Breguet, founded in Paris in 1775 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, is one of the oldest watch-making brands in the world. As a creative and technological innovator, Breguet’s own image and identity are deeply rooted in the culture and destiny of Europe. It is an active contributor to the preservation and rehabilitation of Europe’s cultural and artistic heritage, as well as a leading patron of the arts. For all his work, the late Breguet CEO Nicolas G. Hayek has been awarded the gold medal of Grand Mécène de la Culture Française. On October 26, 2010, Breguet was the title sponsor for a unique event in Hong Kong, “Breguet’s Celebration of Excellence: Munich Chamber Orchestra and Trey Lee.”
As the first stop of Trey's much anticipated China Tour with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the concert featured Lee's stirring artistry alongside his dazzling technique in Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major, while the orchestra under Maestro Liebreich was in regal form in Haydn's Symphony No 85 “La Reine” and Schubert's Symphony No 5.
The concert raised scholarship funds for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) School of Music. HKAPA Director Professor Kevin Thompson thanked Lee, the sponsors and organizations for their support. Vice President of Breguet Hong Kong and Taiwan Mr Martin Ganz commented, “Breguet is extremely proud and pleased to be a part of this meaningful event, where not only the most sublime music was showcased by world-class performers, but where it was also able to contribute to the future development of HKAPAâ€Ÿs cultural life.”
The evening was attended by many of the most celebrated and notable figures from Hong Kong, including Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Charles Kao and Mrs Gwen Kao, Secretary for the Environment Mr Edward Yau, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Mr Raymond Young and Director of Home Affairs, Mrs Pamela Tan.
At the conclusion of the concert, Lee enthused, "To play with the Munich Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Liebreich is already a fantastic experience; on top of that, to play in such a beautifully constructed hall – one really does not need to say anything more but simply to enjoy the moment!" The late Mr. Hayek would no doubt feel the same.
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