Opera ballet

The violinist performs opera and ballet numbers in her own language

SEOUL, June 21 (Yonhap) — Prolific violinist Kim Bomsori said Monday that her latest album aims to translate famous opera and ballet numbers into her own string language and present herself as a solo artist.

His latest album, “Violin on Stage”, was released last Friday, with the German classical music label Deutsche Grammophon (DG). It’s her first DG album since becoming the first South Korean violinist to sign with the German label in February.

The nine-track album features music familiar from operas and ballets, such as “Pax de Deux” from “The Nutcracker,” a ballet by Tchaikovsky, and “My Heart Opens to Your Voice” from the Saint-Saëns’ opera “Samson and Delilah”. “

“I love to sing and dance. As a violinist, I want to play opera numbers and ballet scores with the violin,” she told a press conference. “While my previous albums showcased my career as a chamber musician and collaborator with an orchestra, this project will showcase my ability as a solo artist in a different way.”

For the new album, she made ambitious repertoire choices, showing her virtuosity and brilliance in interpreting the music.

In addition to Polish dance music, she added four new arrangements of opera and ballet numbers, conducted by Austrian composer Michael Rot. He arranged the pieces, which were originally composed for orchestra or vocal singers, for violin.

“I talked a lot with the composer. I asked him to make the songs sound more like violin repertoire, using only violin techniques,” she said. “It was a pleasant experience to see my thoughts reflected in a new set of violin arrangements.”

Saint-Saëns’ aria, “My heart opens to your voice”, is one of the most popular recital pieces in the mezzo-soprano repertoire, so it has been played by some cellists, but not by a violinist. until now.

His aria will be the very first performance of the violin edition of the song.

Kim has gained international recognition after winning prizes at prestigious classical music competitions, including the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2015 and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015.

Hailed for her compelling tone and exceptional musicianship, she has made her presence felt as a violinist with prestigious orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic.

“I love seeing singers singing freely immersed in emotion,” said the 31-year-old artist, who first held a violin at age five. “Now I think I can play the violin as freely as singers sing. My latest album is like my voice sung by the violin.”

She will have four recitals in Korea this week, including one in Seoul on Saturday.

For the program in her native country, she came to Seoul from Berlin, where she is based, and went through a two-week isolation.

“Because of the pandemic, having a concert and recording an album has become so difficult,” she said. “During my recital, I hope people feel like they’re in a different place or in a different world.”