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Violinist's Festival concert journey from East to West.

ONE of the world's top violinists who made her concert debut at the age of eight is heading for a top music festival in North Wales.

South Korean virtuoso Ye-Eun Choi will take the audience at the North Wales International Music Festival on a journey from East to West during the final concert on Saturday, September 30 Ye-Eun has established a reputation as one of the most promising violinists to emerge in recent years and the concert at St Asaph Cathedral will be her first ever in Wales.

The festival, which starts on Saturday, September 16, and ends on September 30, is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Ty Cerdd and the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Ye-Eun Choi, 28, now lives in Munich where she studied at the Musik Hochschule with Ana Chumachenco and is mentored by top German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Ahead of the concert, which is sponsored by care organisation Pendine Park, she said: "I have played and performed in England on several occasions but strangely never in London. However, this will be my first visit to Wales and I am really looking forward to what will be an amazing concert.

"I will be performing the Violin Concerto No 1 by Bruch, it's a favourite work and very popular. It's such a romantic piece that I first started to play aged 13 or 14. It's a work that really is such a lovely piece and it's not hard to understand or get the melody."

Choi says her parents and close family were left somewhat in shock when she announced she was moving to Germany to study violin at the age of 18.

She said: "I started playing aged seven and played my first concert in Seoul about a year later. I studied with my first teacher, Nam Yoon Kim, in South Korea for about 10 years.

"I then played at a festival in Switzerland and was invited to study in Munich. I moved to Germany to study in Munich, it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down."

She added: "I now play a Guadagnini violin that is owned by a private individual in Korea and is loaned to me. I have been playing it now for 18 months. It's taken a lot of time for us to get to know each other. Each violin is very different you have to build a relationship with any instrument.

"I practise every day, unless I'm travelling, and the instrument is my constant companion, it's never far from my side. Normally I practice for four to five hours a day, sometimes longer as and when I can. It's what you must do if you are to achieve perfection."

Ann Atkinson, the festival's artistic director, is delighted to be able to welcome a violinist of the calibre of Ye-Eun Choi. She said: "The theme of this year's festival is Journeys and Ye-Eun Choi's journey from East to West to pursue her career as a world-class solo and chamber violinist fits that theme perfectly."

For more about the Festival visit Tickets are available online and from Theatr Clwyd, 01352 701521 or Cathedral Frames, St Asaph - 01745 582929.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Aug 4, 2017
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