Prize-winning mastery, depth of skill on show


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.