May 8, 2013 |
Let me get this straight. Two weeks ago in Santa Barbara violinist Jennifer Koh went from Bach to way beyond at Hahn Hall. Then Hilary Hahn at Walt Disney Concert Hall went from Bach to way beyond Tuesday night. Both virtuoso American violinists, who are in their early or mid-30s, bring real depth to Bach but are now spreading their wings extraordinarily. They are, moreover, part of what is surely a remarkable new golden age of violinists in their 30s - Leila Josefowicz and Janine Jansen are also in the picture.
June 21, 1989 |
At an age when her contemporaries are giving up their doll collections for fantasies about pop rock stars, Leila Josefowicz nonchalantly discusses the merits of various violin concertos. The 11-year-old virtuosa makes her San Diego Symphony debut tonight performing Eduoard Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" in the kickoff of the symphony's SummerPops season. Two months ago, she performed Henryk Wienawski's Second Violin Concerto with the Pacific Symphony in Orange County. "I've played the Wieniawski a lot," explained Josefowicz in a phone interview earlier this month.
July 13, 1997 |
Maybe it has something to do with the way it is played, the way the body of the performer seems connected to the sound emanating from the instrument; or maybe it is simply the physical posture of the player, head thrust, back arched, chest out, right arm in expressive motion. The violin has always been the sexiest of instruments--or was until the electric guitar came along. The first superstar performer, Paganini, was a violinist.
April 15, 2013 |
When Susanna Mälkki made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in 2010 it was hoped - at least by me - that the Finnish conductor would be invited back to show what she could really do. She was. And Sunday afternoon in Walt Disney Concert Hall, she did. As music director of Ensemble Intercontemporain, the elite French new music group founded by Pierre Boulez, Mälkki has the inevitable reputation of being a new music specialist. Of the 10 CDs she's made, nine are of European or Scandinavian Modernist composers.
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April 2, 1989
In the arts: Keith Clark leads violinist Leila Josefowicz and the Pacific Symphony in works by Wieniawski and Stravinski on Wednesday and Thursday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, Andre Previn leads violinist Joshua Bell and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in works by Mozart, Strauss and Brahms at the Performing Arts Center.
July 20, 2002 |
Great fiddle playing seems to be a staple at the Hollywood Bowl this summer, with the debut of Elisabeth Batiashvili there last week and the return Tuesday night of charismatic, accomplished 24-year-old Leila Josefowicz, who first played in this setting before she was a teenager. It is no secret that we are in a golden age of violinists, and one of the reasons is superior teaching.
September 17, 1990 |
That's it. It's over. Another Hollywood Bowl season come and gone. And, once again, associate conductor David Alan Miller led the Philharmonic through the thick and thin of the fireworks finale. The remarkable 12-year-old violinist Leila Josefowicz, in her Philharmonic debut, provided the musical apex to the evening, however, with a commanding performance of the seldom-heard Violin Concerto No.