On a certain level, it’s no surprise that he wrote this unbelievable piece when he was 16.” – Nicholas Kitchen, Borromeo Quartet
As 2017 winds to a close, our Video of the Week takes a fond look back to one of one of our most memorable concerts of the summer – the “Mendelssohn Night’s Dream” concert capped off by a thrilling performance of the German composer’s brilliant Octet for Strings, written when he was just 16. As violinist Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo Quartet explains in his introduction, sure, it’s a work of precocious genius – but then again, young Felix had earned his compositional stripes through a lot of diligent effort.
And realizing this seemingly-effortless performance took a lot of talent and hard work by this all-star cast of Heifetz Institute faculty: Violinists Kitchen and Kristopher Tong of the Borromeo Quartet joining Mihaela Martin and Daniel Phillips; violists Mai Motobuchi of the Borromeos with Jutta Puchhammer, and cellists Yeesun Kim (Borromeos) and Frans Helmerson. Enjoy!
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