Programme Details

[Cancelled] The Shanghai Quartet


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

“Profound commitment to playing music as if it was always being created anew.” Strings Magazine



“Utterly sublime” The New York Times

Having performed the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle multiple times worldwide, these long-time chamber music partners illustrate their “wonderfully ferocious and illuminating performance” (The Washington Post) in two concerts featuring six of Beethoven’s sixteen quartets. Formed in 1983, the Shanghai Quartet is renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations.

With their “admirable sense of ensemble and a lush Romanticism” (The Strad), the Shanghai Quartet’s rendition of Beethoven’s music is considered authoritative. The first evening features the first string quartet ever composed by Beethoven Op 18, the “Quartetto Serioso”, and the poignant Op 132, reflecting his life-threatening illness and joyous recovery. The second concert begins with his monumental “Second Razumovsky” quartet and finishes with two late quartets. A highlight of Beethoven 2020.

The 18 Feb performance is sponsored by Sino Group as part of the Sino Group Arts Celebration Series



Li Weigang
Jiang Yiwen

Li Honggang

Nicholas Tzavaras



Feb 18
String Quartet No 3 in D major, Op 18, No 3
String Quartet No 11 in F minor, Op 95
String Quartet No 15 in A minor, Op 132

Feb 19
String Quartet No 8 in E minor, Op 59, No 2
String Quartet No 13 in B-flat major, Op 130
Grosse Fuge in B-flat major, Op 133


Photo credit

Pawel Mazur



    18 & 19 / 2 / 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)