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.

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