Mythes on the Violin: Dan Zhu and Michel Dalberto@HKUST
Date: 20 October, 2018
Venue: CMA Lecture Theatre (LTL), Cheng Yu Tung Building, HKUST
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in A Major K. 526
“Mythes” – Three Poems for violin and piano, op. 30 (1915)
Fantasia in C major for Violin and Piano, D 934 (Op. 159)
Praised as “an artist of affecting humility and beautiful tone production” by The Strad magazine, Dan Zhu is widely recognized as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His recent performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival has been hailed by the critics as “truly brilliant, compelling, and polished.” He has appeared with many orchestras under the direction of maestros Matthias Bamert, Philippe Entremont, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Uroš Lajovic, Jacek Kaspszyk, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ralf Weikert, En Shao, Muhai Tang, and Long Yu among many others, and has been invited to perform and give master classes at renowned festivals, including Salzburger Festspiele, Tanglewood, Verbier, Kuhmo, Marlboro, Menton, Schleiswig-Holstein, Prades-Casals, Ravinia, and Spoleto.
Highlights of Zhu’s recent seasons include concerto appearances with Zubin Mehta conducting the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburger Festspiele, Prague Symphony Orchestra for the 70th anniversary of UNESCO in Paris, and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany; world premiere of Tan Dun’s Triple Concerto under the baton of the composer at the Kennedy Center; and the Chinese premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto “Let Fly” at the opening concert of the Beijing International Modern Music Festival. Zhu has collaborated with numbers of leading composers of our time, including George Benjamin, Gyorgy Kurtag, Krzysztof Penderecki, the late Gian-Carlo Menotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Xiaogang Ye. He has collaborated with Michel Dalberto, Philippe Entremont, Peter Frankl, Richard Goode, Lang Lang, Kun-Woo Paik, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, Nobuko Imai, Gary Hoffman, and Mischa Maisky.
A native of Beijing, Zhu made his first public appearance at the age of nine, performing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with the China Youth Chamber Orchestra. At age twelve he entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied with Xiao-zhi Huang. Four years later he was awarded the Alexis Gregory Scholarship to study with Lucie Robert at Mannes College of Music in New York. His mentors have included Ivry Gitlis, Gerard Poulet, and Aaron Rosand. As a recording artist, Dan Zhu has appeared on several international labels, including Cascavelle, CPO, Naxos, and ORF. His latest world premiere recordings of Boris Papandopulo’s violin concerto with Ville Matvejeff conducting Rijeka Opera & Symphony Orchestra and Bright Sheng’s chamber music album “Northern Lights” were both released in 2017.
Michel Dalberto first came to prominence when, between 1975 and 1978, he won the First International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, the Clara Haskil Prize in Vevey, Switzerland, and 1st Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Born in Paris in 1955 into a non-musical family, he began learning the piano at the age of three. When he was twelve, he entered the class of Vlado Perlemuter at the Paris Conservatoire. Another influent teacher was Jean Hubeau in the chamber music field. He has since performed under the baton of distinguished conductors such as including Wolfgang Sawallisch, Colin Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, and John Eliot Gardiner, and has been a guest at festivals such as Lucerne, Florence, Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Newport, Miami, and Seattle, in addition to regular performances in Japan, Korea, and China.
From the beginning of his career, Michel Dalberto has been acknowledged as one of the
foremost interpreter of Schubert and Mozart music. He is the only living pianist to have
recorded the complete piano works by Schubert. He is currently working on several recordings of French repertoire including Debussy, Ravel, Franck and Fauré for the French label Aparté.
An outstanding chamber musician, he played the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with the late Henryk Szeryng and two-pianos recitals with the late Nikita Magaloff. Hehas also appeared in a trio ensemble with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Lynn Harrell, as well as with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon. Among his partners have been Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Nikolaj Znaider, Renaud Capuçon, Yuri Bashmet, Truls Mørk, Henri Demarquette, Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Modigliani and Ebène Quartets as well as sopranos Barbara Hendricks, Jessye Norman, Ildiko Raimondi and baritones Stephan Genz and Edwin Crossley-Mercer.
As a conductor, he has been invited to collaborate with numerous ensembles, including Shenzhen, Macau, and Tokyo Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Budapest Radio Orchestra, and others. Maintaining close ties with the Clara Haskil Piano Competition, he was a member and then chairman of the jury between 1987 and 2009, and is now a member of the organization committee.
In September 2011, he was appointed Professor at the Paris Conservatoire. Before that, he was regularly invited to give masterclasses at Imola Accademia Pianistica, Hannover Hochschule, Manchester Royal College, Seoul University, Tel Hai International Piano Academy or Tokyo Toho University. In 1996, he was awarded Knight of the “Ordre National du Mérite” by the French government.