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Award-winning violinist returns to Gallo Center for next Modesto Symphony program

Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu returns for the next Modesto Symphony Orchestra program
Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu returns for the next Modesto Symphony Orchestra program Modesto Symphony Orchestra

Award-winning violinist Angelo Xiang Yu returns for the next Modesto Symphony Orchestra program.

Associate Conductor Ryan Murray will lead the MSO as it presents Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin in D minor on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The program also will include Berlioz’s Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust, which will feature members of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side with the MSO and the evening will end with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, nicknamed “Little Russian.”

Yu joins the symphony after recently debuting with the San Francisco Symphony and being named one of 10 recipients to receive a 2019 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, according to a press release from the MSO. The annual prize honors outstanding artistry and serves to acknowledge the promising future of selected performers within the 11 resident organizations of Lincoln Center.

“We’re thrilled to bring Angelo Xiang Yu back to Modesto,” Caroline Nickel, president and CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association, said in the release. “This will be his second time performing with the MSO and we’re excited to hear him bring Sibelius’ violin concerto to life. This piece known to be one of the most difficult violin pieces ever written — it’s sure to be a treat for anyone in the audience.”

Born in Inner Mongolia, Yu moved to Shanghai when he was 11, training at the Shanghai Conservatory. He came to the United States at age 19 and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

The winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2010, he also was the youngest prize winner ever at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in 2006. He performs globally, with orchestras, chamber ensembles and in recitals, according to the MSO.

“His astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals and orchestral and chamber music performances,” the MSO release said.

In addition to winning first prize as well as the Bach and audience prizes at the Menuhin Competition, Yu was awarded second prize at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition and third prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, the release said. In March 2017, he was chosen to participate in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), beginning with the 2018-19 season.

Yu has played at several of the world’s leading summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Bergen Festival in Norway and attended the Kronberg Academy in Germany and the Perlman Music Program in New York, according to the release. In March 2018, he played a recital in Boston’s Jordan Hall under the auspices of the Chinese Cultural Foundation.

Modesto Symphony Orchestra

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday April 12-13

WHERE: Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $39-$94

ONLINE: www.galloarts.org

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