Photo: Robert Romik

Henning has been selected to be a jury member at this year’s Menuhin Competition in Geneva. Whilst there, he will also perform as soloist at the opening concert with l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Marin Alsop.

This concert, taking place on 12th April, will see Henning share the stage with 14-year-old Yesong Sophie Lee, winner of the London 2016 Junior 1st Prize. Yesong will begin with Saint-Saëns’ Havanaise, to be followed by Henning’s performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. The concert, starting at 8pm CEST, will be broadcast live on the Swiss cultural radio station, Espace 2.

Henning will go on to sit on the jury of the competition, alongside artists including Pamela Frank (Chair), Ilya Gringolts and Maxim Vengerov.

On 19th April at 1pm CEST, look out for Henning’s 2-hour masterclass, which will be broadcast live online by ARTE Concert.

 

This is what Henning has to say about the competition:

“One of the reasons I like to participate as a juror in the Menuhin Competition is that they seem genuinely concerned about making the life for future musicians better and more meaningful. Several years ago the competition implemented my suggestion of incorporating improvisation as part of the competition for the youngest musicians. This was once a natural part of classical music life, a stimulating way of trying out new ideas, and could revitalize the genre again. I am working for a freer classical music life where more players dare to be even more creative and spontaneous; write their own cadenzas and compose music of their own. This was the norm in the 17th to 19th Centuries but sadly has been neglected in the last few decades. The Menuhin Competition has been listening with great sympathy to my ideas, and I will certainly continue to work with organisations like this who want to progress in these important matters. I hope to see even more development in the years to come.”

 

More information about the concert;

https://2018.menuhincompetition.org/event/opening-concert-349848

and about Henning;

http://www.henningkraggerud.com

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