J. SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto, in D minor, op. 47
A. DVORÁK: Symphony No. 8, in G major, op. 8
Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae
Esther Yoo, violin
Tomàs Grau, conductor
Having the opportunity to listen to whom, in 2010, became the youngest awarded violinist of the prestigious Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition. So, performing this composer’s violin concerto is a joy and an honour.
Sibelius and Dvořák occupy a prominent place in the history of music for having far exceeded the challenge that musical nationalism set at the end of the 19th century: to achieve a balanced and coherent combination between the traditional and the modern. Finland and the Czech Republic obtained with these two composers an unprecedented international relevance in terms of musical creation, so that they turned that ‘small’ national music of those two ‘little’ countries into something infinitely bigger and irreplaceable.
The three movements of Sibelius’s extremely difficult Concerto (1903-1904) combine technical virtuosity and expressive demands with melodies inspired by traditional culture and the orchestration of great romantic composers such as Brahms. In the four movements of the Dvořák symphony (1889) we will be able to hear the influence on the rhythm of the Bohemian dances and the folk-inspired melodies in a symphony that stands out for its cordial and affectionate atmosphere.
Biography Esther Yoo
“Can the world take yet another brilliant young female violinist? Yes, if that violinist is Esther Yoo“, wrote The Telegraph following her performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2016.
Born in The United States and brought up in Europe from the age of six, Esther started the violin at four and played her first concert at just eight. In 2012, she was one of the yongest winners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. She is currently studying under Ana Chumachenco in Elite Programme at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, and continues to be mentored by Augustin Dumay, after having completed the Artist Diploma Programme at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.
Esther Yoo is the first North Korean artist with a residency at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Acclaimed for her “dark and aristocratic tone” (Gramophone Magazine) and “impeccable artist” (Classic Style of South Florida), Esther Yoo was the focus of international attention in 2010 when she became the youngest winner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition (16 years old) and from 2014 to 2016 was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, which culminated with her debut at the BBC Proms.
In the spring of 2017, Deutsche Grammophon released their second album, the Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, preceded by her debut in 2015 with the concerts Glazunov and Sibelius.
Esther plays a 1704 “Prince Obolensky” Stradivarius, generously loaned by a private collector.