Travelers get a musical treat

Central Station | 18 Apr 2016

American violinist Joshua Bell delighted MTR travelers when drew his bow across the strings in Hong Kong Station.

The maestro greeted people with a 20-minute performance of Vitali's Chaconne and Zigeunerweisen with Italian pianist Alessio Bax in the afternoon yesterday.

The "middle man" behind the show was MTR Corp Ltd chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang.

Ma said he knew Bell was coming for his recital with Bax in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall last night.

The music lover said friends helped him to contact Bell and invite him and Bax to perform in the station.

Ma felt touched that Bell agreed as he had a tight schedule in Hong Kong.

Bell, 48, is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. He won the Avery Fisher Prize in 2007.

In the same year, Bell joined an experiment by the Washington Post and played as an incognito busker at a Washington subway station. In the 43-minute performance, more than 1,000 people walked by but only 27 gave him a total of US$32.17 (HK$250).

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