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New Direction in Classical-Jazz Crossover: David Braid's Music for String Quartet and Jazz Piano

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University of Liverpool and Sinfonia UK Collective's artist-in-residence David Braid - ‘une force poetique’ (Le Soleil) composes for himself on piano with Russia's hottest young group, The Civitas String Quartet.  

Joya Variations 

Jagtime Dance 

Liuyang River Rhapsody (excerpt) 

Kowloon Fantasy*


Spirit Dance


All Compositions By David Braid (SOCAN)
*with Dr. Lee Tsang, conductor


DAVID BRAID, Piano (Toronto, CANADA)

"Sophisticated and authentic" – New York Observer

Hailed in the Canadian press as "one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to music" (The Ottawa Citizen), and "a jazz genius to call our own" (Maclean’s Magazine), composer and pianist, David Braid is a three-time winner of Canada's highest music honour, Juno Award.   Combining the discipline of European classical music with the spontaneity of jazz, Braid’s music is described as "brilliant" (Montreal Gazette), "wide-ranging, exploratory" (South China Morning Post), and "hauntingly beautiful" (The Globe & Mail).

David Braid is a Steinway Artist, a Special Associate Artist of Sinfonia UK, an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds (UK), and an visiting adjunct professor at the Danish National Academy of Music.  He is a recipient of the Ontario Foundation for the Arts’ prestigious prize: ’Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry.’ His arrangements and compositions were an integral part of the Chet Baker-inspired film, ’Born to Be Blue’ and his jazz score received praise for its "contemporary patina without sacrificing period authenticity" (The Times, UK). He also won ’Best Original Score’ and ’Best Original Song’ at the 2017 Screen Awards.

2017 first-prize winners of the Hunday Foundation Competition, the CIVITAS String Quartet was found in 2015 by outstanding graduates of the prestigious Moscow State Conservatory: Polina Shupilova (violin), Anna Poloneeva (violin), Nikolai Chernukho (viola), and Grigory Philipchenko (cello).  In addition to performing major string quartet repertoire from Haydn to Bartok, the CIVITAS Quartet are unique to only a relatively small number of quartets in the world who also improvise.


DR. LEE TSANG, Conductor (Liverpool, UK)
As a conductor, Lee received training from Eric Cross, Isobel Preece, Julian Webb, Martyn Brabbins, Peter Stark and Adrian Brown. For over 25 years, his conducting work for numerous professional and amateur groups has embraced a diverse repertoire, including work by contemporary composers Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Simaku and Richard Tsang, symphonies by Haydn, Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams, major choral works by Tippett (A Child of Our Time), Prokofiev (Alexander Nevsky), Bernstein (Chichester Psalms) and Vaughan Williams (Five Tudor Portraits) and, for the stage, works by Purcell (Dido and Aeneas), Berlioz (Lelio), Copland (Appalachian Spring), Weill (Seven Deadly Sins, Der Jasager, Der Protagonist, Lady in the Dark), Bernstein (Candide), Stravinsky (A Soldier's Tale), Walton (The Bear) and Webern (Dead). In 2004 he founded the Sinfonia UK Collective (originally as Hull Sinfonietta) initially to improve access to professional music-making in the UK's Humber region, to facilitate new work by living composers and to explore issues relating to collective authorship. His work currently focuses on post-jazz ecology and music as authentic flow.


Free admission
For HKUST members and invited guests only
No admission under the age of 6


Presented by HKUST Center for Education Innovation and Center for the Art