Vadim Repin Gives Masterclasses At Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony’s Education and Community Programs Department presents a master class with violin virtuoso Vadim Repin on Saturday, April 4, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall.

Five young violinists were selected to perform and receive coaching from Repin: Emily Choi, Jason Lu, Simone Porter, Marie Rossano and Amelia Sie. Selections from J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin; Waxman’s Carmen Fantasie; Haydn’s Concerto in C Major; Korngold’s Concerto No. 5 in D Major; and Saint Saens’ Concerto No. 3 in B minor will be performed. The master class will be free and open to the public.

“Master classes are another way for Seattle Symphony to connect our mainstage activities with the local community,” Director of Education and Community Programs Nancy Gosen explains. “It is one of the many ways in which we foster the artistic growth of young people in our community.”

Vadim Repin will also be featured in Seattle Symphony’s UBS Masterworks series performances of Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77. Music Director Gerard Schwarz will lead the Orchestra in a program that also includes David Diamond’s Rounds for String Orchestra and the world premiere of Samuel Jones’ Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, Vita Accademica, featuring Symphony Principal Trombonist Ko-ichiro Yamamoto. Performances will take place on Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m. A Musically Speaking performance, including talking from the podium, will take place Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m. and Diamond’s Rounds for String Orchestra will not be performed.

Vadim Repin

The Daily Telegraph calls Vadim Repin “one of today’s most compelling musicians.” At age 11, Repin won the gold medal at the Wienawski Competition; at 15, he made his Carnegie Hall debut and, two years later, won the prestigious Reine Elisabeth Concours Competition. Today, Repin is a frequent guest at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Rheingau, Gstaad and Verbier Festivals, and the BBC Proms.

Last season, he toured with the Royal Concertgebouw and appeared with major orchestras in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. He also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel with the Israel Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti. Other orchestral engagements include with the Berlin, Israel, Los Angeles, New York and St. Petersburg philharmonics; Boston, Chicago, London and San Francisco symphonies; NDR Hamburg; Orchestra de Paris; Royal Concergebouw and La Scala; and with conductors, including Ashkenazy, Boulez, Eschenbach, Fedoseyev, Gergiev, Neeme and Paavo Jarvi, Levine, Marriner, Masur, Mehta, Muti, Nagano, Rattle, and Temirkanov.

This season, Repin will give 25 recitals in cities, including Vienna, Geneva, London, Brussels, Paris, Luxembourg, Milan, New York, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo; tours to Italy, Germany, Japan and the U.S. with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev; and collaborations with Christian Thielemann, Gustavo Dudamel and Jonathan Nott. He has recorded concertos by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky on Warner Classics and his critically acclaimed debut recording on the Deutsche Grammophon label features the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti, coupled with Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata with Martha Argerich. -- www.seattlesymphony.org