Sarah Chang Matures into Chamber Music

      February 17, 2004 20:43

      Sarah Chang

      From young violin prodigy to mature violin virtuoso, Sarah Chang is changing.

      Korean fans can meet their beloved musician at a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on March 19-20 at the Seoul Arts Center, in which Chang will perform chamber music for the first time in Korea.

      In this concert, Chang and five other musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic will put on a display of chamber music's deep emotion through Brahms's String Quartet and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence.

      "This is the first time I will perform chamber music in Korea, and also the first time that I'll play Brahms's String Quartet." Chang said. "So far, I've done only orchestral and solo work. I'm glad I can now present a mature version of myself through chamber music."

      The five musicians who will play with Chang are Alexander Kerr(2nd Violin), Wolfram Christ(1st Viola), Tnaja Christ(2nd Viola), Olaf Maninger(1st Cello), Julian Steckel(2nd Cello). Alexander Kerr is also a concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

      Chang recorded her first chamber music disc (Dvorak's Sextet and Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence") with members of the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 20.

      What led Chang to be so infatuated with chamber music, rather than solo performances that put the spotlight solely on herself? She said in a string sextet, her role is only one sixth of the whole, and each member has a different ear for the music, so she can learn a lot. She also added she likes the other members very much.

      Despite her tight schedule, she sometimes ventures into ordinary life by going shopping or to the movies with friends. Chang graduated from the Julliard School of Music in New York last year and has big plans ahead, like a concert with the London Symphony celebrating that group's 100 year anniversary in June.

      For more information, call (02) 580-1300.

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