. Interchanging Idioms: Bright Young Violinist Augustin Hadelich Gives Class at Denver University Prior to Concert

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bright Young Violinist Augustin Hadelich Gives Class at Denver University Prior to Concert

Augustin Hadelich to perform Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto with Colorado Symphony Orchestra Oct 2, 3 & 4

Augustin Hadelich is a bright star in the new generation of supreme violinists. Hailed as a "brilliant violinist" by the New York Times he took some time out of his busy schedule to give some instruction and encouragement to other budding young violinists at Denver University Thursday. He is performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on Friday under the direction of guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Still he feels it is important to work with other violinists to help with their technique whenever possible.

The "Masterclass" was open to the public but a rare chance for some promising violin students to get one on one instruction by a real virtuoso performer. During the session we heard some excellent performances by three promising violinists: Ida Fidiku - the 1st movement of a Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Hannah Barton - the 1st movement of a Sibelius Violin Concerto, Alex Raab - the 5th movement of Lalo's "Symphony Espagnol" and Lucia Thomas - with Paganini's Caprice #20.

All of the pieces were well performed and Augustin Hadelich made a point of saying so to each student. Then he worked on specific sections, sometimes pointing out ways to make the bowing easier or more efficient - other times just to add a slight nuance or finesse to the music. While there was occasionally only a slight difference between the playing of a passage by the students verse Hadelich, there was a sense of confidence and intensity the master violinist brought to everything he played.

After watching him work with these four students I realized he was also playing all of these pieces with little or no preparation. Basically, he was stepping up on stage after the students played their selection and, with his 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivari Violin playing numerous sections (often from memory) with sheer grace. Add to this he often commented on difference between versions of these pieces, how they are bowed or articulated in versions different than what the student brought with them. Augustin Hadelich obviously has a thorough knowledge of the violin repertoire both from a performance perspective and from a historical point of view.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday Augustin Hadelich will be performing Mozart's fifth Violin Concerto with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. This is the same piece he performed in his third appearance at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra. He is an amazing performer with an earnest sense of what it takes to make great music - on Thursday he proved his willingness to share that knowledge with others.

With his poetic style and dazzling technique, Augustin Hadelich has established himself as a rising star among the new generation of violinists. Winner of the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and gold medallist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, he also received the competition’s special awards for best performance of a Romantic concerto, Classical concerto, Beethoven sonata, violin sonata other than Beethoven, Bach work, commissioned work, encore piece and Paganini caprice.

CONCERT DETAILS Colorado Symphony Orchestra Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor Augustin Hadelich, violin JIMMY LÓPEZ - Fiesta! MOZART - Violin Concerto No. 5 BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” October 2nd, 7:30pm Boettcher Concert Hall October 3rd, 7:30pm Boettcher Concert Hall October 4, 2:30pm Boettcher Concert Hall

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