Friday, March 07, 2008

Japanese star debuts with CSO

March 7, 2008
The Cincinanti Enquirer
By Janelle Gelfand

Paavo Järvi introduces a new talent to the region in Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concerts this weekend.

Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji makes her debut in Tchaikovsky's romantic Violin Concerto in D Major, 11 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday in Music Hall.

Already a big star in Japan, she is the youngest winner of the famed Paganini Competition (in 1999 at age 16) and holds a coveted recording contract on Deutsche Grammophon.

Järvi also leads the U.S. premiere of Jörg Widmann's "Antiphon," as well as Sibelius' Symphony No. 3.

Tickets: $12-$79.25; $10 students. 513-381-3300;

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