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Szymanowski Quartet & HKU Composers (with Guest Pianist Mary Wu)

Szymanowski Quartet & HKU Composers (with guest pianist Mary Wu)



HAYDN String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 2, “The Joke”
SZYMANOWSKI Nocturne and Tarantella (arr. Myroslav Skoryk)
BACEWICZ Piano Quintet No. 1

With World Premieres:
CHAN SZE-ROK In Search of Lost Time*
JOYCE WAI-CHUNG TANG The Bacewicz Obsession

*commissioned by Cultural Management Office, The University of Hong Kong in 2016 with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund

Founded in Warsaw in 1995, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Szymanowski Quartet, one of the world’s leading quartets distinguished for its perfect balance between intellect and passion, and its commitment to contemporary music. In their celebratory world tour, HKU composer Daniel Lo is commissioned to write a new work, reflecting on the Quartet’s journey and creating an artistic dialogue across time and space.

In the same spirit to reflect, a tribute will be paid to Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz, considered by Witold Lutosławski to be “one of the foremost women composers of all time”. Hong Kong’s own piano virtuoso Mary Wu will join the quartet in Bacewicz’s rarely heard Piano Quintet No. 1, and three more premieres by HKU composers Chan Sze-rok, Shao Litang, and Joyce Tang, will offer the audience “a fabric of sounds” inspired by Bacewicz.

Don’t miss the chance to be challenged and inspired in this richly programmed evening!

House Programme


Szymanowski Quartet
Mary Wu, Piano


HKU Composers:
Chan Sze-rok
Daniel Ting-cheung Lo
Shao Litang Kiko
Joyce Wai-chung Tang


Grand Hall
Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre
Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong



  • Limited half-price concession tickets available
  • Available at Cityline outlets only: HKU students $50 with valid HKU ID upon purchase and entry

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  • For ages 6+
  • Approximately 1.5 hours with intermission
  • Guests are advised to arrive punctually.
  • No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme.
  • Programmes and artists are subject to change.

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