The Week in Reviews, Op. 406: Jaewon Wee; Karen Gomyo; Kerson Leong & Livia Sohn
In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Violinist Jaewon Wee.
Jaewon Wee won first prize in the first Dallas International Violin Competition and performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Dallas Chamber Symphony.
- The Dallas Morning News: "Her white-hot performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto certainly defied the cliche of this as cool Nordic music. Her technical command was astonishing, from gutsy scrubbings and speed-of-light runs to sweet lyricism and pinpoint pianissimos on high."
Karen Gomyo performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with The Festival Orchestra at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.
- San Diego Reader: "...violinist Karen Gomyo play(ed) the bejeezus out of the Brahms Violin Concerto. I cannot imagine a better performance."
Kerson Leong and Livia Sohn performed Pärt’s Tabula Rasa and other works, along with the Balourdet Quartet, at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.
- Boston Musical Intelligencer: " Leong and Sohn played off each other, almost like birds calling out from arboreal perches, comparing their days as the sun sank."
Maya Shankar delivered the commencement address at the Juilliard School in May.
- The Washington Post: "Look for opportunities to practice imaginative courage, remember that why you do something is more important than what you do and, whenever possible, try and seek out awe."
Paul Huang performed Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Taiwan Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall in New York City (in April).
- The Strad: "A nearly imperceptible beginning to Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy exploded with emotion in just moments in the expert hands of violinist Paul Huang. His masterful bow control and fast vibrato contributed to a rich, sustained sound in the first movement."
Isabelle Faust performed Mozart with violist Antoine Tamestit...
- The Strad: "The pair’s Mozart was delightfully shaped, the unison start to K424 played in a sotto voce that made you feel as if you were eavesdropping on an intimate conversation."
Anne-Sophie Mutter performed Mozart’s First Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (in April).
- The Strad: "Her reading was characterised by masterful character contrasts and fine execution; the first cadenza was played with confidence and grace, while the double-stops were pristine in intonation and balance. "
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