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Boris Berman and Warren Lee to give piano duo concert in June (with photos)

     Renowned Russian pianist Boris Berman and talented local pianist Warren Lee will collaborate in a piano duo concert in June.

     The two pianists will perform Mozart's "Sonata for Piano Four Hands in C, K. 521" and Brahms' "Sonata for Two Pianos in F Minor, Op. 34B". Berman and Lee will also play Debussy's "Préludes, Book II" and Tan Dun's "Eight Memories in Watercolour" respectively.

     Born in Moscow, Boris Berman studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin and graduated with distinction as both pianist and harpsichordist. Berman's artistry is well known internationally, and his highly acclaimed performances have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Orchestra, to name but a few. In the field of recordings, Berman was the first pianist ever to record the complete Prokofiev solo piano works, and he has many acclaimed releases on various major labels. A dedicated teacher of international stature, Berman has served on the faculties of the world's finest schools, and is currently the Head of the Piano Department at the Yale School of Music.

     Hong Kong-born pianist Warren Lee performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic at the age of 6, and went on to graduate from the Royal Academy of Music and the Yale School of Music with the highest of honours. Lee was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich. Lee's artistry has taken him to concert stages in various countries, appearing on prominent occasions such as the Weekend Series at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Ivo Pogorelich Festival in Germany and the Taos Chamber Music Festival in the US. In 2009 he was named a Steinway Artist and in 2012 he received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong in recognition of his outstanding achievements in music and exemplary contribution to the community.

     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Boris Berman and Warren Lee Piano Duo Concert" will be staged at 8pm on June 23 (Monday) at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $300, $220 and $150 are now available at URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A Package Booking Discount is available with 10 per cent off for each purchase of standard tickets for both concerts "Boris Berman and Warren Lee Piano Duo Concert" and "Cello and Piano Duo Recital by Colin Carr & Mary Wu".

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321, or visit For ticketing enquiries, please call 3761 6661. For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit

Ends/Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Issued at HKT 12:36


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