及比利時的廣播聯網)的「年度年青獨奏家」獎項,並獲得獎項贊助,推出首張唱片,收錄貝多芬、拉威爾及歌舒詠的作品。

王敬於2010/11樂季起居於美國達拉斯,他現時為達拉斯歌劇院樂團團長。他曾於茱利亞音樂學院就讀,並取得約瑟夫‧富奇獎學金。他其後於萊斯大學Shepherd音樂學院完成研究生課程。王敬現正使用由Canada Council of Arts Rare Strings International Collection借出的1700年Giovanni Tononi小提琴。

梵志登大師表示:「我非常感謝尤瑟夫維奇於過往一年多的傑出表現。王敬在達拉斯的精彩演出令人印象深刻,相信他將會是來季團長的最佳人選。」

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