Parents, who have youngsters studying the violin, can do no better than take them along to hear Shoshanah Sievers play with the Charity Symphony Orchestra. The concert is at the Turner Sims Hall, University of Southampton, at 7.30 pm on Saturday 18 May. Read a review of it.
To see such a young and talented musician perform is sure to encourage and inspire any students of the instrument to practice like they’ve never done before. More mature, adult violinists may also marvel at this up-and-coming virtuoso.
Incredibly, Shoshanah began learning the violin just before she was three years old. Her grandfather composed and lectured in music, so maybe classical music is in her genes.
Shoshanah joined the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music in 2011 at the age of eleven. Off to a flying start, she made her concerto debut about the age of twelve playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A major with the London Mozart Players.
She became the youngest ever winner of the Joan Weller Composition Competition. In 2016 she performed “Le Nuances de la Lumiere” with the Aurora Orchestra at a BBC Proms Extra event at the Radio Theatre.
In the field of piano composition, Shoshanah has also excelled. She’s written a piece for eight hands and one of her piano trios has been twice performed and recorded at Farnham Maltings.
Shoshana has also played at top venues in Germany and the United Kingdom. She has played concertos by Dvořák with the Winchester Symphony Orchestra and by Bruch with the Petersfield Orchestra. She has played together with Tasmin Little and worked closely with Sir Karl Jenkins.
Shoshanah was brought up near Grayshott. Her grandmother was Polish which may explain why she chose to play Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto number 2. It’s a Romantic work with captivating, beautiful melodies. Shoshanah, who says she is excited to be playing with the CSO, will certainly make the most of its virtuosic brilliance.
Tickets for this unmissable concert can be obtained from the Turner Sims Box Office, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ (tel. 02380 595151).