Bin Huang, violin; Frank Lévy; piano
Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Bin Huang and Frank Lévy perform a musical odyssey surveying the three Brahms sonatas for piano and violin. These sonatas are among the most intense, emotionally penetrating works ever composed for the violin and piano. They provide a journey to the deepest regions of the soul, filled with tenderness, autumnal light, yearning, dramatic drive and passion. Bin Huang, one of the most outstanding violinists from China, endeared herself to the musical world when at age fourteen she won the Junior Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland, and has gone on to win both the Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy and the Munich (ARD) International Music Competition. Ms. Huang has been universally lauded for her interpretive and technical skills, hailed as “a winner in what matters the most” (The Washington Post) and “a talent that leaves a listener flabbergasted.” (The Baltimore Sun) Pianist Frank Lévy has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as an artist of rare poetic insight and communicative powers. A prize-winner in the Leeds and Clara Haskil international piano competitions, Frank Lévy has an international career as a recitalist performing on many of the world’s great stages, including the Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Gusman Hall in Miami, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, The Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City, Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in China, and the Stadthaussaal in Winterthur.