A colleague of Mendelssohn, the Schumanns and Brahms, the virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim was himself a composer of note.
His exuberant single-movement Opus 3 Violin Concerto from around 1851 was dedicated to Liszt, from whom he subsequently distanced himself. It is a tour de force by a highly gifted twenty year old.
The Opus 11 Violin Concerto followed six years later, its Classical three movements frequently coloured by Hungarian inflections, most strikingly in the ‘gypsy finale’ which calls for astonishing technical control, immense stamina and fiery abandon from the soloist.
Suyoen Kim is the Winner of the 2006 Hannover International Violin Competition. “Suyoen Kim plays with the technical brillance and musical maturity that have already brought her, at the age of 18, to the attention of conductors like Kurt Mazur and Seiji Ozawa.” The Strad