Berlin’s youngest concertmaster: I had to completely relearn how to playmain
The Korean violinist Jiyoon Lee who won the audition for first concertmaster of Barenboim’s Berlin Staatskapelle three months ago has been meeting the local media.
Just turned 26,Jiyoon tells the Morgenpost that her mother studied piano at Juilliard but she decided that, as a classical violinist, ‘you have to live in Europe to know the traditions.’
At 20, she picked a teacher, Kolja Blacher, from the internet. Abbado’s former concertmaster made her rethink everything: ‘I had to completely learn from him how to play the violin – like a beginner. It was exhausting, but it was worth it.’
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