November 30, 2012 12:36
Sarah Chang, one of the busiest violinists in the world with over 100 concerts a year, will hold a recital to coincide with the release of a compilation album marking the 20th anniversary of her debut.
In 1991 Chang, who has been playing the violin since the age of four, recorded an several virtuoso crowd-pleasers by Fritz Kreisler and Pablo de Sarasate. Her first album was released by EMI the following year, signaling the birth of a new prodigy as the album jumped straight to the upper ranks of Billboard's classical music chart.
She was the youngest violinist to ink a recording contract with the label and was honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1992.
"At the time, I was too young to truly understand what being a musician meant. I just enjoyed traveling around the world, from New York to Berlin and Vienna, to play the violin," she said. She stressed that it's not enough for aspiring violinists to just love playing the instrument. "They need to be able to fully enjoy performing even in front of thousands of people," she said.
In celebration of her two decades in the limelight, her new box set comes with a complete recording of her performances on 19 CDs in addition to a special DVD. She also plans to hold recitals in eight cities in Korea from Dec. 1 to 16.
"My schedule is fully packed for the next three years, so I have no time to be idle. I just hope that I play better today than yesterday, and that I will play better tomorrow than today," she said.
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