Friday, March 02, 2012

Renowned Violinist Bin Huang Plays Paganini at HSU

On Friday March 2 in Fulkerson Recital Hall, internationally renowned violinist and Paganini Competition winner Bin Huang returns to HSU to play Paganini’s best known work, and again combines with pianist and HSU professor Daniela Mineva on other classical favorites.

On solo violin, Bin Huang performs Paganini’s Variations on an opera aria (“Nel cor piu non mi sento”) by Giovanni Paisiello, and two Paganini caprices including No. 24, his most familiar melody and the basis of many variations by other composers—including a work that the Humboldt Symphony will play on Saturday and Sunday, making it a Paganini weekend at HSU.

Niccolo Paganini was a 19th century Italian violin virtuoso and composer. The international competition named after him is among the most rigorous and most important violin competitions in the world. Bin Huang took first place in 1994.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to hear an artist of such caliber,” said Daniela Mineva, who joins Bin Huang on Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Tchaikovsky’s "Melody,” Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais” and other selections. This is the second HSU Guest Artist concert for the two musicians, and one of a series of promotional concerts in advance of the release of their CD “French Sonatas for Violin and Piano.”

Bin Huang and Daniela Mineva perform on Friday March 2 at 8 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets: $8/$3 from the HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door. A Guest Artists Series concert produced by the HSU Music Department.

Media: Humboldt State Now, Arcata Eye, KHSU, JPR

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