(Macao, June 4, 2012) – The Venetian®
Macao-Resort-Hotel welcomed a select group of six distinguished
musicians from the preeminent Philadelphia Orchestra for an exclusive
and intimate performance Monday at the Venetian Theatre. The Venetian
Macao is Premier Sponsor of the Orchestra’s current four-city Residency
& Tour of China.
Featuring violinists Richard Amoroso and
Jonathan Chu, violists Che-Hung Chen and Burchard Tang, as well as
cellists Glenn Fischbach and John Koen, the “Exclusive Chamber
Performance from The Philadelphia Orchestra” was held at 8 pm at the
luxurious Venetian Theatre Monday night, in front of a delighted
audience that included government officials, celebrities, music students
from the Macau Conservatory and other musical schools, and Mr. Nicholas
Platt, former U.S. Ambassador and President Emeritus of Asia Society.
The ensemble’s selection for the evening featured movements from the
works of Rossini, Bizet, Mozart, Borodin and Tchaikovsky.
Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2012 Residency & Tour of China coincides
with the upcoming 40th anniversary of its first trip to the People’s
Republic in 1973. The group has already travelled to Beijing and Tianjin
and performs in Guangzhou and Shanghai on June 5 and 6 respectively.
The Orchestra’s China initiative not only takes place in the four major
Chinese cities, but also brings education and community programs to
emerging cities and provinces, aimed at furthering its role as a
cultural ambassador, sharing its musical talents and furthering
awareness of classical music.
In addition to its role as Premier
Sponsor, The Venetian Macao also serves as Macau Community Outreach
Sponsor. As such, the integrated resort will hold a community event and a
professional exchange programme on June 5, with the six musicians
giving a one-hour performance to 40 members and 20 staff of the Macao
Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind at the Venetian Theatre, and
conducting three two-hour classes with the Orchestra’s Principal
Percussionist Christopher Deviney at the Macao Conservatory School of
Music, giving local young musicians a chance to benefit from the
interaction with the esteemed symphonic performers.
Led by chief
conductor Charles Dutoit, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the
preeminent orchestras in the world. The symphony orchestra has an
extraordinary history of 112 seasons, and is renowned for its
distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts
and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivalled legacy of
music-making firsts, including its 1973 China visit and its innovative
move to become the first orchestra to create an online store for
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About The Philadelphia Orchestra
for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the
hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivalled
legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains
one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.
Orchestra has cultivated an extraordinary roster of artistic leaders in
its 112 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Karl Pohlig,
Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch,
and Christoph Eschenbach, as well as the Orchestra’s current chief
conductor, Charles Dutoit. In the 2012-13 season, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
will become the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Named music director designate in 2010, Nézet-Séguin brings a vision
that extends beyond symphonic music and into the vivid world of opera
and choral music.
Philadelphia is home and the Orchestra
nurtures an important relationship with patrons who support the main
season at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The Orchestra also
performs for Philadelphia audiences at the Mann Center for the
Performing Arts, Penn’s Landing and other regional venues. The
Philadelphia Orchestra Association continues to own the Academy of Music
– a National Historic Landmark – as it has since 1957.
ensemble maintains an important tradition of presenting community
educational programs for local audiences. Today the Orchestra executes a
myriad of education and civic partnership programs, notably its
Neighborhood Concert Series, Sound All Around and Family Concerts,
eZseatU and more.
Through concerts, tours, residencies,
presentations, and recordings, The Philadelphia Orchestra touches the
lives of countless music lovers around the world. The Orchestra annually
performs at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center while also enjoying a
three-week residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York
and a strong partnership with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit www.philorch.org.
Additional notes to Editors
1. Richard Amoroso, Violin
Richard Amoroso joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1998 after serving
as a member of Concerto Soloists (now Chamber Orchestra of
Philadelphia), Peter Nero and the Philly Pops®, and as a substitute
violinist with the Orchestra. He also performed with various local music
groups, including Pro Musica, the Mendelssohn Club, the Philadelphia
Singers, the Academy of Vocal Arts, and the Opera Company of
Philadelphia. Mr. Amoroso has performed as soloist with Peter Nero and
the Philly Pops, the North Penn Symphony, and in a trio recital at
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He returned to Carnegie in 2004 to
perform a solo recital.
