Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich - Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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.