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Sunday 13 February 2022  |  2:30PM

‘Aside from an extraordinary technical fluency, [Li-Wei] has a musical intelligence and sensitivity which is breathtaking both for its maturity and profound vision.’

– The Strad

Chinese Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician, including notable debuts with the London Symphony, Russian Philharmonic and Brussels Chamber Orchestras in recent seasons. Other major appearances include performances at both the 2008 Beijing and the 2012 London Olympic Games, and twice as a soloist at the BBC Proms. Known as a ‘superbly stylish, raptly intuitive performer’ (Gramophone), Li-Wei returns to UKARIA for the first time since 2017.

As regular collaborators, Australian pianist Kristian Chong and Li-Wei share a long-standing musical bond. Described by The Age as ‘a true chamber musician at work’, Kristian has also performed with artists including Natsuko Yoshimoto, Sophie Rowell, Dale Barltrop, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, with whom he recorded on the ABC Classic label. Kristian has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in the UK, New Zealand and China, as well as presenting acclaimed solo and chamber recitals in the Australian Digital Concert Hall seasons during recent lockdowns.

This program has been selected by Li-Wei as a commentary on the complexity of our current times, with poignant melodies intertwining and evoking themes of sensitivity, intimacy and reconciling inner drama.


Franz Schubert (17971828) 
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D. 821

I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio 
III. Allegretto

    Robert Schumann (18101856)
    Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70


    Samuel Barber (19101981)
    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 6

    I. Allegro ma non troppo
    II. Adagio - Presto
    III. Allegro appassionato

    Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
    Le Grand Tango

    Duration | Approximately two hours, including a twenty-minute interval.
    Note | Complimentary afternoon tea will be served during the interval.

    Photo Credit

    Kristian Chong: John Tsiavis

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