8 performances a week times six weeks equals….a whole lot of great music! But of the dozens upon dozens of videos on our YouTube channel, what are the ones that have hit the most responsive chord from our remarkable 20th Anniversary Season? Look no further to discover our “Top Ten of Twenty Sixteen!” And if you like these, there are a whole lot more where they came from….click here to check out our YouTube channel and subscribe, so you don’t miss any of the many more videos that are still in production!
9. Round-Robin Mozart: At a Heifetz Institute “Sunday Matinee” concert, violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi and three Heifetz violists – Katharina Kang, Kunbo Xu, and Stephanie Block – perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat, K. 364; in a new arrangement for solo instruments and string quartet by Mamiko Kobayakawa.
8. Youth Shall Be Served: 12-year old violinist Serin Park, a member of the inaugural HeifetzPEG (Program from the Exceptionally Gifter) summer session for string players 8-13 years old, plays the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. HeifetzPEG piano coordinator Ta-Wei Tsai is the pianist.
7. Rachmaninoff … on the viola? 2016 Artist in Residence Andrew Gonzalez, joined by pianist Carlos Avila, introduces and then plays the uber-romantic third movement Andante from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G minor, op. 19.
6. A Lark Soars Over Staunton: Heifetz Institute Artist in Residence Eric Silberger, joined by the Von Quartet and bassist Matt Sorrentino, introduces and then performs the North American Premiere of composer and arranger Martin Gergigk’s string-sextet version of “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
5. Prelude of things to come: Violinist Ji-Won Song and pianist Beilin Han play the complete Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, written in 1959 by Chinese composers He Zhanhao (何占豪) and Chen Gang (陈钢), while they were students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Ji-Won went on to win the $10,000 prize at the first Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition for the best performance of this concerto just a few weeks later.
4. I Am The Zebra: Heifetz alum and Artist in Residence Beiling Zhu, the first to win the Leipzing International Bach Competition on a baroque instrument, offers a poignant introduction, and then a breathtaking performance on her 5-string baroque cello of Bach’s Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012.
3. Dvorak For Five: How awesome is the Heifetz Institute faculty? THIS awesome: Check out this “mighty handful” of Heifetz Institute faculty perform Dvorak’s beloved Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81 in concert: Mihaela Martin and Daniel Phillips, violins; Barbara Westphal, viola; Frans Helmerson, cello, and Yael Weiss, piano.
2. A Pezzo with Passion: Talk about setting the bar. Listen to what Heifetz student Christine J. Lee does during the very first week of concerts at Heifetz 2016 with this throbbing performance of Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso with pianist Dina Vainshtein.
1. Sublime Schubert: 17-year old cellist and Heifetz Institute alum Zlatomir Fung introduces and then plays Franz Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, joined by pianist Stefan Petrov. We mortals are left searching for superlatives.