LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN – Violin Sonata no 1 in D major, Op.12 No.1
EDVARD GRIEG – Violin Sonata No 2 in G major, Op.13
MATTHEW HINDSON – New Work
MANUEL DE FALLA – Suite Populaire Espagnole
VITTORIO MONTI – Czárdás
RAY CHEN, Violin
JULIEN QUENTIN, Piano
Winner of the Queen Elisabeth ( 2009 ) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions ( 2008 ), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today, appearing with some of the world’s leading orchestras. Followed by over two million people on SoundCloud, Ray looks to expand the classical music audience by increasing its appeal to the young generation via all available social media platforms.
French pianist Julien Quentin has established himself as a versatile and sensitive musician. Presently resident in Berlin, he has created a concert series reminiscent of the salons of the Roaring Twenties. He also pursues his interest in other genres of music through various collaborations in projects ranging from improvisation to producing electronic music.
Beethoven’s first violin sonata, composed whilst studying under Haydn, exhibits the classical polish of his early works. Grieg is in full Norwegian mode for his passionate second violin sonata written during his three-week honeymoon. A new work by acclaimed Australian composer Matthew Hindson, followed the popular transcription of Manual de Falla’s setting of traditional Spanish songs, including the famous Asturiana, and finally Italian composer Vittorio Monti’s short, rhapsodic Czárdás.
Photograph: Julien Mignot & Keith Saunders