Beethoven's Violin Concerto
Christian Arming, conductor
Clara-Jumi Kang, violin
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
This is Beethoven at his best – lyrical, spirited and epic. Dvořák, while greatly inspired by the great German, expresses his own Bohemian lyricism in his Symphony No. 8, filled with indelible melodies and themes that flow like no other symphony.
Christian Arming is one of Austria's most sought after conductors, highly successful in both the symphonic and operatic fields. Since 2011, he has held the post of Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège in Belgium. He has also held music directorships with the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo from 2003 to 2013, and the Lucerne Theatre and Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2004. In 2017, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra.
In North America, he has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Cincinnati, Houston, Colorado, Fort Worth, New Jersey, Utah, and Vancouver symphonies. Most recently, he made highly acclaimed debuts with the St. Louis Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony. He is also invited annually to both the Aspen and Roundtop Festivals in the U.S. A regular guest conductor in Asia, he has worked with the NHK, Hiroshima, and Shanghai symphonies, as well as the philharmonic orchestras of Taiwan and Malaysia.
Born in Vienna, Mr. Arming studied conducting under Leopold Hager at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Seiji Ozawa has also been a mentor and supporter of his career, introducing him to Boston and Tokyo. At the age of 24, he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Janácek Philharmonic in Ostrava, Czech Republic, a position he held from 1996 to 2002.
An artist of impeccable elegance and poise, Clara-Jumi Kang has carved an international career performing with the leading orchestras and conductors across Asia and Europe. Winner of the 2010 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Kang’s other accolades include 1st prizes at the Seoul Violin Competition (2009) and the Sendai Violin Competition (2010).
Having made her concerto debut at the age of five with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Kang has since performed with leading European orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
In the USA she has performed with orchestras including the Atlanta, New Jersey, Indianapolis and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras, whilst elsewhere highlights have included appearances with the Mariinsky Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, NCPA Beijing Orchestra, Macao Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony. A prominent figure in Korea, Clara-Jumi Kang has performed with all of the major Korean orchestras and in 2012 was selected as one of the top 100 “Most promising and influential people of Korea” by major Korean newspaper Dong-A Times. She returns annually to Korea for tours and was awarded the 2012 Daewon Music Award for her outstanding international achievements, as well as being names Kumho Musician of the Year in 2015.
She has collaborated with eminent conductors including Valery Gergiev, Lionel Briguier, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrey Boreyko, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, Gidon Kremer, Gilbert Varga, LüJia, Myun-Whun Chung, Heinz Holliger and Kazuki Yamada. Clara-Jumi Kang’s first solo album entitled “Modern Solo” was released on Deccain 2011 and featured works including Schubert’s Erlkönig and Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas. Her second recording for the label of Brahms and Schumann Violin Sonatas with pianist Yeol-Eum Son was released in 2016.
Born in Germany to a musical family, Clara-Jumi Kang took up the violin at the age of three and a year later enrolled as the youngest ever student at the Mannheim Musikhochschuhle. She went on to study with ZakharBron at the Lübeck Musikhochschule and at the age of seven was awarded a full scholarship to the Julliard School to study with Dorothy Delay. She took her Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Korean National University of Arts under Nam-Yun Kim before completing her studies at the Munich Musikhochschule with Christoph Poppen.
Clara-Jumi Kang currently plays the 1708 “Ex-Strauss” Stradivarius, generously on loan to her from the Samsung Cultural Foundation Korea.