Thursday, 15 November 2018

Young musicians play in Reading

THREE talented young musicians are to play at Reading’s Concert Hall after winning medals in the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition

THREE talented young musicians are to play at Reading’s Concert Hall after winning medals in the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition 2011, writes Lesley Potter.

The competition, established in 1958, occurs every four years and has become one of the classical music world’s most prominent events.

The latest competition included an illustrious list of names on the judging panel, including Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yuri Bashmet, while Placido Domingo and Van Cliburn were honorary chairmen.

Now three of the winners — a pianist, violinist and cellist — are to play at the hall in Reading on Sunday, January 20 in a special concert.

Gold medal winner, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, was born in Armenia in 1988 into a family of musicians. He has won numerous other prizes for his music.

The Tchaikovsky Competition, held in July 2011 in Moscow and St Petersburg, has been the catalyst for his career, and he has made a number of high-level debuts since then, including with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A Guardian newspaper critic described him as a “cellist of real maturity whose performance was characterful and well-judged.”

Joining him at the concert is silver medallist in the piano category, Yeol eum Son. Orginally from South Korea, she first came to the public’s attention while playing as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic on its 2004 Asia tour.

Finally, silver medal violinist Sergey Dogadin, who began playing at the age of five, completes the trio.

The concert, at the Concert Hall in Blagrave Street on Sunday, January 20, will feature a variety of solo, duet and trio performances. Tickets start at £12.

Box office: 0118 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com

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