Renowned violist, pianist to perform


The golden duo of world-renowned violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin will perform at Taipei City’s National Concert Hall and Hsinchu City’s Municipal Auditorium March 14 and 15 respectively, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Philharmonia Moment Musical (PMM) said yesterday.

The two musicians’ performance in Taipei will feature the violist’s performance,with Levin’s piano accompaniment.The repertoire will include Clarke’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, Brahms’ Sonata for Viola and Piano in E Flat Major. They will work with PMM in Hsinchu to present concertos including Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major. Kashkashian and Levin started their partnership while playing Shumann 20 years ago. Their inclination in performance is to be faithful to composers’ original compositions and not to flavor a musical work with personal preferences.

According to the spokesman, Kashkashian is extraordinarily praised for expressing a sharp intellect, brilliant musical rhetoric, and exquisite aesthetics while performing the 20th-century repertoire at which she excels.

Levin is a specialist in performance practice and a professor at Harvard University. He is renowned and embraced by innumerable fans for his restoration of the Classical period performance practice, improvised embellishments and cadenzas.

Kashkashian and Levin’s long-term dual combination has won music lovers’ heart, the spokesman said, adding that music critiques praised on their tacit understanding in performance, and described their performance “as beautiful as singing.”