Three of the world’s best violinists will perform with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra over Queen’s Birthday weekend in a series of streamed concerts.
The NZSO Concerti festival this weekend will stream recorded performances of the three violinists made in 2016 and 2017 with the NZSO led by acclaimed conductor Edo de Waart.
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, 32, who won a Grammy Award this year for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, performed Brahms’ moving Double Concerto on May 29. Benedetti performed the acclaimed work with German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and the NZSO in 2016, which critics hailed as a “stunning performance”.
On May 30 Berlin-based Karen Gomyo, 38, plays Berg’s masterful Violin Concerto, filmed with the NZSO in 2017. Gomyo’s performance was praised as “wonderfully effective”.
The final Concerti concert on Sunday, May 31, features Dutch virtuoso Janine Jansen, 42, performing Sibelius’ spellbinding Violin Concerto, filmed with the NZSO in 2017. Jansen’s performance was hailed as “riveting … and brilliant”.
Each Concerti performance can be viewed for free at 7.30pm at live.nzso.co.nz via smart TV, mobile phone, tablet or computer.
The three streamed concerts follow more than 20 new performances by NZSO players streamed since the COVID-19 lockdown. Last week NZSO players returned to rehearsing and performing at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre, which is allowed under Alert Level 2.
All rehearsals and performances follow Ministry of Health guidelines, including social distancing.
The first of the new performances at the Michael Fowler Centre was streamed on 24 May, with more to be announced.
Sei Solo 6 in Association with New Zealand Van Lines on 3 June will feature NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen playing the fifth movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Partita No. 2.
Sei Solo is a six-part series where NZSO string players perform their favourite movements from one of Bach’s solo partitas, sonatas or suites, and share their thoughts on what the baroque composer’s music means to them. Each performance has been curated by NZSO Guest Assistant Concertmaster Jessica Oddie.
Other online performances since the COVID-19 lockdown have included the weekly series Play Our Part where NZSO players and international guests performed in their homes, an ongoing series of educational videos called Music Room.