At the tail end of November, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) presents young South Korean violinist Soyoung Yoon in her Singapore debut. Considered enormously talented, Soyoung won the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition at the tender age of 17 and has gone on to win at six more competitions, including the Henryk Wieniawski and David Oistrakh Violin Competitions.
Conducted by Michał Nesterowicz, one of Europe’s most sought-after rising conductors, Soyoung will naturally open with Nesterowicz’s fellow Polishman Henryk Górecki, playing the serene Three Pieces in Old Style. This will be followed by Leonard Bernstein’s rarely heard Serenade, a violin concerto that is said to have been Bernstein’s favourite. With its full name as Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, concertgoers can expect to hear five interpretations of love, scored for strings, harp and an array of percussion that accompany the solo violinist, who performs on a Guadagnini violin made in 1773.
The concert will end off with Beethoven’s vibrant and energetic Eighth Symphony, whose zest and sunny energy acted as a stark contrast to the composer’s increasing deafness, a jovial end to a stunning concert from one of South Korea’s brightest young violin stars.
Serenade with Soyoung Yoon plays on 29th November 2018 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC