The concerto with orchestra is a must for all professional violinists. However, this recurrent exercise in the musical life of a soloist requires multiple abilities: great capacity for memorization, ease of communication – with the conductor, but also with the audience – technical virtuosity and expressive power. Yes, these are the many qualities necessary for the person who undertakes such a theatrical task as the concerto, and those that the candidates in this second round of the violin competition will have to demonstrate.
Musically, the works will be diverse, ranging from the most famous pages for the instrument – the concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn or Tchaikovsky – to the most recent and unusual Shostakovich’s C sharp concerto, Hartmann’s funeral concerto or Lutoslawski’s Chain 2. Each candidate will thus choose to present, according to his or her personal sensitivity and particular talents, one of these monuments of the violin repertoire, and to defend it before the orchestra and its conductor – all experienced in this game – and the public. Although they are eminently different, in terms of their temporal and geographical origins, the concertos selected all have in common a variety of nuances and colours, allowing the violinist to show the full extent of his art.
Concerto pour violon / L. v. Beethoven
/ F. Mendelssohn
/ P. I. Tchaïkovsky