On July 2nd, famous Russian-born violinist Vadim Repin, who visited the NCPA four years ago, will appear again at the NCPA to perform violin compositions by Debussy, Prokofiev, Grieg and Tchaikovsky alongside pianist Andrei Korobeinikov. Besides, The 12 Cellists of Berliner Philharmoniker will take the stage the next day to show a new look of acoustics on cellos.
Violinist Vadim Repin
Vadim Repin was praised by Yehudi Menuhin as the “most outstanding and perfect violinist”, and honoured in the 1990s as one of the contemporary Russian “three young instrumentalists”, the other two being violinist Vengerov and pianist Kissin. As the youngest winner laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and gold medalist of the Wieniawski Competition for all age groups, Vadim Repin appeared at the NCPA Concert Hall twice, and performed several different styles of violin works in collaboration with famous conductors Ozawa Seiji and LÜ Jia. Famous pianist Lang Lang is also a good friend of his. They cooperated together at the NCPA New Year’s Concert 2008, and Repin worked for Lang Lang’s first chamber music album at the latter’s invitation. Repin will perform Debussy’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in G minor, Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major and 5 Piano and Violin Melodies, Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3, and Tchaikovsky’s Lensky’s Aria (from opera Onegin) and Scherzo-Valse.
Pianist Andrei Korobeinikov
To perform the solo masterpieces with Vadim Repin is pianist Andrei Korobeinikov. Vadim Repin will bring his Stradivarius violin named “Rode,” which was made in 1733.
On July 3rd, The 12 Cellists of Berliner Philharmoniker, who visited the NCPA in 2011 and 2016 respectively, will be present at the NCPA for a third time, to take the audience on a wonderful journey of cello music.
About nearly 100 years ago, namely in 1920, cellist and composer Julius Klengel composed the Hymn, and performed them with his 11 students to mark the 65th birthday of Arthur Nikisch, Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Two years later, the hymn was performed at the funeral of Arthur Nikisch. 50 years later, when it was present at the Salzburger Festspiele, the cello ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker received an invitation, and cellist Rudolf Weinsheimer formed a 12-cello ensemble, which then recorded the Hymn in honour of Klengel. On Easter Day - 1974, the cello ensemble gave its debut in Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, winning world acclaim in good time.
Despite the existence of too many chamber music ensembles today, tickets are always sold out ahead of schedule whenever The 12 Cellists of Berliner Philharmoniker appears at the NCPA. When the time comes, they will appear with a number of arrangements such as Pavane, As Time Goes By and Titanic, as well as Duke Ellington’s Caravan, Piazzolla’s Decarisimo and Fuga Y Misterio, and so on, to demonstrate their excellence in diverse music styles.