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Shun Hing Group Presents "Panasonic Enchanted Strings Concert" All proceeds from ticket sale will go to Sichuan

In view of the recent tragedy in Sichuan, the Shun Hing Group has offered immediate assistance by donating HK$10,000,000 through the Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund. The Group today announced that it would further its relief efforts by donating all proceeds from ticket sale of the upcoming Panasonic Enchanted Strings Concert on 6 July 2008 (Sun) and 7 July 2008 (Mon) to the victims in Sichuan. The performers of the two concerts have also agreed to contribute part of their remuneration to support Sichuan.

The year 2008 coincides with Shun Hing Group's 55th anniversary. True to its tradition of actively participating in community service and promoting arts and culture, the Group is launching a number of classical concerts in Hong Kong. Following the success of the "Panasonic Lang Lang Concert" earlier this year, Shun Hing Group now proudly presents three distinguished young musicians from Mainland China - Wang Jian, Lu Siqing and Huang Mengla, to display the full extent of their talents to the people of Hong Kong.

Dr. William Mong, Chairman of Shun Hing Group said, "The Sichuan earthquake relief efforts brook no delay, so please show your love to the victims. Give them a helping hand by supporting our concerts."

Lu Siqing and Huang Mengla, both violinists of world renown will give performances on 6 July (Sun) while accompanied by the Shanghai Sinfonietta. Lu, the first Asian violinist to win the first prize at the prestigious Paganini International Violin Competition, will play "Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major Op.6". Huang, also a first prizewinner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, will give his interpretation of "Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor Op.64".

On the other hand, cellist Wang Jian, once dubbed the "child prodigy" and who featured in the documentary "From Mao to Mozart: Issac Stern in China", will interpret pieces from Haydn while accompanied by Shanghai Sinfonietta on 7 July (Mon). He will play "Cello Concerto No.2 in D Major, Op.101" and "Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major, Op.62".

The concert finds a director in no less a personality than Xu Zhong, a world class pianist in his own right, and whose highly evocative conducting skills have made him one of the most prominent Chinese conductors in the classical music arena of our time.

The Shanghai Sinfonietta is an elite assembly of accomplished professionals who have performed and won numerous accolades in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and other European countries under the inspirational baton of Xu.

"Panasonic Enchanted Strings Concert" is presented by Shun Hing Group and will be held in Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets, priced at HK$800, HK$500, HK$300 and HK$200 are available at URBTIX outlets starting from 1 June. Programme enquiry hotline: 2733 3086.

Profiles of Musicians
Wang Jian featured in the Oscar winning documentary "From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China" as a young kid. In the film he was portrayed as a child prodigy of classical music. The film paved the way for his ascension to a very high level in the musical world where he is known as a world-class cellist. Wang has performed extensively at music festivals in the world, including Vervier in Switzerland, Miyazaki in Japan, Aldeburgh in the UK, and Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart in the USA.

Lu Siqing was the first Asian violinist to win the first prize at Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy. His performances have won wide acclaim at prestigious venues in more than 30 countries throughout the world, such as the Musikverein in Vienna and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Lu has played alongside many famous orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and Bern Symphony.

Huang Mengla won the first prize at the Paganini International Violin Competition in 2002. He obtained a master's degree at the Shanghai Conservatory and went on to become the youngest ever lecturer at that institution. In 2006, Huang went to London to further his studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He was invited to perform at the Palace of Denmark the same year.

Xu Zhong is a famous Chinese musician who is presently residing in France. He was the third Chinese pianist to win a prize at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition after Shikun and Yin Chengzong. From 2000 onwards, Xu has been bringing to bear his talent as a conductor. It is not uncommon for musicians to wear more than one hat in the musical business.

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