Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120
I. Andante con poco adagio
HO QIAN HUI (B.MUS2) viola
TAN TZU-KUANG (B.MUS2) piano
KUO YUN-TING (B.MUS1) viola
I. Andante comodo
WEI JUN-TING (B.MUS2) viola
Born in 1954, Ken Hakii grew up and studied the viola in Tokyo. He continued his studies at the Cologne Conservatory with Rainer Moog and had lessons with Milton Thomas and William Primrose.
He joined the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1985. He has served as principal violist since 1992.
Hakii performed as a soloist with the orchestra in Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote on a European tour in 1997.
He performed Kurtág’s …concertante… for violin, viola and orchestra with his wife, violinist Hiromi Kikuchi, in November 2003. The couple also performed this work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, the Teatro della Scala Orchestra in Milan and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, among others.
Hakii has performed with his wife at leading international music festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Vienna, Paris and Venice. He is the recipient of awards including an Edison Classical and the Deutsche Kritiker Prize. In 2003, the New York Times named the CD Signs, Games, Messages, featuring music by Kurtág, ‘best recording of the year’.
Thanks to a generous private donor RCO donors’ foundation Stichting Donateurs was able to purchase a viola for Ken Hakii built by F. & G. Grancino (Milan, ca. 1680). Ken Hakii was given this instrument on loan in 2011.
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