There are some child prodigies we only encounter early in their careers, before they vanish into obscurity. We already had the chance to applaud the Japanese-American Midori at the age of 14, when she performed on Leonard Bernstein's Journey for Peace tour at the Budapest Sports Hall in 1985.The Osaka-born violinist moved with her parents to the US in 1982, where her talents were discovered by Zubin Mehta, who presented her at the New Year's concert of the New York Philharmonic. When still a child, she performed together with such famed artists as Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman, and studied under Dorothy DeLay at New York's Juilliard School of Music. A celebrated global star, she is a frequent guest of major international festivals, and has recorded albums with conductors including Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin and Mariss Jansons. Her partner for this concert, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, was founded in 1950, and has been led by conductors including Hans Stadlmair and Christoph Poppen. The ensemble also sometimes performs without a conductor, and the musicians will be directed by concertmaster Daniel Giglberger for this Müpa Budapest concert.
The programme strikes a delicate balance between Baroque music - with three works by Johann Sebastian Bach - and the restrained emotions and poised Romanticism in the works of Edvard Grieg and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The two Bach violin concertos to be heard in the first and second half of the concert, the darker-toned D minor and joyful and energetic E major, not only give Midori the opportunity to show two different sides of her personality, but also to direct our attention to the clarity of her playing within the framework of Bach's wise and concise idiom.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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