Strings of yore
Violin virtuoso Dan Zhu set to bring alive the cinematic brilliance of legendary composer Korngold’s music
CHINESE musician Dan Zhu was only four when he first held the violin. Today, he is one of the finest stars in the world of classical music. His recent performance with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood festival has been raved by critics as truly brilliant. In the city for his fourth performance at the NCPA, Zhu says, “I have enjoyed sharing much of my music with Mumbai. I feel that the people here are very musical and passionate at heart.” This time, he will play the Korngold violin concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of India and Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk.
Korngold violin concerto was written in the 1940s when the composer. Erich Wolfgang Korngold, was already working in Hollywood. “The influence from the film scores are inevitable through the whole concerto, but one can clearly hear the harmonies, colours, and lyricism in this concerto, reflecting the composer’s youth back in Vienna in the beginning of 20th. All these elements coming from different stages of his life makes this piece so unique and brilliant,” explains Zhu.