The Week in Reviews, Op. 93: Gil Shaham, James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich

August 4, 2015, 2:21 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Gil Shaham performed the Mendelssohn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.Gil Shaham

James Ehnes performed the Barber with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Augustin Hadelich performed works by Stravinsky, Franck, and Sarasate in recital with pianist Joyce Yang.

Leila Josefowicz performed Francesconi’s “Duende: The Dark Notes” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Ning Feng performed the Sibelius with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Ariel Horowitz performed the Mendelssohn with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra .

In other news...

Gallia Kastner and Belle Ting shared first prize in the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition in Cleveland. Joshua Brown took second.

Hilary Hahn recently announced on Facebook:

Dear Facebook Friends,

As you may know, Hilary and her husband are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child this summer. Hilary will then take a few short months’ leave. As such, she will not perform with the Montreal and Cincinnati symphony orchestras, the Houston Symphony, or the BBC Philharmonic in Asia this fall. She will spring back into action in mid November, resuming her 2015-16 residency activities in Vienna, and the rest of the season will continue as originally planned.

The violinists performing in her stead will be:
Montreal Symphony: Ray Chen
Houston Symphony: Simone Porter
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Karen Gomyo
BBC Philharmonic tour: Viktoria Mullova and Sarah Chang

Hilary thanks all of you, the fans, the orchestras, and her colleagues, for your understanding and support during this exciting time. She wishes the performers wonderful concerts and looks forward to seeing everyone when she’s back in their cities!
-HH’s team

Alexander Treger, former concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be Artistic Director of the newly formed Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO). The group will be based in Los Angeles and perform at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Treger previously served as Music Director of the American Youth Symphony for 17 years. The orchestra will be open to musicians ages 15 to 26 and auditions will be held in early September.

Please support music in your community by attending a concert or recital whenever you can!

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August 5, 2015 at 06:27 PM · I am very happy for Hilary and her husband. However, I think that BBC Philharmonic touring with Viktoria Mullova will be far more interesting. :)

August 6, 2015 at 11:20 PM · Something to mull over ...

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