Win­ning vi­o­lin­ist tours

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Praised for her ‘‘coolly as­sured’’ vir­tu­os­ity, Korean-Australian vi­o­lin­ist Suyeon Kang per­forms in Palmer­ston North this week for Cham­ber Mu­sic New Zealand.

Now based in Berlin, the 27-yearold won the 2015 Michael Hill In­ter­na­tional Vi­o­lin Com­pe­ti­tion – the first Australian to do so – and as a tes­ta­ment to her charis­matic ap­peal, also took out the Au­di­ence Prize. Suyeon’s pro­gramme, which in­cludes Bloch’s Baal Shem, Schu­bert’s Sonatina in Gmi­nor, Barto´k’s first sonata, Stravin­sky’s

Suite Ital­i­enne and solo vi­o­lin piece Gone, by New Zealand com­poser Ken­neth Young, is ac­com­pa­nied by ‘‘stun­ning spring-loaded’’ vir­tu­oso pi­anist, Stephen De Pledge.

‘‘When I was choos­ing the pro­gramme I set a goal to per­form some things I en­joy, but which also pre­sented me with tech­ni­cal and mu­si­cal chal­lenges.

‘‘I’mpar­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to re-in­ter­pret­ing Gone,’’ Suyeon says.

She will be play­ing a 1775 J. B. Guadagnini vi­o­lin loaned to her by Sir Michael Hill, an in­stru­ment Sir Michael has dubbed ‘‘The South­ern Star’’. Guadagini is con­sid­ered one of the great­est vi­o­lin mak­ers af­ter Stradi­vari and Guaneri.

[The per­for­mance in the Re­gent on Broad­way, this Fri­day, July 8 is at 7.30pm, with book­ings through Tick­etdirect 0800 224 224 tick­etdirect.co.nz For fur­ther de­tails visit cham­ber­mu­sic.co.nz/ suyeonkang]

Win­ner of the 2015 Michael Hill In­ter­na­tional Vi­o­lin Com­pe­ti­tion, Australian vi­o­lin­ist Suyeon Kang per­forms in Palmer­ston North on Fri­day.

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