Hong Kong Festival Orchestra 2011/2012

2011 Summer Concert

The Hong Kong Festival Orchestra is now accepting applications for the 2011 season.

This year we are proud to have Mr. Leung Kin Fung, First Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as emerging stars violist Born Lau to be our guest soloists for the 2011 summer concerts.

Concert dates: August 22, 23 , 2011
Tentative Rehearsals: August 1 to August 22, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening.
Application Fee: $ (Free of charge)
Participation Fee: $ (Free of charge)

Concert Repertoire:

•Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto In D, Op. 35 (Soloist: Leung Kin Fung)
•Bruch Romance for Viola & Orchestra, Op. 85 (Soloist: Born Lau)
•Smetana The Moldau from Ma Vlast
•Bizet “Carmen” Suite, Prelude I, Allegro giocoso
•Sibelius Symphony No. 2, Op. 43
Applicants must submit the following to [email protected] as attachments:

1.The application form in PDF format. The form can be downloaded from http://www.hkfo.org/application.pdf
2.A recording of the listed audition excerpts for the applicant’s respective instrument
If the file sizes of audio recordings are too big to be sent as attachments, you may send the audio files in compressed .zip formats or through transferbigfiles.com with audio files named according to the following format: “ChrisWongViola.mp3”

i.e. (Your name + your instrument).mp3

Note: Recordings need not be in professional or studio quality, but the sound quality should be as good as possible so as to not detract from the soloist’s capabilities.

Audition Requirements

•Strings: Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream – first page of the scherzo
•Flutes: Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream – scherzo (solo at the end)
•Oboes: Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin – I. Prelude (beginning to rehearsal 2)
•Clarinets: Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream – first page of the scherzo
•Bassoons: Mozart The Marriage of Figaro – Overture – m. 139-171
•Horns: Brahms Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56 – Variation VI (Vivace)
•Trumpets: Stravinsky Petrouchka – rehearsal no. 134-139
•Trombone: Rossini William Tell Overture – Storm Scene (rehearsal C to 9 bars after D)
•Tuba: (TBC) (Please contact the Artistic Director through email: [email protected])
•Timpani: (TBC) (Please contact the Artistic Director through email: [email protected])
•Harp: (TBC) (Please contact the Artistic Director through email: [email protected])
Scores are available for free on http://imslp.org/wiki/

Audition Criteria

•Rhythmic precision
•Sense of intonation
•Quality of sound
String players auditioning for principal positions must submit an extra recording of Richard Strauss’s Don Juan from the beginning up to rehearsal D. If desired, recommendation letters as well as additional recordings of the applicant’s solo repertoires can also be submitted.

Deadline: May 1, 2011