VC INTERVIEW | Violinist Grace Park – Carnegie Corridor Debut Recital

The Violin Channel not too long ago caught up with 2018 Naumburg Worldwide Violin Competitors 1st prize winner, violinist Grace Park – on the eve of her Carnegie Corridor Weill Corridor recital debut.


Hello Grace. You’ll be giving your Carnegie Corridor debut recital on the 12th of November. How did this chance come to you and what can we anticipate to listen to in your program?

“Sure, I’m actually enthusiastic about it.

I used to be fortunate sufficient to win the Naumburg Worldwide Competitors final yr, and debuting at Carnegie Corridor is among the prizes given to the winner”


How did you determine on this repertoire?

“For this program, I needed to present a end result of who I’m as musician.

I did this by programming music that has lived with me for years, such because the Dvorak ‘Romance in F Minor’, and mixed it alongside an thrilling new commissioned work by Mason Bates”


A Carnegie debut is a big achievement for any younger artist. How have you ever been making ready for this second?

“It’s particularly thrilling to play at Carnegie Corridor and in entrance of buddies and colleagues, however I’m attempting not to consider this as a singularly totally different occasion.

I all the time attempt to play my greatest wherever I’m.

My preparation consists of apply, consuming, working, and occasional”


You talked about your program will function the world premiere of a brand new work for violin and piano by celebrated American composer, Mason Bates – inform us about this work? What are your impressions?

“It’s a lovely and enjoyable work, and I can’t wait to play it for individuals.

Mason and I had a couple of conferences, and determined and poignant approach for him to grasp me as a musician could be for me to ship him 20 of my favourite items of music.

This ranged from Schubert to Roberta Flack, and to some Irish people tunes.

One specifically caught his consideration, and from there, inspiration for his first violin sonata was born!

He takes the tune and melds it together with his personal language, which was great to listen to.

He additionally quotes (and titles) the American People Tune ‘Shenandoah’ – which was a heart-warming shock when opening the rating”


How have you ever loved working with a residing composer? Has the method for preparation differed from studying a standard normal work?

“Working with a residing composer is all the time an important studying expertise.

It’s fascinating to see and talk about music with the creator, and to listen to how and why they have been led to their ultimate product.

It offers us, the performer that rather more gravity to the music”


What can we anticipate subsequent for Grace Park?

“I’m actually enthusiastic about my upcoming exhibits within the subsequent couple of years.

I’m enjoying in halls and with orchestras for the primary time, which is all the time thrilling.

I’m additionally commissioning a violin concerto for the primary time, that shall be premiered in season 2021-2022!”






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