Playing My London Debut - The Royal Extravaganza

November 4, 2021, 12:30 PM · When the pandemic happened, I was home like most people, but I tried to make the best of the situation. It turned out to be a very productive time for me. I did several concerts through a music series that was streamed live all over the world, and my Kreisler album was released so I spent some time on promotion. Perhaps because of the time, my streamed concerts in total received 700k views, and my album was surprisingly sold out on most major outlets all over the world.

art

In some ways, I feel very fortunate that '21 has been the busiest year for me. My first in-person concert took place in March playing Tchaikovsky Concerto, it was one of the first in-person concerts anywhere! Subsequently, I also had the chance to perform the Beethoven and Sibelius Concertos, the latter in Lincoln Center.

At the end of October '21, I finally traveled over the pond to make my London debut. This was a special trip because it was the first time traveling abroad since the pandemic and this concert has been two years in the making. To top it off, I was invited to do a masterclass at the esteemed Royal College of Music, where alumni such as Vaughan Williams and Britten went to school.

RCM

The concert took place at the UN Ballroom, which has a lot of history, and playing there is hard to describe in words. The first UN General Assembly reception took place there in 1946, hosted by King George VI and Prime Minister Attlee. It was also where Chaucer used to work, and it was featured in the movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" - in Brangelina's dance scene! Because of the history and beauty of the place, playing for British VIPs, it was an extraordinary feeling. The program was called the "3 Bs," but what really got the audience's attention was Carmen. This was a special occasion because this was the first official concert to take place in this space, and they had to bring in the stage and piano for it.

David Park playing with pianist

What made the occasion even more exceptional was that I was able to play on a 1709 "Artot" Stradivarius violin, generously loaned by J and A Beare, the authority on Strad. They have an extraordinary collection of Strads, and I chose this one because it spoke to me the second I started playing. There is a list of prominent people who this violin belonged to, and luckily I was referred to play on this gem for this unique venue.

One interesting episode: the UN Ballroom is inside the Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, a London landmark. Earlier in the day, I ran into someone who was checking into the hotel to attend the concert. Apparently, he looked me up as David Parker, who is a rapper, and thought I was a hip-hop artist!

On a serious note, the whole experience was very meaningful, especially because of the venue, occasion, and time. I felt that people were so excited to attend a live concert to bring the oxygen back to our soul. And that was my message, as well as love, during this challenging time as I ended the evening with Piaf's "Hymn a l'amour"!

Replies

November 5, 2021 at 02:56 PM · Thank you for sharing, very interesting!

This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Yamaha Silent Violin
Yamaha Silent Violin

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

Corilon Violins
Corilon Violins

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

Violinist.com Shopping Guide
Violinist.com Shopping Guide

Metzler Violin Shop

Bein & Company

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop

Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin

Annapolis Bows & Violins

Los Angeles Violin Shop

String Masters

Bobelock Cases

Things 4 Strings LLC

Violin-Strings.com

Viola-Strings.com

Baerenreiter

Fiddlerman.com

FiddlerShop

Sleepy Puppy Press

Jargar Strings

J.R. Judd Violins, LLC

Southwest Strings

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine

Subscribe