Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra Chiu-Tze Lin, Music Director and Conductor Concert – March 24, 2018, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University
Featuring Internationally Renowned Violinist, Dan Zhu
Concert Presented by Kai Yue Foundation
The award-winning Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, led by music director and conductor Chiu-Tze Lin, will perform a concert on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 7:30 pm. This concert, presented by the Kai Yue Foundation, will feature the world-renowned violinist Dan Zhu, who is widely recognized as one of the finest Chinese musicians on the international stage today. Mr. Zhu will perform a violin masterwork, the Beethoven Violin Concerto, and a traditional Chinese piece, the Morning at Miaoling Mountain. The concert will be held at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton University.
Praised as “an artist of affecting humility and beautiful tone production” by The Strad magazine, Dan Zhu is performing internationally in North America, Europe, and Asia. Critics have raved about his recent triumphant performance with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival as “truly brilliant, compelling, and polished.” He has appeared with world class orchestras under the direction of Maestros Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Philippe Entremont, Jacek Kaspszyk, and Long Yu among many others, and has been invited to perform and give master classes at renowned festivals, including Salzburg, Tanglewood, Verbier, Marlboro, Ravinia, and Spoleto.
Dan Zhu’s recent seasons have been highlighted by concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center and the Prague Symphony for the 70th anniversary of UNESCO in Paris, in the Lincoln Center series in New York and the “World New Year’s Gala” in Beijing, and a recital at the Verbier Festival and a special performance for the state visit of China in Washington, D.C. His very active concert schedule has also included solo performances with symphony orchestras in Boston, Belgrade, Hong Kong, Munich, Paris, and Vancouver. Mr. Zhu has performed a series of recitals with Christoph Eschenbach of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas at the Kennedy Center and the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing. He has also collaborated in recitals and chamber music performances with pianists such as Lang Lang, Richard Goode, KunWoo Paik, Philippe Entremont, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Peter Frankl, as well as violinist Joshua Bell, and cellists Gary Hoffman and Mischa Maisky.
A native of Beijing, Zhu made his first public appearance at the age of nine with the China Youth Chamber Orchestra. He entered the Central Conservatory in Beijing when he was twelve years old, where he studied with Xiaozhi Huang. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Tchaikovsky violin concerto at the age of eighteen. Dan Zhu has appeared on several international labels, such as Cascavelle, CPO, Naxos, and ORF. Dan Zhu has collaborated with leading composers of our time on concert stages and in recordings, including Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, George Benjamin, Gyorgy Kurtag, Krzysztof Penderecki, the late Gian-Carlo Menotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Xiaogang Ye, and Guan Xia. In environmental protection, Zhu’s passionate involvement with the Antarctica Forum has led him to be the first violinist in history to perform in Antarctica in 2013.
The orchestra will perform the Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor. This is a four-movement piece, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest symphonies in the classical repertoire. The composer spent nearly fourteen years to complete the work. This powerful symphony has deeply moved the critics and conductors of the day, and it has been called “Beethoven’s Tenth” because of perceived similarities with Beethoven’s compositions. It is often remarked that there is a strong resemblance between the themes in the finales of Brahms’ First Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
The Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major is the only violin concerto composed by Beethoven, and it has been considered his most lyrical work. The concerto had its first performance in 1806, but it was initially unsuccessful. It languished in obscurity until it was revived in 1844 by Joseph Joachim, with an orchestra under the direction of Felix Mendelssohn. Since then, it has become one of the best-known violin concertos. The Morning of Miaoling Mountain is a solo violin composition that draws on China’s rich musical tradition. It is very rarely heard, making Mr. Dan Zhu’s performance a particularly special event.
This concert will be held at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton University. Ticket prices are $30 and $50 ($25 and $45 for seniors/students). Premium seating is available at $100 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Frist Campus Center University Ticketing Office, Monday through Friday, 12noon to 6pm, by phone at 609-258-9220, on the internet at www.princeton.edu/utickets, or in person at the Richardson ticket office, one hour prior to the performance. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Bravura Philharmonic at (609) 933-4729 or (908) 420-1248.
Additional information can be found at www.bravuraphil.org.