Thursday, April 28, 2011
WEALTH, WHAT'S IT TO YOU"?
This banner at Hong Kong airport seemed to sum up perfectly the big changes taking place in China now.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Here I am at Orfeo Strings, where K.C. introduced me.
Thinking about his next violin???
No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a trip to a tailor
for a new suit. Thanks Johnny!
In the evening I was invited to Dr. Young's home to celebrate delivery of his son's new violin. This is the view of Hong Kong from their balcony.
Karl Young with the family's violin teacher,
Ms. Mao Tanaka Tomoko from the HK Philharmonic.
KC Siu came back to play Karl’s Alf “one more time”.
He loan’s me his amazing Scarampella for study ... and makes official his order for a new Gregg Alf "Ole Bull" violin.
On my last night in Hong Kong I remembered that my step son Dimitri asked me to bring Flat Stanley along for a photo op while delivering the Young's violin. Katherine and Karl kindly obliged. They were wonderful hosts during my stay.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
My friend and customer K.C. Siu showed me around one of his record stores at the posh Pacific Place shopping center in Hong Kong. It is a busy place with a fine classic music division. Mr. Siu has a wonderful collection of stringed instruments. Touring around in his awesome blue Maserati GranCabrio was a thrill in itself.
(L to R) Angelina Siu - wonderful pianist and host, K.C. , me, and Fan Ting - principle 2nd violinist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic
(L to R) K.C., me, Yat-Wah Cheng, and Fan Ting. Yat-Wah Cheng is a respected teacher at the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts. We are holding 2 Alf violins I brought over, and violins from H.C.’s collection: a Viullaume and a Scarampella
Fang Ting, Principle 2nd violin of the Hong Kong Philharmonic talks with me about his latest violin. Professor Cheng studies a special edition, Opus 200, that I had just finished for Cheng’s colleague at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Professor Yang C. Lin.
10 year old Alex Young has just received his Gregg Alf violin, posing L to R with his grandfather, me, grandmother and his mother Katherine.
Alex was eager to get back to his violin after a wonderful vegetarian dinner party in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong