Published on November 4, 2019

BEIJING, LAST STOP ON THE FIRST-EVER VISIT TO ASIA BY LES VIOLONS DU ROY
A GRAND FINALE FOR A GRAND TOUR

Quebec City, November 4, 2019Les Violons du Roy wrap up their tour of Asia with pianist Marc-André Hamelin in Beijing tomorrow, Tuesday November 5. Together, they’ve brought a taste of Québec’s musical talent to audiences in South Korea and China, with performances of works by Haydn and Mozart under the direction of Jonathan Cohen.

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin, one of Canada’s most internationally recognized artists, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 on October 29, 2019, at the LG Arts Center in Seoul. Photo: Courtesy of the LG Arts Center

In the course of their journey, Les Violons du Roy have been struck by the level of interest in classical music in Asia, as borne out by the outstanding concert halls they played and the enthusiastic reception from audiences who demanded encores from soloist and orchestra alike.

The Quebec offices in Seoul, Shanghai, and Beijing and the Canadian embassies in South Korea and China paid tribute to the orchestra’s Asian debut with receptions marking the occasion. Jean-François Lépine, director of Quebec Government offices in China, François Dansereau and Catherine Zhao of the Quebec Office in Shanghai, Tommie Hamel of the Quebec Office in Beijing, and Patrick Hébert of the Canadian Embassy in South Korea all honored our musicians with their presence. Veronique Gong, the National Bank of Canada’s representative in Shanghai, was also in attendance.

From the South Korean capital to the capital of China via Nanjing, Shanghai, and Xi’an, Quebec City’s sister city, Les Violons du Roy have led a remarkable tour that has allowed them to connect with new audiences and forge new cultural ties. The orchestra could not have wished for a better itinerary on the occasion of its 52nd concert tour and its first visit to Asia. 

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For information and interviews:
Noora Heiskanen
Communications Coordinator 
Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec 
Tel. 418 692-3026, ext. 230
Email: nheiskanen@violonsduroy.com

PHOTOS

October 29, 2019, LG Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea
Photo: courtesy of the LG Arts Center

 

 

 

 

October 31, 2019, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Shanghai, China
Photo: Laurent Patenaude

 

 

 

 

October 29, 2019, LG Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea
Photo: Laurent Patenaude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 1, 2019, Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, Nanjing, China
Photo : IC

 

 

 

 

 

November 3, 2019, Xi’an Concert Hall, Xi’an, China
Photo: courtesy of the Xi’an Concert Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS
This tour of Asia was arranged in partnership with Askonas Holt, a leading arts management company. It was made possible by a cultural development agreement between the government of Québec and the City of Quebec. Les Violons du Roy would also like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Government of Canada, National Bank, and the orchestra’s valued patrons for their support of its Asia tour. 

ITINERARY
Tuesday, October 29, 2019,  8:00 p.m. LG Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea
Thursday, October 31, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Shanghai, China
Friday, November 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, Nanjing, China
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Xi’an Concert Hall, Xi’an, China
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China

CONCERT PROGRAM
F.J. HAYDN Symphony no. 83 in G minor, “The Hen” 
W.A. MOZART Piano Concerto no. 27 in Bb major, K. 595 
W.A. MOZART Symphony no. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Jonathan Cohen, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Les Violons du Roy