On January 19, 2021 Salon de Virtuosi was delighted to present a special virtual New Year's celebration, featuring performances and interviews with two exceptional young artists - Kevin Zhu, violin, winner of the 2018 Paganini competition, who is hailed by the press for his "awesome technical command and maturity" and "absolute virtuosity, almost blinding in its incredible purity” and Jonah Ellsworth, cello, a fast-rising star whose performances have been compared to Yo-Yo Ma and Misha Maisky. Kevin was joined by renowned pianist Rohan De Silva, and Jonah performed with his colleague, pianist Chungho Lee.
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NEW YEAR'S CONCERT
The artists performed from Rare Violins of New York in a program recorded especially for the Salon de Virtuosi audience, members, and benefactors.
The festive program featured works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, and Faure. Learn more about Kevin Zhu and Jonah Ellsworth .
We are immensely grateful to these artists for sharing with us their music and inspiration, especially during these still-challenging times, and to all of our sponsors and benefactors for making it possible.
As a special bonus for our members, we are including recent interviews with the artists where they share insights about their lives, musical inspiration, hobbies, and how they are adapting to life during this period.
JONAH ELLSWORTH, cello
CHUNGHO LEE, piano
Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Adagio and Allegro
J. S. Bach (1685-1750): Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Mélodie, Op. 42, No. 2
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Papillon
KEVIN ZHU, violin
ROHAN DE SILVA, piano
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Sonatensatz in C minor, WoO 2
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 No. 1
Allegro con brio
Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840), arr. Fritz Kreisler: "I Palpiti", Op. 13
Lora Tchekoratova interviews Kevin Zhu
Lora Tchekoratova interviews Jonah Ellsworth