On 2 December at 18.00 the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra led by Principal Conductor Guntis Kuzma will perform with the winner of the 16th International Henrik Wieniawski Violin Competition that took place in 2022, the Japanese rising star Hina Maeda.
The Japanese violinist was also awarded four additional special prizes: best rendition of Wieniawski’s Concerto, best performance of Wieniawski’s Caprice, best performance of a sonata, and best performance for works by Beethoven or Brahms.
In Liepāja, Hina Maeda will be performing the Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor by the Polish Jewish violinist and composer Henryk Wieniawski, composed in 1856 and still remains one of the most popular violin concertos of the Romantic era, memorable for its lush and moving melodies and harmonies.
Hina Maeda was born in 2002 in Osaka and started playing the violin at age of four. At the age of eleven she already debuted with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra and has since performed with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and New Japan Philharmonic. Maeda is also active in solo recitals, chamber music, and outreach programs.
She is currently studying at the Tokyo College of Music Highschool as a special scholarship student, whilst actively performing all over the world – this year’s schedule includes performances in 60 different concert halls in more than 20 countries.
The concert programme will also include the overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s opera “Euryanthe”, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem “Isle of the Dead” and the premiere of Juris Karlson’s “The Secret Garden”.
This concert is part of the official tour of the winners of the 16th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, organised by the Henryk Wieniawski Society in cooperation with the Polish National Institute of Music and Dance and funded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Tickets for Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts are available at the “Biļešu Paradīze” website.