In mid-Aug. and mid-Oct., the Yu Art Foundation (YAF) has successfully held two concerts with its violin and bow masterpieces in YAF’s concert hall. The concerts have invited outstanding youth violinists and CCOM (Central Conservatory of Music) teachers Zhang Jingye, Dang Huali and He Chang, the rising star Li Siyi, the ‘Artist Chamber Orchestra’ consisting of CNSO (China National Symphony Orchestra) performers Liu Zhiyong, Li Ruoyun, Zhang Sihua and Zhang Bo, and the youth pianists Chen Junhui, Fang Jia, Huang Jingzi and Xu Yingying. The two concerts each gathered dozens of celebrities from cultural, commercial, economic, medical and other fields at the YAF concert hall, appreciating the artistic charms of the classic violins and the fabulous performances.
Duo performance of Dang Huali and He Chang
On Aug. 15th, YAF held its first Beijing concert in YAF’s concert hall. He Chang and Dang Huali used the ‘ex Segelman, Suk’ Guadagnini and the ‘ex General Dupont, Grumiaux’ Stradivari respectively to perform solos ‘Summer Night’, ‘Spring Bringing Us a New World’, ‘Fisherman's Song at Dusk’, ‘Syncopation’, etc., and cooperated on duos of Shostakovich’s ‘Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano’. The Ansaldo Poggi string quartet also made its first debut in China in this concert. The ‘Artist Chamber Orchestra’ performed on YAF’s Poggi 1924 violin, Poggi 1981 violin, Poggi 1967 viola and Poggi 1927 cello, presenting songs such as Beethoven’s ‘String Quartet No.4 in C Minor’, Piazzolla’s ‘Oblivion’, and Chinese traditional songs ‘Butterfly Lovers’ and ‘Swan Goose’.
The 'Artist Chamber Orchestra' performed with YAF's four Ansaldo Poggi masterpieces
In YAF’s second Beijing concert on Oct. 16th, the renowned pianist Hiroko Seta, violin virtuoso Sheng Zhongguo’s wife, also joined the performance. Following nine violin and piano solos, Mr. Yu Heng, having just finished a solo of Kreisler’s ‘Londonderry Air’ invited Seta from the audience onto the stage, and collaborated with her Sha Hankun’s ‘Pastoral’. Seta said, ‘My husband Sheng Zhongguo had always loved his country and the violin career all his life. He had devoted his whole life to the art of violin, and he had always been concerned with the violin career of China. I’m very grateful for the love and the friendship.’ ‘Pastoral’ is the first song that Seta had ever collaboratively played with Mr. Sheng when they first met, and is one of the songs that Mr. Sheng had loved and played the most during his lifetime. As a friend of Mr. Sheng, Mr. Yu Heng performed ‘Pastoral’ with the ‘ex Segelman, Suk’ Guadagnini together with Seta, presenting the audience a song that contains so much meaning and love and commemorating Master Sheng Zhongguo altogether. Afterwards, Seta performed Schumann’s ‘Träumerei’ as the last piece of the first half of the concert. As Seta said, it is not easy to have such a chance to gather together now, and music could bring us accompaniment and happiness.
Mr. Yu Heng and Hiroko Seta performed 'Pastoral'
Hiroko Seta performed 'Träumerei'
In the second half of the concert, Zhang Jingye played on the ‘ex General Dupont, Grumiaux’ Stradivari to bring us Ysaÿe’s ‘Caprice d'après l'Etude en forme de Valse de Saint-Saëns’ and Elgar’s ‘Salut d'Amour’. Finally, the three violinists presented violin duos, violin trio, and with Mr. Yu Heng a quartet version of Shubert’s ‘Serenade’ at the end.
Quartet performance of Dang Huali, Mr. Yu Heng, Li Siyi, Zhang Jingye (from left to right) and pianist Huang Jingzi