A German Violin Virtuoso Makes His Philadelphia Debut

Aug 1, 2014

This Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast features what would turn out to be the final engagement with the ensemble for a great Spanish conductor - the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

The program of French music he conducted, included a lesser-performed work; a Spanish-inspired symphony showcasing a highly regarded German violinist in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

After a promising start, Augustin Hadelich‘s musical career was temporarily halted when he was badly burned in a fire at his parents’ home when he was 15.

Fifteen years later, the Italian-born German violinist would seem to have overcome this early tragedy to develop into a musician of astounding virtuosity.  He also seems to revel in performing works that challenge his extraordinary talents.  On Sunday we’ll hear him in Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol, a complicated work that he has neither the ability nor the desire to make look easy.