Mr. Amoroso’s relationship with The
Philadelphia Orchestra began in 1984 at the age of 14 when, when he won
the Orchestra’s Student Competition and subsequently performed as a
soloist with the Orchestra. A native Philadelphian, he attended
Settlement Music School on scholarship, and also studied with
Philadelphia Orchestra retired Concertmaster Norman Carol, as well as
with former Orchestra Co-Concertmaster William de Pasquale, Rafael
Druian, and retired Orchestra Associate Concertmaster David Arben.
Amoroso holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, from which he
graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. His instrument is a
Nicolo Gagliano from 1765. He resides in West Chester with his wife,
Anne, and children, Sofia and Alex. He is an avid golfer and sports fan.
2. Jonathan Chu, Violin
Jonathan Chu is widely sought-after as a chamber musician and
recitalist. With the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he has toured throughout
Japan and Europe performing in some of the finest halls in the world as
well as in New York. He also has a wide range of experiences with other
professional ensembles, having been a member of the Saint Louis
Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and serving as concertmaster
with the Juilliard Orchestra and guest principal with the Saint Paul
Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Chu joined the viola section of The Philadelphia
Orchestra at the start of the 2009-10 season.
Aside from his
work with professional ensembles, Mr. Chu enjoys a range of other
musical experiences. He has participated in Caramoor’s “Rising Stars”
series, performing with musicians such as Anton Kuerti, Gary Hoffman,
and Timothy Eddy. With the Fader Piano Quartet, he was a prizewinner at
the Coleman Competition in Pasadena. He is also a founding member of the
Io String Quartet. Mr. Chu has attended festivals including Marlboro,
Yellow Barn, and Taos. He can also be heard on the album of the rock
band Vampire Weekend playing both violin and viola.
Mr. Chu is a
graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he graduated summa cum laude
with a Bachelor of Music degree along with a second major in economics,
and the Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music studying
with Robert Mann. He plays on a Hiroshi Iizuka viola made in 2004.
3. Che-Hung Chen, Viola
Che-Hung Chen joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in spring 2001, the
first-ever Taiwanese citizen to become a member of the Orchestra. He was
the first prize winner at the seventh Banff International String
Quartet Competition as a member of the Daedalus Quartet; he was also
awarded the Pièce de concert prize for the best performance of a
commissioned work and the Székely Prize for the best performance of a
Beethoven quartet. A three-time top prize winner at the Taiwan National
Instrumental Competition, Mr. Chen entered the Curtis Institute of Music
at age 14, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale, retired
Philadelphia Orchestra principal viola, and served as principal viola of
the Curtis Symphony.
Mr. Chen has appeared as soloist with
numerous orchestras and given recitals throughout the United States and
Asia. As a participant in the Marlboro Festival, he has toured with
Musicians from Marlboro and performed on their 50th anniversary concerts
in Boston and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has collaborated with
members of the Guarneri, Orion, Mendelssohn, and Tokyo quartets, and
with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Jean-Yves
Thibaudet, Lang Lang, and Hilary Hahn. Mr. Chen has also participated in
festivals such as the Ravinia, Caramoor, Kingston, and Bridgehampton
chamber music festivals and Music from Angel Fire. He has also performed
with the Brandenburg Ensemble and Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Chen currently serves on the faculty of Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Temple Music Prep.
4. Burchard Tang, Viola
native of Maryland, Burchard Tang joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in
September 1999. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 1999 from
the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale,
retired Philadelphia Orchestra principal viola, and Choong-Jin Chang,
the Orchestra’s current principal viola. Mr. Tang has served as
principal viola with the Curtis Symphony and the New York String
Seminar, and he has performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble.
1993 winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student
Competition, Mr. Tang performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra as a
soloist in a Student Concert in November 1993. Other honors include the
Temple University Preparatory Division Concerto Competition and second
prize in the Senior Division of the Fischoff Competition in 1996.
5. Glenn Fischbach, Cello
Fischbach, cello, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where
he studied with Orlando Cole and William Stokking. Following his
graduation, Mr. Fischbach spent six seasons as principal cello of the
Savannah Symphony. He performs regularly as a substitute musician with
The Philadelphia Orchestra and is on the faculty of Temple University’s
Music Preparatory Division. He is a member of the Belmonte Piano Trio
with his wife, violinist Jennifer K. Lee, and pianist Robert Durso. Mr.
