Now in its 8th year, Die Konzertisten (DK) is recognised as one of Hong Kong’s foremost chamber choirs. Led by Music Director Felix Yeung and Resident Conductor Sanders Lau, DK performs with the greatest commitment repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony and Baroque masterpieces, to Romantic delicacies and newly commissioned works by composers in the region.
DK aims to bring the finest of artistic experiences to local audiences. The choir regularly brings in internationally renowned musicians, including conductors Helmuth Rilling (Bach Mass in B minor), Stephen Layton (Mozart Requiem), Jonathan Cohen (Handel Israel in Egypt), Nicholas Cleobury (Rutter Requiem, Chilcott Requiem), Chen Yun-hung (contemporary works by Chinese composers) and countertenor Iestyn Davies (Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Pergolesi Stabat Mater).
The choir’s artistic accomplishments have led to invitations of collaboration from eminent artists and organisations local and abroad. DK has repeatedly appeared in Hong Kong Arts Festival’s programmes, most notably a series of concerts in celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary in 2013. The choir will appear in two of the Festival’s PLUS programmes in 2016. The choir was also featured four times in the broadcasted RTHK 4 Christmas in the Park concert. Hong Kong Composers’ Guild invited the choir to perform in its Musicarama Festival and Chinese Composers’ Festival in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Performances with Hong Kong Sinfonietta (Faure Requiem) and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra (Karl Jenkins Requiem) were both critically acclaimed. In February 2015, DK was invited by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office to perform at the Victoria Theatre in Singapore.
A keen advocate of Baroque music, the group joins hand with Early Music Society of Hong Kong in forming the first-ever local Baroque orchestra, Cammer Musicus, for tonight’s performance of Handel’s masterpiece. Under the baton of its own Felix Yeung, DK has previously performed J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion with an all-local cast of soloists, Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri with period instrument ensemble of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and Purcell Dido and Aeneas with Professor Lo King-man as director. DK also ardently supports local young musicians through its Apprentice Scheme and Young Talents Series.
DK is grateful for the support from Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and Hop Yuen (Holdings) Ltd.
Banner photo by Yatho - Photography and Music.