Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Virtuoso Returns to Australia

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Virtuoso Returns to Australia

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Seanna Cronin

Entertainment editor

VIOLIN virtuoso Sarah Chang is back in the country to perform with Australia's symphony orchestras.

The American music prodigy was just five years old when she auditioned for and was accepted into the Juilliard School for her performance of Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor.

By the age of eight she was performing with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra.

She revisits her Juilliard audition piece as part of her one-off concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at QPAC this month.

Chang will also play Chen Qigang's Enchantments oublies and Shostakovich's Symphony No 5 in the concert under the direction of British conductor Jessica Cottis.

Q: I believe it's been two years since you travelled to Australia to perform in 2013? What are your memories of that trip and what are you looking forward to this time around, both on and off the stage?

A: I have such wonderful memories of Australia and I'm thrilled to be back. I have friends scattered around the entire country so I look forward to catching up with them, as well as working with the fabulous orchestras. I am particularly delighted to be performing a variety of concertos on this trip in so many cities, (Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, etc) as well as a recital/chamber music concert as well, which is always a joy and not something I get to do every week.

Q: You didn't perform Bruch's Violin Concerto, which you famously played for your audition for the Julliard School, for 15 years. Why is that and what made you decide to want to play it again?

A: I was busy being a student and a kid! I was learning as much new repertoire as I possibly could as a student and it was only when I stood back to take a breath in my late teens and look at some long term repertoire planning for future concerts and recording projects that I re-discovered the Bruch again and completely fell head over heels in love with the work. …

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