Ray Chen violin – Alice Sara Ott piano
Sonate for violin and piano no. 9, op. 47, "Kreutzer" Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata for violin and piano no. 2, op. 13 Edvard Grieg
Divertimento, for violin and piano Igor Stravinsky
A meeting of two exceptionally gifted young musicians. The violinist Ray Chen and the pianist Alice Sara Ott. The dedicatee of a BOZAR "portrait", the Australian-Taiwanese violinist, who won First Prize in the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition, has been compared to Vengerov, as a reflection of his energy, delicacy and vitality, while the German-Japanese pianist already has all the qualities of an accomplished performer: virtuosity, expressiveness and elegance. Together, they form a duet performing with an all-too-rare intensity, and offering a programme in their own image, with the highlight of their performance being Beethoven's legendary Kreutzer Sonata, one of the repertoire's most demanding works.