NADJA SALERNO SONNENBERG WITH ANNE-MARIE MCDERMOTT ~ 4/16 ~ 8PM
Italian-born violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Naumburg International Violin Competition, and she’s gone on to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize for her fiery performances.
Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and brings her delicate playing to the duo.
Electrifying performances, fearless interpretations and musical depth have established violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as one of the leading violinists of our time. Her exceptional artistry is paired with great musical intelligence which, along with her unique personality, have served her well in numerous environments—on camera, on stage, and as a powerful and innovative presence on the recording scene.
“Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has the qualities to reveal this music [Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto] in all of its depth, and all were on display in a riveting performance…she began the piece as slowly and quietly as any violinist dare, playing to her trademark strength of a vibrant, rich sound even at the lowest dynamics…the Scherzo was performed like a devilishly playful tribal dance, Salerno-Sonnenberg bouncing along and bowing on the edge of her strings, giving her timbre a delightfully steely sound and turning to the orchestra during its sections, as affected by their music-making as her own. But it was the Passacaglia cadenza that was most memorable. Salerno-Sonnenberg traversed the upper limits of her instrument with a focused yet contemplatively quiet sound that alternated a straight tone with variations of vibrato and shading when needed, all of which forged a perfect contrast with a breakneck Burlesque finale that was instantly greeted with a cheering standing ovation.”
- Chicago Classical Review