Programme Details

[Cancelled] Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Artistic Directors: Gottfried von der Goltz, Kristian Bezuidenhout


In view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the resultant closures of venues across the city, and concerns for the health and safety of participating artists and audiences, the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) has made the difficult decision to cancel the February and March performances of the 48th HKAF. All Young Friends (YFS) programmes and outreach activities within the above period, including in-school pre-performance workshops, will also be cancelled. Arrangements for YFS membership will be announced soon by email. For general enquiries, please email to

Beethoven’s and Mozart’s piano concerti will be exquisitely rendered on fortepiano by Kristian Bezuidenhout, 18th-century keyboard specialist, 
accompanied by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.



“Fire and ice fused to create playing of real character, alert yet also majestic and hugely impressive” Gramophone

“Scintillating performance... Crisp, energetic” Bachtrack

“Mr. Bezuidenhout’s performance showed that the fortepiano’s compactness, and the physicality of the solo line, explain a lot about Mozart’s piano writing.” The New York Times

“One of the most stylish and versatile of early music ensembles” (New York Classical Review), Freiburg Baroque Orchestra specialises in Renaissance, Baroque and classical works performed on period instruments. At the 2020 Festival, the award-winning German orchestra will perform two concerts dedicated to Beethoven and Mozart.

In their first concert, Beethoven’s first three piano concertos will be exquisitely rendered on fortepiano—predecessor of the modern piano—by Kristian Bezuidenhout, a specialist in 18th century keyboard music on fortepiano, harpsichord and modern piano. Soprano Robin Johannsen joins the second concert, featuring both the composer’s piano concertos and concert arias, for a vivacious, graceful all-Mozart evening.

A budding star in today’s opera world, Johannsen’s “superbly agile and fresh-sounding” (Opera News) voice is praised for its “high level of technical accomplishments” (Opera Magazine). She has performed at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin and collaborated with conductors including René Jacobs, Helmuth Rilling and Christian Thielemann.

In 2013, Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra received an Echo Klassik Award for Concerto Recording of the Year with a recording of Mozart’s concertos. These authoritative musicians present an unmissable event for music lovers to hear the authentic sounds of the two composers’ piano concertos and to gain insight into Mozart’s early influence on Beethoven and Beethoven’s subsequent development of his own style.



Mar 6
Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, Op 15
Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat major, Op 19
Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37
Leader and Artistic Director: Gottfried von der Goltz
Fortepiano: Kristian Bezuidenhout

Mar 7
Piano Concerto No 9 in E-flat major, KV271, ‘Jenamy
Piano Concerto No 25 in C major, KV503
Concert Aria for Soprano and Orchestra
Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia, KV582
Vado, ma dove?, KV583
Bella mia fiamma, KV528
Ch’io mi scordi di te?, KV505
Artistic Director & Fortepiano: Kristian Bezuidenhout
Leader: Gottfried von der Goltz
Soprano: Robin Johannsen


Photo credit

Foppe Schut
Marco Borggreve



    6 & 7 / 3 / 2020  20:15 



    Concert Hall, HK City Hall



    Pre-show in-school workshop (conducted in Cantonese and English) is available for this programme. 
    (Applicable to School Members)