London-based stringed instruments dealer, J&A Beare, has announced a new, long-term collaboration with the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.
The partnership, which will see the Festival’s name change to ‘Beare’s Premiere Music Festival’, will take effect from January 2019.
About the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival
Launched in 2009 by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival was the first major presenter of chamber music in Hong Kong and quickly became a cultural landmark. Taking place every January, it showcases world-class musicians performing diverse repertoire in the city’s major concert halls and smaller boutique venues alongside a range of education and outreach programmes.
Taiwanese-American violinist, Cho-Liang Lin, has been the Festival’s Artistic Director since 2012 and past performers include the Emerson Quartet, Augustin Hadelich, Lynn Harrell, Ning Feng, Gary Hoffman, Wu Han and the Jerusalem Quartet.
The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from 16-24 January 2019 in various venues around Hong Kong. Full programme details will be available in October 2018.
About J&A Beare
J&A Beare, a leading dealer of fine stringed musical instruments, has a 126-year old tradition of helping musicians find their musical voice through violins, violas and cellos crafted by master Italian and European luthiers. As part of its collaboration with the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, J&A Beare will hold a number of exclusive events at the Festival and throughout the year, showcasing a variety of stringed instruments.
Steven Smith, Joint Managing Director of J&A Beare, said:
‘We are very excited to be involved in this culturally sophisticated and dynamic project. The Festival enables us to connect talented artists with potential patrons and provide musicians with the finest stringed instruments. This is a wonderful collaboration, further consolidating the work of the Beare’s International Violin Society established in 2011.’
About Premiere Performances of Hong Kong
Premiere Performances of Hong Kong was founded in 2007 by Andrea D Fessler to bring internationally celebrated artists and rising stars to Hong Kong for solo recitals, chamber music and community outreach, building a vibrant local arts scene and inspiring audience members of all ages with performances that are accessible to all. In 2018, Ms Fessler was named one of Musical America‘s ‘Movers & Shapers’ of classical music.
Andrea D Fessler said:
‘I am absolutely thrilled to be working with J&A Beare. It is a great privilege for a burgeoning arts organisation like Premiere Performances to be partnering with such an esteemed institution. There is a great synergy between us and I look forward to developing our collaboration in Hong Kong and beyond into China.’
Header photo: Artists from the 2018 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival