Towards the Age of Expression

Thursday, July 27

Today’s activities began with a master class given by former Tokyo Quartet cellist Clive Greensmith, in Martin Family Hall at 11:45 a.m. Clive coached a group of International Program artists on Robert Schumann’s Piano Trio no. 2 in F Major, op. 80 (1847), and a group of Young Performers showcased their work on Josef Suk’s Piano Quartet in a minor, op. 1. You can watch all master classes, Prelude Performances and Koret Young Performers Concerts online here.

Later on Thursday afternoon, the International Program artists once again took to the stage to give an all-French concert ahead of the first performance of Concert Program V, French Luminaries. The Prelude Performance included Saint-Saëns’ Piano Trio no. 1 in F Major, and Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet no. 2 in g minor.

Finally this evening, expert musicologist and Julliard School professor, Ray Iwazumi, gave the penultimate Encounter lecture of the festival, entitled Towards the Age of Expression. This fascinating talk looked at the new generation of violin virtuosi in the second half of the nineteenth century, led by Wieniawski and Vieuxtemps,who opened the eyes and ears of the public to a new realm of expressive potential and artistic projection. Transcendental technique reached its height with the great Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, who inspired a new generation of virtuosi led by Kreisler, Elman, Heifetz, and many others.