Sunday 17 March 3.00 pm
SongHa Choi (violin)
Alison Rhind (piano)
Szymanowski : Mythes for Violin and Piano no 3 "Dryades et Pan" (8')
Paganini : Caprices for solo violin Op 1 nos 1, 4, 19 (12')
Ysaye : Solo Violin Sonata no 3 'Ballade' (7')
Poulenc : Sonata for Violin and Piano (19')
Allegro / Intermezzo / Presto
Boulanger : Nocturne for Violin and Piano (3')
Vladigerov : "Vardar" Bulgarian Rhapsody (8')
Described as “mesmerizing: full of passion, imagination, and daring” by the Times UK, South Korean violinist SongHa Choi has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Lithuanian National Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Daegu Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Sinfonica del Friuli Venezia Giulia. She is a major prize winner from prestigious international competitions, such as the Montreal International Violin Competition (2nd Prize, Audience Award, Sonata Prize, Commission Piece Prize), Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition (Senior 2nd Prize and the Audience Award), the Premio Lipizer International Violin Competition (2nd Prize, the Bach Prize, and the Sonata Prize), Berlin International Music Competition (Grand 1st Prize) and Jeunesses Musicales International Violin Competition (1st Prize).
SongHa has recently given solo performances in venues including the Berliner Philharmonie, the Royal Festival Hall in London, Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Seoul National Arts Centre, the National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius and the Wigmore Hall in London and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. She has featured on numerous live media, including BBC Radio 3, Bulgarian National Radio, Classic FM, Euro Radio Channel, Medici TV and Concertgebouw Spiegelzaal Live Radio. She has actively participated in Verbier Festival Academy, Kronberg Academy Violin Festival, Gstaad String Academy, Tsinandali Festival Academy and Four Seasons Winter Workshops. SongHa is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, in the class of Professor Kolja Blacher, after graduating from the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK. Her current instrument is on generous loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Alison Rhind is recognised as one of the leading collaborative pianists specialising in the repertoire for piano and strings. She studied at Chetham's School of Music, Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music. In 1994, she moved to the Yehudi Menuhin School where she worked for twelve years. She toured Israel and Germany with the students and was invited to accompany at the prestigious Kronberg Akademie after her recitals there with the school. During this period, she coached many young instrumentalists with whom she has since forged notable recital partnerships particularly the violinists Alina Ibragimova and Nicola Benedetti. In 2009 the Royal College of Music created a post for her as Coach for the String Department which she now combines with freelance recital work. She has a collaborative relationship with many teachers who send their students to her specifically for duo coaching. She lives in Surrey with her three children.
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