Mozart Meets Corigliano – an evening to celebrate fathers

Lim Yan, and Lee Shi Mei
25 Mar 2017
Esplanade Recital Studio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the 18th-century Viennese composer who needs no introduction; and nearly two hundred years later, John Corigliano, the American composer best known for his Academy Award-winning film score to “The Red Violin” – what do Mozart and Corigliano have in common and why would we put them both in the same concert?
The young Mozart’s musical talent was discovered by his musician father Leopold and he quickly became known as a prodigy, composing and performing from the age of five. John Corigliano Sr. was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for 23 years and was a major influence on the younger Corigliano’s taste in music. Corigliano Jr. proclaimed that the violin was his “first love” and has since composed some great violin music for his father to perform.
The charming Violin Sonata, like “The Red Violin” Concerto, is dedicated to John Corigliano Sr. Winner of the Festival of Two Worlds prize for chamber music in Spoleto, Italy in 1964, it is quickly becoming part of the standard violin repertoire.
The recital will also feature two of Mozart’s most popular violin sonatas in B flat major (K378 and K454).
Following their successful debut in 2015 with the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas, violinist Lee Shi Mei and pianist Lim Yan return to the Esplanade Recital Studio with an evening of exquisite violin and piano music. Why not bring dad along to show your appreciation for him and enjoy a wonderful evening together!