18-year-old Finnish violinist Laura Kukkonen has this week been introduced because the winner of the 2019 ‘Play With Ray‘ initiative – granting her the once-in-a-lifetime alternative to carry out Bach’s Double Violin Concerto on the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, with famous person Australian violinist, VC Artist Ray Chen and the LA Philharmonic.
Laura was chosen from greater than 800 on-line candidates and was provided the chance to carry out the live performance on a 1775 Guadagnini violin – on beneficiant mortgage from Tarisio.
“There are usually not sufficient phrases to explain how grateful I’m for this expertise …” Laura has this week stated.
“Getting a masterclass from Ray, taking part in on Guadagninis, doing further actions, making new buddies and, lastly, performing with the excellent professionals on the Hollywood Bowl – all of those are a dream come true and much more,” the Sibelius Academy Pre-Faculty scholar has stated.
VC ARTIST RAY CHEN & LAURA KUUKONEN | BACH | DOUBLE VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MINOR | BEN GERNON & LA PHILHARMONIC | 2019
This yr’s different finalists had been 22-year-old Youngji Kim from South Korea and 13-year-Adriana Bec from america – who each joined the ensemble’s 1st violin part for the efficiency.
“This competitors has been an incredible expertise … the partnership with the LA Phil on the Hollywood Bowl introduced my dream to lifetime of with the ability to present folks around the globe a enjoyable and distinctive alternative, and to have slightly one thing further to follow for …” Ray has stated.
“All of those younger girls are immensely gifted musicians and I predict shiny futures for all of them,” he has stated.
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