I remember a fairly recent interview with Leoninad Kavakos where he claimed that Offertorium was the hardest piece he ever learned. A few years earlier he said that Bartok 2 was the hardest.
There are pieces that are significantly harder then these. Compositions that are really great but only Kavakos and maybe 2-3 other people in the world are capably of playing them well live.
Perlman and Zukerman are other examples of violinists that propably could have played much harder pieces if they wanted too.
A bit sad I think since they might be the greatest violinists that are still active.
Some of the really demanding works new works are tonal and "retro" so even violinists that dislike atonal pieces may enjoy playing them.
Perlman seems to be the ideal violinist if you want to write an extremely demanding "neoromantic concerto" with a modern touch.
Hilary Hahn is a good example of a violinist that moved a away a bit from the standardrepertoire and that´s her best careermove yet I think.
Same with Mutter and even more Kremer, playing new works instead of old warhorses seems to be their thing.
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