MUSICAL WIZARDRY: Zhao Tian has played with many orchestras worldwide and won prizes in violin competitions in China and internationally
GEORGE TOWN: VIRTUOSO violinist Zhao Tian enthralled a crowd of about 200 Penang music lovers with a brilliant performance at the Komtar Auditorium recently.
Accompanied by Penang Philharmonic Orchestra pianist Tann Soon Pin, Zhao, 20, began his sterling performance with Johann Sebastian Bach's Adagio from Unaccompanied Violin Sonata in G Minor, followed by Robert Schumann's Violin Sonata No 1 in A Minor, Op 105.
Returning from the intermission, Zhao continued with Dmitri Shostakovich's 4 Preludes for violin and piano, Henry Wieniawski's Variations on an Original Theme in A major, Xue Cheng-Qian's Chinese Caprice for Violin before closing with Carlos Gardel's Scent of a Woman.
The event which was entitled the "Zhao Tian Violin Recital" was organised by the Penang Symphony Society.
Zhao was born in Nanchong, China. A child prodigy, he learned to play the violin from his father at the age of 3.
"It is a challenging opportunity for me to present these classic violin pieces, including one from China specially selected by me, said Zhao.
"I hope it will be a memorable recital for the people of Penang as this performance is technically something new, not just a recital.
"I want to take the audience down a journey of global music and show how a violin can produce fantastic sounds, playing either slow or fast numbers," he added.
This was Zhao's second performance in Penang. Last year, he performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of music director maestro Woo Wen Kin.
Zhao has played with many orchestras worldwide and won prizes in violin competitions in China and internationally.
He is studying under renowned violinist and educator prof Qian Zhou at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore where he was awarded a full scholarship.