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Japanese violin virtuoso Sayaka Shoji is a familiar face
in Iceland, as she has appeared twice at the Midsummer Music Festival held at
Harpa. In 1999 she became the youngest person ever to win the Paganini
Competition, paving the way for a brilliant career. Today she travels all over
the world with her Stradivarius, mesmerising audiences wherever she goes. At
this Iceland Symphony concert, she performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto,
one of the best-loved violin pieces of all time, written by Tchaikovsky in 1878 for
his lover, Josef Kutek. Passionate phrases intertwined with melodies reminiscent
of Russian folk music make this concerto an unforgettable experience.
Conducting the programme is Finland’s Klaus Mäkelä, who
has shown himself to be one of the Nordic region’s most noteworthy conductors
despite his youth. Leonard Bernstein’s scintillating overture to the operetta
Candide is a fitting opening for the concert, as 2018 is the centenary of
Bernstein’s birth. Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 10 is one of the composer’s
best-loved pieces, featuring a blend of dramatic vehemence and candid lyricism.
It was the first piece Shostakovich wrote after the death of Stalin in 1953,
and many listeners hear in it a settling of accounts with that fateful regime.
Shostakovich is reported to have said that the second movement was a “musical
portrait of Stalin”, but whatever the case may be, the music is particularly
The concert will be streamed live on Iceland Symphony’s website, en.sinfonia.is.
Pre-concert presentation in Hörpuhornið » 11 Oct 18:00
Leonard Bernstein Overture to Candide
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony no. 10