Sunday Concert Series: Yoojin Jang, violin and Renana Gutman, piano

24 year old VC 'Young Artist' Yoojin Jang, from South Korea during yesterday's stupendous recital at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - with pianist Renana Gutman. Dynamic programme featuring Westhoff Suite for Solo Violin, Schumann and Bartok's 1st Sonatas, and Sibelius' Pieces---  The Violin Channel

Backstage with VC 'Young Artist' Yoojin Jang, with mentors Miriam Fried and Paul Biss, following yesterday's commanding recital at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A beautifully executed display of power and finesse featuring works by Westhoff, Schumann, Bartok and Sibelius ---   The Violin Channel

The 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

The 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 

Unequivocally the best playing by far that evening was by Yoo Jin Jang performing the Tchaikovsky. Her tonal control was near perfect throughout the three movements--unlike Ji Yoon Lee's on Friday of the same work. Jang possessed none of the defects of bowing, and her staccato work in the third movement was spectacular, and without a single slip. On any held note Jang eased into her characteristic vibrato, making her reading of this work strongly reminiscent of Hilary Hahn's CD recording (and nobody does it better than Hilary). I thought it was the best playing in the competition.

She played it perfectly, the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218. With perfect legato, perfect passage work, the smoothest transitions without any burps or bleeps, S. Korean Yu Jin Jang dominated her five finalist cohorts--four of them also Korean and one from the U.S., over Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Moreover Jang gave us the most consistently beautiful vibrancy in her tonal rendering, with the precision of the accompanying East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) adding to the allure.

By Tom Aldridge

10/12, 2014... International Violin Competition of Indianapolis review by NUVO's Tom Aldridge,       ( Romantic finals     &     Classical finals  )