American Jennifer Koh, one of the most exciting violinists of the decade will perform for the first time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra this November.
Hailed by The New York Times as “a tireless champion of new music”, Koh will perform with the NZSO in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin this November.
“I always see classical music and music in general as a living and breathing art form,” says Koh.
Conducted by NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart, The Great will be conducted by NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart as part of his acclaimed Masterworks concert series.
Koh will perform the contemporary work Violin Concerto, written by Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen which has been praised by The New Yorker as “classical music’s chief visionary”. The concerto premiered 10 years ago and even featured in an Apple iPad commercial!
“Salonen is a terrific, wonderful conductor in his own right and I like his music very much. He is one of the major voices of new composing” says Maestro de Waart.
“Jennifer Koh is a terrific violinist who gives contemporary music what it needs – 100 per cent commitment. So she is the best possible person to play Salonen’s Violin Concerto.”
Koh has performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras and is recognised for her broad range. Critics have continued to praise her performances including more than 70 works especially written for her.
The second half of the recital will see the NZSO perform Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, The Great. Schubert’s own letters refer to the work as his “grand symphony”.
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WELLINGTON | Michael Fowler Centre|Friday 8 November| 6.30pm
AUCKLAND | Town Hall| Saturday 9 November| 7.30pm
CHRISTCHURCH | Town Hall|Thursday 14 November| 7.30pm
DUNEDIN | Town Hall| Friday 15 November| 7.30pm