[PERFORMANCE] OF GRACE AND ELEGANCE: JEAN RONDEAU, HARPSICHORD & CHIU TAN CHING, ZHENG
Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Time: 19:00 – 20:00
Venue: 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
Audience: Aged 8 or above
Cost: Free admission, all are welcome. Please click here to register.
Co-presented by: Cultural Management Office, HKU and Le French May
Exclusive sponsor: First Initiative Foundation
Supported by: Department of Music, HKU, Endowment Funds for Music and Fine Arts and University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
Despite their distinct sounds and cultural backgrounds, the harpsichord and the zheng represented subtlety and sublimity of their respective cultures before modernity, often evoking the graceful and elegant poses of court dance or music-making. What chemistry would be sparked if the pair were featured together, each employing its own scale system and timbre? In this contemporary and experimental duet, we will see Jean Rondeau and Chiu Tan Ching break cultural boundaries to create a unique musical bonding with one of the most unique instrumental line-ups!
Artist: Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
Jean Rondeau studied harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for over ten years, followed by training in basso continuo, organ, piano, jazz, improvisation, and conducting. He pursued further studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, graduating with honours, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
In 2012, at just 21 years old, he became one of the youngest performers ever to receive the First Prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (MAfestival 2012) and the EUBO Development Trust prize – an accolade bestowed on the most promising young musician of the European Union. In the same year, he claimed second place in the Prague Spring International Harpsichord Competition (64th edition of the Festival, 2012), along with a nod for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece commissioned for the contest. In 2013, he won the Prix des Radios Francophones Publiques.
Rondeau is in demand for solo, chamber music and orchestral appearances throughout Europe and in the United States. He frequently performs with the Baroque quartet Nevermind. Quite apart from his activities as a harpsichordist, he founded the ensemble Note Forget, presenting his own jazz-oriented compositions and improvisations on piano.
Rondeau is signed to Erato as an exclusive recording artist. His debut album of music by J.S. Bach, Imagine, was released in January 2015 and received the Choc de Classica and Prix Charles Cros. The second recording on Erato, Vertigo, saw Rondeau paying tribute to two Baroque composers from his home country France: Jean-Philippe Rameau and Pancrace Royer. His latest album, Dynastie, explores keyboard concertos by Bach&Sons. In 2016 he composed his first original score for a film, Christian Schwochow’s Paula, which premiered at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival.
Artist: Chiu Tan Ching, zheng
Chiu Tan Ching obtained her first degree at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, double majoring in zheng and Chinese percussion. She also holds a Master’s degree in Music at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She established a Chinese music school, named Music Academy of Zheng (MAZ) in 2000. Later she founded a non-profit music group, Tanching Zheng Ensemble.
She is a core member of the Chinese Music Virtuosi (CMV) and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME). She often presents contemporary or commissioned works for zheng and has performed in many international music festivals.