Fischbach comes from a musical family. His father is a member of the
violin faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is the
co-author of the well-known Viva Vibrato! method books. His brother is a
violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and his sister is
artistic director of the Southold Dance Theater in South Bend, IN, and a
former dancer with American Ballet Theatre.
6. John Koen, Cello
Koen has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1990. He
appears regularly on the Orchestra’s Chamber Music series, and performed
during Wolfgang Sawallisch’s 1993 Opening Week Festival and the
subsequent National Pubic Radio broadcast of Schumann’s Piano Quintet
with Maestro Sawallisch as pianist. Mr. Koen has been a frequent guest
on the Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble series since 1993 and is also a
member of the Mondrian Ensemble and the Network for New Music. He
performed with the ensemble 1807 & Friends Chamber Music Society
from 1990 to 1993.
Mr. Koen has appeared as a soloist with the
New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria, under the direction of Rossen
Milanov. Mr. Koen also appears regularly as a soloist with the
Lansdowne Symphony (PA), of which he has been principal cello since
1992. He was a nominee for the 1998 Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards
(GLAMA) for his performance of Winter Toccata for solo cello by Robert
Maggio, which Mr. Koen commissioned, and is featured on a recording of
works by Robert Maggio entitled Seven Mad Gods (Composers’ Recordings,
Mr. Koen studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with
David Soyer and Peter Wiley, the original and current cellist
(respectively) of the Guarneri Quartet, from 1985 to 1990, graduating
with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree; he also studied at the New
School of Music with Orlando Cole (1984-85). In 1988 Mr. Koen performed
in the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra as solo cellist on
European tours with Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Bernstein, and Sergiu
Celibidache, including a television broadcast throughout Eastern Europe
from Gorky Park in Moscow with Maestro Bernstein, and as a member of the
Salzau Quartet in a performance for President Richard von Weizsäcker of
Germany. Mr. Koen taught at the College of New Jersey (Trenton) from
1996 to 2001.
In 2004 Mr. Koen received The Philadelphia
Orchestra’s C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given to “a musician who has shown
both musical ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the
musical standards and reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.”
7. Christopher Deviney, Principal Percussion
Christopher Deviney became principal percussion of The Philadelphia
Orchestra in 2003. Prior to assuming this title, he was section
percussionist in the Houston Symphony. Mr. Deviney has also previously
performed and recorded with the New Orleans Symphony, the Toronto
Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. Before beginning his current
tenure in Philadelphia, he was a substitute percussionist with The
Philadelphia Orchestra on many occasions. He traveled with the Orchestra
on its 1991 tour of Europe with Riccardo Muti and its 1996 tour of Asia
with Wolfgang Sawallisch. Mr. Deviney also joined the Orchestra for
recording sessions with conductors Charles Dutoit, Myung-Whun Chung, and
Mr. Deviney has performed professionally at the
Bard Music Festival and as a featured soloist with the Brevard (FL)
Symphony. He has been featured in a number of chamber settings and
recitals at Tulane University and Temple University and with the Network
for New Music, the Atmos Percussion Ensemble, and the Philadelphia
Orchestra Chamber Music Series.
Mr. Deviney was a student at
the Aspen Music Festival where he was the recipient of the first Charles
Owen Memorial Fellowship. He was also a two-year Tanglewood Institute
Fellowship recipient. Mr. Deviney received his Bachelor of Music degree
in percussion performance from Florida State University, where he
studied under Gary Werdesheim, and his Master of Music degree in
percussion performance from Temple University, where his teachers
included Alan Abel (retired associate principal percussion of The
In 2002 Mr. Deviney was a featured
clinic presenter at the Percussive Arts Society International
Convention. He has presented clinics for PAS Day of Percussion events in
Louisiana, Florida, and Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct professor at
Rutgers University and has given master classes at Temple University and
the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition he has given professional
coaching at the New World Symphony. In 2005 he received the Florida
State University Dohnányi Award for Excellence in Music Performance.
Deviney is a proud endorser of Sabian cymbals, Pearl/Adams concert
percussion, and Innovative Percussion mallets. He resides in Elkins Park
(PA) with his wife, Tonja, and daughter, Caitlyn.