Esther Yoo & OCM: Palau de la Música Catalana
Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona - Concert Hall
About the Event
THE VIRTUE OF EXTOLLING SOMETHING SMALL
Having the opportunity to listen to whom, in 2010, became the youngest awarded violinist of the prestigious Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition. So, performing this composer's violin concerto is a joy and an honour.
Sibelius and Dvořák occupy a prominent place in the history of music for having far exceeded the challenge that musical nationalism set at the end of the 19th century: to achieve a balanced and coherent combination between the traditional and the modern. Finland and the Czech Republic obtained with these two composers an unprecedented international relevance in terms of musical creation, so that they turned that 'small' national music of those two 'little' countries into something infinitely bigger and irreplaceable.
The three movements of Sibelius’s extremely difficult Concerto (1903-1904) combine technical virtuosity and expressive demands with melodies inspired by traditional culture and the orchestration of great romantic composers such as Brahms. In the four movements of the Dvořák symphony (1889) we will be able to hear the influence on the rhythm of the Bohemian dances and the folk-inspired melodies in a symphony that stands out for its cordial and affectionate atmosphere.
Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47
Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88
Cast / Production
Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae
Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae (OCM), founded in 2006, enjoyed a great welcoming from the public due to their work in disseminating classical music among very diverse crowds, especially by targeting the young music-lover audience. They have performed in venues such as Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Auditori de Barcelona, Palau de la Música Catalana and Teatre Tarragona among others, having a stable musical season with their own productions at Palau de la Música and Teatre Tarragona.
Tomas Grau is the permanent artistic director and conductor, and since the 2017-2018 season, Salvador Mas initiated the role of main conductor. OCM launched their resident project at Auditori del Tívoli in Vendrell during the 2009-2010, currently ongoing.
Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae has collaborated with conductors such as Antoni Ros Marbà, Salvador Brotons, John Rutter, Diego Martin-Etxebarria, Josep Vila i Casañas, Xavier Puig, Manel Valdivieso and Virginia Martínez, and soloists like Stephen Kovacevich, Sabine Meyer, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Alexandra Soumm, Asier Polo, Judith Jáuregui, Massimo Spadano, Rafael Aguirre, Claudi Arimany, Albert Guinovart, Núria Rial or Àngel Òdena, among others.
Despite developing their main activities in Catalunya, OCM regularly performs around Spain and has toured Germany, Czech Republic and Switzerland. They have recorded Tempesta esvaïda (heritage recovery), De Catalunya al món, Un conte de Nadal and Mediterráneo.
Yoo, Esther (Violin)
Esther Yoo started out on her way to the top international concert halls at the age of 4 when she began to study the violin. Since the age of 6 she has lived in Belgium, where she graduated from the prestigious Brussels International School of Music. She continued in Munich and at present is completing her studies at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. She became the focus of world attention particularly after winning at 16 third prize in the prestigious Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, being the youngest prize winner in the history of that event. At 19 she has to her credit a whole cluster of solo concerts and performances with world-famous orchestras including the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Helsinki and Seoul Philharmonics, the Scottish BBC Orchestra, and the Czech Chamber Orchestra of Czech Virtuosi in many international concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York. Critics have admired in particular her perfect intonation, her virtuostic technique, and her enormous musicality.
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