Winning violinist tours
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.