The Week in Reviews, Op. 261: Jennifer Koh, Gil Shaham, Karen Gomyo

March 6, 2019, 12:52 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Jennifer Koh
Violinist Jennifer Koh. Photo by Juergen Frank.

Jennifer Koh performed the Salonen Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony (filling in for Leila Josefowicz).

Gil Shaham performed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Karen Gomyo performed Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony.

Leonidas Kavakos performed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Anne Akiko Meyers performed the Barber Violin Concerto with Symphony Silicon Valley.

Kristof Barati performed Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Julia Hwang performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Academy of St Thomas.

Leia Zhu performed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble.

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March 6, 2019 at 09:13 PM · I attended the Shaham concert. He was wonderful, and he was clearly very happy to be there. He was beaming and smiling the entire time. Then, for the encore, he invited the CM, Nurit Bar Joseph to join him, or as he said she had graciously agreed to join him, and they played a lovely Gavotte for two violins. Shaham is clearly a class act, and, I think, the best violinist of his generation.

March 7, 2019 at 01:15 PM · Three cheers for Jennifer Koh stepping in at the last minute for Leila Josefowicz. That's got to be tough, no matter what you're playing, but the Salonen Cto is reputed to be *hard*. I hope Ms. Josefowicz is okay. Maybe just the flu?

March 9, 2019 at 02:53 PM · . . . a better round of reviews for the Salonen this time. Didn't we all think it would catch fire?

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