Johan Dalene / Photo: Fredrik Schlyter
Meet one of our greatest young violinists!
Johan Dalene began playing the violin at the age of four and made his public debut at a concert three years later. Since then, he has dazzled audiences in major international music venues and won awards for his musical interpretations and infectious passion for his art form.
“A talent worth noting” is how Leif Ove Andsnes has described this young violinist.
A sense of spring
Christian Ihle Hadland will be accompanying on the piano and the programme features five romantic works for violin and piano. It will be spring in September when the duo performs Beethoven’s Violin Sonata no. 5 in F Major, also known as the Spring Sonata, and Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps.
“The monster is finished,” wrote Francis Poulenc on completing the draft of his violin sonata, composed in memory of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. If you listen carefully, you can hear that Poulenc has been inspired by several famous works. At one point, he has borrowed an oboe theme from the Tchaikovsky opera Eugen Onegin, while references to Rachmaninov can be heard elsewhere.
“A woman must not desire to compose,” said the pianist Clara Schumann. She ended up proving herself very wrong. The three romantic works to her name were received with great enthusiasm by both kings and critics and caused many to later lament that Clara’s career became subordinate to that of her husband Robert.
The concert concludes with Grieg’s colourful Violin Sonata no. 3 in C Minor. The work is dedicated to the German painter Franz von Lenbach, who painted portraits of Grieg and his wife Nina while in Rome in 1884.
About Johan Dalene
Johan Dalene (born in 2000) is from Norrköping and Sandnes. He has won several awards for his violin playing, including the Norwegian Soloist Prize in 2019, Equinor’s classical music scholarship in 2020 and first prize in the highly prestigious Carl Nielsen International Competition in 2019. Despite his young age, Dalene has performed with a number of renowned musicians and will be playing with some of Europe’s largest orchestras in coming seasons.
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. Violin Sonata no. 5 in F Major
Francis Poulenc Violin Sonata
Clara Schumann Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22
Lili Boulanger D’un matin de printemps
Edvard Grieg Violin Sonata no. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45
Contributors Johan Dalene violin
Christian Ihle Hadland piano
Saturday 8. October19:30 / Scene 2