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The two violin concertos occupy a major place, both musical and human, in Shostakovich's output, and document particularly painful moments in his existence: the condemnation of his music in 1948 and the subsequent wilderness years in the Concerto N°1, Op.77, and his incessant health problems after 1963 in N°2, Op.129, which marks his first dodecaphonic experiments. These immense masterpieces are characterised by their sombre emotional hues, the sarcastic outbursts of the fast movements, and the fiendish difficulties of the cadenzas.
Sayaka Shoji (born in 1983) is the first Japanese violinist and youngest winner of the Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy in 1999. Born to a family of artists, (her mother is a painter
and grandmother a poet) Sayaka Shoji spent her childhood in Siena, Italy. She studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln, Germany with Zakhar Bron, graduating in 2004. She has also studied with Sashko Gawrillow, Uto Ughi and Shlomo Mintz. Zubin Mehta has also been a strong supporter, conducting her first recording with the Israel Philharmonic and inviting her to perform with the Bavarian State Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras. Since then Ms. Shoji has performed with many prominent orchestras. Read less
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