Prize-winning mastery, depth of skill on show

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Young Australian violinist Suyeon Kang showed the mastery and depth of skill that has resulted in her winning the 2015 Michael Hill prize and several other international awards in a mesmerising performance on Friday night.
Accompanied by pianist Stephen de Pledge, Kang presented a broad programme that ranged from the lightbrilliance of Mozart’s Sonata in E Flat Major, to Stravinsky’s spiky and humorous Divertimento. Also featured were Ravel’s sweetly romantic Sonata No 1 in A Minor, ‘‘Posthume’’, Schubert’s beautifully melodic Sonatina in G Minor and Kenneth Young’s passionate Gone — played as an encore.
Performing on a 1775 J.B. Guadagnini violin — on loan from Michael Hill — Kang was able to draw a remarkable range of emotion from a very special instrument.
With de Pledge’s sensitive accompaniment, Kang gave especially fine performances of
the Schubert —
particularly in the
delightful, dance-like
menuetto, and the brilliant, demanding Stravinsky.
On a hectic weekend in Dunedin, it was a treat to relax and be immersed in such a special performance. Kang has a bright future indeed.