On 14 march, originally, I was expecting to hear Midori Goto playing the violin. However, when we arrived at CKS Memorial Hall, we learned that Midori Goto had to stay in the USA due to her health. In the beginning, I was sort of disappointed to learn that Midori Goto wasn't going to perform in Taiwan this year, but we still wanted to attend the concert. The violinist who substituted Midori Goto was a young violin player called aged Arata Yumi. He's only 22 years old, and he's a winner of several competitions such as Henryk Wieniawski International Young Violinist Competition in Lublin (2006), 1st Guadagnini Competition in Tokyo (2011), etc.
今年3月的時候，我本來滿心期待要來聽著名的日本小提琴家宓多里演奏西貝流士：D小調小提琴協奏曲。不過，當我抵達中正紀念堂時，赫然發現當日宓多里因身體不適而無法來台演出。天哪~ 還挺令我錯愕的。主辦單位已盡最大能力向聽眾致歉，但是還是有些聽眾跑去退票了。既然人都到了，何不聆賞呢? 代打的是日本新秀小提琴家弓新。這算是意外的收穫吧。弓新很年輕，1992年出生的他，現年也才22歲 (足歲; 生日不明)。弓新曾囊括多項大獎，同時也是維尼奧夫斯基小提琴比賽有史以來最年輕得獎者。好吧，就讓我們來拭目以待吧!
Before the concert started, there was an introduction about the programme. One of the main work of the concert we attended was Jean sibelius's Violin Concerto in D minor, and the professor who talked about it is a violin player. He also performed a little bit of the work and told us which recording he personally felt was the best. The professor said that Jean Sibelius was a Finnish Nationalist, and he said that in the beginning of Jean sibelius's Violin Concerto in D minor, the music sounded like snowflakes. When he described it, I was imagining that we were in a freezing land covered with snow. I found the introduction helpful. Otherwise it might be somewhat boring to hear a work and not know what the composer meant to express.
When we entered the concert hall, I opened the brochure about the programme and was surprised to know that the conductor for the concert was Zhang Xian, a Chinese female conductor. During the concert, Zhang Xian seemed energetic, but that's what any conductor is supposed to be, haha. I don't have much thought about Arata Yumi's music, but I think that in such an unexpected condition, a substitute must be really good. It's really hard to memorise a piece which lasts more than 30 minutes within a short time.
I hope that both Zhang Xian and Arata Yumi enjoyed their stay in Taiwan, but I still hope that one day I can hear Midori Goto play the violin live.
Photos courtesy of Mr K, who also gave me the ticket to such a wonderful concert.