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Soup Concert with Violin and Piano

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Konserthuset Stockholm: GrünewaldsalenHötorget 8, Stockholm, 103 87, Sweden
On Friday 21 February 2020 at 12:15
Lee PhillipsPiano
Rena KimuraViolin

The opening piece at today’s Soup Concert, Blue Curve of the Earth by American Tina Davidson, was commissioned by star violinist Hilary Hahn. As Davidson worked with the piece, she was captivated by the way in which turbulent weather coloured the landscape with different shades of blue. It dawned on her that she was creating a blue line of string sound that followed the curvature of the earth. Japanese composer Michiru Oshima’s Memories was also commissioned by Hahn. Oshima is a highly acclaimed soundtrack composer for games, movies and TV shows.

The concert will conclude with Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano. He wrote it in Thun, Switzerland – an area so full of melodies that one must be careful not to trample them, as he put it. The piano section introduces the opening theme, which was inspired by Wagner’s opera Mastersingers of Nuremberg.

The musicians on stage are both from the US. Lee Philips is active as a soloist and a chamber musician worldwide and teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington, where violinist Rena Kimura studied. Kimura has been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and won first place in the Glazunov Violin Concerto Competition. Kimura has played in the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 2017.

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